The great poet and dandy T.S. Eliot said April was the cruelest month. He might've been right — although Astros fans have always loathed that bastard month of October — but today is the cruelest day of the year, according to a British psychologist named Cliff Arnall.

Call it the perfect storm of suckitude. Most people are still broke from Christmas. It's cold outside. And those New Year's resolutions — well, how's that going for you?

Yes, it sucks to be alive. But there's hope. Just around the corner is Houston's one-week spring, and then we'll be rolling into summer, time for lounging by the pool and thinking this could be the year for the 'Stros. — Keith Plocek

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