I always freak out at Halloween for reasons I'd rather not go into. This year it's worse. Outta bed a few minutes past midnight, drove the bike to Wal-Mart where I bought sausages, a carton of eggs, dark chocolate, butter, and plenty of garlic. Drove back home and made pomegranate-quince salsa (it's a hottie), motored to an ATM and got some cash so I could fill the tank, bought a pack of smokes, smoked two, came back home, got on the computer and discovered Direct2Drive, so I bought Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines (this ain't for the kiddies - bad language/nasty deeds), Defense Grid: The Awakening (the only tower defense game worth paying for, but there's a slew of free fun ones out there), and Machinarium, a gorgeous game suitable for everyone, including your granny. I installed and tested them out and all run fine in Windows 7.
I don't know what will happen to me the rest of the day but, should I not return this Halloween, I'll leave you with one of my favorite chestnuts, one I wrote maybe 20 years ago. Suitable for all ages...
The End of October
The end of October, Leaves orange and red. Three children giggling As the night of the dead Floats on a sunset, all orange and red.
Three silly monsters, All fingers and toes, Reaching for candy In greasepaint and bows. A wish made with chocolate, A treat for the crows.
Pumpkin head smiles As cellar door grins. A star, faraway, Hums as it spins, While lengthening shadows Shiver and grin.
Candy corn kisses Drifting on moonlight. It waits in the cellar The three giggling guests. Their cheeks like red roses, The three honored guests.
Quietly hugging, the three close the door. Beneath cellar stairs lies the damp cellar floor. In the corner, a basket, Just a basket, nothing more. And it rocks, oh-so-gently, On the damp cellar floor.
The end of October. Leaves orange and red. Three silent shadows Dance with the dead, As the sun slowly rises, All orange and red.
UPDATE - Wheat bread's in the oven, so I decided to shave my head. There's a connection here...