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Sunday, October 09, 2005


Remember that cartoon with Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck about the hunting seasons? ("Duck Season!" "Wabbit Season!") Well, down here it could be "Skeeter Season!" "Squeegee season!". It hardly feels like fall. It does this to me every year that I am down here. Fall sneaks up on me and things are gearing up for the great holiday rush, but it still looks like summer, still feels like summer, and you still sweat like summer.

About the only difference that I can see is that it is now mosquito and squeegee season.

Really. You need a squeegee to clear your windows of condensation so you can see outside (my windows at this time of year are always sparkling clean. Why, yes, the nearly blind dog is now starting to run into the sliding glass door again, thank you for asking!) ALSO - there are so many skeeters out this time of year that when you exit the house in the morning, there are mosquitos bouncing off the stucco walls and glass windows because, you know, they can SMELL YOU inside there. They bounce on the walls, aiming for shadows, hoping for an opening so they could get in and FEAST. When you get into the car, a cloud of them follow you and after you shut the door, you are swatting mosquitos even before you start the engine.

About the only nice thing is that once it gets hot, the skeeters all go hide. Of course, who wants outside when it's so darn HOT?

Also? Pumpkins - up north, they'd already be carved and grinning balefully from my porch. Down here - I learned that you carve them the NIGHT BEFORE Halloween, (2 nights before at the earliest) otherwise the black rot and grey fuzz and orange goo sets in. You don't even BUY your pumpkin if you can't put it in the refrigerator.

I'm tellin' ya, fall is just not the same thing down here.


Blogger Cate said...

One of your funniest descriptions yet!

Here we can't sit out pumpkins until Halloween night or whenever they decide is the night to trick-or-treat because kids steal them in a contest to see who can get the most. I wouldn't mind really, if they would just leave mine until the Trick-or-Treating is over but, no, it goes on for several days BEFORE Halloween.

10/09/2005 04:46:00 PM  

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