Can you believe that we are already in the second week of September? I sure can’t.

As I sit here typing my column, I realized that there may not be anymore sunny, warm days the rest of the year. It continues to rain, I’m depressed about it and all I could think about is how short the summer was. This has got me bummed out.

Although I am a fan of sweatshirts and jackets, I miss walking around in shorts and T-shirts. I wanted to have a great summer after the long winter. Mother Nature made the decision that, despite having an almost nonexistent spring, summer would stay on its normal course and we would rush in fall.

But even when I make some of these remarks, I am trying to remain positive. For the most part, there is still a lot of green foliage. The sun occasionally still makes an appearance and I am still able to play outside with my children. When the leaves change, Fergus Falls and the surrounding area will be lit up with beautiful reds, oranges and yellows.

This also sparks my anticipation for my second favorite holiday — Halloween. I can’t wait to see what my kids will want to be this year. I really enjoy horror movies, so I also look forward to seeing them on cable.

As much as I hate to say it, I guess fall can come. I won’t enjoy the winter, but at least the beginning of fall can keep me cheering for a couple of months.

My blinker rant

Lately, I have noticed how many people have either not used their blinker to make a turn or decided to turn it on after stopping at the intersection (it probably was happening a lot, but I never got behind so many drivers that did this).

This gets increasingly frustrating when it deters other drivers from their destinations. (Insert George Carlin voice.) The other day I got behind a car that did not get into the right turn lane until just a second before the intersection. Sure enough, the blinker was not on when the car moved over but was turned on after the vehicle came to a complete stop. Being well aware that this could happen (I had seen it three other times this week), I did not move onto the side of the car in the right lane and gave the vehicle space as they crossed the solid white lines to get into the lane.

I admit that I am not the greatest driver in the world, but I am actively thinking about other drivers. I know that the “Ask a Trooper” column might be a good reference point for these type of things, but for drivers on the roads in Otter Tail County and the surrounding area, make sure to give fair warning to other motorists of your destination on roadways. If we can give each other a heads up, less accidents may occur.

Zach Stich is the managing editor for The Fergus Falls Daily Journal.


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