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The word “October” has eight letters. The prefix “octo” means eight. Yet, October is the 10th month. That’s what happens when meddlers add January and February to the Roman calendar without changing October to a more suitable “Tentober” (can’t say “Dectober” because it would get confused with December). Anyway, we welcome the beautiful month of October — where autumn is decending in some parts of the Northern Hemisphere (but not in L.A.) and spring is upon our friends in the Southern Hemisphere. And to people who live in a place where the seasons change, I envy you!

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