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I failed Hallowe’en

As fine a pumpkin as I’ve ever had and did I carve it? I did not.

I kept putting it off until today, then we got home just as it was getting dark. Poop. Just to rub it in, we passed tons of beautifully carved pumpkins all the way home. There was one house with, like, eight on the porch.

I’m still going to put it out at the end of the drive tomorrow. Believe it or not, I’ve been doing that for years and nobody’s ever pulled over and drop kicked it up the house.

I wonder if an uncarved pumpkin will last more or less long than a carved one?

Happy Hallowe’en everyone!


Comment from dissent555
Time: October 31, 2023, 8:17 pm

Bands of light snow flurries here.

Will have to see how that affects the flow of trick-or-treaters.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: October 31, 2023, 8:28 pm

do mean last long as in no one tries to bend it like Beckham, or in the sense of useable pumpkin flesh?

You can make humus out of pumpkin. And various squashy recipes.

and of course you can get a hammer and mash it into your morning coffee.

Comment from Zhytamyr
Time: October 31, 2023, 9:24 pm

Roast the pumpkin or cut down and send through a food processor- yardbirds like it. Be aware that for smaller breed chickens the seeds can be too large if left intact. My chooks, ducks, geese and guineas all enjoy the pumpkins/squashes/gourds prepared in either of these ways.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: October 31, 2023, 9:38 pm

I always painted the faces on pumpkins because I did not trust myself to try cutting and carving a face. Our pumpkins were frequently stolen, but that was during the time of the “Smashing Pumpkins” band.

We won’t have many trick or treaters. No sidewalks where we live, with deep bar ditches and gnarly culverts.

Comment from p2
Time: November 1, 2023, 1:48 am

Punkins don’t survive long ‘round here. It’s not the kids, it’s the moose. Leave one out and you’ll have Bullwinkle J. & his fam on your porch…

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: November 1, 2023, 1:03 pm

Gnarly Culverts? My, but they were a great band back in the day, Deborah.

Comment from MrKnowitall
Time: November 1, 2023, 3:56 pm

Hey Sweasy, a bit off topic, but if you haven’t bought yourself Elite Dangerous (original version) it’s on sale on Steam right now. Another great VR immersion experience, and all the inventory management and “Collect stuff to make more stuff” fun you could ask for.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 1, 2023, 5:53 pm

I always leave the pumpkin innards for my chooks, Zhytamyr. They love it.

It’s a funny story, MrKnowitall. I did buy Elite Dangerous, I think on your recommendation. It’s the kind of game I love.

But working through the tutorial, I hated the navigation controls. I gather everybody does. So I downloaded that program that makes your control emulate a joystick, but it was so complicated and I’m so stupid I couldn’t get it to work.

One thing I hate about VR is the amount of jiggering you have to do if you want to do things off label.

Comment from MrKnowitall
Time: November 1, 2023, 6:39 pm

Maybe a Badger of your acquaintance could get you a real joystick (or better yet, two) for Xmas. It’s really the best interface for that game, with all the controls at your fingertips (no VR controllers needed). Also using an app called VoiceAttack so you can have voice commands do a lot of the heavy lifting. That can really help with MANY games. Endeavor to persevere!

Best dual joystick setup bang for the buck. Well, OK, $bucks$, but you do get both left and right handed controls. – https://www.amazon.com/ThrustMaster-2960773-Thrustmaster-T16000M-FCS/dp/B076XKZML8 For a right hand only setup, you can use the Logitech Extreme 3D pro.

Comment from Pupster
Time: November 1, 2023, 11:57 pm

Thrustmaster T 16000M SPACE SIM DUO STICK was my nickname in college.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: November 7, 2023, 9:35 pm

Uncle Badger! The Gnarly Culverts opened for Pinky and the Snake Shakers in OKC!

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