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joy denying

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The most wonderful time of the year.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

To start, Our Lady of the Pentacle and myself will be gathering with our crew at Doyle’s Corner (found at the Times Square of Astoria, 42nd st and Broadway) after 4 p.m. to hand out candy to the children. Join us. I’ll be the one wearing the Mitch Waxman costume. To continue, I’m aghast at the efforts of the Dental Industrial Complex to deny the youth their annual birthright, and really must offer the chide that you people have to get a grip and quit it with the teachable moments. For the sake of all that is unholy, don’t politicize Halloween.

You’ve got your radical Pentecostals, Evangelicals, Hasids, and other groups who propagate the mythology that Halloween is a celebration of the Devil itself. That’s just ignorant. Also, the Dentists should embrace this holiday, as it means their cash drawers will be full by Thanksgiving.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

There’s probably several radical lefties who don’t like this holiday as well. Pumpkins causing global warming? Somebody out there announcing that the carbon points of each candy bar can be calculated into a seemingly random number of dead Rhinos? Some stupid statement about the day which got tweeted out of the White House? What did the Mayor and Chirlane dress as? Halloween as an example of a capitalist or consumerist orgy of sugary greed coming from the socialists? Are the Trick or Treaters blocking your bike lane? Are Halloween’s origins in the European Catholic mythos exclusionary to Muslims, Buddhists, or the Baha’i?

Take a break today, folks, it’s a holiday. At least give the rest of us a day off to have a little fun without it having dire import.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

In my case, I don’t need to watch any horror movies today. The swelling in my smashed toe is going down, which means I am now experiencing the fullness of pain one would associate with a fractured bone. Regardless of this uncomfortable situation, one cannot ignore his obligation to sugar up the neighborhood kids, lest a refusal of treats results in an abundance of tricks.

I’m officially bored to tears after several days of rest and keeping the foot elevated, and cannot endure watching any more television. I haven’t annoyed anyone who works for the government this week either. Officially, I’d like to thank everybody who has filled my head with horror stories of people they know who have suffered foot injuries which became infected which led to sepsis, amputation, and early death as well. That has been a real treat, having that in my head while trying to fall asleep as the toe throbs.

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idle pursuits

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Oh dear gourd, what fresh hell has been loosed?

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Not too much to report today, lords and ladies of Newtown, so seasonal greetings are offered. Over the weekend, Our Lady of the Pentacle and myself decided to spend some idle time carving the family Jack O’Lanterns. One less thing, right? I did the one of the left, and Our Lady carved the right side one.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

I decided that my pumpkin must have teeth of some kind, and the general outlines and shapes of a human skull were kept in mind.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Our Lady, who is a bit of a scamp, decided to go for a mischievous sort of thing. One likes her pumpkin, better than one’s own.

Back tomorrow, with something a bit more substantial, at this – your Newtown Pentacle.

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October 6, 2014 at 11:59 am

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