As I strolled the supermarket aisles picking up items for a backyard barbecue, I spotted it -- the unmistakable, official first sign of autumn: an aisle of Halloween candy! Even if I was so inclined to purchase a bag of Milky Ways this early, they surely would have melted all over my car in the 95 degrees it was outside. Amazing how the retailers now control the start and end of the seasons. I guess I better start thinking about doing my Christmas shopping soon because if I don't, then surely all the good stuff will be sold out!
DAVID K. FORD