March 2005

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March 1st March is supposed to come in like a Lion......and it did. 15 below zero this morning which is cooo-ooold for the 1st of March.
March 2nd Lucy (aka Big Dog) is gone! After spending nearly two months here, she went back to her owner. I'm happy to see her go and I'm sad to see her go. Click HERE to see her last pictures.
March 3rd Farewell to winter:
It was 25 below zero the night before last and 20 below zero last night. But it's going to be 35 above this afternoon and only 20 above for tonight's low. I think our days in the deep freeze are done for the year; the cold part of winter is over. Sigh! But we still have plenty of snow.

The ice is 25 inches thick and we still might add an inch or two onto that, but I doubt it. The days of making ice are probably over too.
March 4th On this day in 1922 a great many Chinese babies were born. The same thing has happened on almost every day previous and every day since. China has a population of 1.3 billion which is about 20% of the all the people in the world. However, the birth rate has changed much in the last 50 years. In 1953 the average number of children born to each woman during her lifetime was 6.2; in 2002 it was 1.8.
March 5th Lori and I (along with Brian and Ann Kielpinski) took a trip to Rochester to attend a play entitled "The Tavern" starring Randy Peterson. It was an enjoyable weekend, an entertaining play, and an excellent performance by Randy.
March 6th Today is the tomorrow that you worried about yesterday.
March 7th If you think about it, you'll see that there's actually an upside to getting old. That's hard to believe, but it's true. When you get old you can actually start telling the truth whenever you want to. You can say anything you want to anybody, and nobody will get mad at you for it. They'll just blame it on old age, or constipation, or something.....then they'll slap you on the back and tell the people around them that even though you're getting up there in years, you still have a lot of spunk.
March 8th In 1998, when the ice went out on May 7th, we had only five calendar months in which there was no ice on Little Bass Lake. AND, if you count snow flurries, that year there were only three calendar months in which no snow fell.
March 9th Here's another benefit of growing old. Over the last few years it's amazing how many purchases I've justified by saying "I know it's a lot of money but look at it this way, this is the last one I'll ever have to buy".
March 10th Click HERE for some memories of my Dear Sister Deb (4/6/47 - 3/10/05).
March 11th For two more pictures click HERE.
March 12th For another picture, click HERE. That's Deb (on the left) with our sister Beth.
March 13th Deb, flanked by our Mother and Father. Click HERE.
March 14th This date will contain more pictures of my Dear Sister when I have more available.
Ides of March This is not a picture, but it's relevant nonetheless. The sudden death of someone close to you can really make a person think. Click HERE.
March 16th There have been a lot of below zero nights this month. Maybe the Farmers' Almanac has gotten one right!
March 17th Erin go bragh(!)......and Happy 29th birthday to my Dear San Francisco Daughter Teri!!!!!
March 18th 12 hours and 3 minutes of day light today......we're over the hump. But there's still 26 inches of ice on the lake and plenty of snow on the ground.
March 19th If you have ever stood outside on a dark night and sprayed brown paint on your neck and arms thinking it was mosquito repellent, you're likely to pay more attention to labels in the future. That's true, isn't it Joe?
Spring Equinox Hats off to Spring(!); it arrived at 6:33 this morning. Lori and I went skiing on the lake (the conditions were GREAT), then sat on the back deck and enjoyed a glass of wine. To see Lori celebrating, click HERE.
March 21st Countdown to:
Spring -- N/A
Ice out -- 29 Days (my old prediction......but I doubt we'll make it by then)
Fishing opener -- 1 Month and 21 Days
Bob and Jo's arrival -- 1 Months and 26 Days
Christmas -- 9 Months and 4 days
March 22nd I don't know why I'm saying this here; I just am! This evening I checked and found that from November, 1985 to January, 2001 I wrote 116 letters to my Dear Sister Deb. (If you haven't already done so, see the March 10th entry.) Most of them were written between the years of 1985 and 1992 (my letter writing diminshed immensely when LBLR came into the picture). All of those 116 letters are on the hard drive in this computer. One of these next few nights, I'm going to open a bottle of rather drinkable Merlot and spend the entire evening partakeing of the fruit of the vine and perusing every one of those 116 missives. They contain a lot of history.
March 23rd 47 years ago today, Elvis was inducted into the army. For those who can't remember, the thought of Elvis with a standard GI haircut caused quite a stir.
Maundy Thursday This is the Granddaughter (born today), Jessica Kaye (Kaye as in Deborah Kaye) Sierocki that my Dear sister Deb missed by 2 weeks. Congratulations to Kelly and Paul. She's gorgeous! To see her, click HERE.
Good Friday For almost 600 years (1155 - 1752) today was celebrated as New Year's Day in England. For Christians today is also the Feast of the Annunciation.
Holy Saturday "How I love Claret! It fills one's mouth with a gushing freshness, then goes down cool and feverless. You do not feel it quarreling with your liver. Nay! 'Tis rather a peace-maker, lying as quiet as it did in the grape. It is as fragrant as the Queen Bee and the more ethereal part enters into the brain, not assaulting the cerebral apartments like a bully looking for his trull, hurrying from door to door and bouncing against the wainscott.......but rather walking like Aladdin about his enchanted palace, so gently that you do not feel his step."

John Keats (1795-1821)
Easter Sunday "Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here: for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell his deciples that he is risen from the dead; and behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy."

(Matthew 28:5-8)
March 28th Happy birthday Randy! Half way to 90.....that's a good age (for a kid).
March 29th Less than 7 weeks till the fishing opener.....if you need a little inspiration, click HERE.
March 30th This is a great time for my Alma Mater. Last night the Michigan State Women's basketball team beat Stanford, and this past Sunday the men's team beat Kentucky in the second overtime. That puts them both into the Final Four in their respective tournments. Keep it up you guys. Go Green!
March_31st It came in like a lion; but did it go out like a lamb? I guess that's depends on how you define a lamb (and I'm not trying to imitate Bill Clinton). 38 degrees and raining all that a Lamb? It's a little wet around here at the moment. To see what it looks like, click HERE.

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