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Halloween is celebrated each year on 31 October and it is an amalgamation of many different holidays, rituals, and superstitions.

The date was choosen because it straddles the line of Fall and Winter; or as some may put it, life and death.

The Celts would light bonfires and wear costume to ward off roaming ghosts on Samhain.

The Romans celebrated with food and drink at the festival of Feralia.

The Catholics observed Hallowmas, the period from All Saints’ Day to All Souls’ Day, including All Hallows Eve.

In the later 19th century Halloween began to lose it’s religions connotations and became more of a secular community-based holiday focused primarily at children.

The days might be getting shorter, and the nights colder – but many children look forward to “Trick or Treat” whether it’s door-to-door or an organized event.


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And so we remained till the red of the dawn began to fall through the snow gloom. I was desolate and afraid, and full of woe and terror. But when that beautiful sun began to climb the horizon life was to me again.
· Bram Stoker

Dear Penis

Dear Penis,
I don’t think I like you anymore,
You used to watch me shave,
Now all u do is stare at the floor.
Oh dear Penis,
I don’t like you anymore.

It used to be you and me,
A paper towel, and a dirty magazine,
That’s all we needed to get by.
Now it seems things have changed,
I think that your the one to blame.
Dear Penis,
I don’t like you anymore.

Now he sings,

Dear Rodney,
I don’t think I like you anymore,
‘Cause when u get to drinkin’
You put me places I’ve never been before.
Dear Rodney,
I dont like you anymore.

Why can’t we just get a grip,
On our man to hand relationship.
Come to terms with truly how we feel.
If we put our heads together,
We’d just stay home forever.
Dear Penis,
I think I like you after all.

Oh and Rodney,
While yer shavin’,
Shave my balls.
· Rodney Carrington

Common sense

Common sense is in spite of, not as the result of education.
· Victor Hugo

Civil war

Civil war? What does that mean? Is there any foreign war? Isn’t every war fought between men, between brothers?
· Victor Hugo


Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.
· Victor Hugo


As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled.
· Victor Hugo

An invasion…

An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.
· Victor Hugo

Working the Chase / Amazon VISA

Right now Amazon has a promotion going that they’ll give you a 5% bonus for gift card purchases with an Amazon VISA card… so that ends up being 8% total (since you normally get 3%).

In fact, you might want to consider Amazon gift cards for routine purchases — particularly when you’re buying from an Amazon merchant…


Well, the Chase /Amazon VISA give you 3% cash back when you purchase items from Amazon; but only 1% when you purchase elsewhere (including Amazon merchants); so to get around this, buy a gift card for the exact amount you’re amount to spend at a merchant (just go ahead and get to the check out screen asking for payment — you can add a gift card there); then open another browser windows and purchase a gift card (for electronic/email) delivery for the exact amount… then apply the gift card number at the checkout and you’re done.

The first time you send a gift card to an email address you’ll have to re-enter your Amazon VISA credit card number (for security), and it seems like it always takes longer than it should to send the email — alternately you can select the option to print a gift card and simply take the gift card coupon number from that.

The 5% bonus program only lasts until the end of this month, and it’s limited to $2000 purchase / $100 bonus — but even after that expires you can still use the gift card purchase trick to get your 3% on your Amazon VISA.

One caveat — if you return an item, you’re going to get a gift card credit; that’s not a big deal of you’re a frequent Amazon shopper (the check out will always apply gift cards by default).

There is no reason to use a gift card for an Amazon purchase after the 5% bonus program is over (or you max out your bonus).

It’s free money… and doesn’t require much extra work to get it.

An idea…

All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.
· Victor Hugo