Southborough is a great place to be, and if you happen to be a resident of this amazing place, this blog will provide vital information that can help you pass winter time without even realizing it. There is a lot to say for small town life. Our objective is to ensure that the Southborough we know today is a whole lot better than the one we knew the day before. The only way we can achieve this goal is to share as much as possible all that we know is safe and sound for you and your family to do this winter. That said, I will begin with a big shout out for indoor sports as a way to not only get through the winter, but to really relish this time of year. A full court game in a gym is so much better than a rough-surfaced school playground court. The hoop is better since it is not subject to the elements and you won’t find the net hanging by a thread or two in any place I know of. No obvious rust on the rim or erased boundary lines from harsh, pounding rain. Basketball is my choice to stay healthy and active and out of the cold. If I want to be cold to the bone, I will go ice skating on a pond or skiing. If I want to keep my parka in a locker, I can play indoor tennis, badminton, racket ball, air hockey, shuffleboard, and much more. I know of places like Minneapolis, a frozen winter wonderland, where you can find indoor soccer, football, or cricket. After all, they have sky walks to get from one building to another it is so frigid outside. Somehow it doesn’t sit well with me, so I stick with basketball as my recommendation for winter fun in Southborough. Massachusetts is not the coldest state in the union, but it has to be one of them. No wonder relatives call from California when they hear about impending storms of the century hitting the northeast. I stem the tide of criticism, “why do you live there?” with a lot of boasting about indoor basketball. I always have access to a court, which is not at all true in many towns based on what I've read in Baller's Guide. The kids take over the school gym or the local team is in practice. It’s the same with the regional ice rink. Just try to get on the ice at 3:00pm when the youth of the town is out in full force after school. Somehow my fellow basketball players and I always gets a pickup game at the last minute. We often schedule weekends, however, to be sure. By nature, basketball is an indoor sport even though so many play on a school playground because they don’t have an alternative. There is nothing better than a slick polished wood surface to help you glide with the ball as you dribble for your next shot.