The Big Ten has canceled fall sports, and while other conferences are still trying to soldier on, I am coming to terms with the fact that I won’t get to watch college football on Saturdays this year.
With that in mind, I suddenly have an entire day that has opened up on my calendar. What should I fill it with? What will you fill it with? For me, a few things come to mind:
I am a book lover, with my particular jams being high, epic fantasy. Lord of the Rings, Wheel of Time, these are my niche. I may end up on the couch more often this fall reading than I would have otherwise.
I run for exercise, and now I won’t need to worry about cramming longer weekend runs into the wee hours of the morning, or the cold, dark evening hours. A nice mid-day run, with the sun high and a brisk wind in your face? I’ll take it.
This is chiefly keeping family games in mind, such as Clue, Scrabble, and Sorry!, but even a good old-fashioned jigsaw puzzle would suffice. My personal favorite achievement was a 3,000-piece Ravensburger puzzle which took wayyyyy too long to complete. Would I do it again? Maybe, but it sure felt good to put that last piece into place.
If the above just don’t quite do it for you, you could always pretend you were at a Penn State game. Wake up at the butt crack of dawn, light the grill for some early morning dogs, and crack open a cold one. Stuff your face all day long with various grilled meats, pound a bunch of brewskis, then at 8 PM blare Zombie Nation and Seven Nation Army over and over again. Maybe get some of your (COVID-free) buddies together and play some backyard tackle football in your XXL LaVar Arrington jersey at the same time. Your neighbors will love it!
For real though, what sort of things do you plan on getting up to this fall?