Friday, April 28, 2006

Friday, April 28th, 2006:
A sure sign of spring in Helsingborg

Another thing I think
(for the first thing I thought, see below):

Spring brings many things;
Things that make you sing.

OK, that's enough poetry.

One sure sign of spring here in Helsingborg is the re-appearance of what is affectionately known as the A-Team (Alcoholic Team).

They hang out under a bent tree in a chuchyard on Södergatan, just across the road from the Charles Dickens pub, very close to Systembolaget (the horrible state-run booze monopoly). They drink, drink and are merry. Until they fight, or fall over, or both. And occasionally puke. But they come back the next day and start their unique rituals all over again. Bless them.

Yesterday, while having a smoke outside the aforementioned pub after work, I spotted the first few of this noble team coming out of hibernation. One of the team actually staggered very encouragingly.

The Yanks have Groundhog Day to herald the coming of spring, and I have A-Team Day.

It was a wondrous occasion for all, and there was much rejoicing. I just had to capture the moment and share it with you, my faithful readers.

I can't wait until the full posse gets there; then I'll know that summer's coming for sure. Maybe I'll post some more photos then. Something to look forward to. This is one thing that the Swedish government got right. Well done.


Blogger Maggie said...

Somewhere out there is an A-team member blogging about how it must be spring now that that leather-jacketed CanUK guy is outside, smoking, again ;)

2:17 am  
Blogger Mark Base said...

Hey, watch it, you!
Or I'll "sick" (sic) Mr T on you!

2:21 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, you are sure no poet. A-Team Day? Your joking right?

6:10 am  
Blogger Mark Base said...

It's what they call 'em.

8:29 am  
Blogger Haddock said...

It's the same here in Germany. The wino's are back in the parks so it must be spring! :)

8:47 am  
Blogger Maritza said...

It's been a mild winter here in New Jersey so the drunks never actually left.

3:14 pm  
Blogger Michele said...

In california the wino's are out
winter,spring,summer and fall.
Stop by for a visit,just posted
drunkards island a spoof on survivor.

8:23 pm  
Blogger Barnze said...

Slow growth this year for the drunks..Early may brings up out!

1:31 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a fool-proof way to tell that Spring is here! That's too funny that you took a picture of the A-team. I can't wait to see the picture of the whole group out there.

Ahh...the joy of spring.

6:32 am  
Blogger Jaymie said...

I pity the fool in the Swedish government who would try to mess with 'em!!

8:10 am  

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