September 10, 2003

By Michael Strickland

Fall Approaches

Fall approaches, my favorite time of the year. Last weekend, football season got underway. Tonight, I watched the season premiere of "Enterprise" (the latest incarnation of the Star Trek franchise). Next month, a new season of "24" begins. The weather will begin cooling soon, and Halloween, my favorite holiday, is just around the corner. Up north, grape harvest is here, and my father will pick and press Viognier and Syrah grapes for the second vintage of Strickland Cellars next week. And with fall come more travels: the Morro Bay Harbor Festival, Guadalupe Canyon in Baja, and a week in Cabo San Lucas.

If I lived elsewhere, I might rue the end of summer. But here in San Diego, the weather is nearly perfect year-round, and summer is more synonymous with crowds than sunshine. In the fall, the weather remains balmy, but the tourists have left and the kids have gone back to school. The beaches return to the locals.

After an autumn spent with my nose in casebooks last year, digesting concepts like res judicata and adverse possession, I'm ready to spend this fall exploring the dirt roads of Baja and dabbling in the art and science of winemaking with my father. If you find me at home, or see me online ("geeking out," as my friend Lory calls it), tell me to get out and seize the day instead of wasting it indoors.


©2003 Michael Strickland ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

What is "The Daily Strick"?

I have long called myself a writer, but too often I don't do what a writer must do daily: write. So you, dear reader, are the beneficiary of my resolution to make a positive change in at least one area of my life. Every single day of this new year (almost), I will write something, anything, and post it here. It is my intention to use this daily exercise to jump-start my too-long-dormant creative energies, and perhaps generate some worthwhile material this year. Hopefully you will find at least an occasional amusement or insight in my daily musings.

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September Columns:

9/29: Open Season
9/28: Runaway Train
9/27: The Seven
9/25: Dreamscape
9/24: Survivor: Sacramento
9/23: What Am I Doing at Work?
9/21: San Diego Chokers
9/20: Farewell, Galileo
9/17: Anything Can Happen
9/16: Midnight Writing
9/15: Decline and Fall
9/14: Loyalty By Default
9/13: Debt Snowball
9/12: My Cup Runneth Over
9/11: Unforgettable Day
9/10: Fall Approaches
9/9: Total Recall
9/8: Legal Illegals
9/7: 116 More Days
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