April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
~ T. S. Eliot
April 2006 has certainly been a gloomy time. Astronomical gas prices are causing consumer panic, the swelling ranks of illegal immigrants have everyone cranky, Duke University's sex scandal is an embarrassing mess, the president's poll numbers have hit the basement, and the deadly threat of bird flu hovers over all of us.
But that's not even the worst of it. As if all those troubles weren't bad enough, the San Diego Padres are a spring disaster. Come on, guys, shake it off. Don't let your cruel April lead you into "The Wasteland."