The black tomcat was in the garage this morning waiting for his morning munchies, so no worry from Halloween. He is a nice cat, friendly and tame; I bet someone "dropped" him off here thinking he would be good with all the other cats that come and go, there are always 2 or 3 lounging on the front porch or the yard when the weather is nice. Irresponsible people, what kind of example do they set for their children? One of my "pet" peeves. Ho ho.
We were way down on the number of trick-or-treaters this year, I guess because the weather was so bad. I sat in the open garage rather than on the front porch, to at least have shelter from the rain and some protection from the wind. I saw a bunch of princess costumes as well as witches and Dracula; some pirates and one Minnie Mouse and one Dorothy, really cute. *But* this means there was a lot of candy left over; toward the end of the time I just gave out handfuls of candy, and C took a bunch to work this morning, but there is still some left. Munch munch.
We actually have sunshine today, temp is 64 and it is very welcome. The dreary cold weather will start before long. Sunday is 'fall back' day when we gain an hour, meaning starting Sunday six pm will be dark like 7 pm is now. I never have understood the rationale behind monkeying with the clocks. About half the time we forgot and ended up going to work an hour early on Monday. I think.
The power today has been flickering, messing up the clocks and the computers. I guess the UPS for the desktop isn't holding a charge anymore and needs to be replaced, as a one second outage is dropping the connection and the power. Right now I am on the MacBook, so I'm good for several hours. I hope.
When I was 11 or 12 a neighbor and I arranged to go trick-or-treating together, in our neighborhood in Miami. That evening my mom picked a fight with me about a trivial thing - dinner dishes, I think - and said I couldn't go. Looking back, she did this several times, on one pretext or another; I think she was afraid to let me out on the streets in the dark, but couldn't say so, hence the argument. After that, we always went to the church- sponsored party, which was fun, as I recall it was sometimes a barbecue or a haunted house, or in the youth hall. Our neighborhood was a very safe one, not like now, but kids did still get in trouble, although it was pretty small potatoes, like TPing a house, or soaping a window or the like. Here where we live now, the houses are far apart and most parents drive their kids from driveway to driveway. When our kids were young they went with the babysitter's son in their trailer park, almost as good as an apartment building. I went along, but I have a terrible sense of direction and depended on the boy to get us back to their place. It was great fun, and the weather always cooperative. The controversy that churches have about the holiday are pretty much non- existent here, at least so far. I have never understood the diatribes about Halloween, it is not like the kids are holding ceremonies with the devil, they are collecting candy! Good fun for everyone and good work for dentists too.
Bumper sticker for the day: "Let's face it: Your only hope is the"Lottery."