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Folks, we’ve come a long way from January. The year, as a whole, has gone by surprisingly quickly, although August seemed like it took forever as we waited for football season. But we’re here, and that’s what matters. We’re right in the sweet spot, with playoff baseball approaching, the hot summer transitioning to milder autumn weather, football season just starting, and the holiday season approaching.
Don’t get me wrong, spring and summer are great, as the world around us is green, warm, and alive. We dress light and drink umbrella drinks in Hawaiian shirts at the pool or shotgun beers in our swimsuits at the beach. But that’s the great thing about this time of year—it’s still warm, green, and sunny. We’re not quite at autumn yet, when things start dying. The weather won’t be in the 90s for much longer, but will be transitioning to the perfect 70s and low 80s. I’m still wearing my shorts and dri fit team polos to football games and pregaming outdoors for big games. I can still chill at the pool or go to the beach. You’re really getting the best of summer and fall all in one.
Luckily for most of us, we’re going to get at least another month of this. Hell, we Southerners may get at least two months of this. Although Californians will probably have this weather for the rest of the year, the bastards. Anyways, we’ll have to make the most of it, because as we get into winter, the days are way too short and the work days feel way too long as we look forward to the winter holidays and football playoff races. It’s still exciting, and the holiday season is wonderful, but it’s not quite September and October, the best of both worlds.
Also, having a full season of football to look forward to, as well as the approaching holidays, makes this time of year even better. Having plenty of things to look forward to is key, as opposed to late January when everything is dead and gone until Cinco de Mayo. My God. Even though I’m missing two home games this season due to weddings (yes, weddings, don’t get me started), I still know that I have something to look forward to every week until the end of bowl season in January. There’s also Thanksgiving and Christmas season approaching, also known as stout season. The immediate future is still bright, more excitement is on its way, and I cannot wait.
I love this time of year so much I don’t even care that they rush out the pumpkin spice crap earlier and earlier each year. Whatever, let them. Even though pumpkins aren’t supposed to be relevant until mid-October and November, when it starts getting cold. Don’t worry, they’ll be rushing out peppermint lattes and egg nog on Halloween, too, because why not. Some places won’t serve you egg nog, though, because it’s seasonal. But I digress. I say let’s not be in such a hurry to get to the holiday season. We have another month or two of perfect weather and plenty of entertainment to enjoy before we have to give out candy, carve up a turkey, wrap presents, or black out on New Years Eve..