Friday, November 01, 2002

The trick-or-treat trade was slow last night: we disposed only of 26.5 ounces of "fun size" M&Ms (plain); the same physical quantity of peanut M&Ms, but in a package weiging 13.3 ounces (peanuts weigh less than chocolate per given volume?); 12 ounces of miniature Reese's peanut butter cups; 13.3 ounces of small Milky Way candy bars (but we held four of them out for ourselves!); another package of M&M "minis," weighing 9.5 ounces; and 32 ounces of "snack size" KitKat bars (we held two of them out for ourselves). We closed up shop when all was gone. This year's business started for real at about 6:15 p.m. and ended for us at a little after 8:00 p.m. The oldtimers in this neighborhood don't keep lights on all night; the incomers invariably install very bright porch lights, and often super-bright spotlights as well, and then keep them on all night, every night (except on Hallowe'en, most of them). A few were sports and opened their doors to the kids, but most, and for the very first time, turned off their ugly lights and made themselves scarce. What accounted for the fall-off in business? Is Thursday a good TV night these days? Is it considered to be too cold at 65 degrees? We relit our two pumpkins this morning, to enjoy before sunrise. While we were on treat duty, we were switching back and forth between KKLB and KQQQ, and we heard the Ketchup song twice. I think we first heard it on Don Francisco presenta and it sure does have a hook to it. There are even cell-phone rings from it. I dare you to listen! Can't help it--I still like the Macarena, bought from Maldonado's before it was La Tejanita and before the song was being played on "American" radio.


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