This four month shut down coincides with National Weather Service consolidation of three of Minnesota's four seasons into one. Starting May 15th Minnesot will combine those forty days of decent spring like weather, forty days of heat, humidity, and road construction of summer, and forty pleasant days of Autumn into the new season of sprummertumn . Unless I'm delayed due to any late sprummertumn storms, I should be back in my igloo by September 15th with my new Stormy Kromer winter wardrobe just in time for the next of 245 days of SS'SAD
WARNING!!! FOR BEST STORMY KROMER OLD MAN LOOK THIS WINTER, DON'T WASH OR DRY CLEAN UNTIL NEXT MAY 15TH
Good things happened this publishing year without the support of any big name advertisers. The trilogy of the The Unbuff Scruff, a story of my attempt to comeback after 55 years away from the game by playing senior softball was "published" -- well kind of. The three blogs actually ran on the league website as a fill-in on days when there were no injury reports or birthday announcements. A few of the young fiftyish computer savy guys easily matched my playing performance as the blogger. If you're struggling for a great read while sitting on your flabby glutes lamenting the demise of the Minnesota Twins season, Google the January 15th, February 15th, and April 1st releases of the Unbuff Scruff. Reading this might even help the Twins feel better about themselves.
THE UNBUFF SCRUFF ENDORSES STORMY KROMER WINTER WEAR:
"Take it from me, the Unbuff Scruff, soon as sprummertumn ends I break out my Stormy Kromer clothes for those 245 days in purgatory. Kromer winter wear works for me -- from celebrating the little woman's birthday at Denny's to playing senior softball in the dome or outside on frozen grass in early sprummertumn. Youse bettcha, youse guys! Now you and the first mate can make every friggin frigged day in 'Sota a Stormy day too!"
CHECK OUT THE SLIDE SHOW LINKED BELOW FOR MORE STORMY STYLES:
Finally, my loyal spouse of 40 years suggested, " give it a rest", but then corrected herself saying she meant I should get some rest, not the blog. "It's our sabbitical, not just yours! It's May 15th! Let's travel! I'll need more clothes! Let's have fun!", her screeching voice pierced my eardrums. Hemorrhaging from my hearing ports, I joined her in song ringing in the first day of sprummertumn where our temps were 36 degrees F (no, not C smart ass) at 6 AM with the expected high to be at 50 degrees later this afternoon!!!
So sing along with us as we kickoff the change of seasons substituting sprummertum for summertime while tapping your arthritic toes to the music of this one hit wonder of 1958: