Fall has come. (Please don't bring the A Song of Ice and Fire slogan up quite yet.)
I'm feeling more sleepy -- not bone-tired or even sad, just more sedate. The lack of light affects me, but I'm not complaining; I already moved from my slice of Germany with its 1400 hours of sunlight per year
to a place with more than double
-- Berkeley, at 3000 hours
FOOD & SHELTER
Obviously, I'm always baking -- yesterday, with the other leftover German in my Master's program, we did cinnamon-apple muffins with a dash of almond -- but now I'm definitely feeling the love for sweetness warm out of the oven.
Warm being the operative word: My main issue with the Bay Area in fall and winter is not the lack of light, or the rain when it comes thundering down; it's the fact it's impossible here to maintain same level of warmth. People tend to be astounded when I tell them I'm rarely ever cold in Germany: For one, Germans dress pragmatically, that is, matching their clothing to the the current outside temperatures. Obviously this I can do. But the houses in this place are badly insulated, single-pane glass windows and thin wood structures, and the heating systems are outdated and inefficient. I understand there are many factors at play, economic and social and geographic, but that doesn't change the effect that the only times I've ever wanted to be somewhere else since July 2012 is the fall and winter season.
But yes, baking. I've had some pumpkin pies (and soups too) on my mind, for a reason: There's pumpkin-carving scheduled for this afternoon, with Chris and Zee here at my house -- three big, beautiful, brightly orange pumpkins are sitting and waiting for us in the garden.
LABOR & LEISURE
With the BART strike, however, things are not looking good. She can't make it here; we can't make it there via public transport with three huge pumpkins. Zee could drive across the Bay Bridge, of course, to her place in the Castro, but we'd be joining roughly 999,999 folks on the road this Sunday. Currently waiting for the boy to get back to me.
That said, I'm pro-labor, always; I support the right to strike even in public service and infrastructure operations. All I want is proper, prior notice, and at least in the end they gave us just that.