Joe Haynes over at KTBS tells me that cold weather should finally be coming our way next week. He didn't actually tell me man to man, but rather via the Friday morning news telecast.
But Joe's quite a personable guy and I just know he's talking directly to me because if there is one thing I love weather-wise, it's when the air turns crisp and the water out of the tap is so cold that no ice is needed.
Fall/winter is my favorite time of the year. Spring is all right, but really it's nothing more than a precursor to those Great Dane Days of Summer we so enjoy here in the Pelican State.
But fall and winter are rewards after suffering through the scorchers. A reprieve, however brief, from burn bans, water conservation advisories and cars so hot you could cook a steak on the dash. Not an egg, but a full on rib eye.
Cold weather brings with it so many small, enjoyable things. Like Oprah, I have a few favorite things. The winter list includes:
24 hours of Christmas music on the radio
Buying Christmas gifts for others
Gray days and early sunsets
Night games in Tiger Stadium
That last one is something I'll get to enjoy this coming weekend. Sports editor Gregg Parks and I are making the trip south tomorrow for LSU's game against the Miss St. Cowbells.
I'm looking forward to the cooler air, the smell of the festivities that form a rich, hearty roux of hundreds of distinct flavors rolled into one.
Hopefully, the Tigers will play well, earn that victory. But even if the worst were to occur, the trip will be enjoyable. A good friend, pleasant weather and stories to tell.
I'm thankful for this time of year, and the little things that come with it.
Josh Beavers is the publisher of the Minden Press-Herald. He is a two-time recipient of the Best Newspaper Column award given annually by the Louisiana Press Association.