I have Halloween ornaments hanging above my kitchen sink. I have a lamp with bats on it in my bedroom. And a shower curtain with images of cats, witches, pumpkins and ghosts.
The one thing lacking was a string of lights, maybe ghosts or bats, or some such thing. I searched on eBay, but saw nothing that grabbed my attention. I saved the search, as I was sure I’d eventually find something I’d like.
About two weeks ago, I looked through this saved search and saw a string of 10 pumpkin lights. The picture above is from the eBay posting. I clicked on the link and couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I bought the exact string of lights 25 years ago, in 1991. Unfortunately, mine were so damaged from when I had my furniture in storage that I had to throw them out.
Now it may sound crazy, but seeing the lights took me back 25 years. It was my first quarter returning to college full-time. I was working two, sometimes three, part-time jobs. I didn’t bother making a Halloween costume as I didn’t have to time to make one, nor free time to go out and wear it. While I didn’t go out to celebrate, I did buy some wonderful pumpkin lights to decorate my apartment, a string of 10 plump pumpkins, each with a big jack o’lantern smile.
On Halloween night in 1991, I went straight home after work to hit the books. It was snowing on the way home. Unusual, but not unlikely, for late October. But this snow was sticking to the ground – and accumulating fast.
The snow fell throughout the night, cutting short the trick or treaters’ candy haul. The next morning, the city was covered in snow and the stuff was still coming down. Classes were cancelled, some businesses even closed for the day.
Once it was all said and finally done, 28 inches of snow was on the ground and the snowstorm was dubbed the Halloween blizzard.
So, back to the eBay posting. The lights were only $10 and I clicked Buy It Now. They arrived just a few days later and were absolutely perfect. Not a ding, not a blemish – they looked brand new. The box was a tad scuffed, but still intact. There was one tiny snag – they don’t light! I plugged them into four different outlets and nothing. Oh well. I strung them in front of my balcony blinds and they’re perfect.
I really don’t care if they don’t work – those plump pumpkin lights made me smile and love Halloween all over again. Oh, in case you’re wondering, there’s no snow in the forecast for tonight.
I watch the news, see the Twitter feed and I find myself defending Donald Trump because he’s constantly being ripped apart, yet it’s practically a crime to say anything against the democratic candidate.
I call bullshit.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t rip on Donald Trump, go ahead, it’s still a free country for the time being. All I ask for is equal opportunity ripping given to the democratic candidate. It’s only fair. Anyone who knows me knows I despise the democrat candidate. She’s a hypocrite; you can read about her hypocrisy here and here, and how she called Bernie Sanders’ supporters “basement dwellers.”
As I said in my disclaimer, I’m voting Libertarian and I know full well Gary Johnson has a snowball’s chance in hell of winning the 2016 election, but his presence did something remarkable, he gave the Libertarian Party momentum. Voters dissatisfied with the two-party system are giving this party a look-see and I couldn’t be happier. In a nutshell, Libertarians are socially liberal, fiscally conservative, and sure a few of us wear tinfoil hats, but every political party has its quirks.
If we take away one lesson from this election, I hope it’s this: Respect each other’s right to choose, don’t hurt anyone else, don’t destroy another person’s shit. On November 9, we need to return to some degree of civility towards one another. As Project Runway’s Tim Gunn would say, it'll be a make it work moment.