The Watering Hole, Monday, October 20th, 2014: Goodbye, Indian Summer


river through The Great Swamp

river through The Great Swamp

On Friday, I wore shorts to work and went in with my hair still wet. The day was sunny and hit the low 70s. Today, I’m going into work wearing long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and a lightweight fleece jacket, as the weather is finally remembering that it’s fall.


Goodbye, Indian Summer – you’re welcome to visit any time…

This is our daily open thread – feel free to discuss whatever you want.

76 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Monday, October 20th, 2014: Goodbye, Indian Summer

  1. Moving from the midwest to the desert southwest was a particularly “unusual” experience as far as the fall colors and fall itself. I found it unusual to be raking leaves and pine cones wearing shorts and a tee shirt in November or December. Fall comes later, with far less dramatic colors as you see in the midwest, east and northeastern parts of the country.

    I suppose I’d never really given any thought to trees going though their annual life cycle even in warmer climates. Many people here make an annual pilgrimage to McKittrick Canyon in the Guadalupe mountains to see the colors at a higher, cooler elevation….even though they aren’t close to what you’re seeing in the northeast or Midwest, they’re still very beautiful.

  2. Last gasp yesterday – watching kids’ soccer in 73F….. beautiful sunset, trees all in colours…. heard the rain pounding last night… highways backed up 8 miles because some prat pranged his tanker in the rain and spilled diesel all over – so here we go.

  3. Yes, it would appear Fall has fallen.
    However, I am much uplifted by this article I found whilst checking the financial page on MSN (apologies to those offended by the Monster Suck Network..)
    Why health insurance companies are doomed
    Salient quote
    “To be clear, that’s precisely what insurance companies are—intermediaries. Health insurers receive payments from employers, individuals, and governments and then send that money to health care providers such as pharmacy benefits managers, doctors, and hospitals, of course keeping some for themselves to cover overhead and, in some instances, profit.”
    I have another term… Parasites

  4. The name — of it — is “Autumn” —
    The hue — of it — is Blood —
    An Artery — upon the Hill —
    A Vein — along the Road —

    Great Globules — in the Alleys —
    And Oh, the Shower of Stain —
    When Winds — upset the Basin —
    And spill the Scarlet Rain —

    It sprinkles Bonnets — far below —
    It gathers ruddy Pools —
    Then — eddies like a Rose — away —
    Upon Vermilion Wheels —
    ~Emily Dickinson

    • If you have actual pain caused by your teeth an application of oil of cloves to the gums and teeth will help. If your teeth hurt due to politics consumption of alcohol in copious quantities may help temporarily but for long term relief I strongly recommend daily use of cannabis. 🙂

      • Actual pain, due to three upper front teeth being ground down for crowns – a direct result of having taken a canon to the face last May.

        I ended up using a combination of Reiki, tylenol, and vodka. It worked.

      • “Did you bite off more than you can chew?”

        In a manner of speaking. ‘Twas a cannon, a stage prop at a Piratically Themed Dinner Theatre. I volunteered as an audience participant and the rest, shall we say, is history. Chipped two front teeth last May. Finally got approval for the non-emergency dental work & scheduled it after the fall band concert so I would have the max recovery time before the Holiday season.

        Am feeling better tonight, and, when the crowns are in, will look better, too.

  5. QOTD:

    “Let me tell you about scared. Your heart is beating so hard, I can feel it through your hands. There’s so much blood and oxygen pumping through your brain, it’s like rocket fuel. Right now, you could run faster and you can fight harder, you could jump higher than ever in your life. And you’re so alert, it’s like you can slow down time. What’s wrong with scared? Scared is a super power. It’s your super power. There is danger is this room, and guess what? It’s you!” – Doctor Who in the age of Ebolisis.

  6. As Casualties Mount, Scientists Say Global Warming Has Been “Hugely Underestimated”

    As we look across the globe this month, the signs of a continued escalation of the impacts of runaway anthropogenic climate disruption (ACD) continue to increase, alongside a drumbeat of fresh scientific studies confirming their connection to the ongoing human geo-engineering project of emitting carbon dioxide at ever-increasing rates into the atmosphere.

    A major study recently published in New Scientist found that “scientists may have hugely underestimated the extent of global warming because temperature readings from southern hemisphere seas were inaccurate,” and said that ACD is “worse than we thought” because it is happening “faster than we realized.”

    As has become predictable now, as evidence of increasing ACD continues to mount, denial and corporate exploitation are accelerating right along with it.

    I’m thinking that since greed is the one trait that humans will never free themselves from, that we have, this day, passed thru the open gateway portal of the next (non-asteroidal) mass global extinction.

  7. Ben Stiller’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was uneven but it has some great music throughout. A mental health break:

  8. Hello old friends. I am lurking here more and more again these days, missing you all. The way things are going at my job I may soon have a lot of spare time on my hands, so if you’ll have me, I will gladly be back more.

    • Good to here from you. Sorry about your job. I am in the same job boat but may stick it out until next Feb or so to see what happens! The Zoo is a great place to lurk 🙂

      • dycker, sorry to hear that. February sounds about right for me, too. If I am really lucky. If only people like us would be allowed to run the business, working for bosses in denial of the situation is so not fun.

    • Hi, Ev. Nice to read you!

      One of the best parts of The Zoo is that one can opt in or out with no repercussions beyond; “where ya’ been?”. And, if you don’t want to tell us where you’ve been, you don’t have to tell us. It’s good to see you back.

      • Hi pete, where have I been? Well. I started working again four years ago and while it started out really well the place is going downhill fast and things have turned really sour. Never mind I had family issues to deal with, too. I could have done without the last three years in my life with precious few exceptions.

        Things are sorting themselves in all but the job situation, however.

        • Sucky jobs suck. Bad years are bad. Been there. Done that. I have had plenty of years I was anxious to put behind me. Sometimes I wish the human brain was even more selective about the things we remember.

          But? You sound witty and wise so things should work out O.K. Eventually….

  9. I don’t know whether i should laugh, cry, or cringe. Batscat Bachmann has, reportedly, received death threats from ISIL. Here are the possibilities…

    a. She’s making the whole thing up.
    b. She has managed to convince others that a general threat applies specifically to her.
    c. ISIL is incredibly stupid and has chosen to threaten, arguably, the most irrelevant American politician in the whole country.

  10. We had drizzle then about 10 minutes of rain! The smell was wonderful – we delighted in just standing in it – getting reacquainted with water from the sky…

    • Ain’t it weird? That first drizzle, first clap of thunder, first cool breeze, or first frost in the fall seems like a new and wonderful thing. The first day of thawing in the spring has a similar type of magic. I think that’s one of the reasons I was never quite able to acclimate to San Diego. When every effing day is somewhere between 60F and 80F one runs out of those special days that make one go and get out just to enjoy the weather.

        • Yep. There’s something primal and satisfying about the whole season changing experience. The first fall morning I wake to frost I want to go out and chop wood and the first warm day of spring makes me want to go fishing. And, when there’s a major blizzard or cold snap, just about all of us Minnowsnowtans walk around with a big smile and look forward to pushing cars out of snow banks because we are all in it together.The random hot and cold days in a more temperate climate are merely an inconvenience rather than a source of motivation.

          I regularly have to go out in subzero temps here in Minnesota but I have never been colder than when I woke to 37 degrees in San Diego. Conversely; I have felt perfectly comfortable at 110 degrees in Death Valley but 90 degrees and 90 percent humidity makes me start thinking about shooting myself.

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