Happy Halloween.


New and open thread, obviously. A good holiday to all.

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75 responses to “Boo.”

  1. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on October 30, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    Nice carving. Tim Burton would be proud!

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  2. Dexter said on October 30, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    The punkin that knew too much.

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  3. Dexter said on October 31, 2014 at 3:05 am

    Detroit has no monopoly on out-of-control sports championships. The ones that stick in my mind are the Michigan riot on South University in 1989 after the Wolverines won the NCAA basketball championship, many riots at MSU and many more at OSU, the old tired couch-burnings. Last night the crazies went nuts in The City:

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  4. Linda said on October 31, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Hmmm. In a “raucous celebration,” or a “rowdy” one that included two shootings, a stabbing, forty arrests, and stuff burning in the street, you know who had to be involved? White people. Because if there were colored people in there, it would have been a riot or unrest.

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  5. David C. said on October 31, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Mrs. C wants to give the trick-or-treaters healthy snacks. I say if we want to give them something they won’t eat, we might as well give them circus peanuts (the worst candy ever). Of course, I’d never do that to a kid, so I’d prefer to give miniature candy bars and suspend guilt for one day. I guess we’ll have to decide which way to go soon.

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  6. Linda said on October 31, 2014 at 8:18 am

    David, there is a campaign called the teal pumpkin campaign (wherein you put a teal-colored pumpkin logo on your house) and give out non food treats for kids with things like allergies (pencil, stickers, etch).

    On the other hand, check out this list if favorite handouts by state:

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  7. James said on October 31, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Linda: because teal “reads” so well in the Halloween gloaming.

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  8. David C. said on October 31, 2014 at 8:30 am

    As a color-blind gent, I don’t stray very far from the big three colors and often get those terribly wrong. I had to look up teal. Teal is a low-saturated color, a bluish-to dark medium, similar to medium blue and dark cyan. It can be created by mixing green with blue into a white base, or deepened as needed with a little bit of black or gray color. I still have no idea, but it sounds like a good idea anyway.

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  9. Dorothy said on October 31, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Teal is easily identified on the Tiffany boxes and packaging. Not that I have ever owned one, but that’s the ideal. Sometimes that shade is also called ‘robin’s egg blue.’ I know this won’t help you, David C., but just in case…!

    Happy halloween yins. I brought in a bag of candy to have by my desk for any Physics students who wander in my department this morning. What kind? Why NERDS of course!

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  10. brian stouder said on October 31, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Halloween always reminds me of the death of my favorite racer of all time – Greg Moore

    15 years? wow.

    Aside from that, looks like I’ll be flingin’ weenies and ‘walking tacos’ tonight, as high school football rushes forward.

    The bright side is, it’s always hot in the concession stand, and it’s supposed to be fairly miserable tonight.

    But it will be the first Halloween ever that I didn’t accompany Chloe around the neighborhood. (It is somewhat reassuring that she was as put-off by that as I was)

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  11. Deborah said on October 31, 2014 at 9:47 am

    I love the color of Tiffany boxes and not just because of what’s in them, but I usually think of teal as darker than that. In the 80’s it was trendy to see teal and mauve combined in interiors. Think of the many malls built back then. It was a very dark teal.

    Happy Halloween everyone. I’ll be spending the day on the construction site stacking left over wood from the removal of the forms from the concrete pour. Yesterday I schlepped the wood to a consolidated pile behind some juniper bushes. After it’s organized I’ll cover with a brown tarp and it’ll wait until spring for possible reuse.

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  12. Julie Robinson said on October 31, 2014 at 10:33 am

    It’s windy and rainy here but my friends in Illinois and Wisconsin are posting snow pictures. SNOW. I say turn off the porch light and eat the candy yourselves.

    Seriously, what is a healthy snack? Fresh fruit would get thrown out as suspicious, and anything packaged will have nasty chemicals.

    Dorothy, the students must love you.

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  13. Icarus said on October 31, 2014 at 10:52 am

    I’m still waiting for the Teal Pumpkin movement backlash, if it hasn’t happened already. Because it seems things like this go through the cycle of Clever Idea, then viral fad, then overdone, then backlash. Think ALS ice bucket challenge.

    Happy Halloween from my family

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  14. Connie said on October 31, 2014 at 10:53 am

    My sister in law in Leelanau County Michigan just posted snow pictures.

