Trick or Trick
It’s Halloween, and you just ran out of candy. If the neighborhood kids (or anyone else, really) were to truly scare you, what trick would they have to subject you to?
You can’t run out of candy when you didn’t have any in the first place, so that pretty much lets me out. For one thing, ‘candy’ doesn’t figure in the national vocabulary, and for another, by the time Halloween lodged in the national consciousness (only a few years ago), it had lost any religious, pagan, spiritual or whatever meaning it might have had and become a giant commercial ra-ra designed to sell more mini mars bars, fake blood and witches’ hats. So I can’t get terribly excited about it. And judging by the total lack of action here last night, I’m not alone.
That’s one of the interesting things about blogging on an American site: if you’re Australian, you need to realise before you start that despite assumptions to the contrary, our cultures are entirely different beasts, and we’re likely to know more about yours than you know about ours. And please believe me, this is not a criticism. It’s an inevitable fact of life. You cater to the majority, and despite what our unbeloved, sociopathic, sneaky-bastard PM would like us to believe, in global terms, you count, we don’t. And on the whole, we’re happy with that. We’re a long way away, and if the aforementioned PM would only keep his mouth shut, we could keep our heads down, stay out of harm’s way, and save ourselves the bother of explaining our sense of humour.
But it also means that in terms of the Daily Prompt, we’re constantly out of step. It’s almost summer here, not almost winter.
And what’s more, pumpkins are out of season.