Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Rant #695: Lukewarm Reaction To Warm Weather

I hate to shovel snow, I really do.

I figured I would start off this Rant with that information, because I want to prepare you for what I am going to say about the current warm winter weather we have been enjoying in the Northeast part of the country this year.

I am not happy.

Sure, I don't have to do any snow shoveling. I think I shoveled once, and it took me about 10 minutes to clean up everything.

What I am saying is that the unseasonably warm weather we have been experiencing here--today, it is going to be 70 degrees again--is upsetting my body clock and making my allergies go haywire.

Look, I don't want to go back to the winter of 2011, when seemingly every day we had snow, and I must have shoveled more than a dozen times.

No, I don't want to go back to that again.

But the current spate of incredible and unseasonable weather here is throwing off everything else inside of me.

As the birds chirp, the pollen increases, and every day I wake up barely being able to see with seemingly every pore in my body clogged up with something.

My nose runs the entire day, and I often have to clear my throat because all that junk is making it difficult for me to speak.

Look, I expect this type of thing in April--certainly the weirdest month for weather, with extremes from snow early on to 90 degree temperatures later--but I don't expect it in February and March, which is what we've had this year.

We really can't blame anybody for this, except if you want to get into the global warming thing, which I am not going to get into here.

But the very early warm weather--and the possibility, say some meteorologists, that unseasonably warm weather will likely last into at least the real spring season, which begins on March 20--isn't doing me that much good physically.

Look, I feel for those who have had terrible winters, like the people of Alaska, who have had more snow than even Alaska normally gets this time of year, and the people of the Midwest, who have had to put up with deadly hurricanes. Many European countries have also had deadly winters this year.

But back where I sit, this winter hasn't been a good one, it's been a weird one, especially for people who suffer from allergies.

Sure, no shoveling, but on the other hand, way too much pollen as a result of it being too warm early in the year isn't making me a happy boy this year.

I almost long for some snow ...

Remember, the operative word here is almost.

I hate to shovel snow, I really do ...

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