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Patience is a virtue

April 25, 2008 - Dan Voigt
For a sports writer, these are trying times. In our little corner of the universe, the only winners so far this spring have been nite crawlers, cold remedy salesmen and wind turbine owners. Officially, Springtime began a month ago, and to the best of my recollection, there have been exactly four days of Spring - where the temperature was over 60 degrees, sun shine and gentle breezes. Hey, four days out of 20-plus, those are almost casino-type odds, folks. (Except in my case, I just drive into the parking lot, throw a sawbuck out the window and drive away. It saves time and doesn't hurt quite as much.) But if I'm complaining, what about the kids who have been practicing for seven or eight weeks to run, jump and throw in the track and field events? They're the ones who are getting the raw deal out of this. It's no fun to be outside when its raining and you're soaked, and if its cool, that's even worse. Throw in a 25-30 mile an hour "gentle spring breeze" and that's like trying to push a bulldozer out of a swamp. It isn't much better for the golfers, who play in the mist and cold, but when the lightning arcs through the skies, they sit on the inside looking out as well. Our weekly poll question this week pretty well sums up what everyone is thinking about this screwy weather - Will we ever have a Spring. My responses range from no, Summer will be here forthwith, and my favorite, Whatever happened to this global warming thing? Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to prepare for my hunting expedition.

"Shhhhhh. Be vewy vewy qwiet. We're hunting weathermen." (with apologies to Elmer Fudd)

 
 

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