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Ahh, April; springtime in the Rockies!  What a wonderfully eventful time of the year.  Monday it was 75° in Denver; in the 50’s yesterday ; snow today.  Never quite sure what Mother Nature has in mind for us in April, true?

According to Wikipedia, the month of April has progressed in a very eventful way:

April was the second month of the earliest Roman calendar;

…before Ianuarius and Februarius were added by King Numa Pompilius about 700 BC. It became the fourth month of the calendar year (the year when twelve months are displayed in order) during the time of the decemvirs about 450 BC, when it also was given 29 days. The 30th day was added during the reform of the calendar undertaken by Julius Caesar in the mid-40s BC, which produced the Julian calendar.

Eventful.

April is a very eventful time in the sports world, too.  The NBA is winding down their regular season and gearing up for the playoffs; the NHL too.  Winter sports you say?  Well, those winter sports haven’t ended in the winter season since last century.  The NFL stays relevant in the spring with their college combine followed by the college draft.

April holds opening day for Major League Baseball in cities across North America.  My beloved Cubbies even hosted the first game of the season at venerable Wrigley Field Sunday, April 5th.  They lost – shut out by the St Louis Cardinals 3-0.

Now to be a Cubs fan is saying something about optimism (and hope!).  The Cubs last won the National League pennant in 1945 (70 years ago); and they last won the World Series in 1908 (107 years ago).  No wonder we are referred to as “die hard”!

Of course, April 15th was the deadline day for filing our income tax returns – there’s an annually eventful ritual for American taxpayers!  Even Hillary Clinton chose the month of April to announce her presidential candidacy.  Let the season of political commercials commence.

But mostly, April weather and the spring season remind me of my Chicago roots; of optimism; and of hope:

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!

 Unknown Sage

Hang tough, fellow Die Hard Cubs Fans.  2015 is our year!

GAP

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