It feels as if the weather finally has taken a turn for the better and maybe, just maybe, the dogs of winter are leashed again for at least a few months.
That means it's time to start relishing the spring days in the Med City again.
And what better way to do that than with downtown Rochester's gem, Murph's Diamond Dogs.
On Monday, Rick Murphy plans to roll out his cart and start serving hot dogs for the hungry packs hunting for a quick and tasty lunch.
Look for the genial Murphy with his ball cap and stainless steel cart at his usual spot in the Peace Plaza by O & B Shoes.
The Pine Island man and his cart have added flavor to downtown for eight years.
That means he has been around downtown longer than the University of Minnesota-Rochester, Sontes, Chester's, the Minnesota BioBusiness Center, 300 First, Social Ice, 318 Commons, Big Brad's, Hot Shots! and lots of other changes.
He was already selling dogs when people started saying "Rah-Rah" about Rochester.He was downtown long before it became "The Place To Be." He was here when DMC was just part of the name of an '80s rap group.
Quite simply, downtown is Murph's turf.
With sun shining and people buzzing around the plaza, it'll be good to have him back where he belongs.