Middle aged-crank finally puts winter in the rear-view mirror

9:45 AM, Apr 5, 2012   |    comments
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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Even though I'll probably curse us all for saying this, I will.

The winter of 2011-2012 is history.

I know, I'm about two months behind everyone else, but that's just how I roll. Call it a combination of family history, superstition, and foot dragging pragmatism.

Let me start with the history. When we were growing up my dad had a rule that remains indellibly inked in my brain; no bikes get pulled from the rafters until April 1. It drove us nuts during those years the snow would melt in March and all of our buds were pedaling around having fun.

I now understand why he did it. The minute you take 4 bikes down and put em' on the garage floor, you lose a parking space. That just about guarantees that a 2-foot snowfall is on the way, or at least a run of frosty nights that leave you scraping your windshield.

I'm also a Minnesotan through and through, meaning that when it comes to weather I'm always waiting for the next shoe to drop. It just reasons that an unusually warm and snowless late winter will be marred by one last blast when you least expect it.

This may be why I was well behind my neighbors this year in mothballing the snowblowers, pulling out the bikes and lawnmower, putting my motorcycle back together and welcoming Spring/Summer with a warm embrace. I told myself that it was mainly because we were leaving for a week during spring break and I wanted both cars inside the garage, but that's just a small part of it.

Truth be told, I'm carrying on the April 1 seasonal turnover tradition. Calling me a fool for doing so would be perfectly acceptable.

It also wouldn't change my approach.  

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