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Spring in Connecticut

Mar 31, 2015

IMG_7004Spring 2015 officially commenced in the northern hemisphere on March 20th. Here in lovely Southern California, the season is easy to spot with the blooming of tulips, poppies, cherry blossoms, calla lily, and pansies.

In New England, the changing of the guard after the vernal equinox is not so obvious. We recently visited southern Connecticut over a nine day stretch and experienced a winter wonderland like we hadn’t in almost over a decade. While we were as giddy as a 6-year-old on Christmas morning, our overly snow-taxed loved ones were groaning, rolling their eyes, and muttering a few expletives—Easterners are at their breaking point; winter needs to give way.

We had taken a red eye, landing at JFK at the frozen hour of 5:55 a.m., receiving our first reality check regarding sub-freezing temperatures as we waited curbside for our shuttle. It’s hard to feel drowsy when one’s standing outside, looking longingly at the thick revolving doors leading into the temperate (humane) baggage claim area, while one’s body adjusts to 27 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

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Since the Van Wyck Expressway was jammed with morning commuters, our shuttle driver cut to Rockaway Boulevard, then along Van Wyck (the side street) that runs parallel to the expressway, dodging merging cars, not dodging spine-cracking potholes—the ultimate wake-up call (no caffeine necessary), which hopefully wouldn’t end with three Advil and a heating pad.

 

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The 1964 World’s Fair! (Remnants, actually.) On the left, the towers of the N.Y. State Pavilion designed by Philip Johnson. In the middle, the 35-ton Unisphere. And on the right, building a retractable roof on Ashe Stadium, site of the U.S. Open Tennis Championships…

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Trying to catch a pic of downtown Manhattan as we sped over the Whitestone Bridge…

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We have no idea what this building is and wish it was in focus, but we still like the institutionalized, windowless, menacing aspect…

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On one side, soul sucking Co-op City…

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And on the other, marshland…

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Through some tunnels and underpasses…

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…and “hello” suburbs, where people have personal slips for their motorboats or sailing vessels…

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And, “hello” snow. Flakes the size of quarters, slowly and gently drifting to the ground. Walking as streets disappeared and the snow kept falling, we felt deposited into a cliché, for it was truly a winter wonderland…

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And now, we leave our New England brethren, and wish them a quick melt and warming temperatures…

 

 

 




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