Sunday, September 1, 2013

If It's Fall, It Must Be Time for... R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril, VIII

Fall has always been one of my favorite times of the year.  The temperatures cool off but are not too cold.  Living in Pennsylvania, it means the leaves on the trees turn from green to red, orange and yellow.  Here in Bedford, we even have a two weekend event called Fall Foliage.  Our small town shuts down some of the main streets, all of the hotels fill up, and normally easy to navigate streets are packed with people.  Many people come to shop the craft booths.  As for me, I prefer the food stands.  Walking down the street seems to add on the pounds as you smell the funnel cakes, apple dumplings, cheese steak sandwiches and too many others to name.  

Last Friday was the kickoff of high school football with Bedford celebrating 100 years of football.  In typical small town fashion, our community packed the stands for the opening night.  My sons and I sat with a group of friends around the 40 yard light and cheered as our team of mostly underclassmen pulled out a 13-10 victory.  This weekend also saw the start of college football with the pro teams starting soon.

In addition to all of that, Carl's R.I.P. event has become another reason to look forward to the fall.  I was worried that I would not be able to participate this year.  At the end of July I started having severe pains in both hands.  It was all I could do to make it through the workday.  I have an office job where I am on the computer most of the day.  It turned out that I have arthritis in both hands.  After trying various medicines, my doctor found one that worked for me.  I still have some pain but it is bearable now.  Each week is a little better.

Which perils am I participating in this year?

Peril the Second:  Read two books.
Peril of the Short Story:  Starting next Sunday, i will be reviewing stories on a weekly basis.
Peril of the Screen:  I will probably do a combination of television and movie reviews.