February is short. Which is good. In a blink, it will be March. The thing about February is that there are only four of each day. Only four Mondays, only four Saturdays, and only four Sundays. I think that is good because while iceboating is wicked cool and fun, and frostbite racing is wicked cold and pretty fun, and skiing or snowboarding is fun (but has gotten really popular and therefore crowded thus less actual skiing and more standing in the cold) these are all activities that take the place of what we would rather be doing. The pond hockey people will beg to differ. By pond hockey people, I mean not only those who play hockey on ponds but those who just like to skate on ponds or those who make cocoa, soup, or tap kegs for both sets of those people. They will differ because there really isn’t anything more fun than pond hockey. That truism messes up my thesis, so let’s move on.

When March comes, so does spring, and you are ready to get ready for summer, which is a great feeling. And the winter activities may have developed into a fun routine but as you grab those last few days of doing them, it is with a kind of joy that comes with knowing you will soon be on to the better seasons. In fact, just the words “spring skiing” belie the fact that it’s almost over and that it’s really just a guilty pleasure that you are stealing instead of focusing on spring activities.

With all of this in mind, I guess we should actually relish February. (Wow, I’ve never gone there before.) I mean, anybody who dreams of evening races, family cruises, before-work fishing, or big three-day weekend road trips to events, really doesn’t think of February as something to relish. But without those four of each day in February, it would be much harder to appreciate the better half of our annual trip around the sun.

So, enjoy the WindCheck you hold in your hands in honor of February. Like the month, it’s short and sweet, which is good. Because come March, and we all get rolling, there will be plenty to digest!

See you on the water, both hard and soft.

Benjamin V. Cesare

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