Saturday, September 24, 2011

Goodbye to you!

Maybe I'm part vampire.

I loathe the sun. The summer heat saps my energy and the humidity makes me nauseous.

When June arrived, I kept telling myself if I can just make it through the next several months I'll be okay. Working multiple jobs and being tired all the time becomes even worse when Chicago summers hit.

It's about a twenty-minute walk to the crafts store I work at and then another 20 minutes from there to my city job. People would give me odd looks (like I was a martian) for wearing my hooded jacket on those 90-degree days to help block out the harsh sunlight.

It was NOT fun!

But that's all changed now. For you see yesterday marked the first day of Autumn.

Gone are the packed trains with families going to every museum. No more youngsters taking over the Loop now that school is back in session. Gone are the concerts, festivals, and parades drawing all those crowds. And the drunk Cubs fans--ugh!--good riddance!

Now when I visit Buckingham Fountain the tourists are mostly gone and I have it all to myself.

No more humidity, intense heat, or burning sun to seek shelter from....and I couldn't be happier!

Bring on those foggy mornings and cool, cloudy days. Gray skies that could rain at any moment.

Ahh, how I LOVE fall weather.....

So here's a little song for you, summer. I won't miss you one bit.

Goodbye to you!


Michelle said...

I love this season the best, as well. I love your city, too! I'm hours away...lucky you for living there! Happy Autumn to you!!

bK said...

I thought I was the only one who dislikes hot weather lol. I don't like sunlight, and the heat makes me antsy.

It was very warm this afternoon in my apartment and I don't have air conditioning, so I opened the feezer door and propped up the laptop in the freezer like some sort of work station. It worked! A very cool and comfortable work station indeed!

Chantell said...

Hi Dean, I'm across the other side of the world in chilly Australia at the moment, but I echo every word you said in this post! I am so dreading the warmer weather ~ Summer can stay with you, in my opinion, haha! :P ~ and I'm making the most of each day that I get to sit by my warm fire, listening to the rain outside and enjoying a hot cuppa! And yes, I admit, I love the feeling that it's ok to hibernate inside, less pressure to get out there in the sunshine and socialize ~ nothing against people, I'm just shy, and not good with crowds...Thankyou for a great post that I can relate to :o) I stumbled across your blog purely by chance, incase you're wondering!

JuJu said...

Oh, I love this song. It takes me back to the day! I think I even sported this hairdo at one point!

Enjoy the cooler weather and less crowded areas of beauty and art! I imagine this will be putting a spring in your step!

Anonymous said...

I'm personally not a fan of winter, but I do love the winter fashion! I'm glad you're so excited.

Anonymous said...

I thought of you this morning when I awoke to gray sky, rain and breeze :)

Happy Fall my friend

Sarah said...

I'm with you--especially when it comes to the Cubs. I live in Lakeview and am SO happy their season is almost over. I can park my car again!

stanw said...

Actually our summer here was so rainy and dull but now that Fall has arrived the colors are vibrant and we are experiencing lots of warmth and sunshine. Wasn't looking forward to Fall but now that it is here I'm okay with it. Too hot and humid I don't take to either as much but sure will miss the green disappearing.

Enjoy these coming months and the unique challenges you are embarking on. Hugs!

Randuwa2 said...

It's essentially the same story in DC. Now if we could just get rid of the pesky politicians! :-)

Marty said...

I do like fall. There's only a short season here though between when the summer hiking/camping tourists leave and the skiers come. Luckily for you nobody wants to visit Chicago in the wintertime ;-)

Dean Grey said...


Chicago RULES!



LOL at you working out of your freezer!

Although, I guess it makes getting a snack mighty convenient, Brody!



I'm so glad you found me! I'd love to see Australia one day!



The cooler weather will definitely give me more energy....which is exactly what I need right now!



Wintertime can be lovely too!


David Allen Waters!

Happy Fall back at you, sir!



I'm glad you got your parking space back again, girl!



(((HUGS))) back at you!



Ha ha ha



We get tourists in Chicago all year-round actually, it's just more concentrated during the summer months.


Thanks to everyone for chiming in here!


Unknown said...

I LOVE the fall too!! I never vacation during the summer, as I would much rarther walk along the beach on an overcast chilled morning. I love waking up to cool, crisp mornings, falling leaves, and a nice cup of hot coffee! Yea! for Autumn!!!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Dean, Summer's end is a paradox for me. I hate the heat and humidity but the long light filled days make me happy.
You scared me with that title btw ;)

Heather B said...

I know the feeling. I live in San Diego...and the tourists drain my life force between April - September. Now, I should be able to walk through Balboa Park without the vultures impeding my walk or stepping into my (photo) shots. Thank the Heavens!

Mind Of Mine said...

I sweat like a son of a bitch in hot weather, but I still need a couple of months of summer to make up for my loss of Vitamin D.

However, I love Autumn and Winter, my body temperature regulates and I love winter fashion.

I would much prefer to be too cold than too hot.

Ken Riches said...

Summer left and forgot to say goodbye.

Rocky said...

From where I'm from, everyday is like 38 degrees Celsius. And goes hotter to around 40+ in summer time.

What's worse is we're near the equator so it's very humid all year long, which means, Sweat City.

Count yourself lucky Dean lol

Moving with Mitchell said...

And I always dreaded autumn! Dead leaves (allergy to leaf mold), winter approaching... But you know, Dean, they DO have summer-weight hats.

ilduce said...

Ye gods! I remember this song!

Dean Grey said...


What you described sounds perfect to me!



Ah, I can see how the long-lit days might affect one's mood.

But if I want more light, I'll just sit closer to the living room lamp. LOL



"Draining" is an adequate way to describe tourists sometimes.


Mind Of Mine!

Ian, there's vitamin D in milk. Who needs the sun!




Ha ha ha




Sounds kind of hellish. I don't know how you do it, sir!



Sorry to hear your allergies act up this time of year.

I'm all for sun hats except they look so bulky and goofy looking. I'll stick to my hoodie instead!



It's an oldie but a goodie!


I appreciate all of your comments on this post!


naturgesetz said...

You walk to work?! I had imagined that you were seeing all the things you photograph as you went from the train to your workplace.

But after a surprised moment's thought, I realize why you walk.

I suppose 80 minutes daily of brisk walking is good for you.

Dean Grey said...


You are correct.

I take the train into the city then have to walk about twenty minutes to get to the crafts store. My city job is then another twenty minute walk from there.

Thankfully though, the main station stop is only a couple blocks from my city job so the walk towards the train home is just about 5 minutes.

I hope that clears things up!