I've been a bit overdue for a column, but with fall all but officially here, I thought I would reflect on what is happening all around.
A Good Day in Hudson
If you haven't seen this month's edition of a "Good Day in Hudson" on HCTV, yours truly sat down and talked with Frank Youngwerth about my first six months on the job. I'm generally not a huge fan of public speaking, but when I couldn't see all of you watching me right then and there, the nerves didn't go nearly as haywire.
I may have only used "um" three or four times, that's um, pretty good for me.
We chat about the paper, what I've noticed about Hudson and a little bit about my background and family. And hey, you get to see picture of me from college when I'm in great shape in my cross country uniform with about eight inches of hair. Who doesn't want to see that?
If that doesn't interest you, a picture of my now 6-month-old son makes an appearance as well. Andrew Jr. is always a great highlight.
Chip off the old block
Speaking of Andrew Jr., he is mobile. Like, really mobile. At 5 months and 20 days, little Andrew started crawling. Now, Nicole and I can't turn our backs for more than a few seconds or else he goes into "hide and go seek" mode.
A week ago, in a five-minute span, my wife turned her back on him three times. He hid behind the door, in the book shelf and then under his bed while she attempted to put his clothes away. This naturally caused Nicole to freak out (each and every time), but Andrew's giggles generally give away his hiding spot.
Our family may start taking bets on when he walks, with the options being Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas. The Home Run for the Homeless in Akron has a 1-mile kids run … I'm just saying.
When he's not crawling, Andrew attempts to eat everything in sight. And he always seems hungry -- just like daddy. Sure, he's limited to breast milk, rice cereal, mashed up fruits and veggies and these "puff" things, but he'll eat as much as you'll let him have.
Combine constant movement and a garbage disposal-like stomach, and we have ourselves one long, lean, mean mobile machine. And hey, he doubles back as a bench press bar! Seeing as I've missed the weight room since his birth, this a fun, albeit drooly, alternative.
Taste of Hudson
A recent family journey was to the Taste of Hudson over Labor Day weekend. Wow, nothing like wall-to-wall people, food and activities. The rain managed to arrive right as we did, but thankfully it didn't stay long. Andrew Malitz, executive director of the Taste of Hudson, helped coordinate a great time as I'm sure he has in previous years. We tried out a few food vendors -- all good -- and took in some local bands. Hopefully next year, when little Andrew is older, we can stay longer and enjoy even more of all there is to offer.
Fall sports in fully swing
September and October are two of my favorite months for many reasons. For one, the fall is beautiful -- especially when you run through all the trails the Cuyahoga Valley National Park has to offer.
Second, it is cross country season, which is my favorite high school sport.
But for most of us, the high school sport of choice is football, which is another favorite of mine as well. The Explorers are off to a great start as the conference part of the schedule begins this Friday. I haven't covered a game in a few years now, but the excitement and school spirit that football brings is generally unparalleled. Can Hudson make another playoff run? I don't know, but it will be fun to watch. Between them and the Buckeyes, there will be plenty of great football for fans to enjoy.
I'd include the Cleveland Browns in that breath, but, well, we are rebuilding for the 15th straight year. On the plus side, the Indians are in the thick of the playoff hunt for the first time since 2007. Even if it means losing sleep, I'm listening to Tom Hamilton every night as the Tribe stays in the hunt for October baseball.
How about you?
Is the fall a great time for you? Between school restarting, the leaves changing and more city events on the horizon, there's plenty to enjoy. Maybe the upcoming November ballot has you excited. We do have four people running for three spots on both the Hudson City Council and School Board.
Let us know. Write in at email@example.com or stop by and chat with me at the next coffee with the editor. The date is easy to remember next month, Oct. 1 at 9 a.m. at Yours Truly like always.
Just don't bring the cold -- if there is one thing I don't like about the fall, is that it means the Ohio winter is not far off.