Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Fall Short

It seems like Fall is the shortest season of them all. I've noticed that over the years, or perhaps it is just where I live, but Fall seems to be cut short every year by a sudden cold snap/jolt into Winter.

When I lived in the mountains, this was quite apparant with the sudden appearance of snow, often in the form of a snow storm. The snow storm would drop a few feet in early October, therby cutting off the rest of Fall, because, naturally, after a snow storm, the leaves would fall off the trees without changing their colors to their fullest capacity and the temperature would never climb back up to a pleasant Fall temp of around 70.

When I lived in SF, the Fall would be cut short by the cold damp temperatures and fog, which would often prevent one from seeing or enjoying any Fall activities (who can see through that fog?). The only locale where I lived that had a bit longer of a change over, was in New Orleans. Often the climate would stay at 70 - 80 degrees, and there are a lot of flora and fauna in NOLA, hence a lot of activity with the business of Fall's arrival. The only thing though, is that the weather would be so pleasant, that many tress opted not to change their leaves at all and many birds stuck around cause things were so...nice. And that was actually the best form of Fall I have experienced yet, even thought there really was none...it certainly made for a good Halloween.

Now in Memphis, it's just a one-day-it's-totally-over thing. We have had really nice weather the last few weeks, even hot and muggy, and then one day it freakin' cold man, and we have to turn on our heaters and the trees dump their leaves like in one day, without any sort of color changing. The birds are suddenly gone and the grabage men get lazy and don't pick everything up, beacuse it's, well, wet and cold and who the hell wants to be outside working in the rain?

So inclosing, I have felt that Fall has been the most cheated of all the seasons of really reaching it's fullest Fall capacity. And the reason I talk about it today, is because it's happened again!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Birthday Muse

Today is my brithday!

I just found out I will be riding in the Krewe of Muses Parade for Mardi Gras! I am psyched! It was a perfect way to wake up this morning and a perfect birthday present! We will roll on Jan. 31st 2008. YES!!

I am not sure what to do today, as it looks like rain outside, but I was thinking of maybe going to the Brooks museum and checking out the exhibit on Pissarro. Or maybe I'll just meander around and think about how thankful I am to be alive and healthy and even though I am another year older (yikes!), I am blessed to be able to start another one (yes!).

Plus, I'll be on float #5!!


Friday, October 12, 2007

Older and Wiser?

For the longest time, I wanted to be wiser and taken seriously. That did not happen until I was 25, and then it seemed people started to be interested in who I was and what I was doing, my thoughts and ideas about the future. Now I am straing another year down the barrel (34 on October 18) and I wonder if I really am all that wiser. In a way, yes. In other ways, no. The years seem to go faster than my personal development and I wonder if that is by my own fault or if life just is that way. Perhaps part of the design is to be a know-it-all by the time you're 80. That's sounds good to me, as it is something to look forward too, however, the downside is that life is much shorter then. There is not much time to fire out know-it-all advice and opinions. Then again, maybe there never has been much time all along. In reality, we are here but for a moment, and in that moment, a thousand pieces of life flow by, so that perhaps all the wisdom that it really holds, is really too much to handle too soon. No, I am not stoned!