It finally feels like football weather.
Of course, for me, that means its time to get my hands dirty.
After all, cooler weather signifies the arrival of fall which signifies the need to replace those spring and summer flowers that surround my house. (Or, in a biblical sense: Planting begets planting begets planting.)
Saturday afternoon, Miriam and I pulled up vincas in favor of violas, added some snapdragons and topped it all off with pallets of pansies.
But the work didn't stop with household projects. There were also flowers to plant around our new office on Railroad Street. (After all, I couldn't expect Mrs. Eller to beautify our place and the rest of Thomson, now could I?)
But with the changing of the flowers comes the falling of the pine straw. Just as the green of the grass in my yard faded to yellow, the falling needles cast a brown hue on the ground.
And my riding lawnmower became nothing more than an 18 hp vacuum cleaner.
If my luck keeps going the way it has lately, I'll have to convert my riding lawnmower to a motorized wheelchair anyway.
For the last four Friday nights, I've been standing on the sidelines at one of our local schools. And for the last four Friday nights, I've been on the receiving end of a play that went out of bounds. And for the last four Friday nights, I've had the bruises to prove it.
You know, I'll be the first to admit: I'm a fairly large (and growing by the burger) target. I'm just hoping someone takes mercy on the fat man with the camera.
Speaking of football, I can't tell you how excited I am to begin broadcasting (er, streaming) the Thomson High football games on The Mirror's website.
But I can't take the credit for it. That goes to a former Thomson High student who still lives in Thomson, but does a lot of traveling for her job.
Amy Kiel (THS Class of 1988) serves as Manager of Development & Technical Services for HorseCity.com and BarrelHorses.com - two web efforts that fall under the umbrella of The Mirror's parent company.
She sent me a note suggesting that someone needed to offer the games on-line. And, she said, there's no reason The Mirror shouldn't be the one to do it.
A few phone calls, computer programs and legwork later, we were doing our first broadcast and taking the Two Old Dogs high tech.
(While I'm handing out thanks, a pat on the back should go to Mike Wall of WTHO/WTWA. After all, without his permission, the site would be silent.)
Now, for those wondering how to listen to the games, it's simple: just log on to www.mcduffiemirror.com and click the appropriate link.
And, fans of Warren County and Briarwood, don't fret. I'm working to add your broadcasts as soon as possible. In fact, if Scott Swan - the voice of the Screaming Devils - had it his way, Warren County's games would be ready this week.