Wow… 2007 is just melting away as we speak. September is imminent. The summer love is coming to an end. A few random thoughts as we go into the last third of the year:

I like fall. To me fall means “education” as it has long been associated with the return to school for me. In fact, this is only the second year where the fall hasn’t brought a change in focus from work to school. I’m still not 100% used to working year round, and not having that fall transition I’m sure accounts for my lack of productivity at work.

Remember all those goals I set in January? Yeah… neither do I. I mean, I know what some of the things I wanted to accomplish this year have been, but have I really accomplished them yet? Not really. I have worked semi-consistently at each of them. Some have crashed and burned. Others have produced some results. Others have yet to produce any result. Some have gone back to being distant dreams. I suppose it’s time to whip out those written goals and do a reevaluation of them and recommit to them.

I like fall weather. I like the crispness of the air. I love the sounds of crowds in football stadiums which can be heard for miles around. I love how the mornings can be brisk, and the afternoons bright.

I don’t like what’s to come though: Fall pruning. The world dying. Putting up halloween, then thanksgiving, then christmas decorations. The rush of holiday shopping and focus on end of year profits. I could pass all those things up.

Recently I have been in what I’d like to call the “post-summer-pre-fall-funk”. This is a generally unproductive, anti-social mood you get in when summer is basically over and you didn’t get a vacation, when fall isn’t quite here and you can’t really enjoy being outside again, and when you are just plain tired every day.

Why is it at my old jobs, I could work for months on end, six days a week, with no break – no days off, and here in the “real world” working cushy hours for cushy wages in a cushy indoor chair makes me absolutely crazy in anticipation of the 4 weeks per year of paid time off?

I’ll leave you with that thought. Happy September!

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