|October in New York|
|October in Austin|
Mid-October in Austin feels like early June in New York--which is messing with my circadian rhythm and annual craving for Candy Corn. Autumn is New York's strong suit: the city is still pulsing from September (the Monday of all months) while the cool air and changing leaves sharpen the senses just in time for hibernation. It can be 50 degrees or 70 degrees on any given Halloween; either way, parade attendees are still wearing their thong-themed costumes. (Oh look, another slutty witch!) Austin has its fair share of Oktoberfests, pumpkin displays, and sexy Halloween ideas as well (Oh look, another Ebola hazmat costume!), but it lacks the Northeast seasonal shift that makes this time of year so darn romantic and / or contemplative. Residents are still going for late-afternoon dips in my complex's pool. Women haven't put away their cute sandals. People are still vying for parking spots in the shade. Though as one Austin friend recently noted when I wrapped a light linen shawl around my bare shoulders while enjoying dinner at an outdoor cafe, "See, we have a fall." Autumn is in the eye of the beholder.