Archive for October 30th, 2008

Testing my willpower.

I’m of two minds about Halloween candy.  My left brain is all “you don’t need the calories” and my right brain is all “woohoo!  chocolate!” and sometimes it’s really hard to think straight with all that commotion going on in the background. 

I used to be the kind of person who bought candy that no one at our house would eat, simply because no one would eat it and then I would have plenty for the trick-or-treaters who came by on Halloween.  Then we moved away from the downtown area and settled into a neighborhood that has mostly retired folks in it, retired folks who keep the ball that ends up in their yard and chase after kids with brooms.  Say what you want about having Oscar the Grouch and Gladys Kravitz for your neighbors, but Neighborhood Watch has got nothing on the folks on my street.  Talk about omniscient.  Wow. 

On Halloween in our new neighborhood, I tried to keep up the tradition of leaving a light on so kids would know to come get candy at our house.  I soon learned that my house was the only one in a four-block radius with the porch lights on, that the Oscars and Gladyses of my neighborhood were hunkered down behind closed doors and drawn shades for the evening, not just Halloween but every evening of the year.  Who’d want to traipse around in the dark and run the risk of having some nervous old lady call the cops on you?  None of the clever kids who learned to avoid our neighborhood, that’s for sure. 

And that left me with a big pot of Halloween candy that no one at our house would eat.  I kept it until Christmas and then threw it out, because two months seemed to be a good statute of limitations on candy viability. 

Still, over the years we’ve gotten a handful of trick-or-treaters every year, mostly kids passing through onto greener pastures.  Some years we have no one.  So I’ve learned that it’s a good idea to buy at least a small bag of candy to have on hand, just in case.  The difference now is that I buy candy that at least one of us in the house likes. 

I bought a couple of bags of candy last night, some bite-size Snickers and some bite-size dark chocolate mint 3 Musketeers, with the idea that if we don’t give it out on Halloween, I’ll take it into my office and let everyone there eat it.  The only downside to this plan is that the office candy jar resides on my desk.  Sometimes I outsmart myself outsmarting myself.  I am just that good


— Mox

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