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Trick Or Treat

Jack-o-Lantern with BatsThe kids have started showing up at my door with their costumes and candy receptacles. I bought stuff to distribute which I wouldn’t eat myself, but candy which their parents will likely approve.

Now, for my blog readers, I have a new “trick,” an old “treat” and just for good measure a combination, sort of an archaic “mash-up,” of the two.

First, the “trick”: I saw this cartoon last week linked from the Future of Freedom Foundation’s FFF Email Update: here’s a link to the original at the GoComics site.

Now, an old treat from a comedy/horror/musical which I saw first at a midnight show in a Madison theater (I don’t think they show films anymore at the Majestic, but I think the Orpheum still has midnight shows of this occasionally) with a former POSSLQ (thanks Pat, wherever you are). Now, my favorite song from that classic:

I love that.

Lastly, how could I do a “mash-up” of those two things? Actually, in a way, someone else beat me to it more than twenty five years ago. In the early 80s ABC had a TV show which “sorta” attempted to compete with Saturday Night Live. It was called Fridays, and was on that evening; so not opposite SNL. Fridays didn’t last, but it introduced quite a few people who you might recognize if you follow these links to two clips from what I consider their best skit. I actually saw the Fridays skit “Ronnie Horror” before the original Rocky Horror. Melanie Chartoff made a hot Janet.

Like with the crowd, that skit caught my sympathies. As the closing states: “Let’s fight the system again” . . . and not merely by carrying signs. Take yourself out of their clutches as often and as much as you can.

Happy Halloween.


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