Wake Me Up, When September Ends

And just like that, the month of September is over. Can you believe it? Really, stop and think about it for a second–just how quickly did this month fly by? Or, was that just me?

While I didn’t forget that my ninth wedding anniversary was taking place on Sept. 22, I did fail to time the release of my column in which I would discuss the occasion and praise my wife for being a phenomenal person (which is still true).

We managed to squeeze in an anniversary lunch on Sept. 22 at Maxwell’s. Thanks to Chef Tess, Chef Ryan, and the entire team for making that an enjoyable experience.

I know I have shared the story before, but on Sept. 22, 2012, just as our wedding ceremony was to begin there was a massive power outage across Rock Island (where we were married) and the church went completely dark. We managed to quickly move things outside, the weather was perfect, and the ceremony was able to take place. I’ll never forget while my wife and I were holding hands in the dark prior to heading outside, I asked the pastor if we would get a refund since the power went out, and without skipping a beat he said “act of God.” That was the epitome of perfect timing!

There have also been countless events that have happened during this month. From the Love Like Louden 5K, to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Over the Edge, the Jessica Peine memorial ride, the Community Block Party, Muscatine Fire Department’s 09/11 Memorial Stair Climb, Crossroads plant sale fundraiser, Food Truck Fight, Relay for Life Muscatine County, two Almost Friday Fest events, along with the first-ever OktoBrew Fest, it has been just a little busy here in the Pearl City. By the way, if I failed to mention an event, please forgive me.

My hope is that the next time you hear someone say, “there’s nothing to do in this town!” you’ll recite all of the events that we were able to cram into one month!

Oh, and I should also remind you that another family-friendly event is happening this Sunday, Oct 3, the 2021 Public Safety Open House. That will showcase the Muscatine Fire Department, Muscatine Police Department, and MUSCOM, along with the Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office. It takes places at the Public Safety Building on East Fifth Street from 12:00 until 3:00 p.m. My family has attended that open house several times over the past few years (it didn’t happen last year due to COVID) and our kids are looking forward to being there this weekend!

We’ll blink and Halloween will be here. My advice, stock-up on candy right now. Have a piece (or several) for yourself, and try to save it for trick or treaters. Pretty sure my costume this year is going to be a guy with more gray hair. Until next time!