definitively fall

Bumbershoot is over. Oh, there may some stragglers at the Seattle Center right now, trying to hold onto the last shreds of music and overpriced food, but seriously, it’s over. This afternoon, the air felt cool with a touch of warmth, instead of warm with a touch of cool. And this evening, as I was riding my bike on the Burke Gilman trail, my wheels ran through a thin skein of yellowed leaves pounded down onto the pavement. I rode into the gloaming, which turned into gloomy darkness on the way home. 8 pm, and it was too dark to ride under the thinning trees. And in my ears, playing on my iPod for the first time, the following lyrics by this city’s resident poets of the moment, Death Cab for Cutie:

“Then Labor Day came and went
And we shed what was left of our summer skin.”

It’s fall, folks. Definitively.

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