A Sign of Spring: THE REAPPEARANCE OF THE ROCK RD. JOGGER

  • HndsmKansan

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    Mar 01, 2008 7:25 PM GMT
    Well its March 1st and spring is finally beginning show up after a long winter...

    In Wichita, its 75 today, and coming back from a meeting I noticed a sign of the seasonal change... the reappearance of the "Rock Rd" jogger.

    A major n/s thoroughfare in east Wichita, Rock Rd. is home to snarled traffic, eateries, the malls, upscale stores ... and the Rock Rd. Jogger.

    A guy who jogs without his shirt twice daily, loves attention, gets notice and the "swoon" of many gay dudes in Wichita. I always chuckle, he's cute, but
    its clear he loves attention and to jog. The rumor is by some of those local gays... the jogger isn't gay.
    (LOL).

    SO, is there anything that happens in your town or city that is a sign of the seasonal change?
    Anything that might get your attention????
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    Mar 01, 2008 9:56 PM GMT
    Same here in Arizona. This is the first day I could leash up my two chows - drop the sweat pants and shirt - and do my run in just shorts, shoes - oh, and dark glasses....you've got to have those here. During my two miles, I got a few smiles, thumbs up, horns, and even was asked for directions......too bad these all came from chicks!
  • GQjock

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    Mar 02, 2008 4:44 AM GMT
    Umm... in Miami
    we wear a different color bathing suit? icon_cool.gif
  • art_smass

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    Mar 02, 2008 5:35 AM GMT
    I saw a fat girl in shorts today.
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    Mar 02, 2008 5:37 AM GMT
    The first sign of spring here in the Boston Metro has been the mix of rain with the snow. I can't wait to get back to Arizona for some sun!
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    Mar 02, 2008 5:39 AM GMT
    I live in Buffalo.

    We have two more months of Winter.

    I need to move.
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    Mar 02, 2008 9:32 AM GMT
    We want a pic of the jogger, HK! .... icon_wink.gif
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    Mar 02, 2008 12:56 PM GMT
    We have signs of spring around here too. Sunday it was almost 70. Then by Tuesday it was back down to 28.

    There is one thing I notice every year as spring approaches. I frequent a local bike shop here in town. In the winter the owner is sitting behind the counter watching daytime tv. As spring approaches, when you enter the store he is working in ass off with the influx of bikes to be repaired.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Mar 02, 2008 3:09 PM GMT
    Caslon saidWe want a pic of the jogger, HK! .... icon_wink.gif




    It might take a couple of months, but I'll do my best to comply
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    Mar 02, 2008 5:53 PM GMT
    The little purple crocuses that we call "grass widows" often start to bloom on February 1. I found the first ones on the 11th this year (last year it was the 15th). Now the whole hillside below my house is purple.

    I've switched the daily uniform to cargo shorts and sandals, but my toes are getting a little blue on the frosty mornings.
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    wow, reducing these pics to 256 colors really deadens them. Oh well, I guess you have to be here.

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  • Timbales

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    Mar 02, 2008 5:56 PM GMT
    I live in Syracuse, NY. Spring is far away.
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    Mar 02, 2008 6:31 PM GMT
    GOD: Frank, you know all about gardens and nature. What in the world is going on down there on the planet? What happened to the dandelions, violets, thistle and stuff I started eons ago? I had a perfect no-maintenance garden plan. Those plants grow in any type of soil, withstand drought and multiply with abandon. The nectar from the long-lasting blossoms attracts butterflies, honeybees and flocks of songbirds. I expected to see a vast garden of colors by now. But, all I see are these green rectangles.

    ST. FRANCIS: It's the tribes that settled there, Lord. The Suburbanites. They started calling your flowers "weeds" and went to great lengths to kill them and replace them with grass.

    GOD: Grass? But, it's so boring. It's not colorful. It doesn't attract butterflies, birds and bees; only grubs and sod worms. It's sensitive to temperatures. Do these Suburbanites really want all that grass growing there?

    ST. FRANCIS: Apparently so, Lord. They go to great pains to grow it and keep it green. They begin each spring by fertilizing grass and poisoning any other plant that crops up in the lawn.

    GOD: The spring rains and warm weather probably make grass grow really fast. That must make the Suburbanites happy.

    ST. FRANCIS: Apparently not, Lord. As soon as it grows a little, they cut it-sometimes twice a week.

    GOD: They cut it? Do they then bale it like hay?

    ST. FRANCIS: Not exactly, Lord. Most of them rake it up and put it in bags.

    GOD: They bag it? Why? Is it a cash crop? Do they sell it?

    ST. FRANCIS: No, Sir, just the opposite. They pay to
    throw it away.

    GOD: Now, let me get this straight. They fertilize grass so it will grow. And, when it does grow, they cut it off and pay to throw it away?

    ST. FRANCIS: Yes, Sir.

    GOD: These Suburbanites must be relieved in the summer
    when we cut back on the rain and turn up the heat. That surely slows the growth and saves them a lot of work.

