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Saturday, July 2, 2022

Chasing More Daylight

Tony Tone
Tony Tone has worked as a radio personality in Muscatine and the Quad Cities since 2006. He currently serves as Muscatine Community School District Communication and Community Outreach Director and writes Talk of the Town with Tony Tone for the Discover Muscatine newspaper.

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Tuesday, September 22nd was the first official day of fall and with that comes less daylight into the evening. While I might complain about the heat and humidity during the summer, I absolutely love when it’s 8:30 p.m. and there’s still a little bit of daylight. Fast forward to this week and you’ll see sunsets happening around 6:45 p.m. Go ahead, grab your phone and ask Siri (or your Alexa device) “What time is sunset?”

My hope, of course, is that we actually get to enjoy a true fall season before you know what arrives. There’s something about the mornings that are little crisp followed by a brief warm up and then cooling off again into the evening that speaks to my soul. Some call it sweatshirt weather. I’d tell you I’m not sure how many sweatshirts I own, but given my new job, I should probably reach out to Phelps Custom Image Wear and order several Muskie ones!

You’ll hear the phrase winter blues connected to those colder days and sunsets that seemingly happen at 4:00 p.m., but what about the fall blues? Is that a real thing? How are you feeling with the changing of the season? My hope as an optimist is that you’re maintaining, given all that is going on in the world. I’m also not an expert, but it seems that should you find yourself feeling down, reach out to a family member or friend or take a stroll and enjoy some fresh air. I’m trying to make more of an effort to unplug once I get home from work. Our devices are so convenient until you blink and two hours have passed and all you’re left with is sore eyes from staring at the screen.

What about stopping by a pumpkin patch (or wherever you buy them) and making your front porch, patio, or deck feel festive? At our house, we’ve got several inflatable Halloween decorations in the front yard. It took a minute for me to realize that people were slowing down to look at them last week. For a moment, I thought they were staring at one of my kids running freely with or without a shirt on (we pick our battles folks). I’m serious though, carving a pumpkin could be the thing that brightens your day.

Or, perhaps you’ll make the decision to put together the best costume for Halloween. Yes, I know the pandemic is still a very real thing, but why should that stop you from dressing up and (safely) passing out candy? I’d like to think that my costumes over the last few years have been pretty memorable. From Mr. Rogers to the MyPillow Guy, Guy Fieri, I really need to get my act together for this year.

Here’s the thing my friends–I know times can get tough and that the next several months (between an election, pandemic, and winter) will sometimes drag on. I hope you’re able to see the light at the end of whatever tunnel you find yourselves in. As always, you can email me anytime at [email protected]. At the very least, you can get a good chuckle looking at my Halloween costumes from year’s past.

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