September is my favorite month.
After a long hot summer, the cool days are such a wonderful change.
Leaves are starting to change, at least in North America. (I missed that during the five years I lived in Africa.) Growing up in suburban Washington DC, I loved the rich variety of colors falling around me.
My birthday hits this month. Though I’m not huge on birthday celebrations, it’s still a fun day.
School starts. Or it did during my childhood… that was before school began in August. I always enjoyed going back to class and friends, even though it meant the pain of homework.
Enjoy your September!
We lived in Kenya, Africa for five years.
The most numerous non-African people in Kenya are from South Asia.
(There is some pretty awesome Indian food there – in fact, the best I’ve ever tasted.)
One day I went into a shop run by South Asians and found a poster – “An Ideal Boy.” I bought it instantly because of the reflection of a quirky part of India’s colonial-era past.
And all these years later, I found that poster in our attic.
I’m sharing it with you.
You can see a PDF of “An Ideal Boy” here. Download the file, enjoy it, whatever.
If you want to buy one of the panels, I’m selling them for $5 each, which includes shipping to US addresses. There are 12 panels, and there’s just one of each. I plan to keep one or two for myself (whatever is left). If you’re interested, send me an email at paul at pmerrill dot com, and I’ll be in touch. Send me your address too. We’ll exchange the funds via PayPal or Venmo.
First come, first served. (There’s only one “Salutes parents.”)
Each panel is about 5 1/2″ x 6.”
Live music is something many of us greatly miss in the wake of Covid.
An alternative has been tossed over the fence – live streaming.
I’m sorry, but it’s just not the same. (No one said it would be.)
Often, what’s already out there on YouTube is better than a streaming show you might see. And you’ll probably see some actual crowds.
Don’t get me wrong – I’m all for supporting musicians! A good solid alternative is to go to their page on Bandcamp and buy some music or merchandise.
I just did. And since our cars are old enough to have CD players, some sweet new tunes will be playing in a few weeks – with better sounds than Spotify can deliver.
Aimee Giese, a Denver friend, spent a good amount of time compiling a page with links to support Denver musicians. You can buy lots of fun merch from a wide variety of artists.
If anyone out there has another similar page, please put the link in the comments. Thanks.
The world has thrown being environmentally aware out the window as we’ve faced the Covid-19 crisis.*
There’s disposable everything… gloves and sanitary wipes get thrown by the side of cars. To-go packaging from restaurants is almost always plastic. (And they usually also throw in a bunch of plastic cutlery.)
If the grocery stores in your neighborhood are like those near me, they won’t let you bring your own reusable bags into the store.
There is one thing you can do.
Keep groceries in your cart as you bring it to your car or bike. Then put your goodies in your reusable bags to carry home.
* Yes, I do know about the massive decrease in consumption of some consumer goods and lessened vehicle use, resulting in greatly reduced air pollution.
I love car magazines. I’ve enjoyed them since I was a boy. I find pleasure in discovering the latest details on all kinds of vehicles.
The genre I least enjoy is supercars – because they are so far removed from my reality that I could never own one.
The other genre that I don’t take pleasure in is SUVs. Though they are the world’s most popular vehicle category, they offer less driving pleasure than cars. (But I’ve never cared about what’s popular.)
Back to car magazines…
Looking at printed photos and flipping the pages of a car review are somehow much more satisfying than scrolling up and down a web page.
Apparently, few other people appreciate this joy.
Nearly all magazines are dying a slow death – not just those of the vehicular variety.
Automobile Magazine quietly passed away without its caretakers even telling me.
Autoweek died just a month before Automobile.
When Car and Driver quits printing their publication, I will cry.
By the way, the expression “writing on the wall” comes from Daniel 5.