Monthly Archives: October 2018

It all comes down to this

The preparations. The planning. The building. The sweat. The aches and pains. Yep, whether it’s all worth it or not is probably more personal than anything. But, for an external measure, it all comes down to this. Not yet perfectly ready Believe it or not. I look at the display and I think, hmm, maybe… Read more »

The graves always appear at the end

Everything ends. All things pass. There is no real dispute over this. It’s the same with me, of course. Just more involved. Because I have more reasons why the graves always appear at the end. Working my way up the driveway The hard part is done, right? Laying all those edging stones. Setting up all… Read more »

Conjuring up a Halloween menu

Unlike the picture adorning this post, I don’t go for funny looking foods at my Halloween BBQ. My emphasis is always on providing a tasty and satisfying feast. So, that’s the first test to any Halloween food choice. Still, there’s some fun involved with conjuring up a Halloween menu. More oven than BBQ I have… Read more »

Don’t tell ants they can’t fight City Hall

Welp, as expected, stuff happens. In this case, stuff happens when you clean out your front landscaping. Turns out, that’s really urban renewal. And the (former) tenants aren’t happy. They’ve gone on attack. Don’t tell ants they can’t fight City Hall! The origins of a protest The first part of the story you already know…. Read more »

When good ideas meet bad policy

So. You remember me getting all excited about Halloween, right? And then I started getting the front of the house prepared. Still with me? Welp, about halfway through that landscaping, I realized I should be paying someone to do it instead. Here’s what happens when good ideas meet bad policy. Once you get into the… Read more »

Jeffrey explains it all!

Nope, I didn’t get a Nickelodeon reboot series. Today’s post is about Halloween. What? You thought I was done with these? Nah, just tied up in, well, Halloween. But now, I’m taking a day or so off before the last bit (graveyard). So, get ready, as Jeffrey explains it all! Origin Story As most of… Read more »

Time to refresh my fencing skills

The week ends, but my Halloween work does not. Once more unto the breach go I. First up, every year, is the “fence gang”, the string of scary dudes adorning my front picket fence. Upon opening the box, I came across a stark discovery. It is time to refresh my fencing skills. Year after year… Read more »

Next time, Jeff, write a memo

I went out to do my pre-Halloween cleaning of the landscaping, when I had a thought. That’s when I should have stopped. Nothing good ever comes from thinking. Because of that thought, I can now paraphrase the terrific Hunt for Red October and say, “Next time, Jeff, write a memo.” (Editor’s note: because my blog… Read more »

The cartography of Halloween

I touched on it a little yesterday, in the first of what will be many posts about Halloween this month. My annual Halloween display is bigger and more involved than ever. That means I need to figure out how to map my driveway. Or, what I like to pretentiously call, the cartography of Halloween. Boxed… Read more »

A month of horror and a month of peace

Phew. October is here. Thank goodness. Time for goblins, ghouls and other unsavory creatures. And, no, I’m not referring to Washington, D.C. For the time being, it’s all about Halloween. And that will give me a month of horror and a month of peace. The news of the day Bleak. Discordant. Divisive. Lots of us… Read more »