November Trick or Treat
- This week the Appalachian hills of Pennsylvania boast a flurry of
activity. Costumed adults and children (the goblins) alike search the
hills for the allusive buck. They are easy to spot in their costumes of
either green fatigues or bright red. They travel in trucks, vans and
ATV's with guns in hand. You can spot the costumes in the highest hills
and their vehicles on the small roads that are ordinarily quiet. This
morning alone we passed 5 red guys with a large dead bear - all those
machos to kill one bear. Farther down the road we came across 3 green
guys with a single dead deer. The gunshots never stop echoing across
the mountain hills. Iraq this time of year is a bedroom community when
compared to these parts. The guy next door won't let his livestock out
of the barn.
The evening brings out the glow in the dark goons. While relaxing in
front of the TV one is startled to find bright lights shining through in
the front windows. The glow in the dark trick or treaters (or ghouls)
are looking for a treat in your front yard-a treat that they can fire
upon. Just because it may be in a yard that belongs to someone else
does not deter them from shining their intrusive light along fields, in
trees and in house windows. It is almost as if they think we keep a
deer or two in the house and if we did they would shoot at it. We've
purchased a large spot light so that when they shine it at us we shine
it at them.
Across the road sits a small trailer on 12 acres. The property belongs
to a hunter that lives in Allentown, Pa. He announced his arrival the
other night by throwing Molotov cocktails down the front of his
property. It was 10 o'clock when his booming bombs blasted our senses.
On this trip he is accompanied by his mentally challenged son-oh yes, in
their red costumes. After returning from breakfast this morning, he
boosted himself up one of his trees while his retarded son wandered
aimlessly below with the rifle in hand. Duh!
Most of us decorate our trees with signed yellow signs that read POSTED.
The daytime trick or treaters voice their disdain to the unfriendly
signs by doing a trick-they throw their garbage in front of the posted
trees. The evening trick or treaters voice this disdain by returning
It was relatively quiet in these parts for Halloween trick or treat -
but November trick or treat, well that's another story.
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