It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way - in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
- Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
The video above is from the Bellingham State of Mind on You Tube.
A seasonal trend seems to happen in Bellingham. Every year, with summer on the wane and winter coming on, the notion of eight more months of clouds and drizzle can be a bit foreboding. Although many people move to Bellingham, many others seem to leave for sunnier climes.
Two close friends are probably leaving - one for the southwest, and the other for the dry side of the state. Both need a bit more sun in their lives. And considering that this was an abbreviated summer, the onset of clouds and rain in early September can be a bit disheartening.
But on the other hand, I prepare to hunker down for a winter in Bellingham in my cozy home. The winter weather does not seem to bother most people in Bellingham. Or so they say.
Time to get out the rain gear for cycling and line up my winter indoor projects. My rolling five year plan is to remain here. With every passing day, I grow more and more fond of this town. I do wish my good friends godspeed in their endeavours. At least I have a sunny place to escape to in the deep throes of a Bellingham winter.