    In 1991 I was in Minneapolis for a library conference and ended up snowed in at the Hyatt Regency for 3 days by what has ever after been known as the Halloween blizzard. It started late in the afternoon on Halloween and by morning there were 36 inches of new snow. It is still the largest recorded snowfall in Minneapolis history.

    So a little snow, OK. But please no Halloween blizzard. I will be hunkered down at home in my house on a little dead end street with the outside lights off.

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  15. brian stouder said on October 31, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Icarus –

    Your Portage Park Pumpkin Patch picture is particularly pretty!

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  16. alex said on October 31, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Wanna see teal? Check out the glass coffee table in the foreground:

    Here’s a spooky old song that’s been haunting me lately so I thought today would be the perfect time to share it.

    No snow here yet. I took the day off hoping to clean up the ass-deep leaves on my two properties but it’s too cold and rainy. I managed to get the front yards done yesterday. Not that I’m expecting trick-or-treaters as our neighborhood had its own Halloween celebration last Sunday evening. I gave out Twizzlers and crap because that’s what’s expected. Bad enough I had to force the neighborhood to look at my Obama sticker on my car; I’m not going to force my dietary preferences down their throats.

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  17. Jolene said on October 31, 2014 at 11:19 am

    The NYT is doing some great work on the Ebola epidemic. Today, their homepage hosts a wonderful set of photos of individuals who are working in West Africa–Americans and local people–as well as survivors. Very affecting.

    And here is a piece that appeared on the PBS NewsHour last night. Near the beginning of the clip, there’s a scene in which healthcare workers about to start their day in an a Ebola treatment unit are singing and praying together. Also very moving.

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  18. Judybusy said on October 31, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Thanks, Icarus–nice picture!

    No blizzard forecast here in Minneapolis this year. Today, it’s 28 but very sunny. Most of the leaves have fallen, but it was a really gorgeous fall this year. We’ll be getting ready for the small party we’re hosting tonight. Looking forward to a somewhat lazy weekend, with my partner off, so we’ll get to spend time together. (She works e/o weekend.) I hope all enjoy whatever you’re doing tonight!

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  19. Jolene said on October 31, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Try googling teal. Lots of great images, and a quite a range of colors. Google’s idea of teal does seem to include the Tiffany boxes, which, like Deborah, I’d have said are too light to be teal. Shows what I know, and also why designers and marketers can make up any sort of color name that they think will sell soap!

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  20. Icarus said on October 31, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Alex that song beckons back to the days when tunes didn’t have to be less than 3 minutes to keep everyone’s attention.

    nice alliteration Brian.

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  21. Dorothy said on October 31, 2014 at 11:42 am

    I like to think there are shades of teal. Maybe it’s because I worked in a quilt store for five years and was surrounded by glorious fabrics with so many beautiful colors. I use pretty descriptive words for colors, too, which drives my husband crazy. I like to think outside the box when describing things.

    Hey Jolene, you brought up Ebola a few comments above this. I am curious what everyone here thinks of the nurse in Maine who is being so defiant. I’d like all of your opinions. So many people are denouncing her and running her down and calling for her license to be revoked. For some reason I’m not thinking like that at all. I admire her a good bit. I think she’s being smart in the way she is exercising her defiance, and to me she doesn’t seem to be taking unnecessary risks. Now if she were to go to a restaurant or some other public place, I’d probably alter my opinion of her somewhat. But for now, I have to say I’m deep in the minority of people who have definite strong thoughts about her behavior.

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  22. brian stouder said on October 31, 2014 at 11:44 am

    In this extended excerpt from Jolene’s link to the wrenching PBS/ebola report, a doctor is answering a question from Ms Woodruff.

    This particular woman, they didn’t know if she had Ebola. She hemorrhaged after having a spontaneous childbirth of an eight-month-old — eight months into her pregnancy. And she went from hospital to hospital while she was still alive, while she was, you know, struggling to survive.

    No hospitals would let her in, because that’s kind of a classic presentation with Ebola, and highly infectious, obviously, if there’s blood. So finally, the car with her parents and the lady and her baby make it to the Ebola treatment unit. And, by that point, she had passed away. But the doctors and nurses had to struggle with this decision of, what do we do with this infant?

    They had no idea. Could the infant be positive? There’s not a lot of science around that or data or information, because we just haven’t studied this disease as much as it would have been good to do. So they made the best choice they could. They sent the baby home with the grandparents, and you know, with gloves, with formula, in the hopes that they could give the child a chance at surviving.

