Jim Shea: Winter Was Bitter And So Are We

Yes, it was cold enough for us

I think I can speak on behalf of all Connecticut residents when I say welcome back to our flock of returning snow birds.

And to ease any fears you may have, we are not bitter.

Chances are if the circumstances were right, we too would have flown the coop to points south like you bunch of sissies.

OK, maybe we're a little bitter.

While I know most snow birds keep track of the weather back home when they are away, trust us, those reports did not truly capture the winter we just endured.

It was hell. Or, more specifically, it was like hell would be if hell actually did freeze over.

If there is one word to describe this winter it is relentless and long. I know that's two words, but get off my back. Sorry, that's another thing about this winter; it's left us all still a bit testy.

Essentially, every day was either cold, or snowing, or really cold and really snowing. When the temperature shot up into the 30s, we chipped away at the driveway ice wearing flip-flops and Speed-os.

There were periods when nothing melted for weeks, even us. Over time, a variation of the Stockholm syndrome took hold, with the wind chill factor eventually becoming our friend.

Travel, most of the time was a huge hassle, except for inside the city of Hartford, which did a terrific job of snow removal. That's another thing about this winter, it put an extra fine edge on our sarcasm.

Anyway, the bottom line I guess is that we who remained behind survived another New England winter. But then there was never any doubt about that.

You can't be a wuss and live around here.

This Guy Has Stones

While participating in a 90-minute debate with seven other Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates last week, state Treasurer Steve Grossman was also actively involved in passing a kidney stone. Passing a kidney stone is often compared to child birth. Despite the pain, described as a 10 on a scale of 1-10, Grossman answered all questions and even stuck around for an awards ceremony during which the stone was passed. And he did this without the assistance of rhythmic breathing, ice chips or a coach. Besides demonstrating how badly Grossman wants to be governor, the episode also goes a long way toward dispelling the widely held notion that all families would have just one child, if that, if men had the babies.

Wolf Dog Tales

First it was a new mountain lion sighting, and now there may be wolf-dog hybrids on the prowl. According to a story in The Day of New London, one or more hybrid wolf-dogs in the North Stonington and Ledyard area may have recently attacked at least two horses, bitten a bicyclist and threatened a resident who shot and killed one of the animals. Wolf-Dog hybrids are illegal in Connecticut and most states. One of the characteristics of the hybrid wolf dog is that they tend to be untrainable. I'm thinking of having my dog's DNA tested.

Baseball Note

The Red Sox, I'm sorry, the World Champion Boston Red Sox, begin the defense of their title on Monday. The World Champion Boston Red Sox will be playing the Baltimore Orioles. On Tuesday, an off day, the World Champion Boston Red Sox will visit the White House. The World Champion Boston Red Sox' home opener is on Friday.

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