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NaBloPoMo 2014

I'm going to try to post every day in November.

I think NaBloPoMo usually starts with a Halloween round-up. This year we had a ghost, a witch, and a pumpkin. Pretty straightforward.

My two favorite sights on Halloween night were:

1. The group of adolescent Arab girls approaching their first house, practicing together quietly how to say "Trick or Treat." Their costumes looked like they'd wandered into the Halloween aisle at Carrefour and picked out a few pieces each - a pumpkin headband here, some vampire teeth there. It warmed my heart.

2. The teenage boy who dressed up as a baby. It's the most daring costume I've ever seen here.

My least favorite was seeing a group of young boys trick-or-treating, not dressed up at all. LAME.

There were tons of trick-or-treaters. Maybe it's because Halloween was on a weekend this year, or maybe the holiday is catching on more.

Happy Halloween!

October 2014 books

October 31st, outsourced