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After months of cold, early nightfall and absence of green, March brings NCAA madness and lilac buds. But still maddening: golden one day, dreary the next.

click to enlarge Zach McCluskey
  • Zach McCluskey

Zach McCluskey of the Palmer Park neighborhood is a nurse.

Describe March madness. A crazy college basketball tournament that excites obsession.

What about winter are you most tired of? The cold. I like winter, though, because I like to ski. Plus, I'm from Wisconsin. Winters there are way colder than here.

Does spring change your disposition? Everything is dead in the winter. There's a kind of rebirth in the air in spring that invites a brighter outlook.

What's your best-ever spring break memory? I played rhythm guitar and sang in a rock band in college. One spring break the band went on tour all over the Midwest.

Speaking of March madness, who'll win the NCAA basketball tourney? I picked Kansas in my bracket — so far, so good.

Why is the NCAA tourney such a big deal? Everybody has a team they're rooting for, and you never know. Even if it's one-and-done for your team, it's exciting and fun.

click to enlarge Kirsten Blanchet
  • Kirsten Blanchet

Kirsten Blanchet of Fort Collins is a veterinary student.

What is March madness? The crazy mood swings caused by extreme weather swings in March.

Does the onset of spring change how you see things? Spring is exciting to me because I love gardening. I'm tired of the daily routines of winter. Also, we're getting a bunch of baby chicks tomorrow.

What was your favorite spring break? Going to Carlsbad Caverns and exploring New Mexico a couple years back with my husband.

Who's going to win the NCAA basketball tournament? I have no clue. That's completely out of my realm.

click to enlarge Chad Jones
  • Chad Jones

Chad Jones of the World Arena neighborhood is the co-proprietor of a bar.

What is March madness? For one thing, it's cabin fever. March is the gateway to getting out of the house for summertime activities like hiking, camping and mountain biking. Equally important, it's the culmination of the college basketball season, one of the great sporting events of the year.

Does spring alter your mindset? I feel less like a vampire. The days are longer. I get to do out-of-doors things.

Who's going to win the NCAA tourney? That's tricky. Middle Tennessee's upset of Michigan State was a stunner that ruined everyone's bracket. I'm on the Kansas bandwagon. They have the flow, teamwork and depth to take it all.

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