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What to do when fall actually feels like fall

I was sitting out outside earlier this week at a Starbucks near campus when something funny happened – I shivered. I shivered because I was cold.

I then looked up from my computer and became very concerned when I saw a woman wearing a scarf.

I had to check the date on my phone. Sept. 16 It’s still summer, right? This time last year I was still sweating on my way to class because it was so hot. I mean, Dallas doesn’t get a fall.
I know all of us Southerners beat this discussion like a dead horse but we can’t help it. Sometimes we like the fact that one day we’re still on the lake and the next we’re preparing for the “Snowpacolypse.” It makes us unique.

But this year, I think we may actually have a fall season. So what are you going to do with this new opportunity? What does Dallas have to offer that we can actually experience now since going outside doesn’t have to feel like a death wish?

First, we can have a picnic. Highland Park has a ton of grassy areas that are well shaded and perfectly placed around the neighborhood for residents to use. Granted we’re not true Highland Park residents, but I doubt anyone is going to run you off if you choose to grab a soft blanket, a few things to eat and some rich hot chocolate for a cool, autumn’s day feast. This activity is quite popular around the world for people who live in climates that sustain green life during the summer. Now we can try it out as well.

Secondly, we can invest in comfortable, light scarves. This goes for guys and girls, assuming you wear scarves of course. Normally we look for scarves that protect us against the odd 20 degree day. Now that we’re getting weather around the 50s and 60s, us scarf-sporters can think about getting something light and airy to simply keep the crisp wind off of our necks. A nice light cotton scarf (the kind that looks a bit like gauze) will do just fine. You can also get one for $5 or, if your tastes are more expensive, up to $200. I got mine from Nordstrom for about $20 and it does a fine job.

Finally, we can really enjoy SMU football games. Last year, it was hard to convince myself to stay at the games and bear the 90 degree weather. This year, I feel like I have no excuse! Our Mustangs are about to make some pretty great strides in the team’s game in preparation for the Big East, so let’s go out there and support them on game days. We’re in Texas. Football is a huge part of life for many of us. So, if it’s your thing (or even if it’s not and you just love SMU), enjoy the cool weather at the game.

I’m telling you people, this is a once-in-a-lifetime year. If the temperature stays below 95 through September, we’ll be setting records. If we hit a few days when it’s 60 before October, I’ll be one dumbfounded boy.

I plan to enjoy this odd weather, and hope it comes back around for next year.

Graves is a junior majoring in communication studies. He can be reached for comment at [email protected] 

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