Eat, drink and be scary.
They expect so much rain here today that they have moved Halloween Trick or Treat to tomorrow, we’ll see. It won’t make that much difference as far as I am concerned as I figure I am scary enough without a mask or costume. Also treats are not on my diet and my ability to do tricks is limited these days.
I do admit to appreciating some of the levity that accompanies so many workplace costumes. I know the nurses at my favorite hospital will dress up, many as Gothic blood drawers, the local restaurant servers are often a hoot and as always the folks my age who reverted to their second childhood will have a lot of fun some are even planning on staying up until eight pm or later.
I may continue my efforts to stimulate the medical economy as I heard from pre-surgical internal medicine doctor who has told me Tuesdays tests showed I was again suffering from some anemia and that I needed to get back to my hematologist before my surgical procedure. If it wasn’t for my medical glitches my social life would be pretty dull.
Just so you know I had nothing to do with creating Halloween here are the facts behind the day.
Halloween dates back to over 2000 years ago
The Celts–who lived in Great Britain, Ireland, and northern France–celebrated Samhain on October 31st The priests (called druids) burned big bonfires on hills to frighten away the spooks whom they believed were present on this last day of their year. In A.D. 43 the Romans conquered the Celts-they had different beliefs, but they did celebrate a harvest ceremony on October 31st
In the years that followed, the Celts accepted Christianity, and in the A.D 700’s the Roman Catholic Church November 1st would be named All Saints Day or All Hallows’ to honor special people who had died October 31st therefore became All Hallow’s Eve. This name was shortened to Halloween, a night when people visited cemeteries and prayed for loved ones buried there. Many people still believed that spooks wandered around on October 31st.
In some parts of England, people went from house to house begging for soul-cakes (currant buns) or a penny. Others preferred making mischief, often wearing masks to disguise themselves
In the 1840’s, during the potato famine, many Irish people went to the United States, bringing their Halloween traditions with them. One story they brought over involved a man named Jack who couldn’t get into heaven or hell after death…all he could do was wander around in the dark. The Devil finally felt sorry for Jack and gave him a glowing coal which Jack stuck into a carved out turnip…Americans substituted the local vegetable, the pumpkin–The jack-o-lantern 🙂
So now that you know the story, what will it be a treat or a trick?
Backward, turn backward,
O Time, in your flight
make me a child again
just for to-night!
Elizabeth Akers Allen
He said to her:
Whenever possible, please say whatever you have to say during commercials.
ALL men see in only 16 colors. Peach is a fruit, not a color.
If it itches, it will be scratched.
Beer is as exciting for us as handbags are for you.
If we ask what’s wrong and you say “nothing,” we will act like nothing’s wrong. We know you’re lying, but it’s just not worth the hassle.
“Why do vampires always chase down Christians? Why not Jews, or Arabs? You know, somebody who won’t be carrying a cross!”
More workplace truths:
To err is human, to forgive is not our policy.
Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn’t the work he/she is supposed to be doing.
Important letters that contain no errors will develop errors in the mail.
If you are good, you will be assigned all the work. If you are really good, you will get out of it.
You are always doing something marginal when the boss drops by your desk.
People who go to conferences are the ones who shouldn’t.
Have you ever noticed…. Anybody going slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?
Stupid People for A Stupid Planet…
WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM OUR FRIENDS! Police in Oakland, California spent two hours attempting to subdue a gunman who had barricaded himself inside his home. After firing ten tear gas canisters, officers discovered that the man was standing beside them, shouting “Please come out and give yourself up”.
WHAT WAS PLAN B??? An Illinois man pretending to have a gun kidnapped a motorist and forced him to drive to two different automated teller machines. The kidnapper then proceeded to withdraw money from his own bank accounts.
THE GETAWAY! A man walked into a Topeka, Kansas Kwik Stop, and asked for all the money in the cash drawer. Apparently, the take was too small, so he tied up the store clerk and worked the counter himself for three hours until police showed up and grabbed him.
DID I SAY THAT??? Police in Los Angeles had good luck with a robbery suspect who just couldn’t control himself during a lineup. When detectives asked each man in the lineup to repeat the words, “Give me all your money or I’ll shoot,” the man shouted, “that’s not what I said!”
NOT THE SHARPEST KNIFE IN THE DRAWER!! In Modesto, CA, Steven Richard King was arrested for trying to hold up a Bank of America branch without a weapon. King used a thumb and a finger to simulate a gun, but unfortunately, he failed to keep his hand in his pocket.
“The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people.”
G. K. Chesterton
A middle-aged guy is out to dinner with his wife to celebrate her fortieth birthday. He says, “So what would you like, Julie? A Jaguar? A sable coat? A diamond necklace?”
She says, “Bernie, I want a divorce.”
“My goodness, I wasn’t planning on spending that much.”
“I wish everyday could be Halloween. We could all wear masks all the time. Then we could walk around and get to know each other before we got to see what we looked like under the masks.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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