MITCHELL’S MUSINGS: Spring in our step

The weather around here lately has been positively breathtaking.

I don’t think Justin Trudeau can take credit, “Sunny Ways” aside, but the weather around here lately has been positively breathtaking.

OK, maybe more like breath restoring as it feels like one comes alive as one strolls outside taking in a big gulp of fresh air that suddenly seems in abundance after too much grey for too long, even though it wasn’t long at all by Canadian standards.

And if that gulp is too big one might gag on some dust as the remnants of a couple big snowfalls rises to meet the fresh air, making it not so fresh after all.

Still, there’s a spring in everyone’s step it seems as the brain awakens to what life can be once again once it’s nice outside.

Not that winter activities are gone, the beauty of those big  snowfalls is that spring skiing will be even better, it’s just that one starts to think of one’s golf swing and some lucky individuals have even been out already, and it’s still February.

Of course Mother Nature always has her own agenda and a teaser of better things to come can always be followed by a winter wallop so stay tuned. I’m pretty sure that’s where that lamb, lion thing for the month of March comes in, duh.

Bottom line? Enjoy the great weather while you can……

……I’d like to wish all those people who were born on Feb. 29 a happy birthday tomorrow. After all only every four years do they actually get to enjoy the festivities on their actual birth date.

For those of us who are cheap it might mean we only  have to come up with a gift every fourth year for our loved one, but somehow that doesn’t seem right, nor do I think one could get away with that type of technical thinking in a relationship.

At least not one with staying power.

I always figured it would be kind of cool to have such a birth date and be able to confuse people by saying “I’ve only had four actual birthdays in my life even though I’m 16 years old.”

And then people would likely express sympathy for your plight and ask uncomfortable questions about your parents until you actually explained the math behind such a statement.

Then again, that novelty might wear out after awhile, come to think of it, and a kid might think it’s not so cool to have such an odd birthday and wish they could just celebrate it, you know, like the other kids, on their actual birthday.

Well, whichever camp you fit into, do enjoy your day on your actual day and as far as I’m concerned you can feel special, because you pretty much are.

And for the rest of us, enjoy a bonus day as you see fit, and here’s hoping it’s spring-like to boot……..

……..speaking of hope, I’m one of those idiots who still thinks the Canucks have a chance, although outside at best, of making the playoffs.

Then again, that might be part of the spring fever item I discussed earlier.

I always find it funny how when the Canucks lose a couple in a row, especially at home, it’s “trade the Sedins, blow up the team, let the kids play, fire the coach, bring back Luongo, bring back the orange uniforms, bring back Harold Snepsts.”

OK, I might be exaggerating slightly about Snepsts but I always liked him and the way  he played.

And then when the Canucks win a couple in a row it’s “hey, these kids can play, and they’re learning so much from the Sedins, and the future looks bright and wait until next year when the kids are all a little bit better.”

Unfortunately, unless they run the table, it is most likely ‘next year’ at this point and they may even trade a few veterans for draft picks before the end of the month just to emphasize the point.

However, as it stands today, it looks like the Canucks will have lots of company as the other five Canadian teams are also on the outside looking in at the playoffs.

The likely prospect of the Leafs, Habs, Jets, Oilers, Canucks and Flames all missing the playoffs must be a little more than disconcerting for the Canadian television networks.

However, for the rest of us, that’s where the great spring weather comes in. Get out and enjoy it while you can.