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Dan-ecdotes: Spring: a season for the birds

Spring is here ... or it was here, and then it left ... but maybe it's coming back again already? It's confusing. Call me a curmudgeon, but I think spring is a bit overrated. Obviously, I'm just as excited as the next person to see the temperatur...

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Just last week, we got plenty of rain, then it froze and my driveway can now double as a hockey rink. I imagine in a week or two, my driveway and front lawn will mainly consist of mud, and that is not something I care for either. PineandLakes.com Illustration

Spring is here ... or it was here, and then it left ... but maybe it's coming back again already? It's confusing.

Call me a curmudgeon, but I think spring is a bit overrated.

Obviously, I'm just as excited as the next person to see the temperatures rise, the lakes thaw and the grass turn green again.

The return of open-water fishing is always fun (good for the local economy, too) and I completely understand the importance of spring for farmers.

Also, any big-time baseball fan, like myself, cannot outright hate the season. The Twins' spring training has begun, college teams are looking to start their seasons, and even the Patriots and Tigers will take the mound before you know it.

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However, I do feel the cons outweigh the pros when it comes to spring.

Sure, it isn't too hot like summer, and I appreciate that, but spring is the most inconsistent season of them all when it comes to weather. It can be 60 degrees and sunny today, then we can get four inches of snow tomorrow.

Just last week, we got plenty of rain, then it froze and my driveway can now double as a hockey rink. I imagine in a week or two, my driveway and front lawn will mainly consist of mud, and that is not something I care for either.

Floodwaters are a concern in the spring as well. There is always the looming threat that the Mississippi and other area rivers will overflow. I lived in the Fargo area during the big Red River flood of 2009 and spent several days sandbagging, so that threat is alway in the back of my mind.

Of course, spring does a number on the minds and wallets of homeowners - at least homeowners like myself. The fluctuating ground temperatures may or may not be affecting the water systems in my home. This will be our first full spring in our home, and we have already had instances of water being where it shouldn't - namely, in my basement. I can't help but feel like spring is going to cost me.

I'm lucky enough not to suffer from any seasonal allergies, but this is also the time of year where friends and family members spend a few weeks looking and sounding like they have been pepper-sprayed. I have to imagine, from their perspectives, it is difficult to argue the merits of spring. I'm pretty sure "I saw a robin today" doesn't distract enough from "I can't breathe out of my nose" to make spring worth it.

For someone who likes sleeping as much as I do, the daylight saving "spring forward" day is one of the worst days of the year. Call me petty, but I tend to really notice that hour of sleep I lost.

If State Highway 371 is a part of your regular commute, buckle up (pun intended) and get ready for some serious road construction to begin again this spring, as the major expansion project is mercifully set to be completed this year. Of course, that probably won't be the only road work in the area, and you can bet most of the work will be terrible for drivers.

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And let's not forget that your taxes are due in just over a month. Any more questions?

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