Historically, the market does well from November to May. Stay tuned. It sure is fun when it steadily goes up, isn’t it? Well, there’s nothing steady about the market these days, and there has not been for a long doggone while.

I closed my 28-year-old swimming pool Friday and packed up Eddy Current, my robotic electric pool cleaner, for its winter sleep. Even though the mornings are getting cold, I so like an early swim that I keep the pool open for as long as my body can stand the unheated water.

When I was younger, I would swim until November, but now the first third of October is about the maximum. There’s nothing like having a good swim and then drying off by reading in a comfy lawn chair. When it is so cold that reading in said comfy lawn chair is practically impossible, I begin to think about shutting things down.

The Tulsa State Fair is closing today. We went twice during its 10-day run and didn’t buy much, although I do like to watch the Ron Popeil-like sales people sell dicer-slicers, knives and cookware, along with sponge mops (as seen on TV). As to food, I like deep-fried spiral-cut potatoes; it’s probably a good thing I have only two servings yearly.

This year, the fair was said to offer deep-fried butter and deep-fried beer, although I managed to miss both culinary delights. The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association ribeye steak sandwiches, which sold for $6, were as good as ever, and the weather was simply terrific — crisp and sunny. This year, I even saw the Chinese acrobats, but I didn’t see the exhibit for the world’s largest pig.

I’ve never actually ponied up the money to see the pig, but in past years, I’ve walked by the exhibit. A friend of mine attends the Iowa State Fair, and he says the world’s largest pig is there, too. I am confused as to how the same pig can be two places at the same time. Do pigs fly?

Have a wonderful and happy week. Keep your perspective, and help customers keep theirs.

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