Saturday, November 01, 2008

Two Unrelated Thoughts

I should preface this by saying it is not unusual for my thoughts to be unrelated to each other. In fact, it is not unusual for my thoughts to be unrelated to anything! Just ask my wife!! But that being said, here are two thought chosen especially for this moment...

Thought One...
Halloween has come and gone. Samhain has come. Candy has been passed out and eaten. Candles lit. Pumpkins carved. Etc. We had fun and I hope you had fun. But here are the things that were hard about Halloween this year...

My kids did not go trick-or-treating. This is their second time to stay home. Last year they just decided they were too old to go. Up until that time, I had walked the neighborhood with at least one kid for 18 years. I knew every house. I knew every decoration. I knew every uneven spot on the dark sidewalk. I had walked on warm nights, on cold nights, in sleet and snow and rain. And I gotta say, I miss it. I still feel melancholy about not going out. I had fun passing out candy to the witches and warriors and demons and angels that visited our home. But I miss going out.

The other thing hard about Halloween is that no one really wants us to have time to enjoy it. When we purchased the candy we were going to pass out, we had to walk among light-up reindeer and wreaths! The store already had Christmas decorations on the shelves with the Halloween stuff. Seriously?!?! Can't we just enjoy one holiday before we have to start spending money on the next one? I love Christmas. But let me have Halloween and Thanksgiving first. Then I'll jump into the deep end of the Christmas pool and have some fun there.

Thought two...
Mine is not a political blog. I just write stuff. But I try to avoid politics cause we hear enough of that on TV, radio, internet, etc. But for those of you who have been living on Mars the past 24 months or so, you might be interested to know we have sort of a big election coming up on Tuesday. I don't mind saying who I'm for..you can see it right over there to the right of the page...I'm voting for Obama. But this is not an attempt to get you to vote for Obama. This is just to say...please vote. It is astonishing to me how many people fail to go to the polls when we have elections. I know politics can turn some people off. But voting really isn't hard. And it is such a fundamental right and responsibility, I think. Our state is expecting nearly a 90% turnout on Tuesday. If that happens, it will be incredible. I just hope lots of states reach that mark! So no matter who you support, please go and vote on Tuesday. And if you live close to me, I'll see you in line!

9 comments:

Jenster said...

I hear ya on the Christmas thing. It's ridiculous!!

I hate politics. Really hate them. BUT one of the greatest things about this country is chosing its leaders. So I'll definitely be at the polls on Tuesday and will celebrate when it's all over.

Kylie w Warszawie said...

I already voted (absentee), but I agree with you. Just vote!

And, I don't get to see the Halloween decorations so much here because they don't really do Halloween - I mean they do - but the Halloween "section" of the store is ridiculously small. But All Saint's Day - WOW! Pallets and pallets of candles!

Star said...

The local Hallmark store put their Christmas stuff out in August! The supermarket I work at put Halloween in a corne on Monday and Christmas front and center. We totally skip Thanksgiving. At least they haven't started playing Christmas music yet!

Trish said...

Up here in Canada we are all holding our breaths to see what happens on Tuesday and a lot of us are cheering for Obama.

The Halloween thing - I hear you. Our youngest, son11, went out trick or treating with his friends without us right behind him, for the first time this year.

In another couple of years he won't be going out at all anymore. *sigh*

May said...

I totally agree with you: not to vote is to miss an important appointment. To give your opinion is a right and a duty for all citizens. I have never failed to vote.

becky68 said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog yesterday- I agree with you- my frustration knows no bounds when it comes to having Christmas shoved down my throat before the pumpkins on my porch are even cut for Halloween.
Not surprisingly we're voting the same way in the election & I've already warned my boss that I will not come to work until I have voted because I'm not going to risk the polls closing before I can vote after work on Tuesday.

Jazz said...

In our Federfal election in October there was something like a 60% turnout. It drives me insane. People have no problem voting for a winner on American Idol, but ask them to vote for something that can actualy make a difference in their lives and they can't be bothered!! It should be illgal to NOT vote.

Ok, sorry, I'll get off my soapbox now...

VioletSky said...

I'm on the same soapbox as Jazz.

...and I've been hearing Carols in a few stores already - I immediately walked out.

citizen of the world said...

No surprise that you'd be for Obama. I did vote, and now I'm just holding ny breath. (It's kind of starting to get uncomfortable.)