By the time you read this, we will either have a stop-gap budget that funds the federal government, or we will be in the third day of a shutdown - pretty much over whether or not our fellow countrymen should be required to buy health insurance.
I find it incredibly ironic that the ACA will go into effect shutdown or not. I also found it ironic that Texas Senator Ted Cruz would read Dr. Suess' "Green Eggs and Ham" during his faux filibuster. Did he not realize the moral of that story?
Anyhow, if we are shut down, I hope it has not been too much of a drag on you and your family.
I know it hasn't really dampened my spirits, what with Halloween coming up, the (finally) the real potential of purchasing a home and the bounty of colors currently on display throughout the region.
I love the smells, too. From apple cider to spiced pumpkin to that indescribable wood-fired fall smell - I just can't get enough.
I'm looking forward to trick or treaters, walking down the road in a shower of red, gold and brown leaves and of course settling in to whatever scary movie is playing on the TV that night.
That last one, especially, really gets me in a festive mood. I know, you're asking: "How do scary movies make you feel festive?" They just do, OK? I don't know, I just like to be scared. And why not? If we can start preparing for the winter holiday season in November, I can start creeping myself out for Halloween at the beginning of October.
I've been on a couple of ghost tours, I've even caught something on film while on a tour of The Mount two years ago. I mean, sure, it could have been moisture or a reflection or something totally mundane, but I have looked at it and gone over it more times than I can count and I just don't know.
I don't consider myself suseptible to superstions, nor gullible enough to jump on every wacky theory someone throws out there about Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster of UFOs. However, if presented with some type of evidence that can't be easily refuted, my mind is open enough to consider the possibilities.
Did I mention I went to Loch Ness while away in August? Very beautiful spot, reminded me a lot of the Berkshires but on a bit more of a grander scale. And, no, I didn't see any serpentine or prehistoric creatures coming out of the loch. The closest I got to seeing a monster was in one of the many gift shops in the area.
So, I guess consider this part one of a four-part Halloween special. Like I said, I just can't help myself this time of year. We'll talk ghouls, ghosts and strange occurances. I've already been a few places to explore (like The Mount) but if you have any other suggestions for a weekend trip that will spook my socks off, let me know.
In the meantime, I'll be sitting by the candlelight with my collection of Lovecraft stories out, giving myself a good scare.