It’s about time people stop their complaining about the weather.
Before I go on, I’ll admit I’ve done a fair share myself. Sunday’s blowing snow didn’t exactly bring joy to my life. But I’m changing my attitude regarding late winter.
When you think about it, it’s silly that the level of winter weather-related complaints escalate at this time of year. You know spring is just around the corner, it’s come every year so there’s no reason it won’t come this year. And the snow in Prince George doesn’t usually melt away entirely until early to mid-April. In a few weeks, it’ll start melting away.
So relax. The new season isn’t that far away. Maybe even learn to appreciate winter more. After all, there’s not a lot of time left to do winter-related activities or, in the case of summer seasonal workers, relax before the workload starts to pile up again.
The driving and cold temperatures are a pain. But deal with it. Warm your car up before driving. Give yourself an extra five or 10 minutes to get to that destination. And dress warm.
Furthermore, it makes more sense for people to get their winter weather complaining out of their systems in November or December. When the season starts, people have to deal with that first significant snowfall, putting fall clothing away in favour of warmer outfits, taking out the shovel for the first time of the season, and the knowledge, based on annual patterns, that the snow won’t melt away for another four or five months.
As for me, I’m glad I got the editorial rant out of my system last week. Some might be surprised it wasn’t regarding the weather. Rather, it was about the busyness of this time of year.
That’s right, I’m still sports editor here. Don’t worry, I’ll get into sports-related topics now.
Almost transition time – It’s the same every year, yet it always throws a curveball in my schedule. It can take a while to appreciate a lighter schedule and I have no doubt in my mind that when things really lighten up for a few weeks in April, I’ll actually be missing February and March a bit. That’s right winter haters, I’ll be missing February, but for work, not the weather of course.
The change really comes relatively quickly as many of these leagues wrap up within a few weeks of each other. I was talking to co-workers last week about how a period of roughly a month separates the busiest time of my year at the Free Press to one of my lightest periods.
Despite that change, I know I’ll learn to appreciate it once again, especially come June. By then, the sun will be shining, the temperatures will be warm and the spring-summer sports seasons will be in full gear.
Quick turnaround – It’s good the Cougars’ recent 8-0 blowout defeat came in the opening game of their three-game road swing and not the final one. With a game at Everett the next night, the Cats were able to quickly put the dreadful loss against the Spokane Chiefs on Friday evening behind them. They rebounded with a 3-1 win against the Silvertips on Saturday, and wrapped up the swing with a 4-3 shootout defeat in Chilliwack on Sunday.
The overnight trip from Chilliwack to Prince George would’ve seemed much longer than it already was had they come off a loss as lopsided as Friday. What’s worth mentioning is the Cougars have the Chiefs in town for a doubleheader on Friday and Saturday. If getting hammered by them in their barn isn’t enough motivation for the Cats to lay a licking on the Chiefs in their barn, I don’t know what is.
Provincials – B.C. sports championships are synonymous with March, and this weekend, a couple of Prince George-based teams will try advancing to nationals. The B.C. Colleges Athletic Association provincial basketball championships run Thursday through Saturday at Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford. For the UNBC men, anything short of a berth to nationals would be considered a disappointment. High expectations are expected for the defending Canadian Colleges Athletic Association national champs.
As for the Timberwolves’ female squad, a trip to nationals would be more of a surprise, although with plenty of leadership and experience in its lineup, this team also expects to challenge for a berth to the nationals.