Good Morning.  Happy Thursday.  How many of you are sore from the shoveling and the plowing?  Couple of reminders…take care of the hydrants and the sidewalks if you haven’t already from the snow.  Most communities have fines for failure to remove snow from sidewalks on your property after 24 hours of a storm.   Otherwise, its not as horrible as everyone thought it was going to be.  And, Nick Morganelli in the Weather Center had great news….the snow that we are expecting for Sunday won’t be a disaster.  Yayyyy!


When I was just a wee lad – back when there was no internet…you actually had to know how to add rather than just punch it up on a calculator, Earle Nightingale said, “We’ve got to put the fuel in before we can expect heat. Likewise, we’ve got to be of service first before we can expect money. Don’t concern yourself with the money. Be of service. Build. Work. Dream. Create. Do this and you’ll find that there is no limit to the prosperity and abundance that will come to you.”


I wish Congress or the state legislature would abide by that.  How many times have we looked at what they do on Capitol Hill either in Boston, or DC or Hartford or wherever and wondered why it takes so long to get something done…and why is there not an idea among smart men and women to inject some amazing amount of energy in the world.  The issue that in Congress, like the rest of the world everyone is seeking an immediate response, an immediate reward and that is not what it is all about.  I would rather see someone come up with the one good idea that we can build on then trying to take what has already been done and telling me how good it is despite of the fact that it doesn’t work.  It’s why I like to ask politicians for a good idea that will benefit us all in some way…how does it work and what will it do for us.  Most politicians can’t answer that question. We have set up a system where all we do is elect someone and before we turn around, it is time to go through the election cycle again.


Anyway, I snuck out of my studio to get something to eat yesterday morning and in the course of one city block in Springfield saw three people pass me all having animated conversations with themselves…one man running down the street barking at a bus and one guy “walking a leash” for lack of a better description.   That was at 11-30 in the morning.   I am not allowed to tell you what I experience at the crazy hour that I arrive in my home away from home.  Let’s just say if the streets could talk – you wouldn’t want to listen.


Now let’s go out and have some fun.