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Marilee J. Layman

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08:01 pm: Candy
I bought too much, but putting two in each bag/basket has diminished it. Only 16 kids so far, six too old.

I went out and bought yarn and buttons for Sarah's sweater today, and then got enough furnace filters for a year. Since they're in the very back of the hardware store, I'd just as soon do that only once a year. Then I stopped next door at Olive Garden and had pumpkin cheesecake and tea while I looked at the new Kaiser Manassas building going up across the street.

The cats are scared by the knocking and strange people at the door, but both have come out now. I expect more knocks and more hiding. Ack. Howie Mandel. I have to do something about the TV.

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From:malibrarian
Date:November 1st, 2008 12:07 am (UTC)
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Can't wait to see it! Sarah is still out with her Dad and friends at this moment, as the Rhino Power Ranger. We've gone through a bag of candy so far and about 1/2 another. Luckily Kip got three.
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From:mjlayman
Date:November 1st, 2008 12:25 am (UTC)
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I've been waiting for her to get big enough to use this pattern. I think she'll like it. I'm up to 20 kids now, and one of the last set of four looked beyond me and said "Is that a real cat?" I was pretty sure it was, but I looked and Spirit was crouched right outside the utility room -- ready to hide -- and when I told them it was, they were all very interested. I guess they don't see a lot of cats.
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From:kaffyr
Date:November 1st, 2008 01:17 am (UTC)
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I wish we got kids. Even when we had a font door that actually opened on the street, we got very few candy takers over the last 15 years. It makes me sad, actually, because I love Hallowe'en.

And Howie Mandel is, I think, rather frightening. Therefore, a fantastic Hallowe'en scare. Heh.
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From:mjlayman
Date:November 1st, 2008 01:24 am (UTC)
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I'm about to turn the outside light off and that will be 23 kids, plus plenty of candy to keep Rick and his family happy on their trip home Sunday.

I hate the way Mandel plays tricks on people. I think that's mean.
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From:firecat
Date:November 1st, 2008 01:29 am (UTC)
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How old is too old?
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From:mjlayman
Date:November 1st, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)
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Over 13 or so -- when they don't dress up and just carry a pillowcase.
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From:mjlayman
Date:November 2nd, 2008 03:16 am (UTC)
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I should expand on this. I'd give candy to a 50-year-old in a costume and Halloween mood. It's the dour kids who have gotten too cool to actually dress up and come around just holding their pillowcases out (no "Trick or Treat" or even "hello") that I think of as too old. I usually give them candy anyway, but I think of them as being too old since they're just scamming for candy.
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From:firecat
Date:November 2nd, 2008 03:55 am (UTC)
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That makes sense. When I was a kid, I remember being told I was "too old" starting when I was around 11 or 12, so I wondered what the current attitude was.
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