Reality is a matter of perspective. Take this business of weather.

Today's high temperature in this Central Florida town will be in the low 50s, according to the National Weather Service. But the local newspaper, the Orlando Sentinel, is carrying a banner, front-page headline announcing, "BIG CHILL HITS HOME."

In fairness, it has been unusually cold here in the land of Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. Temperatures flirted with freezing last night; and tonight they are predicted to fall to 30 degrees.

But while the frigid East Coast attempts to cope with the aftermath of a major snowstorm, the skies have been mostly sunny and bright in Orlando. In fact, today's skies are pristine. The sun's brilliance is blinding. The grass is green. Flowers are in bloom. It looks like spring.

Yet, many of the hotels along Orlando's International Drive report vacancies. Some, like the Rodeway Inn International where I am holed up until U.S. Airways says I can come home to Washington, are practically empty.

The amusement parks also are experiencing sparse attendance during this local "cold snap," which is predicted to last until week's end. "It's just to cold to do anything," said a Rodeway staffer, who was sharing breakfast with colleagues this morning in the hotel's cafe.

Their conversation eventually turned to me, sitting in a corner, pecking away on my computer. Someone asked me where I was from. I told him Washington, D.C. He shook his head. "You're stuck here, huh?"

I nodded. "Too bad," the Rodeway staffer said. "I wish you could've been stuck here in better weather."