Cutting to the Core

Spring is almost here and I can almost get down on my knees and praise the world. Finally, winter is over.

I don't know about most folks in the valley but this winter was a long one for me. I can't really put my finger on it. I didn't think winter was much colder than most. We didn't get that much snow. But for some reason, the winter of 2008-09 passed by at a snail's pace.

The early daylight savings time helped but I'm ready for the warm weather to get here. I'm waiting for that first day when you can go outside without a jacket. That day is close, I can feel it.

I'm expecting this spring to be a little better than past springs. For one, the credit card barbarians are being kept at bay and most have been defeated. By the middle of summer I should have driven the dagger in the last of the beasts and I'll be able to go on Dave Ramsey's show and yell, "I'm debt free," or whatever they do on that show.

So what's better than having some extra cash in the pocket during spring? That would be the Grateful Dead reuniting for a spring tour that will bring them to the Gorge May 16th. The band has dropped the Grateful part of their name and is now known as just The Dead.

The Doobie Brothers and The Allman Brothers Band will be along for the ride.

It's been a long time since I've seen the Dead. If I can use a line from a Dead song, It's been a long strange trip since my last show.

The year was 1995 and the city was Portland. Chuck Berry opened for the Dead and it was a great show. Two months later Jerry Garcia was dead and the band has only played together sporadically since. I've seen individual band members, such as Bob Weir's Rat Dog and Micky Hart's Mystery Box, but this May will be a long-awaited treat.

I'll also be able to let the Piper Cub see her first Dead show. I'm sure in 20 years there won't be too many kids her age that can say they've been to see the Dead.

Another promising event planned for this spring is a return trip to Thailand. After visiting the country for eight straight years, including a year of living there, it's been three years since the wife and I have been back. We hope to visit during May and early June. It will be the Cub's first trip abroad.

So my spring is planned and I'm ready for it to begin. When my trip to Thailand is over my favorite season of all will be beginning. That's summer, and I can't wait for that one, either.


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