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3/1/2012
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A day delayed, finally we arrive at the first month since July that doesn’t adapt well to abbreviation: March. There are sayings about March beginning with the first-day portent: In like a lamb (mild weather), out like a lion (not so mild).

The reverse also is said to be true. A stormy early March (in other words, nothing like Wednesday) portends a springlike end of the month. This would seem only fair, given that by March’s end, spring will be nearly two weeks old.

However, none of that matters, because we live in Ketchikan.

Folk tales have no roots in Ketchikan. Groundhog Day? Bah; no groundhogs here. (Hoary marmot, anyone?) “April showers bring May flowers.” Here, the translation is, “April showers bring May showers,” rendering the showers of April much like those of any other month. Dog days of summer? A place has to get hot (not “hot for here”) in order to qualify — though a stroll downtown gives evidence that even if we lack the temperature, we are not lacking in the canines. The list of not-applicable truisms goes on.

So on this fine March 1: Make of the day what you will and don’t worry about the end of the month. It will take care of itself.