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Date Posted: 19:21:22 11/11/15 Wed
Author: Denny Whalen
Subject: What is that blinding light?

After two weeks of nearly constant rain, I went out of doors today to encounter a day so bright it was as though a hole had been torn in the sky and all the light in the heavens was pouring through. A wonderous fall day at last.

This was the kind of day from remembered autumns of days slipped away. While missing the chill my friends in northern latitudes expect and experience this time of year, I actually heard leaves crunch beneath my shoes. The temperature rose to short sleeve heights and the annual Veterans' Day parade was considerably more comfortable than last year's.

Main street was heavily lined on both sides for a change. By parade time the East side of the street is in sunshinw, the West in the shade. When the temperature is cool, everyone lines the curbs on the sunny side of the street(I found myself singing those lyrics as I typed them). With today's comfort level, people brought a collapsible chair from which to enjoy the passing bands, marching units, military vehicles, and endless flashy convertibles with pretty parade queens perched up the backs of the rear seats. A Viper, a Camaro, a 64 Mustang, and several Chryslers; all shiny spotless. In keeping with our rural and often perceived "redneckedness" the crowd favorite of the queens stood in the bed od a lifted big wheel pickup.

I know it's campaigning season, but I was surprised, even astonished, to see our "esteemed" governor riding in our humble parade, flaked by his walking (very presidential style)/security guard detail. Can't imagine what caused him to lower himself to be seen in such a small town. Guess he came to partake of our famed pork BBQ. Around these parts we're known as the BBQ capital. Here BBQ is always pork. Maybe he was delivering some capital pork of his own. More likely here to pick some up to finance his reelection campaign next year; but I digress.

Our house has transitioned from fall decorations to Thanksgiving. The first weekend in the already surging toward us month of December will see the transformation to Christmas.
Where has this year gone? In a blinding flash.

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