Ever since finishing high school September has always been one of my favorite months. And every year it seems there’s just more and more reasons to love this month. The most important of them is the beginning of fall. We’re now just a few short weeks away from fall. And starting in September the average temperature starts dropping about 2 degrees a week. I think everyone is excited about that.
Here’s the rest of why September gets me excited:
- Sam Adams Octoberfest – The best special edition of the best beer goes on sale
- Candy corn – A topic I’ve touched on before
- Don’t need to run air – When the cooler months cometh, the AC go offeth
- Don’t need to run heat – We barely run the heat at all in the winter thanks to a well insulated home, but we don’t need it on at all in the fall
- Nothing better than a warm jacket and a hot drink with a cool breeze. I may not see it in September, but I can see it around the corner
- Bugs start dying – This has been a bad year for spiders, but that means the bugs have been out too. Good riddance to both
- At least 1 holiday a month for the next 6 – Lots of 4 day workweeks until next March.
I’ll touch on the excitement of football a little bit more. Some people get it and some don’t, which is fine. For those that don’t get it allow me to help.
For most of human history there has been war. War and battles were important culturally and politically. Leaders of society were often directly involved with the battles, and the wars wiped out significant portions of the global population. Not even the World Wars destroyed more of the population than these ancient conflicts, but the losses were still huge.
Today our culture and politics have largely moved beyond these conflicts. Yes there’s still death and destruction, but not on the scale of history and the decline continues. But the human desire to protect the homeland and conquer foreign lands still exists in the subconscious, and sports have evolved to represent that.
In my opinion (and the opinion of many Americans), football best replicates the conflict of war without all the death (football’s other health problems are open for debate). In football you have opposing sides trying to push each other past well defined lines. The defense is protecting their land while the offense invades it. Basketball comes close to replicating this as well but the physical conflict isn’t really there.
Everyone has their own reasons for loving fall though. So use the comments to share. And if you’ve got a problem with football, or candy corn, I might let you talk about it too.