Welcome to January, one of the most boring months of the year. Not only is it boring but it's long and cold. Ugggh. Possibly the only other month more boring than January is February.
November usually flys by. There are football games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The grayness and color changes are still relatively new and Thanksgiving is almost upon us. It's a nice month.
December comes and it's cold and the days are short, but it's exciting. You get to watch all of the Christmas specials, see the neighbors decorate their houses.
We usually get our first snowfall in December. There are lots of school programs and public activities to participate in.
There is a build up of excitement all month that cumulates on Christmas Day and lingers on until the 31st.
Then January hits us and we all realize we've woken up with one big hangover. What's there to look forward to? Paying off the credit cards you maxed out during the build-up to Christmas?
By now most people are sick of the cold weather. I know I am. The worst part is that it won't go away for another two months. There is no more Thanksgiving to keep your mind off the cold. There is no more Christmas or presents to make you forget.
Every day you are reminded of how cold it is. It's wet too. Ugly, gray, cold, dirty and boring.
College football ends the first week of January. We still have NFL football but January is just the beginning of the end of the season. Although this season might be different, January has never been nice to Seahawk fans. Football continues for 12 teams and those numbers drop pretty quick. If your team loses in the playoffs quickly and the other teams don't do it for you, football won't console you for very long.
January is also when high school and college students go back to school after their Christmas break. After almost a month of relaxing, students are thrown back into the machine of learning. I wonder what they think of January.
There is one holiday in the month of January, Martin Luther King Day. Problem is, you only get this holiday off if you work for the government or the school district. Everyone else has to work it so it isn't very fun.
I guess the only good thing about January is that it does eventually end. Sure, it takes 31 days for that to happen but it does end. Unfortunately, when that happens, it is replaced by the most boring month of them all, February.
Those two months, January and February, have to be the worst. No other month even comes close.
March is the start of spring. April, we're too excited about spring being here to care about much else. When May rolls around things get going. Barrel tasting, the weather is warm, what's not to like?
June is the start of summer. July is self explanatory. August days are the dog days. You have to love them. September rolls around and it's the start of the school year. Most students are excited to see their friends again.
It's also the start of fall, which I look forward to after four months of warm weather. And October is the start of the chilly nights and of course Halloween. I've already discussed November and December.
So now we enter into the yearly dark period called January and February. If I could sleep away these two months I would. But I can't, so I'll just continue to whine until March 1.