“If I ruled the world every day would be the first day of spring.”
I recently heard this opening lyric to a Tony Bennett song and my first thought was clearly this was written by a southerner!
Anyone who has ever spent the first day of spring in Northeast Ohio knows, more often than not, it’s just another day of winter with a later sunset. We know not to be fooled by the recent warm weather, all we have to do is recall a few of the past Aprils where we had significant snowfall.
A few years ago after a back breaking winter in Buffalo, one in which we saw 7-feet of snow in five days, the first day of spring was cold, raw and overcast. So I called up the longtime Erie County District Attorney Frank Clark, a “call ’em like I see ’em” hard nosed prosecutor with the map of Ireland written over his face.
I say “Frank I have a question about a landlord – tenant dispute.” He says “I’m listening.” I said there’s the tenant, this old man named Winter, his lease is up and he shows no signs of moving out, do we have any legal options? Frank knew where I was headed and said come on over. This is the piece we put together.