Fall is in full swing, at least for the vibrant colors. Temperature-wise, the area around Philly has been more like late-spring and early-summer, not that I’m complaining. A cold front is passing through now, which will reset the climate to more like it’s suppose to be at this time of year, with lows overnight in the 40s (4.5C), and daytime highs in the 50s (10C) to low 60s (15.5C).
Someone on Twitter made a comment regarding a National Weather Service (Mt. Holly, NJ) post about their warm forecast, asking, “Is it normal to be this warm in October?” NWS didn’t respond, which got me to thinking about it.
2 PM Friday: Yet another day with low clouds slowly breaking up. The reappearance of some sunshine is boosting temperatures into the lower 70's at several locations. A cold front moves through Saturday with much colder air arriving for Sunday. #pawx #njwx #dewx #mdwx pic.twitter.com/FYrYZOMugr— NWS Mount Holly (@NWS_MountHolly) October 23, 2020
Since I started following baseball in the ’60s it has been common. We called it “Indian Summer,” which usually occurred right around the World Series. As a kid, I loved it, basking and playing ball outside under a blazing sun as if it were summer again, while diving into big piles of leaves which were makeshift bases in an empty field. Ah, the good, old days!
By the way, the Dodgers made it to the Fall Classic against Tampa Bay. I’ll not say any more about it in order not to jinx the former Brooklyn Bums.
Rain is predicted for today and Monday, which will most likely knock a good portion of foliage off the trees and wash away the brilliant shades of reds, yellows, orange and greens, with more on the ground to rake into piles for children to jump into and annoy their dads or older brothers who worked so hard to gather them together. Do youngsters still do that these days?
As I was gallivanting around on Saturday, I noticed scores of people outside were raking, making their lawns, sidewalks and curbsides look spiffy; when after tomorrow, they’ll have to do it all over again. The joys of the season.
Halloween is just around the corner, which was another joyful moment for this blogster as a youth. Unfortunately, the ongoing pandemic—week 33 for me—has put a crimp in that tradition. At least it would prompt stubborn people to wear masks for a day.
While at the supermarket last week, I bought two jumbo packs of my favorite candy in case neighbors stop by with their kids. Normally very few trick-or-treat here anyway, and I end up eating all the leftovers myself, hence the choice. I’ve been dying to open them up and sample a few, but they’d all be gone by the 31st if I did.
Election Day is a little over a week away here in the States. I’m so fed up with politics, as I am sure you are too. Today I received a phone call while pulling into a parking space outside my flat, from a polling volunteer, originating at one of my party’s headquarters and presumably he was about to ask if I planned to vote on November 3rd, whom I was going to vote for and how I was going to do it.
“Look,” I said before he was able to get into his spiel. “You are about the twentieth person who has called me about this. Don’t you people take notes or make records?”
“Ah, sorry, but we use an automated system, giving us numbers of registered voters to call.”
“Then I suppose there’s no way of being put onto a ‘Don’t Call Me List,’ because I’m tired of being hounded multiple times when once should be enough.” Before he could respond I told him how I planned to vote, which is in person, and whom I was voting for. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, my choice for the presidential part of this forthcoming general election is pretty obvious. He thanked me for my time. “You’re welcome,” I said. “Now don’t call me again.”
If they did take notes or keep records, I would be probably listed as a big grouch.
As an update to my last tirade—yeah, yeah, I know I skipped a week—Joe the mechanic ordered the speaker and door-handle cover from the Mini dealer, who said it would take about two weeks to get, since it comes from Germany. I’m hoping to have it installed sometime during this week.
Lastly, Rie Waits and I would like to wish everyone a Happy Halloween in advance with our latest duet:
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