Friday, February 19, 2010
Predictions: a CRAZY spring
On the counter at Peregrine Espresso yesterday.
The twin blizzard snow is melting - kind of perfectly in fact. Lots of sunshine the past few days, in addition to temperatures of around 40 F. have brought about a nice, leisurely melt, a good thing for everyone. A slow melt means that the streets don't turn into slushy ice swamps, and it's good for the rivers, too, since people pour salt and toxic chemicals on the snow which eventually get washed out into the Potomac and Anacostia. The rivers are better able to accommodate a slow accumulation of poisons, so this slow melt is just right.
The only people who are still really bitching about the snow are those who like to drive around in their cars all the time. The truth is, after two weeks of unplowed streets, it's clear (at least to me) that most people really don't need a full time car. We could live well on Capitol Hill with half the number of current cars. Just sayin'.
Last week the idea of spring was surreal. This week I'm beginning to understand that it is indeed on its way. Within the month, the trees will pop, the bulbs will burst out of the ground. I predict that people here will be even more spring crazy than usual after our wonderful, snowy winter. I think the bulb flowers will be beautiful (they like a good winter) and the cherries? Oh man.
We've got a ways to go, but at last this week I can understand that spring is on its way. Oh yeah!!