This is the time of year when I start really yearning for fall. My back yard is dry and dusty, we have had excessive heat warnings for WEEKS now, and what little rain we get is turning directly into late-afternoon humidity. College football talk is starting up, and classes are going to follow soon. All summer, I’ve been promising myself a vacation trip to the beach, but now … well, the idea of this kind of heat + all that sand is just off-putting. So I’m really thinking a trip to NorthernCity, showing off the boy to Manly’s family, all that good food, and nice chilly Northern temperatures … yeah, that sounds more like it.