It's beginning to look a lot like ... uh, football season.
That's why I'm looking forward to this Friday night's football game: It may be the first game of the year to feel like football. So far, I've worn short sleeves to every football game and often have spent half the game wiping away sweat. I'm thinking a pull-over may be in order for the THS-Butler game. At least I hope that's the case.
Which leads me to some belated kudos for local District Attorney Dennis Sanders. His letter to the "braintrust" at the Georgia High School Association helped get the start of football season shifted to September next year, which serves two purposes. First - and most importantly - it saves our high school athletes from the dangerous summer heat. Second, it allows more of football season to feel like football season. And that's enough to put a smile on any fan's face.
Aside from football season, it's also pumpkin season - a first for my wife, who has never purchased - or carved - a pumpkin. The revelation came as we were walking by the piles of pumpkins at Wal-Mart one Saturday afternoon.
We spent 15 minutes or so picking out a pumpkin, added an intricate carving kit and took the whole batch home.
Anyway, make sure you keep an eye out for trick-or-treaters this Halloween: The lure of sugary treats or clandestine tricks can cloud kids' minds and judgment. Let's make sure Halloween isn't a true horror for anyone.
The change in the weather does concern me a little bit. I still haven't had a chance to set sail (OK, push paddle) in the S.S. Mirror, and I'm worried that it'll soon get dark too soon to sneak home for an afternoon on the water.
And my choice of recent reading material doesn't help. Sowbelly: The Obsessive Quest for the World Record Largemouth Bass grew out of a Forbes magazine article by Monte Burke. The book tells the story of anglers, lure makers, fish farmers and others who hope to hook the lunker that will beat Georgian George Perry's decades old record. The book was more than enough to get me itching to "wet a line."
Speaking of itching, for those of you wondering, my wife is still Scratchy. The Poison Ivy/Oak/death rash is still flaring in spots - as are her urges to "claw" her arms and left knee.
We've taken advice from Pharmacist Pete and loaded up with anti-itch creams and other medicines, but I still wake up in the middle of the night to the sound of fingernails gnashing at skin.
I guess this is just the "sickness" part of "in sickness and in health."
And, finally, my last plug for our Christmas section photos. We're taking them today and Friday, but it is not too late to call.
If you'd like your child to be included in this year's group, call us at 597-0335 and get your time.