Friday, October 30, 2009

...war of the words

Hello. Tonight is Mischief Night here in the United States, a tradition in Canada also. This is a night when the custom is for preteens and teenagers to take a degree of license to play pranks and do mischief to their neighbours. The most common date for mischief night is October 30, the day before Halloween. The event has spread to England, Scotland and Ireland. I find it rude to prank people but did stop by the local supermarket to stock up in paper towels and eggs. Some rather harmless pranks include:
Knocking and tapping on doors and windows
Dabbing objects with whitewash (simply mix flat ceiling paint and water)
Smearing syrup on doorknobs (Karo is best; thick and stays where you smear it)
Tying together adjacent door handles ( use a box knot)
Removing gates from their hinges and depositing them elsewhere
Throwing toilet paper/paper towels at people's homes (paper towels are better when soaked) Throwing eggs at windows

Favorite songs of the time are 'Bette Davis Eyes','Devil Woman','Thriller' and 'Witchy Woman'. A business associate came in wearing the most hideous mask yesterday and it almost stopped my heart. I looked again and was mistaken. There was no mask. Many people were scared almost as much as I was on this day in 1938. Orson Welles broadcast his radio play of H. G. Wells's "The War of the Worlds", causing anxiety and chaos in some of the audience in the United States. See what words can do? Sticks and stones can break your bones, words can do far more emotional damage. I am picking up those custom pillows this evening for a patient and tasteful client. I'd wrap them in paper towels and hurl them at her front door but that may not be a very good idea at this point. Have fun tonight, be careful and watch what you say!
"Chaos is the score upon which reality is written." Henry Miller