Fall fun

Tré Moser, 14, of Sheldon tries to help Chris Jaynes, 14, of Sheldon out of the leaves as Coby Fisher, 5, enjoys his time in the leaves on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, in Sheldon on Washington Avenue. The kids broke up their jobs raking leaves with some fun in the leaves.

I definitely prefer the warmer months, but the fall season in Iowa has its pluses along with a few negatives.

The negatives are easy.

For one, everything dies. Give me a lush, green field over one with dried up old brown stuff anytime. And empty, plowed fields are just that. Voids. Nothing at all to look at.

Things die because it gets colder, and around here that happens quickly. That means bundling up, which isn’t much fun for a fat guy. Not only does it take me much longer to get ready, but by the time fall starts to turn to winter I’m so bundled up I look and feel like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from the "Ghostbusters" movies.

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And pumpkin spice. I know that stuff has it’s fans, but I have no idea why. It’s terrible.

But there are some things about fall that I enjoy.

The big one here is, of course, football season. Iowa and Iowa State got started last weekend. High schools have started. The National Football League starts Thursday. I just love the sport. I even enjoy just watching some kids play around in the backyard.

The start of football season also means the start of fantasy football season. I’ve been working on that stuff for the past month. It’s so much fun.

Football also means tailgating. Yes, I’ve had the barbecue fired up all summer, but there is just a different vibe in the fall. The lawn games get more competitive. The food is still awesome. Unlike summer barbecues where everyone is laid back and enjoying the weather, at a tailgate everyone is pumped. They are all getting ready for the game. There is just more excitement.

I also like the weather in early fall. It’s still warm, but not nearly as humid. And everyone loves when the leaves on the trees are just starting to change color, but haven’t fallen off yet. It’s the perfect time to go for a hike, or walk your dog or go for a bike ride.

Going to the lake for some fishing is much more fun because the locals are the only ones around. You don’t have to deal with all the wake from the tourists going on boat cruises or riding jet skis.

Hunting season has begun. I don’t partake like I used to, but I always appreciate it when some friends will share their bounty after a successful hunt or two. I love pheasant, and you can’t get that any other time of year.

However, if I really break it down, fall has two big things going for it — football season, and it’s not winter.