I’ve always found mid-August a bit of a weird time. When you’re a kid, there’s that feeling that you’ve got to make the best of these last two weeks before school starts. As an adult, I just feel like I’ve had enough of summer and am ready to move on.

Don’t hate me; I know that those of you who love the heat think I’m crazy. But I’m really ready for a change of season. I love the fall, with the crisp nights, cool days and beautiful colors. I’m looking forward to it more than usual this year because we really have had a hot summer. Granted, not like an L.A. summer, but hot enough for me.

I’m also looking forward to the roads calming down a bit. We have definitely had more tourists in the area this year. Now, I know that’s a good thing and it is nice to see that the shops are doing well. But on the other hand, walking the dog has been downright scary! When we turn to take the road towards the railroad tracks, we have had difficulty walking without being run over. Last night, in particular, it was like rush hour in Reseda! There was a line of cars on the road from one end to the other, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before. Since there isn’t any sidewalk it makes walking really a challenge. The situation wasn’t improved when a couple of dogs in a car started barking at Shmoo and got him all worked up so that he was bouncing all over the place. A bouncing Shmoo is not fun when you’re on the other end of the leash.

I would also like to be able to find a window during the day to do my grocery shopping when I’m not being run over by people pushing their baskets while not looking where they’re going; where there aren’t kids with mini-shopping baskets running over my feet and where I can get in, get what I need and get out in a reasonable time.

Okay, I admit it; I’m spoiled. I got used to being in a place where the pace of life is slower. People who are on holiday somehow don’t seem to want to slow down; they just want to squeeze every minute out of their vacation. I can understand that, but I don’t want to be in their way while they’re doing it.

Ciao for now.


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