November already? October went by fast this year.
I do believe that autumn has been my favorite time of the year since I was in the first grade. It’s a combination of the leaves changing into brilliant colors, the cooler temps, and the long shadows in the afternoon – all pointing to the somber inevitability of winter’s darkness …… man, that’s not too bad. I should have been a writer.
-My father celebrated his 83rd birthday yesterday. I’ve heard the word “blessed” since I was a child, but never have appreciated what it really meant until ten years ago when I realized both my parents had lived past the national average life expectancy. Then I would feel a twinge of guilt, because my wife’s father died when she turned 18, and her mother passed away eight years ago – and here I still had both of my parents around. My mother died two years ago, so I will continue to count my blessings while Dad is still here for me to visit with and talk to.
-I must be a communist or something, because the news that the Chicago Cubs won the World Series last night didn’t phase me. It wasn’t always that way. I grew up listening to Cincinnati Reds games with my father while listening to his transistor radio every summer, and I couldn’t wait until I was old enough to play Little League ball. I remember Dad buying me the 1969 Street & Smith season preview, which I devoured from cover to cover. I exulted in the Reds’ victories in 1975 and 1976, my wife and I followed the Atlanta Braves every night on TV (back when Ted Turner’s WTBS-TV broadcast their games, and we would attend the AAA Columbus Clippers games several times a month.
But WTBS divested themselves from the Braves, our sons grew up and moved into high school as we committed more and more time to their activities, major league players grew long bell-bottomed baseball pants that dragged the ground, and the Columbus Clippers moved from an older park on the near West Side to tonier digs downtown. Not sure why, but the game just doesn’t appeal to me like it did. But, boy, back in the day ……..
-I met with the volunteer coordinator of the VoiceCorps reading service for the blind yesterday, she is adding a new Columbus magazine to their reading schedule (Columbus CEO Monthly), and asked if I would like to be the reader for that program (I said yes). She then showed me another Columbus business newspaper and said to use articles from there, and flipped through to show me areas of focus and who the authors were – one of columnists turned out to be a guy who I’ve known since he was 11 or 12, when he and his parents moved into our neighborhood and began attending our church. I had the pleasure of watching him grow up, and I remember him telling me back then he wanted to be a reporter. He is now a successful reporter for various local publications, although it did make me feel much older to realize he’s considered to be middle-aged now.
-It was 80 degrees in Columbus this week on November 1 – amazing. My father told me that a new high temperature record was set on that date, and he told me it broke the previous record of 79 back in 1950. Then he said, “Now, do you know what happened three weeks later?” I said no. He said, “The infamous Snow Bowl took place during the annual Ohio State-Michigan football game” – and then it hit me what he was saying. For those of you who haven’t heard of this particular, that was a brutal year for this rivalry game – 10 degrees, 25 mph winds, and two inches of snow falling per hour which obliterated the field lines and eliminated visibility for everyone. Michigan won 9-3 – we wuz robbed!
This year many weather pundits are saying we’re in for a brutal winter, and maybe this late Indian summer is the key. Brrrr! All I can say is that I have an appointment next week to have my chimney and woodburning stove cleaned out, and I’m getting some firewood delivered, so we should be able to do like REO Speedwagon and ride the storm out – sorry, I couldn’t resist that line.
That’s it for this week. How have you all been doing? Feel free to click the “Leave A Comment” link at the top of this page and let me know what you’re up to. (No spam messages or solicitations, they will be removed).
Until then, stay young, stay warm, and keep your best voice forward. Take care.