And just like that fall happens. It’s been raining all day and the thermometer has barely cracked seventy degrees. And people put away their shorts and pull out a sweatshirt and air conditioners go into storage and soup returns to the menu. Once the kids are back in school adults start talking about how expensive food and gas and everything is.
For the last few weeks, Democrats have been hailing the “Inflation Reduction” law and finding polls that claim that Joe Biden isn’t the most unpopular politician since Caligula and making believe gasoline has always been $4 a gallon. But now that the silly season is coming to a close people start looking at the bills they piled up during the vacation and remembering who’s responsible for their poverty.
We’ve gotten a couple of inches of rain so far today and the ground is soaking it up like a dry sponge and you can almost hear the earthworms and the mushrooms and the grass roots sighing with relief and drinking in the water from every pore. There are these parasitic plants called Indian Pipe that live underground in the roots of trees and wait for the heat to end and the rain to activate them. Then they sprout up and flower. Since they’re parasites they don’t need chlorophyll and so they’re white instead of green. Very strange looking things. I try to photograph them each year and so far, they haven’t appeared. But now I bet I’ll see them sprout. It’s funny how these little natural events become a part of your life.
The fallout from Liz Cheney Ejection Day continues apace with even the Democrats agreeing that no one can actually think of a reason to keep her around after she’s unemployed. I feel like it’s up to the Democrats to give her a goodbye party and a gold watch or something and then shove her onto a slow train going nowhere. I can see her standing on the back of the train looking sad and morose and waving slowly as the train pulls out of the station in DC headed for Loserville. It’s quite touching.
Now that the rule of law has ended and the kids don’t have to go back to school anymore in the cities I wonder if there is any change in the type and amount of crime that goes on after the summer. I wonder if they stop playing the knockout game and go straight to knifing and shooting their victims in September. It’s obviously an important question to know the answer to when you’re purchasing your fall wardrobe. I guess it could be as simple as helmet/no helmet. I suppose body armor should be a constant but it’s so darn heavy that you might want to skip it in the hot summer months when blows to the head are more or less standard operating procedure for your young urban thug. I mean, no one likes to be overdressed.
And speaking of urban crime Lori Lightfoot is up for re-election in a little over six months and I’m wondering how does that work? With all the people who were able to flee already gone maybe at this point the street gangs can control the vote in Chicago. And since Lightfoot has made them all-powerful maybe it’s in their interest to make sure she wins re-election in perpetuity. If you think about it, it’s a pretty sweet deal for both sides of that arrangement. Of course, it’s pretty close to hell on earth for any law-abiding residents but how many of those can there be left? Half a million, maybe a million? That’s practically a rounding error in a country as big as this. And they say adversity builds character, so there you go.
The voters have the next few months to contemplate what life in these United States will be like under the Democrats and decide if maybe they want to change it up. It seems like it should be a slam dunk to me. But I guess I’m not a woke millennial or a career woman still wearing a COVID mask and looking for the government to protect her from Donald Trump and viruses. Perhaps there just aren’t enough people left who think like me out there anymore.
Well anyway, listening to the rain on the metal roof outside my kitchen is soothing. And knowing I don’t have to water any plants is great. We picked about twenty pounds of butternut squash yesterday and I bet Camera Girl will makes some chicken soup with it soon so life is good.
Goodbye summer heat. I think I’ll celebrate fall by watching a summer movie. I think I’ll put on Rear Window.