The week began and ended with variable winds, blowing so strong that I felt myself trapped within endless whirlwind loops walking through SoHo and NoHo. It snowed Monday, and while many of us would rather press on with springtime, the snow itself was on the pretty side. One clear and calm day I escaped the neighborhood vortex and walked downtown to Bowling Green. After Monday's snow it seemed the veil of winter was beginning to lift a little, mercifully, finally. Soon, the long winter will blow itself away.