Mood: Be here now! Soundtrack: Vaudeville Etiquette "Debutantes & Dealers"
If you look at those trees, you can see it. Fall is arriving. This technically was the first day of fall, but the cool morning temps and those trees just starting to turn red confirms it. Autumn is in the air, and I am here for it. The only down side to autumn is that it leads to winter, but there's no reason to hate a thing just because it really sucks when it ends. Let's just enjoy the season and try not to think to hard about what comes next.
Mood: Grogu is the man. Soundtrack: The Bill Simmons Podcast
There was a tiny chalk art festival at Southglenn over the weekend. Despite there only being about 20 or fewer entries that I could see as I circled the streets on Monday morning, this was by far my favorite. Baby Yoda for the win!
Mood: A hot weekend run during a "hot" birthday weekend! (Hot still means good, right?) Soundtrack: Phoebe Bridgers "Punisher"
It was my son's 14th birthday, and between his football game in the morning and getting ready to take his buddies to Meow Wolf that night, I had to get in seven miles somewhere, so I did so in the early afternoon of a hot Saturday. It was a pretty good run, although I needed a cold shower to cool off afterwards, but the skies were blue, and the trail was open, and I got it done! This was actually one of the more fun Saturdays I've had in a long time, even though I spent two and a half hours doing work right during the middle of it. Luke's flag football games and Meow Wolf are both excellent ways to spend the weekend!
Norm McDonald had just died of cancer, so I pulled up the two comedy albums available for him on Spotify to listen to him. The first is pretty good although it oddly begins with Norm talking about death by cancer and wanting to stay alive...odd to hear when you're listening to it because he's just died of cancer. The second one, named "Ridiculous" is actively terrible. Norm was VERY funny, but this sketch comedy drivel is just bad. Like, really really bad. It has some comedy that has aged terribly and is just actively cringe. Made for a strange morning of running around Southglenn, to be sure. But I will miss Norm McDonald, a genuinely hilarious person.
Mood: Breathing clean air! Soundtrack: The Wallflowers "Bringing Down The Horse"
After a summer where the air quality has been just off the charts bad thanks to western wildfires, being able to see the clouds and the mountains so clearly was amazingly refreshing. I stopped to take this picture just because of how pretty the scene before me was. I didn't have a choice!
Mood: Positive vibes on a Sunday morning. Soundtrack: John Prine "John Prine" and "Diamonds in The Rough" and "Sweet Revenge"
It was NFL opening Sunday, and it was a cool but comfy morning at Wash Park, and I was listening to John Prine who I heard called "The Mark Twain of songwriting" that morning on the radio, which is a pretty description of the man. Sadly he died of COVID early last year, but his music remains pretty awesome. Also...here is a pink flower!
Mood: Weird baby heads! Soundtrack: Earbud free sounds of the world
Why does this home have two giant baby heads in it's window? I don't know, but it was enough for me to walk up to the porch to get a picture, because it was easily the weirdest thing I saw on this run and needed to be captured for posterity. My right earbud also didn't charge overnight, so they wouldn't connect to my phone which meant I had my earbuds in my pocket all run and was forced to say hello to people as I passed and actually hear if they reply or not. (Many do, many don't, for the record.)
Mood: September is so good! Soundtrack: The Bill Simmons Podcast
The weather was just about perfect, and I was listening to a sports podcast about football, which means that it must be the best month of the year! September! Getting info about the upcoming football season while getting to enjoy the best weather of the year makes me wish that it was always September. It's definitely the best month.
Mood: Hot and bothered is no way to be on a run. Soundtrack: TBTL
I slept in because it was a Saturday, and then left much too late in the morning (It was almost noon) and it was HOT and that heat caused me to have low blood sugar, and yuck. I felt awful and ended up walking home a good portion of the final way because I just couldn't keep running in those conditions. Early morning is way better for runs, especially when it's monstrously hot outside.
Today's photo came relatively early on in the run when I was still running, and it's of this helmet that sits atop a stick that is helping hold up this tree, and I don't know why it's there, and I find the whole thing to be very weird.