Fall Facts

I’ve been thinking about fall a lot lately.  Tis the season, I suppose.  But I bet there are some things a bit different about fall in the Pacific Northwest.

Let’s start with the negatives. For instance…

  • Rain happens.  Fall is a time when it can rain.  A lot. It’s kinda how you know summer, with slightly less rain, is over.
  • Jumping into a pile of freshly-raked leaves is discouraged.  And not because we’re neatniks. Damp leaves and a possible close encounter with a slug could create an unpleasant experience.
  • Fog. It won’t be enough to cancel school, but comes on thick.
  • The birds stop singing.  Guess they need to conserve energy to stay warm, or they’ve all flown south.
  • It feels like twilight all.day.long. It never quite gets bright enough to call it “daytime”.

On the upside….

  • Pumpkin everything!
  • Coffee earns a greater place in the spotlight. Ain’t nothing wrong with that.
  • Fleece.  Not just for sheep.
  • We have colorful fall leaves, too.  I’m sure we’re no match for the east coast and their lovely trees, but we do well.
  • The shorter days make us huddle indoors around cozy real or fake fires, catching up with friends and family.
  • Along the same lines, we start to gather together to stave off the isolation of bad weather and colder temperatures.
  • We reflect on our own mortality and remember this, too, is only a season.

What’s fall like where you live?


Dear readers:  I will be covering the Microsoft PACs again, starting tomorrow.  I probably won’t be able to blog much over the next week as I take and edit the notes.  Please know I haven’t forgotten about you or died.  My keyboard will belong to others for a few days.  Back again soon!


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