Yes, summer is officially over, and a lot of people I know like fall, which doesn't make things so bad. Another reason is "House of Cards." I have usually shunned long, unfolding stories over several hours, getting through the first four hours of "24." Think about that--four hours of character development and events and reactions followed by actions. Or, I was unwilling to set aside time for series such as "The Wire" which my most heavy-reader friends lauded. I approached Netflix's own "House of Cards" with skepticism, and after five episodes, am "happily addicted." It may not be the most realistic--DC is indeed a mean place, but it is the best drama in a series I've ever seen. Talk about half-revealed, half-suppressed emotion and thoughts. Things are always a mystery, and even if we work briefly to suspend our belief, as in seconds, when an online journal called "Slugline" appears on the screen, we are soon with it, and Kate Mara as she gets on with her new job. That's the thing about DC: people who want that lifestyle, pursue and re-invent themselves. Don't we every where else?