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Ryan Bakken, Forum Communications, Published October 28 2012

Ryan Bakken: 13 reasons to turn your frown upside down

GRAND FORKS - Temperatures are falling, as are the minutes of daylight. Winter is coming. Soon.

But don’t despair. Not all is bleak.

It’s important to look at the bright side. People don’t like Negative Noras or Negative Neds. So, don’t be one.

Instead, check out the following 13 reasons to turn your frown upside-down, view your cup as half-full instead of half-empty and any other silly cliché that you can conjure.

It’s not so bad because …

• In three days, cute kiddies in cute costumes will knock on your door and ask for a trick or a treat. Thankfully, they don’t really want the trick option.

• In seven days, daylight savings time will end, providing an extra hour of sleep, at least for one night.

• In nine days, political commercials will end, meaning you can remain in the recliner and not retreat to the garage during programming breaks.

• In 19 days, we’ll celebrate Thanksgiving Day, so be sure to save some room and have a bottle of Pepto-Bismol in reserve.

• In 20 days, we’ll start eating Thanksgiving Day leftovers, which are always more tasty than when they’re first served.

• Fifty-eight shopping days remain until Christmas. Surely, husbands will be able to find a worthy gift for their wives during the first 57 of those days. Right?

• The Minnesota Vikings have a winning record, the leader in the “Who ‘Da Thunk It?” department.

• The Marilyn Hagerty Machine rolls on, crusading for unlimited breadsticks, crusading against flimsy napkins, serving as Anderson Cooper’s BFF and being the world’s most requested friend on Facebook.

• Cutting the national deficit finally has become a political priority, starting with Big Bird’s exorbitant salary.

• It’s that rare time of the year that we can watch baseball, football, basketball and hockey — all in the same day.

• Speaking of hockey, another season of Dave Hakstol frowns has started.

• The level of sugar beets at busy intersections has crested.

• You have no plans to jump out of a helium balloon from 24 miles above Earth’s surface.