CoMo’s spring not on calendar

Saturday, March 17, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 3:53 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Spring tiptoes in on Tuesday. Officially, the new season arrives when the sun shines exactly above the equator. But in CoMo, we’ll know it’s really spring when...

  • Columbia Mall’s mountains of snow dribble to nothing in the parking lots.
  • Buds blossom on the trembling redbud branches, and the last trees release their grip on the brown leaves they have clenched all winter.
  • Sunglasses abound so their wearers can secretly gawk at bare legs beneath tiny shorts emblazoned with MIZZOU across the derrière.
  • Toes peep out of flip-flops, and the aroma of winter-bound feet permeates the vicinity.
  • A small color-coded map signifying tornado or flash-flood watch seems to be always flashing in the corner of the TV screen.
  • The urban gloss of the True/False film festival lingers in downtown’s light-pole banners and in gloriously fading squid/woodpecker window posters.
  • The UPS guy parks his truck and squires the package to a third-floor door, instead of leaving his warm truck running and dropping the delivery at the first-floor lobby.
  • Nondieters in winter coats huddle at sidewalk tables to eat thin-mint ice cream beneath the benign gaze of a fake bulldog.
  • Other would-be athletes join Mizzou’s lacrosse team, boldly practicing in shorts since January, on Stankowski Field.
  • Road crews start filling winter’s pothole devastation.
  • Hat hair is gone, but muffin tops mar the view when coats no longer hide unpleasant bulges over too-tight jeans.

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