September 2016

The wife and I just returned from a trip to the Outer Banks, New York City and Connecticut. Each season has its perks, but none quite like the fall. The days where every step we take results in pounds of sweat falling off our bodies are long gone. It's time to relish the crisp, cool weather this time of year brings. It's time to turn off your air conditioners and to open your windows.

We got a glimpse of the season in New York and Connecticut…mornings in the 50’s and 60’s, and the days not getting out of the 70’s. Delicious.

There’s no denying that the weather is perhaps the most anticipated part of the fall season, but honestly there are many more aspects that are just as wonderful. Below is a list of my favorites…how about you?

Thank the Lord, baseball season is almost over – particularly since my Tampa Bay Rays and Pittsburgh Pirates have stunk! Finally we can concentrate our efforts on a sport that actually matters. Sunday afternoons take on a whole different meaning in the fall: one filled with chili, fantasy leagues and family gatherings.

Not so much for me I must admit. But it is the time to whip out your favorite sweaters, jackets, hoodies and stylish boots. This is the time to bust out your best and most fashionable attire.

Everyone enjoys a nice, sunny summer afternoon, but when temperatures soar to the mid-90s, it’s just one miserable experience in Florida. We can all relish in the cooler weather that the fall brings. We don't have to worry about sticking to our clothing, literally, or sweating profusely. And better hair days – that’s my wife speaking.

Who cares if your alma mater is good or not? This is the time to cheer on your college team. Most every city has a bar dedicated to specific colleges, so grab your jerseys and head down to cheer your team on…we saw a lot of such bars in NY City. College football also gives you a great excuse to visit your old school and relive your glory days at epic tailgates.

Your sleeping experience is almost guaranteed to be better in the fall. Everyone knows how difficult it is to fall asleep when it is hot and muggy in your bedroom. Throw on your favorite sweats that you haven't seen since February and cuddle up underneath your comforter that you can finally take out of storage.

Not in Florida really, but other places….WOW. The leaves were just beginning to change in the Northeast…give it another 2 weeks. Everything is just that much prettier in the fall. The changing of the leaves creates beautiful scenery as you walk through most any city.

Hot apple cider, Pumpkin Spice Lattés from Starbucks, and basically anything pumpkin flavored — enough said.

The much anticipated season premieres of your favorite television programs are airing in the fall. It's time to put your Netflix account away, as the best shows are airing at this time.

Everyone loves a good excuse to get dressed up and be a bit silly – 78Madison will be having its Halloween Costume contest and potluck luncheon – an annual event! It doesn't matter how old you are, this holiday doesn't have an age limit. Plus, we all know you are looking forward to the 13 days of Halloween on ABC Family.

Cast your diets aside and relish in your favorite foods, as you can just cover yourself up with layers and layers of sweaters. No one will be able to notice the extra five pounds you gained and honestly no one cares because they are doing the exact same thing.

This is the one time of the year that everyone comes together with their families to celebrate in unison. Not everyone is fortunate enough to see their relatives multiple times a year, but Thanksgiving is a holiday that brings everyone back together again. One of my favorite holidays.

Yes, even in Florida. Whether you are cozying up to a good book or a homemade meal, nothing is quite as serene as hanging by the fire. After a long day at work, this can be just what you need to put your mind at ease.

Honestly, everything is just that much better in autumn. What do you like best?

Joe Bouch
CEO, 78 Madison
78Madison is a full service marketing communications firm (advertising agency) located in Orlando Florida (Altamonte Springs).

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