It’s almost over. In Tulsa, the schools are mostly open now — our educational year seems to be based on harvesting wheat and on building up extra closing days for when there are ice or snowstorms, weather that Oklahoma is ill-equipped to handle. There’s a sadness to the end of summer. One morning — always in August — I go for a swim in the pool and suddenly the outside air is cold and dewy; that’s the day when I know the end of summer is near. Trying to stave off the inevitable, I keep swimming until October — the leaves that attack the pool be damned — but I find each year I close the pool a bit earlier. I can remember swimming into early November, but no longer. I usually wimp out now by mid-October, if not before.
On the other hand, the market usually rallies in November and there are lots to celebrate at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
I read an Associated Press piece in Sunday’s Tulsa World that suggests that the median age for TV viewers is now 51. Interestingly, of the major networks, Fox has the lowest median age, 44; that’s surprising to me because I figured Fox would have the highest.