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May daze

Paul E. Anna
Aspen, CO Colorado

It’s May.

How did that happen? First it was ski season and then, like, overnight, it was May. Of course, with yesterday’s snow storm it hardly feels like May around here.

The saying goes that April showers bring May flowers, but with all this snow it would seem the flowers may just have to wait for a while. Earlier this week when we climbed into the 60s, there were buds on the branches of the trees. The bluebirds were in flight, and the last ves­tiges of the winter snow were melting. The last clumps of compacted snow in my shaded driveway were just about gone as of 5 p.m. Wednesday. But by yesterday morning they were covered, once again, by the new flakes.

May is the ultimate transition month, and while we may begin in snow we will inevitably end the month basking in sunshine. May, which according to legend was named after the Greek goddess of fertility, Maia, is the month when spring is in full bloom and we put away our ski equipment and break out the bikes.

In fact, May is National Bike Month, according to the League of American Bicyclists, and the week of May 12­16 is National Bike-to-Work Week. While the rest of us may peddle to the office that week, it will be meaningless to our mayor, who rides his bike to the office every day. Good for Mick.

There are a number of holidays that herald the change of season in May. A favorite is the Hawaiian Lei Day, where the traditional symbol of aloha, the Hawaiian lei, is celebrated. This year in Honolulu there was a quest to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest lei ever made. The call went out for 1,800 leis that were to be strung together. At press time there was no word if they succeeded.

Then there is the Kentucky Derby. Tomorrow, the first Saturday in May, is the 134th Run for the Roses. A horse named Big Brown is a 3-1 favorite, and UPS, the compa­ny which uses the tag line “what can brown do for you,” is sponsoring the horse. The move could backfire, how­ever, if jockey Kent Desormeaux can’t hold off, say, Z Humor, who goes off at around 30-1.

And finally the month closes with Memorial Day, the unofficial start of the summer. Let’s hope that the snow will have stopped and the sun will be shining by then.


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