Happy Halloween, all you ghouls and goblins out there. As I’ve probably said on here before, I’m a pretty big Halloween scrooge. I really don’t like the holiday, never got into it, never saw the point (except for free candy).
But now things are different this year. For one, it’s my second son’s birthday on Halloween, his first, so of course Oct. 31 will mean more to me than it ever did before (more on little Theo coming in Friday’s blog).
And two, we’ve apparently moved into a huge Halloween neighborhood here on Long Island; like, at least six people who live here told us, when we moved here over the summer “Oh man, Halloween is nuts there.”
So we’ve bought way too much candy and anything short of swarms of children invading our house for seven hours will seem like a disappointment.
If any of those children are old enough to drive, though, I may have to go all Larry David on them. I love to pull out and watch this “Curb Your Enthusiasm” clip, from one of my all-time favorite episodes, because I so am on Larry’s side here.
Enjoy (or cringe):
**Next up today, ah, I love me some stupid criminal stories. And here’s one of my favorites, the criminal who gets out of jail, only to go right back in right away.
Let’s go to the great state of Kansas, and Mr. Kevin E. Jones, of Topeka. Seems Mr. Jones was released from the Shawnee County Jail on the morning of Oct. 21. Out of jail and regaining his freedom, Jones decided to do what any stupid criminal would do:
He stole a car. From the parking lot of the jail!.
A few hours later Jones was apprehended and charged with theft of a motor vehicle, and criminal damage to property.
Kevin, Kevin, Kevin. If you’re going to steal a car when you get out of jail, wouldn’t it make sense to at least, you know, get a few blocks away from the facility before doing it?
Stupid criminals. They make this crazy world more tolerable.
**And finally today, the one saving grace of tragedies like the awful Pittsburgh synagogue shooting is that oftentimes, you get heartwarming stories like this.
A crowfunding campaign called “Muslims Unite for Pittsburgh Synagogue” has raised more than $180,000 to help the families of the shooting victims.
“We wish to respond to evil with good, as our faith instructs us, and send a powerful message of compassion through action,” the donation page states.
According to this CNN story, the campaign page invites all faiths to contribute, and the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh will work directly with the Tree of Life Synagogue to distribute the funds to the injured victims and grieving families.
“The Pittsburgh community is our family; what happens to one of us, is felt by us all.” The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh said in a statement on this attack.
It was a despicable act of cowardice on the murderer’s part. So nice to see people of all religions come together to help with the healing. And makes a mockery of so much of the anti-Islam rhetoric and lies that pollutes our country today.