Spring: Bursting Out Nearly All Over
Spring is here. Not officially, of course. Spring doesn't officially begin until March 20. But this weekend we in the Washington area enjoyed what you might call a "soft launch": temperatures in the 70s, no rain, the final dregs of last week's snow consigned to the storm drains. Today looks to be even better: a little cooler but fewer clouds.
It will, however, take a few days to get used to Daylight Saving Time. It's, what, 8 a.m. now? But my body thinks it's 7 a.m. We were all a bit confused last night and the next few days will be spent wondering if the clock we're looking at is one we moved forward or one we missed. Many of us, unable to change the dashboard display on the minivan or the readout on the DVD player, will spend the next few months looking at a blinking "12:00."
A single daffodil has bloomed in our backyard, close to the house, where it's warmest. And we have lots of those little white things. (What are they? Snowdrops? Sno-Caps?)
But spring is more than the angle of the sun in the sky and the flowers poking through the loam. I was irritated over the weekend that every person in southern Montgomery County had decided to walk and ride their bikes on my path. I'm out there just about every day rain or shine, snow or sleet. Such are the demands of owning a dog. But just let the mercury get above 50 and suddenly the place is swarmed. I imagine some of the dogs I saw haven't been outside since September.
Perhaps spring begins the first time you go for a long, lazy walk or lay down some mulch. What do you think?
Do I really think journalism is about to die, as it might appear in my column today? No, not at all. It's obviously a little scrap of fiction. I wanted to somehow get down on paper all the angst I've been noticing over the last few months.
The column was very much a newspaperman's lament. I don't really think the end of newspapers will be the end of journalism, or even that there will be an end to newspapers any time soon. But I do think it's perfectly acceptable to be saddened by what's happened to so many newspapers and the men and women who work at them.
I blog, I shoot video for the Web, I Twitter, I welcome "user-generated content." These are all valuable technologies, but they are different from a newspaper. I won't be bullied by new media proselytizers into being made to feel embarrassed by my occasional nostalgia.
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