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Halloween
Bar Harbor
alexx_kay
Went into Waltham to get my comics. Stopped on the Moody Street Bridge to feed the mallards. Also fed a few adventurous young seagulls. {I *think* they were young seagulls. The sure sounded like gulls, but they were smaller and more mottled.) I say 'adventurous', because those mallards are a rowdy lot.

On the way back, I was on the other side of the bridge, and saw something odd. That side of the bridge has a dam, with some water trickling over the top, and much of it going through a spillway to the side. The surface of the water, however, was quite still. There were leaves floating near the top, which didn't appear to be moving. The part I don't understand is that those leaves were organized into very straight lines, with large gaps between them. It was as if there were strong currents in the water, directing the motion of the leaves, but the leaves weren't actually moving visibly at all. Curious.

While traveling, I finished reading Italo Calvino's if on a winter's night a traveler. Interesting book. I'm actually kinda glad I didn't read it when I was younger, as I would probably have appreciated it less. It seemed in many ways to be about kestrell and me. We have long said that we live in a meange a trois -- her, me, and the books. This is one of the few stories I've read that is fundamentally concerned with such relationships :-)

Lots of good comics in the haul, though it'll take a while to actually get through all of them. There was a new issue of Planetary, unique as always. Interestingly enough, Ellis seems to be setting up a fundamental change in the thrust of the series. The "To be continued" caption in the last panel resonated on more levels than usual. Over in Y, The Last Man, they seem to be finally getting around to answering one of the fundamental questions of the series ("why Yorick?"). And in Amazing Spiderman (which I got 2 issues of -- it *has* been a while), I got to see what all the fuss was about over "JMS has made Gwen Stacy into a whore!" controversy. Tempest in a teapot, if you ask me.

I got home after dark, and the ravening hordes were out in force. Well, they weren't actually *very* ravening, since almost all of them were accompanied by parents. The kid:adult ratio seemed around 3:2. Certainly many more adults than I remeber from The Good Old Days(tm). It just seems wrong to me that during this celebration of excess and transgression, you hear "Say thank you!" nearly as often as "Trick or treat!" Few people seems to remember that Trick or Treat is both a demand and a threat. Vis and Mara ran through their stock of 960 candy bars before 7:00. Next year, into 4-digit territory. Every year, they get more, and every year they run out (unless the weather is unusually bad).

Once things quieted down, kestrell and I celebrated the day by watching the "Smile Time" episode of Angel. That's the one with the demonically-possessed muppets. [singing] "Self-esteem is for everybody..."

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Driving back from Danger Planet we saw you cross the bridge...it was kind of amusing. ;-) But you were too far behind us to wave to effectively.

I wouldn't think there would be small seagulls this time of year. A month or so ago seems like a bad time for hatching chicks weather wise.

However I know dip about seagulls...

yearling gulls have light brown mottleing:
or here's another view: http://www.flickr.com/photos/the_nannish_one/910202/

Was that what you saw?

Didn't look exactly like those pictures, but they had the "light brown mottling" I do associate with yearling male birds.

So what would you rather see instead of the current style of trick-or-treating?

One person I know makes kids do a trick for their treats. This year it was apparently hopping on one foot and doing something else.

More actual pretending to be an unearthly/demonic force, which can only be appeased by sugary goodness.

hmmm demons on ritalin....

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