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Old 11-01-2017, 08:45 PM
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OK, enjoy your dinner.

I love cats and I hate people who hurt them. Halloween is a bad night for cats, so it's a night I don't like. I used to be terrified for my cat all night. Had to make sure he didn't sneak out at some point.
Thanks, sum1. I ate a little too much and ended up nodding off while digesting. Sorry about that.

I love cats too, and I despise anyone who would harm a cat or dog.

I'm sorry that happens in Ireland, sum1. I've never heard of that happening here on Halloween, at least not as long as I've been alive. Even the urban myth of razor blades in apples has never actually happened, at least not any recorded injuries from anyone eating one. I'm glad nothing happened to your cat. I wish they respected Halloween more over there the way we do here. It's supposed to be about fun, unless you're a Druid, in which case it's the Samhain harvest celebration. But that sadistic stuff is frowned upon here.
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There was a time when people got firecrackers shoved in their letter boxes, into the house. The "trick" in "Trick or Treat" was originally meant to imply "Give us a treat or we'll play a trick on you." Like let the air out of your car tires or throw a brick through the window.

Firecrackers are illegal in Ireland, but the police don't enforce it.
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Old 11-02-2017, 12:59 PM
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There was a time when people got firecrackers shoved in their letter boxes, into the house. The "trick" in "Trick or Treat" was originally meant to imply "Give us a treat or we'll play a trick on you." Like let their out of your car tires or throw a brick through the window.
I know, that's the reason why Americans began the tradition of handing out candy. Originally, there was no such thing as trick or treating. On Halloween, people had parties where bobbing for apples and playing pin the tail on the donkey were the popular games, and treats and candy were handed out to kids there. Unfortunately, some teenagers took to the streets and began vandalizing their neighborhoods, taking the original Celtic origin of the holiday - a time when ghosts, ghouls, and goblins roamed the land - as an excuse to act like little monsters and demons terrorizing their neighbors. Eventually people began offering candy and treats to kids and teenagers to keep them from vandalizing their homes, which is what began the tradition of trick or treating. Costumes back then used to be homemade, until the 1940's post-WWII era saw stores and advertisers realize the market for factory-made costumes, and the rest is history.
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Well, Halloween is gone. What's next to talk about?
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Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve. And because my team is doing so well, I'll also have the NFL Football season and the Playoffs to talk about.
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Your team? You own them? Or are you the manager? Or one of the players? How are they your team?
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My city's team, okay? I'm from the Philadelphia area, so the Eagles are my team in that they represent my city and area. I live outside the city in the suburbs, specifically.
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You've got eagles flying about Philadelphia? Do they eat the cream cheese?
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I'm not aware of the bald eagle's diet. And no, but we get a lot of pigeons.

Philadelphia is where the Declaration of Independence was signed? The Eagle is the national symbol of the USA? Get it? I know you do, you're just being facetious.

And I have to go to bed now, sum1. Daylight Savings Time ends today and we set our clocks back, so I'm gonna catch up on that extra hour before I have to go into work tomorrow morning. I'll see you tomorrow. Goodnight and sleep well!
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Did they eat cream cheese when they were sigining the Declaration of Independence? Did they get cream cheese smudges on the document? Did an eagle crap on it? You have to watch it with birds. They seem to think it's perfectly reasonable to crap in mid-air and not bother where it falls.

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Did they eat cream cheese when they were sigining the Declaration of Independence? Did they get cream cheese smudges on the document? Did an eagle crap on it? You have to watch it with birds. They seem to think it's perfectly reasonable to crap in mid-air and not bother where it falls.
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The bald eagle’s role as a national symbol is linked to its 1782 landing on the Great Seal of the United States. Shortly after the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress gave Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams the job of designing an official seal for the new nation. However, the three Founding Fathers failed to come up with a design that won Congress’ approval, as did two later committees that were given the task. In mid-June 1782, the work of all three committees was handed over to Charles Thomson, the secretary of Congress. Thomson chose what he thought were the best elements of the various designs and made the eagle—which had been introduced by artistically inclined Pennsylvania lawyer William Barton in a design submitted by the third committee—more prominent. (Since ancient times, the eagle has been considered a sign of strength; Roman legions used the animal as their standard, or symbol.)
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Benjamin Franklin wanted a turkey as the national symbol instead of an eagle. Would have tasted better.
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Old 11-06-2017, 08:28 PM
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Yes, I know. But a turkey would've ended up being a bit of a joke. Although now it's getting me hungry.

Well, we're back to Standard Time, and Daylight Savings Time is over. Now the long slog through the holidays, then the winter months, and finally to Spring.
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Spring is a long way off. Winter is coming!
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