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Archive date:  October 31, 2014

Trick or Treat, Fall Back and Vote

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Master songwriter and entertainer, John Hiatt has written, “There’s only two things in life, but I forget what they are”.  I can relate.  There is so much to keep up with. The week ahead looks to be more formidable than most.  I need to stop and study for a few moments to try to keep all the upcoming events in mind, and in order. I am easily disoriented; and I’m easily disoriented.

Halloween is effortless for me to remember.  After all, when your surname is Bates, and you have a ‘Bates Motel’ sign in your window at home, it makes remembering easy.  It is Friday, right?  In my neighborhood, Halloween gets national holiday treatment.  It is nothing unusual for the neighbors, two streets over, to get well over 1000 trick-or-treaters.  I am not exaggerating; probably minimizing.  Here’s hoping you meet only friendly goblins; no pranksters, bearing gifts of toilet paper displayed in your trees or flaming bags of fresh manure on your porch.  I mention these as hearsay only; I have no first hand experience with either of these pranks or rotten eggs or exploding pumpkins or spreading Vaseline evenly across someone’s windshield and side mirrors. It wasn’t me; I don’t know anything about it.

Time change is next.  Set your alarm for 2a.m. Sunday morning.  When the alarm goes off, set your clock back to 1a.m., go back to sleep and enjoy your ‘extra’ hour. When the alarm goes off the second time, remember to turn the alarm off, and that you’ve already set the time back. There are reports of some individuals getting stuck ‘in a loop’, like a scene from the movie, “Groundhog Day”.  There are some who choose to simply change the time back prior to bedtime, but that is cheating.

Last but not least, Vote.  It is not my business who or what you vote for; if you want to have a voice in the outcome…Vote, Tuesday November 4!  One last thing, we are now Closed Sundays until spring.

David Bates