Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Tales of October

Started out the first day of October with this year's first Halloween specials. Bugs Bunny's Howl-Oween Special shows off segments from various spooky Looney-Tunes cartoons as Bugs tries to out-smart Witch Hazel. Everyone's favorite rag dolls help a lonely little boy and a gloomy pumpkin without an owner in Raggedy Ann & Andy and the Pumpkin Who Couldn't Smile. Hello Kitty and her friends try to dodge the evil Catula (Catnip) and her assistant (Grinder) in a spooky episode of Hello Kitty Furry Tale Theater.

Work was, once again, quiet in the morning, busy in the afternoon. This was my 7 and a 1/2 hour day. It was also the beginning of the month. Surprisingly, we were busier earlier in the afternoon than later. Most people must have left early for their last weekend at the Shore before the weather gets colder next week.

Work could have been worse. I spent the last two hours at a customer service meeting. Basically, we discussed what makes good customer service, companies that have given us good and bad customer service, and how we can improve ours. We all got a $5 gift card for participating. I took advantage of it to buy milk and eggs on the way home, along with a coconut sparkling water for a treat.

When I got home, I made corn on the cob and a spinach-mushroom pancake (spinach, cheese, and mushrooms in eggs) while watching the first Bowery Boys horror comedy. The Boys inadvertently become Spook Busters when they're assigned to exterminate a haunted house...but are almost exterminated by a mad scientist and his assistants instead!

And I found something interesting and semi-Halloween-oriented on YouTube. One of my favorite books growing up was the Bunnicula series, by James Howe, about a dog, a cat, (later) a puppy, and a rabbit whom the cat believed to be a vampire. This Ruby-Spears animated special based (rather loosely) after the first book came out in 1982. Oddly enough, I'd never heard of this before I ran into it while browsing around on YouTube. It's not great, but it's worth a look once for nostalgia purposes if you've ever read the books:

Bunnicula the Vampire Rabbit

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