By Dennis Minich
When I woke up last Wednesday morning, I braced myself before looking out the window. Even with the mental preparation I don’t think I was really prepared for the devastation I witnessed. Right there in front of me, there was two, maybe three inches of snow on the ground. My gawd, what a devastating sight. One could only wonder, will we all survive?
For days the great weather prognosticators had warned us that somewhere between one foot and 487 inches of snow was going to blanket our entire area. In preparation, businesses were shut down, schools were closed and the grocery stores ran out of toilet paper. But, even with all of this preparation, I don’t know if any of us were really ready to cope with the reality of the day. There was so much snow the dead grass in my yard was almost completely covered. Thank goodness we were all warned and prepared.
Now my greatest fear is in the near future we are going to get forecast a dusting or small snowfall. Then we might be in danger of a serious winter storm.
While I was not overly concerned about the great snow event of 2022, I was, as usual, genuinely concerned with the findings of Punxsutawney Phil, the great groundhog meteorologist, who can sometimes be our only hope of shortening winter. But, alas, Phil came out and said he saw his shadow, so six more weeks of winter are still in our future. However, if his success is the same as the trained meteorologists who pontificate on the local TV stations, maybe we can forget the rest of winter and get the lawn mowers and backyard swimming pools ready for action.
While I might not be great at weather forecasting, I can be of service to the guys out there who might think there are six more weeks until Valentine’s Day. Gentlemen, the big day is on Monday. I don’t know a lot of things, but I do know that it is usually not good for a relationship if you forget: your anniversary; your significant other’s birthday; or Valentine’s Day.
It’s important to remember for Valentine’s Day that the price of the gift doesn’t really matter, it is all about the thought. For example, you may think you need to come up with some roses. I have found that a nice packet of flower seeds works just as well. Candy? Don’t waste your money on a heart-shaped box of assorted chocolate delights, a nice Hershey bar or Baby Ruth is usually just as well received. And one more, I know from personal experience, chances are the lady in your life would be just as happy with a dinner for two at Cracker Barrel or Taco Bell as they would with some fancy, romantic place. Even better, bring along a couple buddies to share the evening. Nothing tells a gal you love her quite like letting here spend time with you and your guy pals on Valentine’s Day
Note: the above advice really has no basis in fact, it’s simply a hope that if enough people adapt such ideas, it might help me dig out a little from the wrath of prior transgressions.
Of course, before we get to Valentine’s Day, we must get through Super Bowl Sunday. It is a relatively safe bet to say the amount of interest in the event has plummeted since the Chiefs were eliminated. I personally have about as much interest in the Super Bowl now as I have for the Winter Olympics. I believe the Olympics have been going for about a week and I saw about 30 seconds of action in a bank lobby last week, which was the total of my viewership and about 30 seconds more than I cared to watch.
So, with the Super Bowl coming up, I figured out a way to get out of watching the game and earn brownie points with Leslie at the same time: I am taking her out for Valentine’s Day Sunday night. I figure smaller crowds and quieter ambiance will make our Cracker Barrel dinner even more romantic.