We'd been bimonthly for our first two 1994 issues - now things
began a sort of downward slide . . .
We were having difficulties getting the newsletter out in
time for the advertised sales - for some reason they were getting
held up in the post, thus rendering them all but useless.
At any rate, we issued only one newsletter to cover May through
August, and that one basically consisted of a few quick announcements
from Mike and a notice of our current sale.
I should point out that at some point in 1993 we had reverted
back to our original single sheet - 1 1/2 page format, which
meant that there was now less space to cram everything into than
there had been since November 1986! With Mike's announcements,
there was no room for a folklore column.
The writing was on the wall.
Our final issue for the year covered September through December
- Autumn, always my favorite period. I thought about all the
fun I'd had coming up with ideas for Halloween, Thanksgiving,
and Christmas in past years. Now, I had less than a page to play
with - and that was only because Mike had graciously refrained
from contributing a column of his own.
And I had been gazing northward toward the San Fernando Valley
more and more frequently of late . . .
In short, I had a feeling I might not have another opportunity
to write about this, my favorite time of year, hence this nostalgic
little piece - less a folklore column, per se, than a
sort of verbal painting, a quick sensory trip through the Fall
Season . . . a way, perhaps, of saying farewell.