Spring begins this week, and we turn our thoughts to green growing things and the promise of life anew.
Besides, today is the day when everyone wears the green and claims a little piece of the Emerald Isle for themselves.
So let's talk about snow.
If there's ever been a signature Sandusky pastime, its complaining, grousing, moaning, kvetching or otherwise registering our displeasure with the way the city clears the snow off the streets.
Not always justified, in our opinion.
Consider: In our hearts and minds, at least, we were done with winter before last weekend. The gray, dismal Sandusky winter of recent decades, the one that does nothing but make you wish it was over, was punctuated toward the end by a couple sudden snow dumps, but it was March, and we'd already had a couple days were a light jacket was good for outdoors.
Proof of a climate going crazy or just proof we live in Northern Ohio, next to a big flat pan of a lake that has its way with the weather? Fight about that amongst yourselves.
But considering we went from rain to a foot or more of snow in a few hours, considering we hadn't gotten any shipments of road salt, considering we're forced to use construction equipment to help clear snow even in the best of winters -- where else do you see a road grader doing snowplow duty? -- not bad.
We went from Level Two snow emergency to a full official ban (not that it ever works) of non-emergency vehicles -- indefinitely -- to a lifting of the ban in a few hours. Trucks and plows and, yes, the grader, were out on the roads.
Not bad, street crews. Not bad at all.