Happy Halloween!

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Not to steal any thunder from this adorable cutie pie,

but Halloween is upon us once again.

Now I don’t know about a lot of you,

but it sure doesn’t have the same magic it used to

(at least from my point of view)

Of course,

tack on the fact that I am way beyond the stage of dressing up

(my golf attire excluded of course)

but as I walk through store after store,

with racks and racks of costumes

from every super hero to whatever the T.V sensation is to date

(yes, that means all you Duck Dynasty lovers)

I can’t help but remember that our big costume designs

when we were kids

were about rummaging through Dad’s old work clothes,

and finding any kind of material or accessory

to pull off our look.

Honestly can’t remember going shopping for anything,

or the hassle of Mom bringing us to try things on.

For some oddball reason,

I always chose to be a dirty old hobo.

Not to say my Dad was a slob,

but he did own a garage and let’s just say,

his closet of work clothes gave me lots to choose from.

We would make a mad dash home after school,

and Mom would get us all done up,

right down to smearing chocolate on my face,

(which by the way, itched so bad)

but the illusion was more important than the discomfort.

just a note:

the rubber boots were mine

and I can’t really tell what look my sisters were going for,

but there we stood for the famous Halloween picture.

(which haunts us all to this day)

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So that was one part of the magic

I am talking about.

The other had to be

choosing our candy collector.

Not one of those silly plastic pumpkins

with a hole only big enough for one bag of chips

to go through,

and God forbid somebody handing out cans of pop

(which always crushed those poor chips)

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Hell NO!

Lookout linen closet!

This job definitely required

the biggest pillow-case we could find.

After all,

daylight only lasted for so long,

and we had one shot to run the roads

like crazy little beggars.

Did I mention going to school the next day

was called “bragging day?”

So once we got the go ahead to leave

there was no fooling around.

Mom always made us leave at the same time,

so when the arm was lifted…

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You guessed it!

Game On!

Another thought comes to mind.

 I do remember houses being decorated

but not like today.

The windows of our house were smeared

with hand-made ghosts and goblin decorations

that we made at school.

Sure Mom would have some fake cob webs

and a few other decorations

but if I remember correctly,

coming home from school the next day

meant one thing.

Good bye Halloween,

Hello Christmas!

(Right Mom?)

In no way

do I want to take anything away from those

who truly enjoy this time of year,

or all the excitement that still goes on

preparing for the big event

 and especially for those

trying to keep the spirit of Halloween alive

for the little ones who eagerly anticipate the fun and all its magic.

I just wanted to share my memories

of a time that has never left me

and I am pretty sure there are some of you

that may recall your very own.

 After all,

traditions are so very important to pass along

year after year.

This one still stands the test of time.

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Happy Halloween everyone!

Have fun!

back in the day…Did I really just say that?

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Those grimace’s on your faces are showing your age my friends!

Ahhh the good old days when our version of  iTunes was actually standing in the local record store and

sifting through rows upon rows of albums in search of that one favorite song.

(thinking if kids today heard about this, they would be in complete horror that we actually had to physically leave the house and stand for hours with our fingers crossed that we found what we were looking for.)

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The great thing however, is we did evolve.

Someone turned us into a techno age with the invention of cassettes and tape recorders which had us all thinking that life as we knew it would now become a Star Wars or Star Trek adventure into the future.

Now we could record the actual songs we wanted from the radio and save time and money in the process.

(laughing out loud at this point confirms your involvement with that theory…doesn’t it?)

Of course as advanced as we thought this was

it presented it’s own set of problems.

Walk with me through this one.

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Not sure of any of you but I still remember sitting on pins and needles trying to hit the stop button at  the exact second I thought I could beat out the radio announcer and whatever commercial he was about to endorse.

(isn’t it funny how we never caught on to that and still we never gave up)

One more little tidbit to add.

Dubbing song to song.

Now that was a challenge all on it’s own.

Trying to time every recording smoothly into the next without hearing that “click” or “static.”

(after so many failed attempts I realized early on that being a DJ of any kind would never be a career choice of mine)

However I did succeed with a few good ones and couldn’t wait to play them in my new recorder or car stereo.

Of course overcoming one challenge made for yet another one.

Does this remind you of anything?

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Show of hands here…

How many of you sat on the floor with that pencil, patience and precision and tried to unravel and meticulously unwind and unhook  miles and miles of tape like a surgeon performing bowel surgery?

I know…

not a pretty comparison but you get my drift.

Let’s not forget the car stereo and it’s eating habits either.

(I did my best surgeries in the car…trust me!)

If I mention 8 tracks, how many of you are going to think “Holy Crap I am that old?

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Well folks…

Old is what we may think we are, but those were some fun times.

It was the beginning of a new age and although it may seem so out dated and old fashioned,

I for one am so very glad I was apart of it.

Some of my fondest memories were the songs I waited all day to record and you can bet I ended up performing surgery again and again.

(can you say “sucker for punishment”)

 I sure hope this one brought back some good memories and reminded you that life back than may not have  been very “cool”  in the eyes of our children today,

but they will never know that feeling and I wouldn’t trade all the IPod’s or MP3’s in the world for any of it!

Make it a great day everybody! 😉