    The child died three days later. And then two weeks after that, the mother, who had helped deliver her — the grandmother who had helped deliver her daughter’s baby and had cared for the baby ended up coming down with Ebola and dying in the clinic. So these are the sort of — like, if you stay there long enough, you see how this disease moves through families that way.

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  23. Connie said on October 31, 2014 at 11:58 am

    I think of teal as a slightly bluer version of turquoise. They are my favorite colors, and items in these colors can call to me from far across the store.

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  24. brian stouder said on October 31, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Dorothy – I’m with you.

    The fellow in Texas lived with his 4 family members for some time, and became progressively more ill, and his family didn’t catch it.

    I do believe that ebola is not easy to catch, given America’s sanitary sewers and unlimited clean water;

    but people’s fears CAN be played upon by unscrupulous politicians and shit-for-brains pundits

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  25. brian stouder said on October 31, 2014 at 12:07 pm


    These photos of the captured gun-crazy guy is PA remind me of nothing so much as Lee Harvey Oswald, with the scraped up face and so on.

    Here’s hoping he lives long enough for “a fair trial, and then a hanging” (as they say in some Clint Eastwood movie or another)

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  26. Sherri said on October 31, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Looks like Dave Brandon is out at Michigan. Brady Hoke will almost certainly follow.

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  27. Jolene said on October 31, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    I’ve actually been really mad about the Ebola hysteria. Of course, it’s a horrible disease, but there is basically no reason for most Americans to be concerned about it. Republicans have been using the epidemic as one more club in their continuing efforts to beat up the president and, in the process, dirtying up the CDC and NIH.

    To me, this whole experience illustrates how much we have to be grateful for–experts who actually know what they’re talking about and, despite the many, many, many problems of our healthcare system, the possibility of getting good care actually exists. As has been said many times, in the absence of a specific vaccine or antiviral drug, care for Ebola essentially consists of monitoring the patient’s fluid balance and electrolytes. In an American hospital, these are basic elements of the management of any patient, but to provide this basic care in some parts of Africa, requires moving heaven and earth.

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  28. Charlotte said on October 31, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    ARGH! Thanks to the puppy I’m fitting in clothes I haven’t worn in a long time again. So I took my favorite vintage jacket to be cleaned, and they BROKE ALL THE BUTTONS. Sorry for the all-caps, but the buttons were some sort of plastic made to look like papier mache flowers, and they perfectly matched the pink/olive/blue houndstooth of the jacket — I’ve had it since the mid-1980s, and it must date from about 1963 or so. One of my most beloved things. They never even warned me or I would have cut them all off and sewed them back on. Heartbroken.

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  29. Scout said on October 31, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    I wish I would have found this yesterday because it belonged in the comments there, but even though we’re on to a new open thread I’ll post it anyway.

    For the first time in a long time we are not staying home and passing out treats because it is Friday night and we had an invitation to hear a live band at a really cool outdoor venue in Carefree (AZ).

    When we do hand out treats we buy the giant boxes of Welch’s fruit snacks at Costco. They’re healthy-ish, and the kids seem to be ok receiving them.

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  30. Sue said on October 31, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Linda, I opened your graphic and had a sudden urge to play a game of Candyland.

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  31. beb said on October 31, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    I’m not sure how I fell about the nurse in Maine, the one Gov. Christie had locked up in a tent with no heat. Since she had no symptoms of Ebola it doesn’t seem right to quarantine her without cause. And to continue to treat her like some kind of leper is wrong. But to go on bike rides and otherwise thumb her nose are people’s hysteria doesn’t seem helpful either. But I do support her plan to sue Christie for her forced quarantine.

    Apparently the Grinch isn’t just for Christmas anymore.

    Those damn, dirty hippies dressing up like children after killing all those children through ABORTION!!!!!!

    Lovers got to love, haters gotta hate.

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  32. Dorothy said on October 31, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Charlotte that would drive me crazy, too. Don’t give up, though. E Bay might be a source for look-alike buttons. And there are specialty stores, too, that might carry unique buttons that even a Joann Fabrics or a Michael’s might not have. Yarn stores or quilt stores sometimes carry fun, distinctive buttons. Wish you could send me a picture of the jacket and the damaged buttons so I could be on the look out to buy replacements for you. Do you do Facebook?

