ODE TO FALSE SPRING The birds were all atwitter in the bony, barren trees Oh, could it be that spring was here To rout grim winter's freeze? The dirty snow was melting Melting like our winter hearts I'd swear I heard once long ago That this is how spring starts. The temp'rature was sixty Yellow sun had pierced the gray The air felt kind as feathers, 'twas A picturebook spring day! No longer did I hate the world Yes, life again looked bright The stormy moods, the deep black thoughts Had just been lack of light! I heard the lilt of music Strains of violins and lutes I tossed aside my winter gloves Kicked off my cruddy boots. I opened up the windows and I dreamed of summer sports I even sifted through my drawers and pulled out skimpy shorts. AND THEN....... And then as I was gazing At my pasty winter thighs A voice came out of nowhere And it took me by surprise. "You call this spring, you sucker?" cried the ghost of winters past. "you really think you've seen the end Of winter's icy blast? "You think you're out in Tucson Or that you're some Georgia peach? You're living in Wisconsin, hon This ain't no Tampa beach." I turned to see this cranky voice~~ A pinched and gnarly guy His face was raw and red as rage H scratched his crusty eye. "For years you're in Wisconsin And you still don't get this thing? A day or two of warmth in March? That's what we call false spring!" "It's phony as a breast implant Like Britney, it's a tease It's fickle as some lovers And as fake as processed cheese." I reached up toward his collar And I pried his wool scarf loose "No wonder you're so grumpy, sir Your scarf is like a noose." He cackled then he coughed and Then he cleared his throat and spat His phlegm soared through the balmy air And landed with a splat. "Two days from now," he muttered "Wisconsin's days will not be nice! The wind will whip up from the lake That spit will all be ice." I felt the blue sky darken then My body shook with chills I hugged my sweater closer Tried to think of daffodils. "So tell me, ghost of winters past, If springtime now is false How long must poor Wisconsin wait To do a springtime waltz?" He said, "Dear girl you surely know That springtime here is cursed! Why, here it's normal if it snows On April twenty first!: "So keep you shovel handy And don't put away your coat Steer clear of all your Sunbelt friends 'Cause all they'll do is gloat." AND SO...... And so the old man shuffled off He gave a little wave, "Real spring will come by June, my friend 'Til then you must be brave."From Mary Schmich's column in the Chicago Tribune.
Saw this on the evening news last night--kinda makes whiny Olympians and pro athletes look pretty bad. Make sure you watch the video--those were some good shots! CBS News | Autistic Teen's Hoop Dreams Come True | February 24, 2006 17:04:52
(CBS) It was the stuff of Hollywood, but it was real. Senior Jason McElwain had been the manager of the varsity basketball team of Greece Athena High School in Rochester, N.Y. McElwain, who's autistic, was added to the roster by coach Jim Johnson so he could be given a jersey and get to sit on the bench in the team's last game of the year. Johnson hoped the situation would even enable him to get McElwain onto the floor a little playing time. He got the chance, with Greece Athena up by double-digits with four minutes go to. And, in his first action of the year, McElwain missed his first two shots, but then sank six three-pointers and another shot (video), for a total of 20 points in three minutes.UPDATE: video available here
CNN.com - 'Retired for about four days now' - Feb 22, 2006 and the quote of the day is????
When asked if he still worked at the meatpacking plant, Eric Zornes, 40, a maintenance mechanic, said, "I've been retired for about four days now."Even if it wasn't *my* workplace lottery pool that hit the big one, it sure is neat to see these guys win it. And hey guys......the woman is single!! and cute!!! and it's all hers! :-D
Clutching an oversized $22.1 million check -- the amount each of the eight received before taxes -- Rutjens said she was single, and added, "It's all mine." She added that she is just "trying to grasp that we're millionaires now."
..some of which sound a little too odd
Now, don't you feel smarter?
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Looks like that doesn't exitst in Europe these days. Holocaust Denier Gets Three Years in Jail -- Newsday.com
VIENNA, Austria -- Right-wing British historian David Irving was sentenced to three years in prison Monday after admitting to an Austrian court that he denied the Holocaust -- a crime in the country where Hitler was born. Irving, who pleaded guilty and then insisted during his one-day trial that he now acknowledged the Nazis' World War II slaughter of 6 million Jews, had faced up to 10 years behind bars. Before the verdict, Irving conceded he had erred in contending there were no gas chambers at the Auschwitz concentration camp.But then again, maybe dumb thought does exist there. Putting somebody in jail for their thoughts, however wrong, is a good thing, how?