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Trick or Treat, Redux

October is long gone and Halloween is gone with it. Still, I promised a follow-up to my Halloween experiences. And even at this late date, what struck me most was how polite the children and teens were. The early learning school ghosts and goblins were prompted by their teachers to say, “Trick or Treat” and then “Thank you.” The youngsters in the evening had no coaches, but they were equally polite. I was duly impressed.

The rest of the week, however, was crazy, particularly with the current clutch of Republican presidential hopefuls fielding questions about their economic plans and their past sexual harassments. It was also tense in Greece as the bailout was on; then it was off; then it was who knows?

In the middle of this, Andy Rooney, professional curmudgeon, passed away. I am saddened, because I liked him. And Kim Kardashian, professional something, filed for divorce after less than three months of marriage. I am not saddened; I am disgusted. And I’m also one of those who thought the $10 million wedding was a publicity stunt in the first place.

It seems Halloween was the high point of the previous week, especially since “Thank you” was on great display. Could there be a lesson here?

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