My 300th BlogOver 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.