That Time  

rm_IanDark 56M
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4/19/2006 4:03 pm

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4/20/2006 7:12 pm

That Time


I hate it when people say, "It's that time of year again". It doesn't mean anything! It's always THAT time of year. Whatever time it is, it's that time.

You can feel summer is just around the corner. Easter is out of the way. It's not as frenetic as Christmas - a good thing. What's the deal with Easter anyway? The King of the Jews has risen from the dead... have some ham. What's that about? Now that he's become the undead, he doesn't eat kosher anymore? Sorry, I think I may be channeling Jackie Mason.

The trees are budding. The grass is green. The sky's been unusually blue here. The winter coats have been put in the closet. We don't pack 'em up quite yet. This is Minnesota! It can snow in May. But we won't think about that right now.

Soon the air will be filled with the sounds of children playing, neighbors laughing together drinking a few cold ones while their kids splash around in the pool. The languid aroma of brats,hot dogss, and hamburgers drift through the warm air into open windows. The occasional whir of bicycle gears as they ride down the gentle hill in the driveway. Yes, that's summer.

Sometimes I feel like a leaf on the wind, skimming along on an easy breeze. It's a good feeling until I start thinking about tornado season and whether it's "that time of year" again.

Do you ever notice when people say, "It's that time of year again!" It's usually not a good thing? It usually means we have to actually do something. Set your clock forward, set your clock back, buy a present, go somewhere to some kind of zany ritual. Usually the rituals themselves aren't all that interesting. So to get you to come, they tempt you with food. "There's gonna be cake..." Then you're like, "I don't want to go.. but there's gonna be cake. I wonder if it's chocolate?"

They always seem to go for the sweet tooth. No one offers steak. "Want to come to my birthday party? There's gonna be steak!" This hasn't happened to me so far. If they don't go for the sweet tooth, there might be booze involved. "Want to come to your class reunion? We're having an open bar this year." On the outside, this doesn't seem to be a bad idea. Get a little buzzed so you can talk to people you were thrown together with for four years with, moved away from, haven't spoken with in 15 years or more. However, reality sets in later on when you realize they can get bombed too. Who knows what they're gonna be like after that? A lot like they were when you were in school.

I guess it's that time of year.

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