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I like New York in the fall


Midwestern high school football weather is my favorite time of the year. It’s when the days are sunny and warm enough for jeans and a t-shirt, but the evenings require a jacket (and if you’re me, a hat and scarf and gloves). You can still feel the sun heat your skin but at night, you might see your breath.

I haven’t actually been in the Midwest since 2001, so I had to make do with New York in November this year. It was a touch too cold (and windy, which the Midwest usually isn’t — flat land and land-locked means nowhere for the wind to come from), but the colors were pretty and almost New England-y (which does leaves better than anyplace else).

Learn something before the weekend

New England is made up of, from north to south with a westerly heading: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. In many respects, sports fandom in particular, they function as one state of mind, so it’s not that surprising that Ben Franklin made them the (collective) head of his famous woodcut “Join, or Die.”



Author: le cul en rows

I'm an American Spaniard, living in France. I like to tell stories.

5 thoughts on “I like New York in the fall

  1. I beg to differ about the Midwest being windy. Chicago gets plenty of wind – lakes are good for that.

    • Chicago *is* in the Midwest but I did specify land-locked areas. Plus, most cities are windy due to the way the buildings change the natural flow of air.

      But to your point, Chicago gets all the Canadian air, so it’s plenty cold and when it’s windy, it’s one of the most unpleasant places I’ve ever been.

      • Agreed. Mongolia’s colder in winter, but Chicago is WAY more unpleasant. Grey and wet and ugh.

        From your original post, it sounded to me like you were defining the Midwest as a landlocked region, rather than specifying that you were talking about landlocked parts of it.

        The most interesting part of /that/, I think, is the different way different people conceptualize the Midwest. I’m from Chicago and think of it primarily as the Great Lakes region – I’d define the Dakotas/Kansas/Nebraska as the Great Plains. But I have a friend from Kansas, which she considers part of the Midwest, and who informed me that Chicago is part of “the North.”

      • What constitutes the Midwest isn’t something that I ever thought needed to be defined until I actually lived in Chicago for a while and met people who were, as I call them, Third Coasters. They were under the impression that as a Big Important Proper City With Culture and Architecture, Etc. that Chicago wasn’t provincial like the rest of the Heartland/Central Time Zone. I think people like that suffer from “Lady Doth Protest Too Much” syndrome. Chicago isn’t my kind of town, but it’s definitely the most important (only?) Midwestern city.

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