We are now enjoying fall weather here in our neck of the woods. It’s simply a great time to be alive, despite all the election and pandemic nonsense. Everyone feels better when they get to pull their fluffy sweaters out of the dark recesses of the closet, and women everywhere are beginning to don their knee high boots. In the evenings, it is downright chilly, and I love it. It is like God turned on the air conditioner for us! For months on end, every time we would walk outside, we felt like we were walking into a furnace, but now we feel like we are walking into air conditioning. As a kind of joyful celebration of autumn, my friends and I decided to go out for dinner the other night. We decided to go to this nice restaurant that we are rarely willing to go to because of the high prices. It is a popular place, so off we went. We did not have a reservation, and they said the only open tables were on the deck overlooking the pond. Well, that sounds nice, right? Well, normally, yes, but the outdoor heaters they keep out there for just such occasions seemed to be malfunctioning. The heaters are cute to look at – they resemble old fashioned gas lanterns – but it is more important that they actually provide heating. They weren’t doing that. It was freezing out there; we southerners are not used to dining in the dark with the thermostat dipping into the 40s! We expected to have a wonderful time, but really we didn’t. Our expensive meal was pretty much ruined because of the pathetic outdoor heaters.