To me, there is one surer sign of the approach of spring than a groundhog out east seeing his shadow.
When major league baseball starts playing spring-training games, I know it’s getting to be time to hunt out the spring clothing and start planning for where the winter gear will be stored.
Shall we amble?
• While spring training is one of the signs of spring, there were definite signs winter was still here in Prince George on the weekend. Did anyone else notice a bit of snow on the weekend?
And, as usual, there were morons on the road. Two I noticed were Dimbulbs and Leadfoots. The Dimbulbs are the ones who apparently aren’t intelligent enough to know how to turn their headlights on in the middle of a snowstorm; the Leadfoots are the ones who says, “I don’t care there’s all kinds of ice on the roads, I’m going to drive as fast as I usually do”.
I saw one Dimbulb for the first time on 15th Avenue when he put on his turn signal. I saw one Leadfoot sail right through a red light at 15th and Ospika which I had had no problem stopping for – and he was farther away than I was.
• It’s not too often you see a real grudge match in curling, but that was definitely the case Friday night at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. Team Canada and Jennifer Jones were facing Manitoba and Cathy Overton-Clapham.
Overton-Claphma had been Jones’ third for a number of years before being fired and replaced this season. And while Manitoba didn’t have a good overall tournament, I couldn’t find too many people Saturday who weren’t happy that Overton-Clapham beat Jones.
• I will say one thing for the snow that fell on the weekend – it was really light. I was helping Mom clear her driveway on Sunday, and for the first time I can remember, I spent the whole time using the “Light snow” setting on the snowblower.
Of course, it may have been light, but there was a lot of it. What worries me is the forecast was for two to four centimetres, and that same forecast was for 10 centimetres today. That has me wondering if today’s forecast is as accurate as Sunday’s.
• So in the very near future, the Province of British Columbia will have a new premier: a woman named Clark.
Let’s see: The NDP had a premier named Clark, and the old Social Credit party had a woman (Rita Johnston) as premier.
The Liberals seem to have just taken ideas from both of them.
• I heard a few people complaining over the weekend about how strange it was to get really cold temperatures and snow in Prince George at the same time.
It is unusual, but it really wasn’t that cold over the weekend. I think the temperature was only about -15 or -20, and we have seen snow before when it’s that cold.
The difference, especially Sunday, was the wind chill, which was why it felt so much colder. Without the wind, it wouldn’t have been unusual conditions for the snow we got.