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Another year, another halloween

Another year, another halloween

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Well, another Halloween has come and gone.  Last night was quite depressing, only one kid showed up at our door.

On the other hand, the kids and I had a lot of fun carving pumpkins, for some reason we missed doing that last year, so it was nice to get back on track with that tradition.

As is usual, the day of (or the last business day before) Halloween, we had hundreds and hundreds of tick-or-treaters at Microsoft however, it was HUGELY fun watching all those kids running around the hall.

I love seeing the excitement as they run from office to office trying to find out what each person has in their goody stash.

"Hey, he's got NERD ROPES!"

"What are these things?  I've never heard of a candy called "Sonho de Valsa"?"

One of the really cool things about working in such a diverse company is the variety of candy that people put out.  Most of the people do the Hershey Miniatures thing, but every once in a while, you run into someone who's gone to the trouble of getting candy from their native country.  So I've had the opportunity to see Russian candy, Ecuadorian candy, English candy, Japanese candy, Korean candy, etc.  It adds a great deal of spice to an otherwise monotonous candy basket.

I know there are people who are seriously upset about Halloween, but IMHO, it's one of my favorite holidays.

Btw, check out Adam Barr's pumpkin, he put the Channel9 guy on a pumpkin :)

 

Edit: #$@@#$@#$@ Newsgator double encoding - I thought that was gone.

  • I only had 20 kids (mostly older kids) show up at my house even though I live in the suburbs.
  • We had 50, but then we live in a neighborhood where we are 1 of 2 families on the block that DON'T have kids. At least I'll be all set with babysitters when the time comes. :)
  • “Hey, he’s got NERD ROPES!â€
    eek, what were you feeding the kids?
  • Nerd ropes are apparently the absolute best candy in the world. Go figure.
  • > only one kid showed up at our door

    Sure, but how many other intrusion attempts went undetected ^_^
  • Good one Norman :)

    I especially liked the pumpkin smiley
  • They just published your video on Channel 9.
  • You've never had a candy called David either.!!! It will stay that way.
  • You forgot to mention: "Sonho de Valsa" is a Brazilian candy! (a 'bonbon' more preciselly)

    Btw you spelled correctly! ;)
  • Leonardo, actually I didn't forget to mention it. It was sort-of a silly test kind-of thing.
  • 11/1/2004 5:05 PM Larry Osterman

    > I especially liked the pumpkin smiley

    Sorry to report that it's actually an ordinary smiley in Japan, no connection with pumpkins. It doesn't require rotating your head 90% to see the smiley face.

    Here are a few variations I've seen:

    ^u^
    ^o^
    ~_~
    `_^
    ;_; (crying)
    (^_^);; (sweating, I think)
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