October 31, 2009

Daylight Savings Time ends

Change your clocks back an hour, sometime before tomorrow.

I don't usually keep track of when this is supposed to happen. I notice that it's happened when my computers all change, and then I change such few non-computer timekeepers as are around here (basically, the microwave oven).

On other subjects, I'm in serious pain today. Enough so that I hauled out the emergency measures and took an ibuprofen. I think that's the first NSAID I've taken in about five years; it's just not something I use.

My neck right now gives me major pain signals every time I move my head in any direction, and I don't have any idea what I did to it to make it so awful. Presumably it'll get better in a couple of days, and it's not so bad as to make me scream, so I'll just put up with it. But it wasn't fun last night and it ain't gonna be fun tonight, because I can't find a position laying down which isn't continuously painful. Not impossible, though; I was able to knock out for a nap this afternoon for a while.

UPDATE: I wonder if any kids will knock on my door this year. A couple of years I got none. Last year it was just once, two girls. I had a big basket of candy, so each of them got a big handfull. The basket this year is even bigger, and any kid who braves our apartment complex will be glad.

But I bet I don't get any. Times change, I guess. When I was little, and living in this same area, we used to go around about 8:00 or even later, and there were always a lot of kids around. These days people are afraid to leave their kids out after dark, I guess. It's sad; something has died. Halloween is supposed to be about pretending to be afraid, not about really genuinely being afraid.

It's after dark now, which probably means the window is closed.

UPDATE: My neck doesn't hurt as much as it did this afternoon. Whether that's the ibuprofen or just that it's getting better, I don't know, but it's certainly a relief.

1945 and no kids yet. Probably won't be any at all. What in hell am I supposed to do with all this candy?


At the rate I eat it, that'll last a year. (And I shouldn't eat it any faster, because I"m trying to lose weight.)

UPDATE: 2000, and I'm saved. I just got a big bunch of kids, and managed to get rid of about two thirds of that basket. Whew!

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Daily Life at 04:41 PM | Comments (8) | Add Comment
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1 I had 2 visits so far (in our area they start after dark and run about until 9 p.m.). It's very cold outside, maybe that affects their endurance. BTW, one little girl about 2 or 3 years all dragged her candy bag because she was unable to lift it. Bet she cannot visit many houses.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at October 31, 2009 06:44 PM (/ppBw)

2 8pm, and I've handed out at least 25 pounds of candy, a big handful at a time.


Posted by: J Greely at October 31, 2009 07:03 PM (2XtN5)


One of the little girls that hit just now, I just about doubled what was in her bag. She didn't really have very much.

Problem with this complex is that it's negative feedback. Only a few kids visit, so people have gotten out of the habit of buying candy, so when kids do visit most of the doors don't answer. We don't have separate lights for each apartment we can turn on and off, so there's no way for the kids to know which places are open for business.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 31, 2009 07:07 PM (+rSRq)

4 My neighborhood has a fair amount of kids around, and there is an elementary school just two blocks around.  But my actual street is poorly lit and has no sidewalks, so all the candy harvesters have gravitated over to the newer streets by the school.  So far I've had all of two kids come by, and both live just a few houses away.  But when I took my dog for a walk, the streets a few blocks away were teeming with fairies, princesses, zombies, and clone troopers.  Alas, no catgirls.

Posted by: David at October 31, 2009 07:16 PM (rlE2m)

5 I've got the place lit up like a UFO landing site, with the front door open and the candy bin clearly visible from the street, and despite my best efforts, not a single one of the catgirls who's shown up has been old enough to drive.

Lots of very small kids this year; perhaps the neighborhood demographics have shifted a bit.


Posted by: J Greely at October 31, 2009 07:22 PM (2XtN5)

6 Koneko-gaaru, then?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 31, 2009 08:15 PM (+rSRq)

7 My neighborhood has swung the other way. Used to be lots of little ones in cute outfits, now it's mostly too-cool-for-the-room early-teens assuming that jeans and a hoodie and eleven seconds applying vaguely-zombie-like facepaint counts as a costume. They shuffle up, ring the bell, stare at their shoes, mumble a "trigger treat", and shuffle away. Might get a "thangyuh" as they withdraw.

Suppose I can't complain too much, since the same kids probably were the kawaii little ones of 5-10 years ago...

And I still had about 60 kids show up. Burned through 5.5 of my 8 bags of candy. Might keep one bag of butterfingers for myself (pulverize and use as ice cream topping, yum), the rest I'll feed to my coworkers over the next couple weeks.

Posted by: Mikeski at November 01, 2009 01:19 AM (GbSQF)

8 Several years ago, the crowd was about half teens, half tweens chaperoned by extremely pretty young mothers. This year, the kids were much younger, and there was only one smoking hot mamma witch (who had her own candy bag).


Posted by: J Greely at November 01, 2009 11:35 AM (2XtN5)

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