Halloween was a rip-roaring success here in the burb, with lots of children and most of them apparently with parents that take this whole trick-or-treat thing quite, quite seriously—oodles of highly elaborate costumes and setups in front of houses.
In a way this was Andrea’s first Halloween celebration, as this is the first year she’s been old enough to understand the trick-or-treat concept and enjoy running house to house. She was of course adorable in her kitty outfit.
So Andrea and her mom spent about two hours walking around the neighborhood gathering a pretty respectable amount of loot. At last the round was over and it was time to go home and devour the spoils of the evening. I was waiting outside with the candy bowl, so she ran up to me, yelled “trick or treat,” grabbed a handful of candy from my bowl and put it in her candy stash. I fear we may have created a monster. But then, Halloween is an appropriate time for that.
**Soundtrack: **Stream from Groove Salad
Includes Hollywood Dead, Tales from the Loop, Things from the Flood, The Court of Broken Knives, and Port of Shadows.
Nic has a retinal tear and has his vision is saved by a laser.
Includes The Storm Before the Storm, White Trash, Calypso, Tell the Machine Goodnight, Prince of Fools, and Provenance.
The Internet tells Nic to install Ubiquiti gear in his house, so he does, and now he has thoughts.
What I wish I’d known when I started podcasting.
Nic starts a new podcast about—gasp!—American sports.
Mostly excellent non-fiction in this installment. Includes Fantasyland, The Miracle of Dunkirk, Das Reich, The Undoing Project, Waiting for the Punch, Vacationland and Points of Impact.