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Splendid Nov. weekend should be law
Written by Bob Hyle   
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 7:33 PM

There should be a law passed by Congress mandating one last good fall weekend in November as we had last weekend.

As you may remember, I normally detest work around the house but the inviting temperatures and warm sunshine of last weekend got me out the door for a variety of chores.

Getting things done on Saturday put me in a good mood Sunday, but I knew as I drove to pick up The Enquirer that one thing could spoil my otherwise jovial demeanor (no, I’m not talking about the forever hapless Bengals): rather than use the wonderful weekend weather for fall chores people were using it instead to put up Christmas displays.

As I’m writing this, it is Sunday, Nov. 11. Thanksgiving, on its earliest possible date, Nov. 22, is 11 days away. Can’t we please enjoy that wonderful holiday first?

I understand the reasoning. I know it’s easier to put up outdoor decorations in 60-degree weather rather than when the temperature is in the 30s, but Christmas is a winter holiday so it’s supposed to be cold.

While I was building up for this rant I decided to tempt fate and see if I could get even angrier and sure enough I did (not a real shocker there, huh). I fiddled with my radio knob to find out if one of Greater Cincinnati’s evil radio stations had already begun playing Christmas music.

I was hoping against hope that I would be wrong, but in matters such as these I never am.

I won’t give you the location on the dial or the call letters of the offending station, but I will tell you that as a practitioner of the black art of voodoo I have put a spell on the station. (OK, I made up that last part, although I love Jimi Hendrix’s Voodoo Child.)

I love Christmas music, as you know if you’ve been following this thing I do, but I don’t plug in my first Christmas CD until the first Saturday in December when it is time to go deep into the woods with my trusty bow-saw and fell a mighty white pine.

But Christmas already is kicking into high gear.

The infamous Black Friday is almost upon us, and with the U.S. apparently about to fall over a “financial cliff” the country could use some good news, or what my media brethren like to call “a spike in consumer confidence.”

Apparently, President Obama’s re-election last week didn’t supply that necessary boost, so it’s up to you and me - isn’t it always - to do our fair share and spend thousands on ourselves and others with Christmas gifts over the next six weeks and, if at all possible, hire a contractor to build us a new house.

Had I won the Power Ball lottery last Saturday I would gladly have done my part, but for some reason that didn’t work out the way I was hoping so I’m back to square one.

I am ready for all the challenges ahead, confident that our political leaders, each of whom apparently believes they have a mandate for the future, will come to an agreement on at least one issue: one nice weekend in November to get the chores done.

Bob Hyle, who covers sports for The Harrison Press, lives in Bright.