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February wreaks havoc before exit

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• February ’11 one of worst ever • Too much cold weather and ice • Thankfully short

March has finally arrived, and not a minute too soon.

As Februarys go, and they usually go pretty dismally, this one was one of the worst ever. Consider the numbers:

 28: The number of days in the month; it’s not leap year, thank goodness.

10 or 12: About the number of days when it was too cold for human beings to go       outside.

  1: The number of days this human being went outside when he should not have.   2.5: The number of hours stranded in the ice waiting for a wrecker.

 A multitude: The number of people who stopped to offer assistance for the above.

  2: The number of people required to change a tire on an icy street when the temperature is about 12 degrees and a 20 mile-per-hour wind is howling—one to change the tire and one (me) to hold the light.

5: Number of minutes it took me to get home after the tire was fixed.

Zero: the number of work days missed because of snow.

6 or 7: About the number of days when human beings actually should have gone outside and charged up for those others that were too nasty to venture out the door.

1.75: The number of days spent doing yard work, reluctantly.

11: My grandson’s birthday, Feb. 11, best day of the month.

14: The day invented by card, candy and flower companies.

 9: The coldest temperature for the month/year to date/since I’ve been in Texas.

80: Or so, the warmest day of the month, 71 degrees warmer than the coldest day. Go figure.

1.5: Number of days spent pursuing trout with a fly rod.

   3: Number of excellent trout landed during the month.

28: Number of days spent dreaming about pursuing excellent trout with a fly rod.

11: Number of months left until I have to endure another February.

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