13. April, 2006 - Just a month

This morning I spent a few minutes looking at the Saints schedule and realized that there’s just a month left before the season starts. Given the warm weather we’ve had this week, that seems like a long way off, but I keep thinking that this is not a normal Minnesota spring, and we might even get snow again before it turns nice for keeps. I hope not, but it wouldn’t surprise me.

I’ve also noticed this week that I’m already doing things to avoid going out and working in the yard. Not because I don’t want to, but because I don’t want to get ahead of myself. Too much time working on the grass and such would mean I’d be tempted to get started on the garden, too, and it’s definitely too early for that. So instead I’ve been doing things like visiting friends or going to the local watering hole, when I really should be cleaning out the garage, or going for a ride on my trike. Perhaps this weekend I’ll make the mental transition.

Spring in Minnesota is generally a pretty good time, complete with college gals throwing off their parkas and showing off their spring-break-tanned bodies. But the biggest downside of spring in Minnesota is that the crazies come out, too. Two weeks ago, there was the guy who thought he was Jesus at the bar. Yesterday, a friend got accosted by the neighborhood “thugs,” a handful of teenagers who are apparently hassling people on the streets.

I’m glad I haven’t had an encounter with such yet this year, but I worry about the day. Not so much because I feel threatened by them (though there is an element of that) as by the fact that it would be far too tempting to “escalate the situation” to the point that someone would need to call the police. I’d rather just avoid the whole mess in the first place.

And that’s the same reason I don’t see “patching things up” from last year’s party, either. I don’t hate ’em, but I seem to feel better when they’re not around. Is it cowardly, or “being an asshole” to avoid people who make you feel bad? Could be, but I don’t particularly care. Life’s too short.

And before this goes any further off the rails, I guess it’s time to get to work for the day. If the weather and my sleeping patterns hold for tomorrow, I might skip the update. I keep seeing beautiful sunrises out the window while I’m writing these morning rambles, and it might be time to get outside and actually enjoy one. So maybe I’ll see you tomorrow, but if not, have a swell weekend.

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