The Peace & Power of a Positive Perspective


April 1st; weather; and baseball…

Ahh, springtime in the Rockies!  What a wonderfully eventful time of the year.  Today, of course, is April Fools’ Day.  What pranks and practical jokes have been your favorites over the years? 

Spring Break you say?  Do you have something planned for April?  Cruising is a popular option.  Except for Carnival Lines – they seem to be offering a continuous parade of April Fools’ pranks lately.  Reminds me of this tale from Roger Smith: 

There is a story about a little boy who was frightened coming aboard a famous cruise ship.  He asked the first sailor he saw, “Sir, do ships this big sink very often?”  “No”, the sailor said, “only once.” 

They say that April showers bring May flowers.  Of course, in Denver we’re still “in play” for snow.  In April of 2005, we were the recipients of a 30” blizzard that shut the city down for a few days.  At least my horses enjoyed it:

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April is also a very exciting time in the sports world.  The NCAA basketball tournament wraps up shortly.  (March Madness spills over into April these days, I guess.)  The NBA is winding down their regular season and gearing up for the playoffs.  Collegiate hockey; spring lacrosse; NHL; indoor, professional lacrosse; the NFL draft; collegiate spring football; you name it. 

And yesterday was Opening Day for the 2013 Major League Baseball season.  The Houston Astros made their American League debut beating the Texas Rangers 8-2.  “American League debut?” you ask.  Me too: 

A reminder: The Houston Astros, members of the National League since their inception in 1962 (though back then, they were the Colt .45s), move to the American League West this season. We mention this because, frankly, if we didn’t, the 2013 Astros might scarcely have drawn your attention, beyond the likelihood that they’ll lead the major leagues in losses with a total higher than 100. 

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But mostly, April weather reminds me (and our Unknown Sage) of my Chicago roots: 

Life in Chicago 

60° above –   Floridians wear coats, gloves and wooly 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 Antarctica.  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! 

Hang tough, Die Hard Cubs Fans.  2013 is our year! 


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  1. Bill Foss
    Apr 01, 2013

    I first saw your diddy at Old Chicago on Colfax Ave. I still go there as often as I can just to get a true Chicago Italian Beef sandwich. Go CUBS!

    • Gary
      Apr 12, 2013

      Thanks coach! Yep- Chicago style hot dogs are my favorite. Thx, GAP

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