Post by DavidK Post by Vicky Ayech
We could play this?
Hob whined to go out for a walk while the little drummer boy carefully
painted a skeleton on him in luminous paint. Trick'n'Treat night was
their favourite; getting hyper on the sugar was so much fun.
I hope I'm not AOU in finding this institutionalised begging (with
menaces, in theory) highly distasteful, though being a mile from the
village in the main means we're not bothered here?
I am aware of the possibility of being accused of being an old
misery-guts, wanting to spoil innocent fun. But it seems so artificial -
and also social blackmail of a sort, in that AIUI it's usually done with
parents (or similar) not too far away, for obvious (sadly, these days)
I've also thought: when was the last time you saw "penny for the guy"
begging? Although I never did it, from what I remember, it was mostly -
nominally, anyway! - done to get money for fireworks, and I guess safety
concerns (can't sell them to minors, I think) probably ended that one.
(Plus the cost of fireworks, though I think those have - in relative
terms - come back down again of late.)
_On_-topic: any trick-or-treating in Ambridge? I think it has some
estates or similar big enough for it to be considered, but I've not
noticed any mention. Though we rarely hear anything about the estates
anyway - the last time I remember _much_ mention was years ago, when the
Grundys were evicted and lived there. (Or was that in a nearby town?)
J. P. Gilliver. UMRA: 1960/<1985 MB++G()AL-IS-Ch++(p)***@T+H+Sh0!:`)DNAf
A leader who keeps his ear to the ground allows his rear end to become a
target. - Angie Papadakis