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  33. David C. said on October 31, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    I think the nurse in Maine has thumbing her nose at people’s hysteria coming to her. What Christie did to her was unconscionable, cruel, and only done to cater to the Foxtopia. I hope she rides to her heart’s content and that after the election all this howling at the moon ends.

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  34. MichaelG said on October 31, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    It’s supposed to start raining any minute and there is snow expected in the high country. Whoops, it’s raining now.

    Thanks for that link, Brian. I remember Greg Moore well and unfortunately was watching on TV when the wreck occurred at Fontana. There was no question that he was destined for greatness had he survived.

    That was a great cartoon, Scout.

    I’m 100% behind Kaci Hickox as is the judge who decided the case in Maine this AM. The State of N. J. got off on the wrong foot with her when they confined her in a tent with no heat, no bathroom, no phone, no computer, no books, no nuttin. Of course she was pissed. Of course she lawyered up. As far as I know, she’s behaved responsibly since she has been home in Maine and hasn’t really gone anywhere other than for a bike ride which was approved (after the fact) by the State of Maine. She is a health care professional, after all. She just doesn’t want any shit from a bunch of flat earther politicos. She’s conscious that she’s helping set precedents for other returnee. Go, Kaci.

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  35. MichaelG said on October 31, 2014 at 3:15 pm


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  36. brian stouder said on October 31, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    MichaelG – well said!

    Regarding Greg Moore – that one really took me aback. I don’t think any single thing (in retrospect) did more to put me off American open-wheel racing.

    Moore was always my fave – from that very same Homestead race (referred to early in the article) to the end. I did get to meet him in St Louis (barump-bump!) at Gateway once, and I’ve an autographed photo of him somewhere.

    I think if he had lived, even the terrible split (between CART and IRL) would have been less destructive of the sport

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  37. Charlotte said on October 31, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    I do Dorothy — and there’s a picture on my FB where I was also loudly bemoaning my fate (Send me a friend request to see it, I’ve got FB locked down due to crazy family members: I found some lovely Czech glass buttons on eBay, and some cool vintage French ones on Etsy before I decided I needed to get off the ledge and get back to work. I also sent an email to Tender Buttons in NYC — one of my favorite haunts when I was young and poor and would just go into stores to look at stuff.

    It’s typical of how things go out here — instead of cutting them off, or telling me to cut them off, the drycleaners girl made vague concerned noises when I dropped it off, and said she’d wrap the buttons. But then didn’t. And then you get a lame apology … Himself ran into similar non-customer service with one of his milling suppliers a few weeks ago. The guy just never put in the order.

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  38. MichaelG said on October 31, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    I know, Brian. There’s no doubt that Tony George is one of the worst, most narcissistic, most destructive pieces of shit who ever existed.

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  39. adrianne said on October 31, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    This just in: Judge in Maine sides with nurse, says there’s no reason for her quarantine.

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  40. brian stouder said on October 31, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    I’ll give IRL one point – they finally got rid of that guy.

    We rolled down to Indy this past year, and saw the racey cars on a Saturday – using the F1 circuit.

    THAT was pretty cool!

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  41. Dexter said on October 31, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    #26Sherri: I called my M friends and partied by having a Snickers bar, a snack-sized Snickers…when Hoke goes I’ll go wild and break out the bottle of sparkling water and cranberry juice. Glad to see somebody has guts: Brandon was well-connected and protected, but enough, enough.

    Sitting here ready for tricksters and goblins…and a friend calls and tells me our night is tomorrow. Who decides to have Halloween on All-Saints’ Day night? REE-DICK!

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  42. Deborah said on October 31, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    I’m all for what the nurse in Maine has done and said. This hysteria is ridiculous and needs to stop so that health professionals will continue to go to Africa and help those people who are caught up in a real epidemic not a contrived one.

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  43. Joe K said on October 31, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Heading home from “ol K.C.” Sunny here, you can follow on flight just plug in 43 bm where it ask for a tail number, wife says it’s snowing back home. I’ll be looking for broom riding witches on the way home.
    Pilot Joe

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  44. Joe kobiels said on October 31, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Sorry meant
    Pilot joe

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  45. basset said on October 31, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    I have yet to consume that first piece of Halloween candy this year, and there’s a big ol’ bowl of it three steps away. Just sayin’; got the sugar, y’know.

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  46. basset said on October 31, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Joe, last flight I see for you on there is two days ago, dunno why. Looks like you’ve been to some fun places, though… Evansville and Ypsilanti in the same week, fascinating.

