Editorial: A few kicks at winter

Trent Ernst


On those nice days, like we’ve been having frequently this winter, I find myself, while walking around downtown, from the office to Town Hall, or over to the Community Centre, taking a kick or two at winter.

Now, as I’ve mentioned before, I like winter, but the truth is, I like spring more. I mean, I like winter, but not in that way, you know? She’s fun, and everything, but I don’t want to settle down with her or anything.

So, on days when it’s nice, I like to work on creating dry paths between here and my frequent destinations.

Last year I wrote about how I measure the onset of spring not by what day it is, but by how many steps I can take between here and home without touching snow.

I do the same thing downtown, too, though this is typically because I don’t want to change from my outdoor shoes to my indoor shoes, and if it is dry outside, I can justify not having to bother changing shoes.

So, as the snow turns to ice, where it falls off the awning on the building that used to house Country Lane Creations, I will then come along and try and break up that ice. Or where the snow has been packed down by a hundred feet, I will kick at it when I pass by in the hopes of breaking it up.

By doing so, I am speeding up how quickly that chunk of ice will melt and, in my own small way, hasten the return of spring.

I know I’m not alone in this. Over the last little while I’ve seen people snow blowing their lawns off, or chipping the ice off their paved driveways (lucky so and sos….) and a dozen other little things to speed up how quickly the snow will melt. It’s a little early yet, but I, too, am one of those who will be out every day in march, slowly chipping away at the ice that has build up on my driveway. (When it’s not paved, you need to let it compact the first snowfall or two, so that you can shovel it properly, but that means it takes longer to melt in the spring, especially since we live on the side across from the sunny side of the street.)

This early in the year it is a fruitless pursuit, but it is one that we still engage in. Hope, as they say, springs eternal.

But sometime in the next few days, the average daily high will creep above zero. And by the end of March, the average daily average will have pushed up into the positives, too.

So it won’t be long until winter as we know it will truly be at an end. Only a month or so. Give or take a month or so.

And then maybe I’ll be able to get my bike free. I have it outside in our portable shed, but with the constant thaw and freeze, the water has run into the shed and the bike’s tire is frozen to the ground right now.

Of course, having written this, I look outside and it’s snowing like a sunofagun outside my window. Oh well, as they say, if you don’t like the weather in BC, wait a few minutes, and its bound to change.

Correction: Councillor Howe stopped by and pointed out that in the last issue of Council Notes in the succession of the Wildfire Mitigation by the golf course he says we shouldn’t log the area, then says we should log the area, then says we shouldn’t log it again. Of course, his point was to not log the area, but leave it to be developed by developers and that I missed a “don’t” in the second bit. Sorry about any confusion that might have caused.