The last week of September hit like a bag of bricks slipping out of an unsecured pickup bed onto the windshield of an unsuspecting car in traffic. Babies clamored in the womb. The dead made themselves known. Unremarkable but reliable sources of income were lost. A gray cloud lowered itself down onto the plain, moistening everything. The temperature dropped from reasonable early autumn levels straight into the depths of the high forties/ low fifties Fahrenheit.