    ST. FRANCIS: You aren't going to believe this, Lord. When the grass stops growing so fast, they drag out hoses and pay more money to water it so they can continue to mow it and pay to get rid of it.

    GOD: What nonsense. At least they kept some of the trees. That was a sheer stroke of genius, if I do say so myself. The trees grow leaves in the spring to provide beauty and shade in the summer. In the autumn, they fall to the ground and form a natural blanket to keep moisture in the soil and protect the trees and bushes. It's a natural cycle of life.

    ST, FRANCIS: You better sit down, Lord. The Suburbanites have drawn a new circle. As soon as the leaves fall, they rake them into great piles and pay to have them hauled away.

    GOD: No. What do they do to protect the shrub and tree roots in the winter to keep the soil moist and loose?

    ST. FRANCIS: After throwing away the leaves, they go
    out and buy something which they call mulch. They haul it home and spread it around in place of the leaves.

    GOD: And where do they get this mulch?

    ST FRANCIS: They cut down trees and grind them up to make the mulch.

    GOD: Enough! I don't want to think about this anymore.
    St. Catherine, you're in charge of the arts. What movie have you scheduled for us tonight?

    ST. CATHERINE: "Dumb and Dumber", Lord. It's a story about....

    GOD: Never mind, I think I just heard the whole story from Frank.
  • ShawnTX

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    Mar 02, 2008 6:32 PM GMT
    It only snowed 5 cm yesterday. Woohoo...spring is here!!!
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    Mar 02, 2008 6:46 PM GMT
    Thank god winter in Vancouver is about over...

    Chilled Vancouver commuters faced their second day of winter hell today, as an additional ¼ centimetre of the peculiar white stuff fell, bringing the lower mainland to its knees and causing millions of dollars worth of damage to the marijuana crops. Scientists suspect that the substance is some form of frozen water particles and experts from Saskatchewan are being flown in. With temperatures dipping to the almost but not quite near zero mark, Vancouverites were warned to double insulate their lattes before venturing out.

    Vancouver police recommended that people stay inside except for emergencies, such as running out of espresso or biscotti to see them through Vancouver's most terrible storm to date. The local Canadian Tire reported that they had completely sold out of fur-lined sandals.

    Drivers were cautioned to put their convertible tops up, and several have been shocked to learn that their SUV's actually have four wheel drive, although most have no idea how to use it.

    Weary commuters faced soggy sushi, and the threat of frozen breast implants. Although Dr. John Blatherwick, of the Coastal Health Authority reassured everyone that most breast implants were perfectly safe to 25 below, down-filled bras are flying off the shelves at Mountain Equipment Co-op.

    "The government has to do something," snarled an angry Trevor Warburton. "I didn't pay $540,000 for my one bedroom condo so I could sit around and be treated like someone from Toronto."
  • HndsmKansan

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    Mar 02, 2008 6:51 PM GMT
    ShawnTO saidIt only snowed 5 cm yesterday. Woohoo...spring is here!!!






    I mowed my yard ... I loved it
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    Mar 02, 2008 7:03 PM GMT
    That's beautiful, Mindgarden. Our crocuses came up about a week ago, too.
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    Mar 02, 2008 7:19 PM GMT
    The fratboys are starting to run around in cargo shorts and flip-flops again. Hooray!
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    Mar 02, 2008 7:24 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidI live in Syracuse, NY. Spring is far away.

    Roo- Move on down south. It's 77 now and I am about to go catch some raysicon_cool.gif I'll take you inicon_smile.gif
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    Mar 02, 2008 7:33 PM GMT
    Today is our first spring-like day: sunny and 64°F. The only thing in bloom, however, is the rosemary out in the greenhouse:

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    Mar 02, 2008 7:37 PM GMT
    Mindgarden: Can I bring my dog over to play with your dog? Pretty please.
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    Mar 02, 2008 8:28 PM GMT
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    Mar 02, 2008 8:29 PM GMT
    Here in St Augustine it's "Bike Week". The event is held down in Daytona Beach, but we get the over-run. It's always nice to see hot bikers in leather all over the place!!!

    -Den
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    Mar 02, 2008 8:46 PM GMT
    Spring Time in Columbus, OH....dress in layers....and be ready to expereince all of the seasons in a single day! March til mid April is "MUD Season"....the ground is begining to thaw....
    Last night it snowed, rained, temps went up and then dropped in to the 20's when it cleared off, and is now in the 60's with a mix of clouds and sun and we expect monday to be warm and wet/storms, then back to winter on tuesday with snow and cold....the lakes are still frozen over and the piles of snow and ice are meling and looking ugly and dirty.....yep, it's spring!
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    Mar 03, 2008 8:35 AM GMT
    Massive lightning storms...
  • ShawnTX

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    Mar 03, 2008 11:04 PM GMT
    It went up to +9C this afternoon. It felt so good to feel the sun on my back as I took a walk around the block without a coat on.