Putting a Spin on It


This, from 2002. It seemed all the little girls were doing perfect cartwheels before they could walk, but I always looked like Janis when I would try. It probably will be October before I post, again. October is a favorite of almost everyone. Hard to believe it’s separated from August by a measly 30 days. The Halloween decorations will begin going up next week, where they haven’t already. Probably no “holiday” has changed more in my lifetime than Halloween. Linus and the Great Pumpkin from Peanuts were, we are told, intended by Charles Schulz to be a spoof of the commercialization of Christmas. Now, who spoofs Halloween? What was once a semi-innocent night of childish extortion has become one of our more commercialized festivals. I suppose it’s harmless.

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38 thoughts on “Putting a Spin on It”

  1. TR,

    Apparently JJ saw it your way and corrected the text.

    When I read it, I assumed he had changed the thought process in that now he was talking about today as being 28 days from August.

    30 days hath September, April, June and November. All the rest eat peanut butter except my grandmother. She rides a bicycle.

    Where do these weird memories come from?!

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  2. “I was shocked about 20 years ago now when I realized that Halloween had been stolen from the children by their elders, who thought they needed another party night!” I said curmudgeonly.

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  3. I have no problem with adult and teen-age Halloween parties, but teens need to realize that there is a time to stop Trick-or-Treating. Leave that to the younger kids. Besides, so many ‘teens think all they have to do is show up at someone’s door without the hassle of getting into costume. And when did 3:00 in the afternoon become an acceptable time for Trick-or-Treating? Especially with the delay in ending DST?

    Yes, I am getting increasingly soured on the whole idea, not because I am getting older but because I can remember how much fun Halloween used to be for little children.

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  4. Many Halloweens ago when our oldest was 5 or 6 my wife put together costumes for our girl and me. She was a sheriff, I was her prisoner — and escaped convict, stripes and all. I took her around the neighborhood of course. I ended up using my convict’s cap as an impromptu candy bag because people kept giving me candy.

    As sweet as the candy was, the “escaped convict” game my wife played with me afterwards was sweeter!

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  5. Get off my lawn, you little ersatz goblins! 😀

    In his later years, my dad loved to go to the door to greet the little trick-or-treat kiddies with a big candy bowl in his hand…wearing his Frankenstein monster mask.

    He loved all the “holidays”.

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  6. Can’t have Halloween any more – it is “Fall Festival”

    The secular say it is religious and the church says it is ghosts and goblins.
    And others say it is too scary for little kids.

    Save me from the naysayers. Please!

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  7. For the most part, I’d ignored Halloween for the last decade because we lived in a gated retirement community and there weren’t any kids to give candy to. Now, I’m in a small town in Colorado, in the only house on my block, and the southernmost block of the street. The houses to the north and south both face different streets, and the view from out front looks out across the main part of the town. I’ve no idea if there will be any kids coming around, but we’ll get a bag or so of candy Just In Case, and put whatever doesn’t get handed out in the freezer because I’m diabetic and my sister is watching her weight and we don’t want to be tempted.

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  8. “Just in Case” …. famous last words. Only kidding, Sorry, Sideburns. Chris and I used to eat the surplus candy, and I learned to only buy the really good stuff: Snickers, Mounds, and so on. It is very tempting!

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  9. Yep, save the chocolate and/or peanut butter ones for last. Mayhap a severe rainstorm will curtail the visitors earlier than usual, and the remainder will need some in-house attention! That’s the best part of this non-favorite occasion.

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  10. I understand that some diabetics keep a supply of the nearly pure sugar candies for low glucose emergencies. I’ve only ever had mine go overly low once when I exercised more than usual one day… and skipped my morning snack as well because I was exercising. Seeing a 58 on the monitor when I tested before lunch was a shock.

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  11. Since Janis has demonstrated the ability to stuff a cell phone into her bra/bikini top, what’s a tiny leaf?

    Should it become a problem, as leaves continue to fall, Arlo could volunteer to help. I certainly would.

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  12. Sideburns:

    Our son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter live in Westminster, a little town that Denver swallowed.

    We are considering moving to Pueblo so that we can be within a reasonable distance of them.

    Do you have an opinion of Pueblo?

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  13. With totals as of yesterday, in the past 15 days I’ve located 80 more direct ancestors in German records. At least 5 of them were born as far back as 1570-1580. Data were from the well-kept local church records still extant. I cannot imagine how many ancillary males and “sisters, cousins, and aunts” {with a nod to G&S} are also available, not that I’ll try to list them all.
    It is seen that those folks had their kids baptized ASAP, often on the very day of birth. I suppose that was a reflection of the high rate of infant mortality prevalent.

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  14. Charlotte, I must thank a German chap who could verify that my “CHK” ancestor was, indeed, the son of “JPK”. That same chap then mentioned the wife of JPK as well as the parents of both JPK and the wife.
    A second German chap then told me where to look on my favorite German genealogy site, and I found the rest. That site is a gem, but one must search each of its few hundred subsections separately – there is no overall index! Within each subsection, of course, the organization and searchability are great.

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  15. TR,

    For the few times I’ve gone low on blood sugar, I’ve found that a teaspoon or two of honey gets me back on track quickly. If I had the problem frequently, I’d carry a few of the honey packets many fast food establishments offer. Much cheaper than carrying prescription glucose packets.

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  16. Rick, I haven’t visited Pueblo as yet, but I haven’t heard anything bad about it. Right now, money is tight and I still need to get my car fixed, so I’ve not done much exploring. However, the air is clean, gas runs about $.50/gal less than in LA, and people are much friendlier. The more I read about what’s been going on in California recently, the happier I am to be out of there.

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  17. Another thought or two. First, you’ll need to learn to cook properly at high altitude; Trinidad is at a little over 6000 feet, and you’ll have to adjust to the lower air pressure and humidity. Second, once you’ve established residency (about six weeks) you can buy certain recreational herbs that aren’t available in some states.

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  18. Sideburns:

    Thanks for the information, and I’m glad to hear that you like Colorado.

    I have heard several times from different sources, though, that Colorado is changing. I hope that it’s not changing for the worse.

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