As a kid growing up in Barstow, one thing you could always count on was that come the end of October it would be cold, windy, rainy or all of them combined. I remember several times getting all dressed up to go trick or treating and having it rain as we went around door to door. Did we stop because of the rain? No way! There was candy to be gotten. Then there was the weird tradition that was only in Barstow of having the Mardi Gras parade on October 31st. Why? I have no idea, that is just when it was. So trick or treating was always on the 30th. We didn’t know any better, so once you moved away you found out that Mardi Gras was not at the end of October and regular places actually trick or treated on the 31st. They recently changed that tradition and now hold the parade the weekend before Halloween and let kids trick or treat on the 31st. The Mardi Gras parade was always a cold night as well as you were in the parade or along Main Street/Route 66 watching a sibling in it. Eventually they began broadcasting it on the local cable channel and that was some big deal because you could be on TV.
As I left the house this morning, the rain was falling and the clouds were rolling in right on schedule.
Another weekend gone, but we managed to get some things accomplished. Not much going on Friday night except grocery shopping. It would be nice if prices there dropped like at the pump. Saturday, we went shopping for pontoon boats…er…I mean…boots for Jesse. He now requires a size 15 and we managed to find a boot store that had some black work boots that met with his approval. From there, we went to Sonic as they opened one down by the mall here. It wasn’t the same as in Kentucky, but Renee got her fix. Then we were at the mall because I wanted a new Star Wars novel, Millenium Falcon, that was released on Tuesday. We walked the mall with stops at Hot Topic and Gamestop as well as Lids before going across the freeway to Marie Calendar for some pies. Mmmmm, pie…Pecan and Pumpkin. We made one final stop at Best Buy to get the Incredible Hulk DVD before heading home. That night, you guessed it, we watched the DVD. Sunday was spent yelling at the Chargers for not playing defense and then reading my new novel. We ended the weekend watching the Bourne Ultimatum DVD. All in all a relaxing weekend.
All good things must come to an end or so the saying goes. I was able to hang out with my younger brother over the last few days as he was in town for his 20th high school reunion. It was great reminiscing about our days past and laughing about memories. We even managed to get a breakfast burrito from Plata’s before excavating things from the many layers of dust in Barstow. Some of those things hadn’t seen the light of day in a long, long time. All in all it was a good visit and we really enjoyed having him visit. Now to get back to work after having 5 days off…where is the any key….?
I am so pleased that the Chargers finally managed to beat the Patriots after being beaten by them two years running in the playoffs. Now they just need to get past them in the playoffs. They are at least at .500 now and have a couple of challenging games ahead with Buffalo and then the London game against the Saints.
When I saw the Angels win their final game of the regular season to reach 100 wins on the season, I had no idea that they would only manage one more win. They didn’t play well and are now done for the year. They left too many men on base and made too many fielding errors to beat the Red Sox. This has been a very frustrating year in the post-season for me and I am really beginning to dislike Boston area teams. First, the New England Patriots eliminated the San Diego Chargers from making it to the Super Bowl. Then the Celtics blow the Lakers off the court and now the Angels can’t get it done against the Sox. I love cheering on my teams to victory, but watching them lose is pretty painful too.