HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

April 9, 2007
From the Editor

John Turner


Spring is not coming on like it should, at least here in the East. Every day I look at the long range forecasts, hoping to see some warmth off in the distance. But so far, nothing.

The baseball season got underway nonetheless. I watched the Braves' games in Philadelphia, and the players looked as if they were going to freeze. Andruw Jones in center field bundled his head up so tightly I wondered how he saw the ball. But he made fine catches all the same. And the Braves got off to a good start. They are 5-1 as I write, which is better than they've been for a long time.

My cat is resentful about spring's being delayed. And she thinks it's my fault. I have told her, time and again, that I have no control over the weather, but she continues to give me a hard, accusatory look. She tries to go out about a dozen times a day, thinking I have relented and brought spring on. But after I open the door and she peers out into the cloudy, damp cold, she turns around and gives me an even more baleful stare. It must be a relief to have someone to blame for everything.

I'm having an interesting experience, going without a car for a couple weeks. It's really no hardship. We can walk easily to the store to get anything we need. Still, I feel somewhat caged. It may be a bad thing to be as addicted to cars as we are here in America. But the truth of the addiction cannot be denied.

Our president is caged in another way. He can go anywhere he wants -- except, evidently, a couple miles down the street to the RFK Stadium for the Nationals' opening game. But wherever he goes he can't get out of himself. It is, in truth, his entire universe. When I see him now I begin more and more to think that I should replace frustration with sympathy. If there is any such thing as free will I guess he is to blame for himself. But no matter who's to blame for it, the condition is such that it should excite our compassion.

The V-8 people have come out with a new product called "Fusion." It's a mixture of fruit and vegetable juices. It's also quite expensive. But, I have to admit, it tastes healthy. I have no idea whether it really is healthy, and drinking a few glasses of it have caused me to wonder whether there might be an additive which conveys a healthy taste, independent of any genuine benefits.

I noticed today that Vermont has become a topic in Doonesbury.  I figure this can be only good for us, regardless of whether we do try for independence, or amalgamation with Puerto Rico, or whatever.

Maybe there will be bright sun, where you are and I am, by the time I write again.


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