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My calendar says it's spring

March 11, 2010 - Jim Bartholow

Could the weather in February have been any more dreary and daunting than ours. OK, so we didn't get 3 feet of snow like in D.C. and the temperatures didn't plummet to below zero like in Chicago.

In Marietta it was just day after day of cloudiness and an inch or two of snow to cover the old snow and ice that developed through the month. Take a step and you didn't know if you'd still be on your feet or on the ground after finding one of those patches of ice.

But now it's March and we've had a few sunny days. So, spring fever has broken out, even if winter returns for a few days. I'm looking ahead to baseball, sitting on the porch, no winter jackets and, yes, even mowing the lawn.

Keeping the theme of rushing things, I can't believe we go to daylight saving time this weekend. I remember when Ohio, like many states, had no uniformity with DST. Some area's never changed their clocks. As a child I remember our family trveling from Cleveland to see relatives in New Philadelphia starting a Daylight zone (fast time), back to Standard time in Massilon and Dover, then back to Daylight time in parts of New Philly. Very confusing. Now, if we're going to DST early at least everyone is in the same boat.

As for baseball, I'm forever hopeful about the Indians. Lots of new faces. Lots of young faces. I'm just hoping for some excitement on the field and a .500 season. That would be a great rebound from the train wreck that was 2009. Maybe we'll get up to see them this summer. If not, our son, Jamie, wants to check out Huntington Field in Columbus, home of the Tribe's AAA affiliate the Clippers. We did this a few years ago and it was lots of fun. Then, we enjoyed watching some of the AAA players advance to the majors. I remember Jamie saying he saw Marcus Giles playing for Myrtle Beach a few years before he made it big with the Braves.


Leslie has discovered Facebook. It sounds like fun. At least she's having lots of fun connecting with people we haven't contacted in years. I know I should keep in contact with people more than I do, bu tthere always seems to be something more pressing. Anyway, I'm glad Leslie's in touch.


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