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  47. David C. said on October 31, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    How ya gonna keep ’em down on the farm after they’ve seen Ypsi.

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  48. Deborah said on October 31, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    This is funny, lots of people around here celebrate Day of the Dead instead of the typical Halloween:

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  49. beb said on October 31, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    There’s always something warm and comforting about Day of the Dead. It’s a time to remember family and friends who are no longer there. That’s cool. European’s Halloween is kind of like trying to scare away the demons luring around us. It’s become a party as we’ve forgotten the really scarey things our European ancestors used to believe in.

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  50. Joe K said on October 31, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Basset, must have been tired meant 43dm, try that one.
    Pilot Joe

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  51. Dexter said on October 31, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    When my daughter visited from Las Vegas last week, one day she drove to a store and brought back my holiday present, early…a pair of steerhide Red Wing shoe/boots. I quit buying them when the price skyrocketed years ago, but it is really great to have the best boots in the world on my feet once again, and also nice to have kids like we have.

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  52. Deborah said on November 1, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Beb, have you read anything about the 29 year old woman who is dying of a brain tumor, Brittany Maynard I think her name is. She is a proponent of Death with Dignity. She and her husband moved to Oregon so she could basically get medical assisted suicide. She was given 6 months to live because of her advanced condition. She’s an intelligent young woman who knows what she wants. It is quite an inspiration to read her plight. I will try to find a link.

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  53. basset said on November 1, 2014 at 12:29 am

    Joe, 43dm is a Cessna 206 in Missouri and Arkansas, don’t think that’s you.

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  54. basset said on November 1, 2014 at 12:36 am

    Pretty much what we expected on trick-or-treaters – one pack of eight or nine, then we left and set a bowl of candy out on the steps, came back, candy gone, bowl gone. Next year we’re just gonna turn the lights off and say the hell with it.

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  55. linda said on November 1, 2014 at 7:00 am

    We had maybe 100 very hardy kids in 30something degree weather. You could tell who the Elsas were by the aquamarine gowns peeking out from under their winter coats.

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  56. Deborah said on November 1, 2014 at 10:03 am

    This was the third Halloween since we’ve had a presence in Santa Fe and no tricker treaters came to our door ever. Our place is at the end of a dead end lane which is barely as wide as the garbage truck, the houses along the lane come very close to the edge of it. There are a bunch of “streets” like that in this city. Kids and their parents would have to be awfully brave to trick or treat around here in the dark. And then there are the skunks. We went to the local mall and that’s where all the kids were trick or treating. They went from store to store in their costumes getting candy from each place. The kid upstairs dressed as Freddy Krueger with long tinfoil fingers on one of his hands, it was very homemade but effective.

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  57. Deborah said on November 1, 2014 at 10:47 am

    Off topic but worth watching:
    When Little Bird had her surgery in Albuquerque it was in the middle of the week of the Balloon Fiesta. A bunch of balloons were aloft when we drove by that morning.

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  58. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on November 1, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Basset, I hate it when they take the bowl.

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  59. Joe K said on November 1, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Must have been REALLY tired,
    Try 403dm
    Pilot Joe

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  60. beb said on November 1, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Deborah, I’ve seen the headlines regarding the terminally ill woman but haven’t actually read any of the articles. I, too, applaud her courage. It’s sad that something like this happens to someone so young.

    This is been a bad week for space travel. First the Antares rocket explodes on Monday and now Spaceshiptwo crashed on Friday.

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  61. Basset said on November 1, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Looks like a long day, Joe, and I see you were near us for awhile. What were you carrying, or should we not ask?

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  62. Sherri said on November 1, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Despite a break in the rain until about 9 and a Friday night, we had half as many trick or treaters as last year. Probably didn’t help that the high school had a home football game, and it was homecoming.

    The highlight of Halloween for me was an incredibly cute little 3 year old princess, and with whom I had the following conversation:

    Princess: Where’s your doggie?

    Me: I don’t have a doggie.

    Princess: Where’s your baby?

    Me: I don’t have a baby. My baby is in college.

    Princess: Is she in school right now?

    Me: Yes, she is.

    Princess: Happy Halloween!

    Her father (who was wearing her tiara) and I cracked up.

