I’ve got Palin-fatigue, my retirement fund is shrinking like it’s been for a swim in a mountain stream, and sailing season is slowly winding down. Soon we will be landlocked, on the hard for the winter.

I got up extra early this morning so I could listen to Bob Dylan’s newest album, “Tell Tale Signs” before heading off to work. Absolutely wonderful, even at this hour. The album, subtitled “Bootleg Series, Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs – Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006,” is pure joy. The album won’t be released until October 7 but NPR is providing both disks for online streaming. Check it out at www.npr.org/music.

We now return you to our regularly scheduled period of despair.