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A love hate relationship with fall

By Martin Cross, November 7, 2018


I have a love hate relationship with fall.

I love the bite in the air, the taste of the first rains and the immense power of the torrential downpours. But I hate wearing coats and hats. Most people love that feeling of bundling up when fall sets in, but it feel constraining to me, like I’m being pressed down into the earth by the clouds and the rains.

I love watching the leaves’ slow dance of color as the cool evenings force their transition. But I hate the constant gray smear that covers the sky, as it covers my mood, like the grief I feel over the loss of warm summer nights. Yet I love a reason to build a fire. Bright, crackling and sparking colors that match the splendor of the leaves. Mmmmm….

But life is about balance and I see those gloomy days as a necessary evil to appreciate the contrast of the bonus blue sky days. I love, love, love it when mother nature grants us a crisp, crystal clear day in the middle of fall and I remind myself that without the cool cold rains I wouldn’t get to live in this amazingly lush green place, with its amazing colors and diverse geography.

One would think that as a lifelong Oregonian I would be used to all this and merely accept it or like many people do, actually long for it, but I’ve just learned to appreciate the contrast. After all, life is often about accepting the things we cannot change and I’ve learned to accept my love hate relationship with fall.

Martin Cross

Broker | OR & WA


I have lived in Portland my entire life and spent the last 20 years in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood of SE Portland. As such, I know inner SE like the back of my hand and I am very familiar with most neighborhoods in the Portland metro area. After almost 25 years filling people's homes with great design and art I shifted my love of finding great things, for great people, towards Real Estate. My eye for quality and attention to detail serves both my buyers and sellers equally. As a business owner most of my life, I understand the concepts of problem solving, coordination with others, and hard work. I always say..."Great things rarely come from a 40 hour work week." If you want a Portland native who is hard working, responsive, and compassionate - give me a call. I look forward to working with you to find that perfect home or that perfect buyer for yours whether the house be Craftsmen, Modern, brand new, or a fixer.
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