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Nov '08

Fall Arrives… Finally!


It took quite some time, over a month more than usual, but Autumn arrived in the Bay Area. Until mid-November, it was basically in the 80s here. Oh, sure, there were some “cool” days but only a handful when it should have been most of them.

It may sound crazy for me to complain that the weather was clear and warm in November, but in my heart, I am still a Massachusetts boy! The Fall should be cool. Mid-November should have morning frost. Leaves should be changing and falling from the trees!

Well, at least I did get that last part. As you can see from the picture to the left, I have a couple of great trees in my front yard. They hemorrhage leaves this time of year. Later this week, the boys and I will be able to make a massive leaf pile to jump into. I am sure that my neighbors are not pleased that I have not raked up my yard yet, oh well.

I have always enjoyed the trees in my yard and the falling leaves, but when we first moved in I tired to fight the leaves. I tried to keep my yard tidy (after we finished playing in the leaves). It was a silly fight. A fight that could not be won! You just need to give in to the leaves and only when they are finished will you actually be able to get them to, well, leave!

Election Night 2008

Yes, yes, Election Night 2008 was momentous on many levels. However, I am not going to write about the historic night as you may suspect. Election Night 2008 marked a new level of awareness for the Bates Family. Election Night 2008, Casey and Quinn were glued to and the TV watching the “drama” unfold. I put the silly quote marks around “drama” above because you cannot see my air quotes. 😉 Okay, there was some drama in he beginning, but it seemed clear to me that Obama would roll. When Ohio fell, the game was over. The Networks did not even wait for West Coast results to come in. They called the election as the bell tolled 8pm in the Pacific Time Zone.

Casey and Quinn, as did scores of young adults and children, watched the election unfold before their eyes C_Q_Election_Night3.pngas never before seen. The amount of data that CNN (and every other news team) could pull up at a moments notice was incredible! The Internet was certainly a big part of Election Night 2000 and 2004, but not like it was in 2008. Casey and Quinn were enthralled by the vote tallies as they came in. I explained (as much as you can) the Electoral College. They understood the “points” that both McCain and Obama earned as the winner was crowned for each state. It was amazing to see. They even knew the sound CNN would play when they were about to call a state or make a big announcement. If they were not in the room, they ran in to hear! If we can just keep them as interested for the rest of their lives. Only time will tell how this will stick with them.

Final Thoughts…

I know it has been a while since I last posted. I used to say things like, “I’ll be better at posting” or “I’ll try to post at least once a month.” I meant it when I said it (or typed it). It turns out that life is just too busy right now. I am caught up in my own Life Vortex and it is not possible to break free from its clutches. It is not just blogging that falls to the wayside, there are plenty of other things. The Life Vortex is strong. There is ebb and flow to it. I think life is easing up right now. It may even slow down enough that I can enjoy the unfolding of December this year.

We decided to take the winter sports season off. Normally the kids play basketball and I coach Quinn’s team. Not this year. As I said, we need the break. Also, my basketball coaching partner and his family moved to Singapore for a couple of years. Was I that bad to hang around with? Dave, I am just kidding. I miss you and your family, but we still needed a break.

We have never taken the kids up to Tahoe. Maybe this is the year. I really want to take them sledding. Let’s hope the Life Vortex stays clam long enough for us to get up there. We’ll see. 😉

Posted by Bill on November 24th, 2008 at 12:04 am

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