Halloween On Saturday? - 10/30/13

  Halloween has been a moving target all my life.  October 31st is on a Thursday this year, which means it will be on a Friday in 21014.  Everyone is talking about postponing the neighborhood candy trek this year in the Nashville area because of rain, high winds and the potential for even nastier weather.  That's a city, county and most importantly a "family" decision guided by safety.

  I'd like to suggest observing Halloween on the last Saturday night in October.  It works for Thanksgiving which is always on the 4-th Thursday in November.  If we observe Halloween on a Saturday night, a majority of parents are off to attend to the children and answer the door.  Children don't have school the next day so if they're up late and get sugared up they can attend a later church service the next day. 

  I have no agenda.  I'm just thinking out loud.  And while we're talking, how would you feel about moving Thanksgiving to the last Friday in November so the masses could enjoy a long weekend without having to burn a vacation day to do it.  What do you think?

 

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BIRTHDAY MONKEY

APPLE VALLEY, Minn. (AP) -- At 31, Nikko is the old man -- of North American monkeys. The Minnesota Zoo will be celebrating the snow monkey's birthday today. Zoo officials say Nikko will be getting birthday presents, which they call "enrichment items." Zoo spokesman Tom Ness says Nikko has always been "laid back." Ness speculates Nikko's mellow personality has helped him to live almost twice as long as a typical male.

STATE FAIR-FOOD

DALLAS (AP) -- If it can be fried -- it's been tried at the State Fair of Texas. Fair officials in Dallas have announced the winners for the Best Tasting and Most Creative new foods at the expo. The Best Tasting Award goes to a fried Gulf shrimp boil. That's baby Gulf shrimp, diced red potatoes, onion, lemon, and seasoning formed around a cocktail shrimp, dusted, fried and served with a remoulade sauce. The award for Most Creative goes to Funnel Cake Ale. It's a beer with hints of the midway treat, funnel cake. This year's fair runs from September 26 to October 19.

FIRE TRUCK REFRIGERATORS

BENTON, Ky. (AP) -- A western Kentucky fire department has a cool idea -- an onboard fridge. One of the trucks at the Palma-Briensburg Fire Department has a refrigerator. It used to chill water to keep the firefighters hydrated. Assistant Chief Todd Devine tells WPSD-TV summer heat combined with 35 to 40 pounds of gear takes a toll. He says access to the cold water could help save a life. He adds coolers will be added to more fire trucks.

GINSENG SEASON

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- There's gold in the forests of West Virginia -- in the form of ginseng. West Virginia's ginseng season began yesterday and runs through November. Ginseng dealer Dave Cook tells The Charleston Gazette he expects a good harvest this year. Officials also expect good prices. Robin Black of the West Virginia Division of Forestry says last year ginseng was selling for a near record of $780 a pound.

 
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