Regular blog readers know that a sleeping Homer appearance means I'm on vacation. My time off actually began Labor Day at noon.
Ever since I've been earning vacation time, in the early 80's, I've taken a week or so in September. It's a great month. The weather cools off. Kids are back in school. Nothing is crowded.
There is a down side. The news business usually picks up after the summer doldrums. As I'm locking up my desk, there is always a story or two I'm sorry I won't be doing. As I write this, teachers in a few school districts are on the verge of striking. A major hurricane, one of the strongest ever, is headed for the U.S. mainland.
I've already accomplished a few of my vacation goals, including a visit to KMart. It's not a happy place. I've been on my bike. I've visited the gym. But then again, those are things I do every week.
The weekend morning broadcasts are in the very capable hands of Stacy Lange. I'll see you on the internet until I'm back at work.