The end of summer? Already?


Brian Golden

Oh boy, it’s really starting to feel like autumn out there, an occurrence I could certainly do without for another month or two. You’d think I’d be used to our not-so-heavenly weather here in upstate New York, but – even after 30-plus years – I’m not. And I’ll tell you one thing, I’m definitely not looking forward to turning up the thermostat quite yet. That, in fact, could wait more like three to four months, and it’d be just fine with me.

It’s Tuesday, and that means one thing and one thing only … must … write … column. These days, I refuse to procrastinate when it comes to my weekly offering for page four of The Evening Sun. That’s not to say I’m unable to throw together a quick 20 or 25 inches first thing in the morning on Wednesdays, I simply don’t like to put myself through that sort of stress if I can help it. My column, I must say, is one of my favorite pieces to write every week and – believe it or not – I take it fairly seriously (even when I’m writing about alien invasions, the upcoming zombie apocalypse and the like).

In a totally unrelated topic (hey, it’s a blog, right?), I’ve managed to hold onto the sunglasses I purchased at the 19th annual Chenango Blues Fest for a whole three days, which is – sadly – pretty good for me. I don’t know what it is about me and shades, but I’ll be damned if I can ever hold onto the things for more than a week without a) losing them or b) breaking them. My all-time record? Twelve days. And yes, I also think that’s both sad and pathetic.

I must say I’m looking forward to this weekend’s trip up to Syracuse to hang with my fellow Master Thieves (band members, not professional pickpockets), not to mention my first trip to the New York State Fair in I don’t know how long. What can I say? It’s always nice to get out of town for a bit every once in awhile and my significant other and I always seem to have a great time up there. And just when I thought I was “faired-out,” it looks like I’ll have one more chance to stuff myself with fair fare (as in fried dough, french fries, pizza, wings, hot dogs, cotton candy, ice cream and all that other stuff that’s so good for you).

Okay, okay, I admit it … I haven’t been to the movies once this year, which is really starting to bug me. It seems like every couple of years or so I kind of forget the theater even exists. Which is sad because, once I realize that it is, in fact, still standing, I have a dozen or more movies – films that I was really looking forward to seeing – to track down on DVD. This time around? Well, let’s just say the list goes on and on – “Tron: Legacy,” “Captain America: First Avenger,” “The Deathly Hallows Pt.2,” “Green Lantern,” “X-Men: First Class,” “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” “Thor,” “Super 8,” “Cowboys and Aliens” and probably more that I simply can’t think of right this minute. In fact, there’s probably another list – similar in length – of 2010 movies I have yet to see.

My only excuse? So much to do, so little time.