Goodbye, summerBy Wade Kwon
I donâ€™t do favorites. Favorite books, favorite bands, favorite colors, foods, shops, cars, etc.
Or seasons, for that matter. But I do love summer.
And now that itâ€™s over, Iâ€™m a little sad.
It was brutally hot, even for me. And yet, friends insisted on eating outside. Not cool.
We made it to a few movies, but it was a weak crop overall with few standouts. Just going becomes an ordeal of sitting through 20 minutes of trailers.
And at the first midnight showing of â€œTalladega Nights,â€ we were treated to the end of â€œClerks 2.â€ In 10 minutes, we saw the ending and the surprises in the credits at no extra charge.
You tell me if thatâ€™s a good thing.
I got a job. Actually, I got several jobs, if you count freelance. I wrote a lot on my own, and even redesigned my city blog.
I didnâ€™t go to the beach, or even get out of town, not counting one trip for work. I signed up for online dating, and with hundreds of matches, exactly one has been in Alabama. The rest have been scattered across North America.
I came down with some weird 24-hour fever that just about knocked me off my feet. And a couple of weeks later, I nearly fainted â€” but was fine 15 minutes later.
Filling my need for gadgets, I bought a headset for my phone, which now gives me something else to fumble with as a call comes in. Itâ€™s light, it flashes, and has yet to drive people nuts.
I went to part of a baseball game, a few parties and helped one friend move. I didnâ€™t wash my car, more out of civic duty than laziness. A droughtâ€™s a drought.
I made mojitos and pork and green beans and pound cake. All turned out pretty good.
I didnâ€™t write any letters, but did crank out a few e-mails. I lost weight, which wasnâ€™t planned and isnâ€™t good. But Iâ€™ll get it back.
Iâ€™m looking forward to fall, though it probably wonâ€™t be cool. It will be busy, college football will be on. And Iâ€™ll be ready for the march to the dead of winter.