Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

My 300th Blog

Over the weekend, I started searching through old blogs to look at some of the topics I addressed. Most of them have a baseball twist, but others do not. I know that Humzoo has been around for almost one year, but I never realized just how many blogs I posted. Some are more significant than others, but I was shocked at the number. On Sunday, I noticed that I posted just shy of 300 blogs.

With my 300th blog, I decided to elaborate on another point from my "16 random facts" blog. In that blog, I mentioned that my friend and I decided that trick-or-treating should be a year-round activity.

For a short period of time in the mid-1980s, my family lived in Normal, Illinois. I know we have some Humzooers from Bloomington-Normal. We lived on Sheringham Drive at the time. In the days between Christmas 1983 and New Year's Day 1984, I was talking with a friend from down the street about how cool Halloween was. We both enjoyed the fact that you could dress up, roam the neighborhood and people would give you junk food.

That's when inspiration struck.

Why couldn't we do the same thing on every holiday? On New Year's Day, I walked over to his house with two large sheets of cardboard and markers. On one sign we drew a large "19," and the other we drew an "84." It was time to hit the streets.

As we walked door-to-door, we rang the doorbells. Looking back 25 years, I assumed most of our neighbors were hung-over or simply sleeping in. Very few people answered the door. Those that did were mostly neighborhood kids we knew. Some adults answered, and when they did, we said, "Happy New Year! Trick-or-treat!" We achieved limited results. For the most part the responses we received were, "Thanks guys. That's cute." We did get a couple Snickers bars though.

When we reached the end of our street, a little old lady answered the door. She thought that we just pulled off the neatest thing ever. She invited us into her doorway and told us she did not have any candy. She did, however, give us both a bag of healthy treats. We walked away with a bag of apples, oranges and grapes.

At that point we called it a day. We were not certain that we accomplished what we intended, but we did have the healthiest New Year's Day of our lives. Come to think of it, I never went trick-or-treating again.

I am really impressed with the number of blogs. Congratulations and keep writing!
niki   Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Impressive--I'm not even close! That's nearly 1 a day!! I like the creativity of doing a candy-run on New Year's Day. Even the costume was creative. The lady with the healthy snacks was impressive too. Apparently she wasn't so old she didn't appreciate your initiative and fun.

Happy 300th blog!!
LGrant   Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Dude that is insane! 300 blogs in less than a year. WOW! You should consider getting a job or something. Nice recap.
Denny Deaton   Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Perhaps I can simply blog all day for work.
Bill Pearch   Wednesday, January 21, 2009
wow....congrats on 300! I would guess that is a Humzoo alot.
Ben H   Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Could be a record. Not exactly sure how that happened.
Bill Pearch   Thursday, January 22, 2009
Maybe when D&D give us our stats on our 1st anniversary you will make the Humzoo Hall of Fame, Bill, as the Top Blogger!
LGrant   Thursday, January 22, 2009
It would be a dream come true. Hey guys, a nice plaque would be acceptable.
Bill Pearch   Thursday, January 22, 2009
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