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February 19, 2011


Of course the best vehicle by far for enjoying warm weather is a bicycle. But I want to talk about those bulbs in bloom. Since my daughter lives in Salem - and I will be moving there - I check Salem weather regularly and I understand you are having a spell of winter cold and snow right now. I hope it doesn't ruin the bulbs (which would be an economic as well as an aesthetic disaster), but is it normal thee to have flowers in bloom in February?

I visited my daughter last year in February and the bulbs were starting to bloom then too and people were walking around in t-shirts and shorts. I was astounded. Here in Boston, February is in the dead of winter - although last Friday it hit 60 degrees and for a few weeks lately temperatures have bounced around between the 50s and the low teens.

Some years we have had flowers in bloom into November and occasionally into early December. Occasionally some spring flowering trees have come briefly into bloom in December or January. Definitely global weirding. Not the way I remember New England winters as a child.

So I'm wondering if bulbs in bloom in February is a normal thing for Salem or more evidence of global warming.

I would have got rid of the Cooper (they like to break down ALOT) and kept the Burgman scooter

gw, I love my Mini Cooper S. Had it for over a year; about 8,500 miles on it. No problems.

Well, the auto wipers sometimes stop doing their automatic thing, but a salesman told me this is a normal quirk. And I don't find the keyless entry system to be as responsive as that in other cars we've owned.

But other than these small things, the Mini has had zero problems. When I bought the S, I asked the salesman about the difference between Consumer Reports' higher ratings of the base Mini, compared to the more problematic S.

He theorized that many S owners drive the car harder, saying that on Monday morning often there are disgruntled S drivers at the dealership wondering why their brakes aren't working properly. Turns out that they've been racing around all weekend.

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