Sunday, October 29, 2006

Autumn In The Southern Med

Autumn in the Southern Med is full of surprises - on today's run I was almost felled by a large grasshopper.

The creature hopped in front of me during a sprint (training for a 1/2M), forcing a drastic course change to avoid squishing it. It was shaken but unhurt.

The onset of rains and cooler weather (81 today, down from summer's high 90s) has triggered a second spring. Not just grasshoppers, but lizards, butterflies, and cute yellow flowers covering all the field boundaries. And the farmers have planted their fields for the winter growing season.

All of which is a reminder why Northerners fight their wars in the winter, and Southerners in the summer - you stay home during the growing season and fight when there's nothing else to do.