Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Rant #1,176: April Fools!

Today is April 1, so it is April Fools' Day.

I don't even know how to celebrate this holiday in the proper way.

I remember as a kid, I thought it was funny on this day to say that it was the prior year than it really was, rather than the current year.

I think we used to say our name backwards on this day, too.

Ha ha ... I guess you had to be there, and I was.

Anyway, in this part of the country, we got our April Fools a day early.

On March 31, Mother Nature played a very cruel trick on us that she must have thought was really hilarious.

We had one of the most Jekyll/Hyde, schizophrenic days that I could ever remember.

It was raining in the morning as I left for work, which was no big deal, because it rained virtually the entire weekend.

I took my son to school, and as I left him, the rain was still there, but nothing really strange was happening.

About 15 minutes into my drive, at about 6:45 a.m., as I was on the highway, I saw that the raindrops had seemingly become larger, and I saw ice on my window.

I remember saying to myself, "You have got to be kidding me!"

Yes, it was snowing, and it was coming down in buckets, huge snowflakes that were caressing the cars and the ground as if they were creating a white glove on the world.

I got into work, parked my car, went into the office, and the snow was coming down even harder.

This must have lasted through mid-morning. I checked my car, and we must have gotten at least two inches--some places nearby got up to four inches. My car was covered in snow, and I figured that as I left work hours later, I was going to have to clean off my car.

But then the rain came, and washed my car off, and by the afternoon, with temperatures in the mid 50s or even low 60s, it looked like nothing happened in the morning.

If this was not an April Fools' Day joke played by Mother Nature, I don't know what was.

What made it even more interesting was that the Major League Baseball season opened in New York yesterday with the Mets playing the Washington Nationals yesterday at CitiField.

The Mets never lose on opening day, but in another cruel April Fools' Day joke for their fans, they ended up losing their home opener.

Today, the Yankees open up their season on the road against the Houston Astros. I hope no jokes are played on this day in Texas.

Baseball means warmer weather is coming, with the summer just around the corner.

But in this crazy weather year we have been in, there doesn't seem to be any guarantee that that will happen.

Snow in April and May? It has happened before in New York, and I wouldn't bet against it happening this year too.

And that would be the ultimate April Fools joke, wouldn't it?

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