I'm not sure who first said, “it's always worse someplace else”, but yesterday reminded me of exactly that phrase. Not that yesterday's weather was bad in any way, shape or form, but a magnificent day at Graves Mountain Lodge Apple Festival with my fiancee and her parents under gorgeous blue skies was appreciated all the more while watching the Denver / New England football game afterward. The game time temperature was a brisk 30 degrees but what was more notable was the snow that fell the day before, causing a cancellation of the Phillies / Rockies baseball game. October snow in the Rocky Mountains may be unexpected but it's not an unusual occurrence. The northern hemisphere continues its transition toward the cold of winter, and early-season cold-air outbreaks can lead to a reminder that Old Man Winter's ready to move back into his seasonal cottage somewhere on the North American continent. (Hey Plains states, get ready. That same storm system and cold air may lead to between two and four inches of snow for you today.) Even today's somewhat grim forecast with highs in the 50s and 60s doesn't look horrible compared to other places just west of us.
And now, this week's thoughts in no particular order.
Given recent talk of snow, there is proof that the pendulum does swing the other way. Case in point: record high temperatures in Florida this past weekend, with the Florida State football game delayed due to thunderstorms in the vicinity.
What is it with the Redskins? OK, that's not an original question, but I watched their collapse (or was it the Panthers' excellent second-half performance?) thinking in the future I need to bet money against the Redskins anytime they play a win-less team. Their other loss against a win-less, Detroit, fared well against the Steelers but came up short. Again, did the Steelers have an off day or did Detroit actually play well? Are the Denver Broncos really 5-0? Honestly I'm not driving the bandwagon just yet with wins over Cleveland and Oakland, but they looked good against New England. Just not in the brown and mustard throwback jerseys. Yeeeeech.
I see on the television to my left that Barbara Streisand is auctioning off some of her prized memorabilia. I won't be bidding, but I do laugh every time I hear the name “Barbara Streisand.” I cant' help but think of Mike Myers and “Coffee Talk with Linda Richmond” from Saturday Night Live.( “Let me give you a topic... the Industrial Revolution was neither industrial or a revolution. Discuss!”)
I honestly don't care about the Jon and Kate Gosselin saga. Frankly, I'd rather watch a turtle cross a street. But given recent allegations of Jon taking all the cash from the joint bank account I am now thoroughly convinced that this “real-life drama” and everything that's transpired since the divorce is actually scripted. It has to be. It just gets more and more bizarre by the week. It's like someone's trying to take the show out of a television set and bring it into the real world where no one can “turn it off”. No matter what happens, we just can't get away from it. Which do you think is worse, Jon & Kate Gosselin or Octo-Mom?
The tropics are quiet. The next name on the 2009 Atlantic Hurricane Name list? Ida.
Last week, I followed the trend of many and took a vacation close to home. While still sleeping in my own bed each night I took day trips to Washington D.C. and Roanoke (the Virginia Museum of Transportation and O. Winston Link Museum & Gallery are must-sees.) If you're heading south through the Blue Ridges and Appalachians toward the Star City you'll notice the fall colors are starting to ramp up though we're still a few weeks away from peak colors. I talk often about warm days, cool nights, and wet weather resulting in brilliant colors, but why? It's those three ingredients that allow trees to produce the sugars they need to survive the winter. The visual proof of this process is the colors that we see plastered on the hillsides. We've had the warmth and nocturnal cool; with rain in the forecast later this week it could all come together at just the right time. Here's hoping.
Three, two, one, fade out -
(Currently listening to: "Industrial Disease" by Dire Straits.)