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  63. Deborah said on November 1, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    We’re having an afternoon fire in Santa Fe. I’m trying to get a good dose of things like this before I go back to Chicago a week from today where it seems solidly winter already. The cat is curled up in the chair next to me and Little Bird is in her recliner reading the new Stephen King, Joyland. I heard an interview with him on Fresh Air yesterday as I was driving out to Abiquiu to stack wood. It sounded like a book she’d like so she got it today along with 6 or 7 more books she wants to read. She’ll be done with them in no time. Has anybody got any recommendations for me? I’m looking for something good to read on the plane etc.

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  64. Jolene said on November 1, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Deborah, for something on the serious side, try Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, which I mentioned a few days ago. An engaging new novel is Shrink Thyself by Bill Scheft, whose day job is writing for David Letterman (note that the book is not a comedy).

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  65. Joe K said on November 1, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Computer chips for Ford F-150 pickup trucks.
    Pilot Joe

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  66. Julie Robinson said on November 1, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Deborah, have you read Sara Paretsky’s latest, Critical Mass? I think it’s her strongest work in years. I hesitate to say too much lest I spoil it, but there are multiple themes covering some 60 years. Really a fine book, and I had trouble putting it down.

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  67. MarkH said on November 1, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Deborah, beb —

    Here’s the link to the most recent Brittany Maynard update. She was supposed to die today. She has apparently re-thought everything.

    I recently found out that an old girlfriend went the dignified death route in the UK. Gay contracted ALS and her life became a living hell. She suffered 1-1/2 years before she and her husband made the excruciating but necessary decision to go to Switzerland to end her life. From Piqua, OH, she was sweet, lovely and had a delightfully wicked sense of humor. She had me with the greatest pick-up line I ever got. Working together at a hotel bar near the OSU campus, we were doing the crush dance around each other. After a couple weeks she figures she better tell me about her on/off boyfriend. “What’s the deal with that?” “Don’t you think if I didn’t have one I would have had you home with me by now?” Then, she walks into work one day and announces she’s leaving for Wooster to “work things out” with said boyfriend. WOOSTER?! Last time I saw her. That as 38 years ago. Finally found her last August on facebook, but I was a year too late. Here’s Greg’s poignant fbook announcement:

    “It is with deep sadness we write that Gay has died at Dignitas in Zurich. She was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (ALS) in February 2012, an illness whose relentless progression creates physical impairment and mental anguish which become unbearable. It is a gross injustice that denies human beings the relief from suffering which is routinely given to animals. Please lobby Government officials in Great Britain and the USA to legalise assisted dying for conditions such as this for which there is no hope. I have had a wonderful life and we send love and best wishes to everyone.”

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  68. Jolene said on November 1, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Deborah, for more book suggestions, you could check out some of Bruce Springsteen’s favorites. This is the same sort of interview as the chat with Gawande that I posted last week. Bruce is quite a reader.

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  69. Deborah said on November 1, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Jolene, thanks for the book suggestions, they all sound intriguing, now it’s just a case of which ones I can find locally. There are two bookstores here where I can find things I’m looking for, but it’s a crap shoot.

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  70. basset said on November 1, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    Joe, I hope those Ford buyers have better experiences with their new F150s than I had with mine.

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  71. Dexter said on November 2, 2014 at 12:30 am

    What a Saturday night…the Dell went wacky again and another two hours on with Dell Support and I thought we had it…but somehow the dreaded “Astromenda” malware has gotten a deep hold on this computer.

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  72. MichaelG said on November 2, 2014 at 12:55 am

    MarkH, I don’t see that Ms. Maynard has “rethought everything”. It appears to me that she hasn’t at all changed her decision to go but merely feels that the time hasn’t arrived yet. What have I missed?

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  73. MarkH said on November 2, 2014 at 3:21 am

    Michael, it’s not Britanny’s ultimate intentions, which she restated. She announced via Youtube and other TV coverage, she would carry out the plans on a specific date, Nov. 1. Now, it’s ‘not the right time’, so she’s put it off. Is not life everything? Clearly she has rethought it, as there is now not a schedule and the reasons aren’t clear. I don’t begrudge her any of her decisions, I’m not in her shoes.

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  74. Deborah said on November 2, 2014 at 3:49 am

    Mark H, the date of Ms Maynard’s act is arbitrary. She will know when the time is right.

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  75. MarkH said on November 2, 2014 at 10:17 am

    That’s true now, Deborah, but I had read in various news reports she targeted November 1st. In any case, she had set a time frame, but has now reconsidered. She and her family are in my prayers.

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