It’s a beautiful day

Brian Golden

Ahh … another gorgeous Tuesday here in Chenango County, although I must admit it was more-than-a-bit chilly when I made my way outside to start the car this morning. And while I’m (still) not looking forward to three-plus months of shoveling, scraping, slipping and sliding, it will be nice to see that first relevant snowfall of the year. What can I say? It’s a great opportunity for some nice pictures and – even though I’m no fan of winter – I enjoy a white Christmas just as much as the next guy.

Once the New Year has come and gone, however, I’d like to see temperatures in the mid-70’s and sunny skies. Hey, a guy can dream, can’t he?

As for this week’s column, well, I’m having a little trouble getting focused for some reason. Why’s that, you ask? Well, I’m guessing it has to do with the fact that – unbelievably – the holiday season is upon us. Positive points: eggnog (my favorite holiday drink), spending time with loved ones, the occasional extra day off, Thanksgiving (not to mention Christmas) dinner and, of course, presents (both the giving and the receiving). Negative points: the aforementioned snow, long lines at the store, an overabundance of gut-wrenching holiday music and, of course, the dreaded holiday hangover.

You know what I mean … once New Year’s has come and gone it’s really just month after month of drudgery and boredom until that spring weather hits (note to month of April, the sooner you get here the better).

I failed last week to hit the 100 mark in regards to my Evening Sun blog, largely due to the fact that I just didn’t have the time. Today’s offering marks number 98 and – with a little luck – I think I’ll reach the three-digit milestone sometime on Thursday. Not that anyone really cares, of course, but for this intrepid reporter (who still pinches himself every once in awhile, wondering how he got so lucky in landing this job), it’s a noteworthy benchmark.

Not only that, but it also puts me that much closer to fifth-place all-time as an Evening Sun blogger. Just saying.