Ok, enough about the weather

Feb. 26, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

Before I start on my regular weekly tangent about what ever happens to strike my fancy, I want to make clear that I am not a weather buff.

Granted, I have probably wrote more about the weather recently than when I was in weather central: Kansas.

But, when you don't have a lot of Earth-shattering things go on in life and really struggle to find a suitable subject to opine about, you go with what got you there. For me, weather about sums it up.

Most who know me understand the close connection I have with my grandparents back in Kansas.

I try to be the dutiful grandson and call every week — albeit some weeks I am better at it than others.

We talk about life, love, the pursuit of happiness and just about everything else in between.

I usually make the call on Sunday night prior to getting ready for the next day of work. This past Sunday was no different.

That being said, I had been bad in my calling responsibilities and not called the week before. When that happens, there is the strong likelihood that my grandmother will call the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department and request that a posse be formed to hunt for my person.

We talked about the Oscars — of which I did not watch but heard that Seth McFarlane was spectacular — as well as what I had been doing to occupy my time while not calling on the regular basis that I usually do.

The inevitable fact was that Wichita had just received near-record snowfall the week before. Close to 14 inches of snow fell on the metro area in the course of a day.

Even though Kansas is in tornado alley and the weather changes as often as most of us change clothes, getting that kind of snow is worthy of conversation.

I heard about how bad drivers are in Kansas when the snow is on the ground. Of course, no matter what state you are in the driving takes a downward tumble when there is rain, snow or both involved.

After completing the conversation I started to think about every weather-related story, column or editorial I had written over the past five years. There was the Joplin (Mo.) tornado and the variety of stories that came with that. Tornadoes in Ellenboro in January, severe thunderstorms threatening damage of property and many things in between. That included severe heat that gripped Kansas in 2010 and 2011.

In the end, I realized that I was really tired of weather.

I am tired of worrying about the threat of snow, rain, wind and just about every other kind of weather there is.

I'm ready for sun, warm temperatures, a trip to the beach, a trip to the mountains and, basically, spring and summer.

I just remember that it is right around the corner and March is close by. That means warmer days and nights, more sun and all of the enjoyable things that come with that.

George Harrison sang it best: "Here comes the sun."

Now, enough with all of this weather business.


Matthew Clark is the Editor of The Daily Courier. He can be reached at 828-202-2927 or emailed at mclark@thedigitalcourier.com. Follow him on Twitter @UMass_MClark or @TDCMatt