The Joe ShowTo be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.” —George Santayana

So far, in Erie, we’ve had a fairly light winter. The week before winter break ended, I was expecting to go snowboarding at Mount Pleasant (only about 30 minutes from Erie) a couple times by now, but it’s been too warm. I really don’t like snowboarding in wet snow. I’m a wimp – whatever.

The winter isn’t over yet, though. We could still get a few inches – or feet – of snow. I’m not saying I want it, but I always try to make the best out of what Punxsutawney Phil gives us.

That reminds me: Groundhog Day is today! I grew up half an hour from Punxsutawney, home of Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog. I also had a girlfriend from there, and one year we went to see the groundhog come out of his – well – log thingy.

Until that day, I thought Mr. Phil always saw his shadow, thus making winter last another six weeks. That day, as if I was being rewarded for waking up at 4 a.m. to go to Gobbler’s Knob, Punxsy Phil didn’t see his shadow. Spring was right around the corner!

My point with this post is that sometimes Erie has heavy winters, but paradise is where you make it. Come to paradise. 🙂

On a side note, I hope you’re getting stoked for college! If you’ve decided on Gannon, we’re excited to have you. If you haven’t decided yet, take your time; you’ve still got a couple months. Schedule a campus visit. It might help you make up your mind!