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April, optimism, and Chicago

April – we made it through another winter!  Welcome to springtime; April showers; spring flowers; baseball.  I love this time of year.  And when I reflect, I always think the past winter wasn’t so bad.  Memories of cold, snowy days and icy drives to work fade quickly this time of year.  Warm, sunny, spring days have a unique impact on our perspective, yes?  

Then I catch my self, “Wait a minute – you live in Denver”.  In Denver, we’re “in play” for a spring blizzard at least through Memorial Day. (In 2010, it snowed on June 15th).  Nonetheless, April makes me think of sunshine, cutting the grass, and baseball; it’s a very optimistic time of the year and of our life: 

No winter lasts forever, no spring skips its turn.
                               
Hal Borland 

Weather (and baseball) like life, is a matter of perspective, don’t you think?   Take our perspective in Chicago – my hometown: 

Life in Chicago 

60° above – Floridians wear coats, gloves and woolly hats.  Chicago people sunbathe. 

50° above – New Yorkers try to turn on the heat.  Chicago people plant gardens. 

40° above – Italian cars won’t start.  Chicago people drive with their windows down. 

32° above – Distilled water freezes.  Lake Michigan’s water gets thicker. 

20° above – Californians shiver uncontrollably.  Chicago people have their last cook-out before it gets cold. 

15° above – New York landlords finally turn up the heat.  Chicago people throw on a sweatshirt. 

Zero – Californians fly away to  Mexico.  Chicago people lick the flagpole. 

20° below – People in Miami cease to exist.  Chicago people get out their winter coats. 

40° below – Hollywood disintegrates.  Chicago’s Girl Scouts begin selling cookies door-to-door. 

60° below – Polar bears begin to  evacuate Antartica.  Chicago’s Boy Scouts postpone “Winter Survival” classes until it gets cold enough. 

80° below – Mt. St. Helen’s freezes.  Chicago people rent some videos. 

100° below – Santa Claus abandons the North Pole.  Chicago people get frustrated when they can’t thaw the keg. 

297° below – Microbial life survives on dairy products.  Illinois cows complain of farmers with cold hands. 

460° below – ALL atomic motion stops.  Chicago people start saying, “Cold ’nuff for ya?” 

500° below – Hell freezes over.  The Cubs win the World Series!                                          Unknown Sage 

Ah, the Cubs.  When I think of baseball in April, I think of Chicago.  You see – I’m a diehard Cubs fan.  Although I’ve lived in Denver since 1991, I’m only now warming to the Colorado Rockies baseball team.  

But my Cubbies?  Well you know, this is our year!  (Did I say April is a very optimistic time?)  I’ve been hoping this will be the Cubs’ year since I was a boy.  My Dad followed them his entire lifetime; ninety one years and he never saw them win a World Series. 

Yes, the weather; baseball; our entire life; all a matter of perspective.  And perspective is a range with borders on either side, as this Unknown Sage described it: 

“Pessimist”:

A person who not only expects the worst, but makes the most of it when it happens. 

“Optimist”:

The person who makes it possible for the pessimist to know how happy he or she isn’t.

So come on Die Hard Cubs fans; don’t be pessimistic; don’t give up; don’t give in; don’t expect the worst.  This is our year!  At least that’s my perspective in April; and no April skips its turn in Chicago. 

                                          GAP 

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11 Comments


  1. Jim Robertson
    Apr 08, 2011

    Gary,
    Great article – it brough a smile to my face and a tear to my eye!
    JIM


    • Gary
      Apr 10, 2011

      Thank you very much for your kind comments. hope you continue to visit my site and perhaps recommend me to your family, friends and colleagues. Thx, GAP


    • Jodecy
      Sep 13, 2011

      I’m not wrohty to be in the same forum. ROTFL


    • Keesha
      Sep 14, 2011

      Ah yes, nilecy put, everyone.


  2. Morgan Amateur
    Apr 26, 2011

    Adversity is a great schoolmaster.


    • Gary
      Apr 27, 2011

      Hi Morgan,

      Thanks for reading my post and offering your comment. I could not agree more! Hope to hear from you again. Thx, GAP


    • Jennica
      Sep 12, 2011

      Glad I’ve fainlly found something I agree with!


    • Gloriane
      Sep 14, 2011

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  3. Gracye
    Sep 14, 2011

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    Sep 22, 2011

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    • Gary
      Sep 24, 2011

      Hi Dalton, Thank you very much for your kind comments. I welcome your enthusiasm and hope you share my site with your family, friends and colleagues. Thx, GAP

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