I love fall! I’m aware that summer isn’t officially over for a few more weeks, but it’s after Labor Day and as far as I’m concerned, it’s time to look forward to everything that’s awesome about the season that follows my all-time favorite season, Summer. Plus Christmas decorations are due in stores in the next 5 minutes so we need to rejoice in fall before Santa Claus sweats through his crush velvet suit and pushes everything out of the way.
Ahhh……there’s nothing like cracking a beer in public at 8 in the morning but hey, no one’s judging you because we’re tailgating! Fall means football season. Smell the charcoal starter and brats sizzling on the grill, as the sounds of the marching band playing the fight song ring in the air while excited fans make their way into the stadium…and OH MY GOD why can’t we stop anyone on third down?? If they need 8 yards we give up 9. Come on Cyclones!!! (but I digress)
Fall also means the start of the NFL season. Fantasy players will finally see if all those hours pouring over stats and tracking preseason injuries pays off. I mean, I’ve seen military operations with simpler attack plans than one guy heading into his all-day fantasy draft party. And for me, once the season starts it’s all about da Bears! Nothing beats the optimism of a season that hasn’t started yet, just thinking about all those talented receivers Jay Cutler has to throw the ball to…until he comes down with some 19th century plague his unvaccinated children brought home from daycare and he’s sidelined for the rest of the season with small pox or whooping cough. Whoop whoop, indeed.
Fall days are warm enough to get warmth and sun during the day but grab a sweatshirt when it cools off at night. The days get shorter, the nights longer, the leaves start falling….into the gutter, which means another terrifying hour on a ladder, afraid of heights, cleaning the downspouts one last time before ice dams threaten to collapse my whole house. Next thing you know it’s snowing on Beggar’s Night and we’ll all be wishing for 85 degree tailgating weather. See why I want to celebrate fall NOW, and for as long as possible??