Is Everyone a Little Happier - or Is It Just Spring?

I don't know about you, but things sure seem a little different, mood-wise, lately. I know I'm feeling it, personally. The sun is shinier, colors are brighter, food tastes better.

Have you felt it, too?

For me, the interesting thing is that it does feel more universal than usual. TV personalities are peppier, people are friendlier on the street, the tone of the press seems guardedly more optimistic - even the stock market, that great arbiter of national mood, which just a couple of weeks ago was labeled a charging bear, is a bit more bullish this week.

And all of this despite worldwide natural disasters, fuel prices at $3.80 per gallon, a sagging economy and our being stuck in this stupid, neverending war.

DSC_1774Maybe it's the hope of an upcoming election? The looming joy of the summer movie season? The Olympics? Fresh produce? The threat of frost having passed and flowers bursting forth? Maybe it's the shorter hemlines and the cranking of the color volume for this season's trendy fashions? The way people are starting to re-think environmentalism? Seeing more bikes on the road? Seeing more people in outdoor cafes and coffeeshops? More images of beaches, bikinis, barbecues and vacations?

Whatever the reason, it feels like change. Like a big, fat dark raincloud I never noticed was there has shifted slightly to the right - and damn, this little ray of sunshine feels good.



  1. sally said on June 5, 2008 15:04

    yeah, well come to seattle. where it has been raining and 55 for a week. people are pretty pissed off. the sun is not shinier (what sun?) i wore my snowboard jacket to the gym. that big fat dark raincloud shifted to the NORTH, not the right. and people here are cranky about it. hmph. (and of course my anti-spam security word was BEACH. assholes.)


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