Halloween is over, and we’re in that uneasy period between the warm days of Indian summer and the frantic pace of the holiday season. I’m sitting in a Panera Bread restaurant not far from my office. The sky is an ugly gray, it’s raining out (whether the leftovers from Hurricane Sandy or a new weather system, I can’t tell), the temperature has taken a decided turn downward, and it’s just kind of … blah. This seems like the perfect time to focus on the positive. And the negative.
Herewith, 10 things I like about autumn:
- Starbucks’ pumpkin spice lattes.
- Football. My New York Giants are kickin’ butt.
- The change in the leaves. Some people may not consider upstate New York to be the coolest place to pitch your tent, but withhold judgment until you’ve driven through the Adirondack Mountains during the fall.
- No humidity.
- Halloween. Alas, my children are grown now, but some of my fondest memories are of eating their Halloween candy when they weren’t looking.
- Syracuse University Orange basketball returns! We’re ranked number nine in preseason polls.
- In a couple of weeks, I won’t have to feel weird when I catch myself humming a Christmas song.
- Turkey. Yes, you can eat turkey anytime of year, but it just tastes better in November. I’m pretty sure scientists have proven this.
- I get to start wearing my favorite sweatshirts again.
- Arlo Guthrie’s Alice’s Restaurant.
Not to be outdone, here are 10 things I don’t like about fall:
- It’s not summer anymore.
- Very soon, I will have to start using an ice scraper on my car each day.
- Soon after that, I will have to start using a snow brush on my car each day.
- Soon after that, I may have snow up to my hips in my driveway.
- Baseball season’s over.
- The Giants traditionally swoon in November.
- Election campaign commercials are still on TV. I am fascinated with politics, but the people who produce negative campaign ads should be forced to spend 14 consecutive days after the election doing nothing but watching and listening to their work. That might scratch the surface of suitable punishment.
- Those of us blessed with a modicum of common sense understand that it’s too cold to wear shorts. Not everyone has chosen to read that memo.
- The sun rises later and sets earlier.
- Next summer’s convention season and annual reunion with my college buddies feels like an awfully long time away.
What’s on your lists?