The Dark Cloud of Doom or as we call it in Seattle not August, starts for most people around October and could last until late March/early April (except for the aforementioned Seattleites). This Doom Cloud is made worse as the days creep closer to December 21st or so, which is the beginning of winter/winter equinox which equals the shortest day of the year. I think that Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years were invented to get us through the fall/winter, darker everyday, crappy weather, snow delayed, misery of this time of year. If these holidays weren’t interspersed in these dark months of the year who knows how depressed we would all be when January and February rolled around. I think Batman must enjoy this time of year as he doesn’t have to wait until so late in the evening to fight crime/brood. As much as light is a weakness of bitter people like me, darkness is even worse. Darkness makes me so bitter!