September Starts With A Bug And Other Special Events [VIDEOS]

Jathan Fink

Jathan welcomes September with optimism. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Hi Everyone,

My September started today with a little help from a bug. My wife and I moved into our new place over the weekend after months of living in hotels, something I don’t mind doing if I have to, but which can quickly get old. Hotel living can also leave you utterly exhausted. Think noisy guests that never sleep, unruly children that think it is fun to body slam connecting walls, and barking dogs that must have spotted a squirrel outside the window. So yes, we weren’t getting really good rest, and we’re still catching up. But back to the bug. 

There I am, drowsy and incoherent just before 7 am. I think my wife might be toying with me as she sometimes does, perhaps throwing little pieces of paper at me or something to wake me up. I don’t know, I was asleep. But then I realized that whatever landed on my face had legs and was walking across my forehead! Needless to say, I leaped out of bed, grabbed my glasses, and tried to orient myself as quickly as possible to see what kind of miniature alien species dared interrupt my slumber. I still am not sure what it was exactly, aside from some kind of beetle that must have flown out of the air duct over our bed.

Now, I know the little creature probably didn’t decide to land on me, but I don’t like bugs. I particularly don’t like bugs in my bed. So I smashed the little bugger. I’m sure that isn’t the politically correct move to make these days, and there will probably be those of you who will judge me as an insect hater or will want to malign me for my cruelty to animals. If you’re one of those folks, call PETA. I stand by my decision. I simply can’t handle bugs at that time of the morning, particularly if I can’t determine if they bite, sting, or carry poison. They’re simply going to die.

That being said, my September is off to a swinging start. The day did improve, and I went about my normal routine, alternately nesting, writing and taking care of a myriad other chores. Temperatures in Texas are finally starting to drop a bit and evenings are milder and more inviting. I actually went out and sat by the pool a little while ago, just to listen to the crickets, enjoy the dark, and dream.

I’m looking forward to exploring more now that I am planting roots again. I’m not much of a beer drinker, but I’m looking forward to the Dallas Observer BrewFest at the Dallas Farmers Market on Saturday, Sept. 12. This is the fifth year the event is being held and it is sponsored by Whole Foods Market. It should make for an entertaining afternoon of beer sampling and great music. Check out last year’s video below.

Then there is the Plano Balloon Festival which starts Friday, Sept. 18 and lasts through Sunday, Sept. 20. I’ve always been fascinated by this mode of big colorful hot air transportation, and the community apparently makes quite the showing for the event. There will be a marathon, tethered rides, music and fireworks. So this should be fun and will make for some awesome photo opportunities. Here’s a video from last year’s event.

That same weekend, however, is the Great Texas Food Truck Rally down at Reunion Tower on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 2 to 10 pm. Foodie that I am, I don’t think I’ll be able to resist this event, so I may be traveling between Plano and downtown Dallas. For only $10, we can get in on some of the best eats in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, as area chefs wheel in to dish up their tasty grub. I can hardly wait!

Whatever you’re doing this September, I hope you have a marvelous time as you gear up for autumn. When I’m not out checking out food, beer and big balloons filled with hot gas (sorry, I couldn’t resist), I’ll be writing away, spinning more autumnal dreams. Talk to you soon!

Love, Jathan

About Jathan Fink
Jathan is a journalist, philanthropist, and entrepreneur. He is also a travel junkie, foodie and jazz aficionado. A California native, he resides in Texas.

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