The View From The Golden Dome

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Les Berman Weekly 10-19 Sugar. Wild Children. #2 Commercial Day. and Ginger. Lots of Ginger. and much more….

So I was wondering about all the major upcoming events that will turn our North American world on end. No, don’t get that excited. Elected officials in Washington are not resigning. But, we have the International Day of Wild Children coming up, followed immediately by the North American Bitching and Complaining About Sleep Day.

I’m sure that you’re familiar with these celebrations. The first is better known as Halloween.

It is a proven fact that ghosts, ghouls, vampires, werewolves, and the like all live forever. (I may have read it in the National Enquirer .) Halloween dates back to Celtic rituals a couple of thousand years ago and our very own Census Bureau is here to help us with some Halloween-related numbers. For example, there are about 41 million kids, age 5-14, who might be on the streets throwing eggs and begging for sugar. And a number of them will stop in at the 115 million occupied houses across the nation. And some of those houses are in terrifying places like Tombstone, AZ, Sleepy Hollow, IL, Kill Devil Hills, NC, Casper, WY, or Scarville, IA, or wherever Bob’s ex-wife’s attorney lives.

Halloween does contribute to the economy. Doting parents will spend about $3 Billion on costumes for their kids, and perhaps another $300 Million on costumes for their pets. I’d love to see someone putting a costume on a cat ! And it lasting more than 45 seconds. The visual is hilarious. Dogs are really much more understanding. But the big money is spent on candy.

Now we don’t buy the candy for ourselves: we buy it to give to kids who will indulge and have those amazing sugar highs. We give it to kids who will climb walls faster and farther than any cat ever could. This is the payback for everything that any kid has ever done to you, and to the parents who tortured you with similar ‘gifts’ when your kids were younger. Understand this payback… your kids may have been out on Halloween for 10 years. But your payback lasts until you’re 90! Superb !! And all under the guise of celebrating Celtic rituals !

By the way, the candy merchants are pretty happy at this time of the year. You buy about $2.5 Billion of those sugar loaded bombs every year. And I know that you pick out the good stuff before the first ghoul appears at your door. I know you do because I used to do that too. And then what do you do when your wild kid finally crashes and goes to bed. Of course,,, you sneak in and either take the best stuff from the trick or treat bag, or, if you’re really mean (translate to “really care”), you take the whole bag and plan to dole out a few treats over the next week, being sure, of course, to take the best stuff for yourself.

Any way you look at it, you, the parent, are guilty of contributing to the sugar high of a minor.

I did hear that used clothing stores have lots of Halloween costumes from prior years, at prices that are a fraction of the new stuff. How bad can they be – they have only been worn once ! Maybe you can spend $3 rather than $30.

The evolution of Halloween is worth researching – and far too long to repeat here. Suffice it to say that with the huge flow of immigrants from Europe in the second half of the 1800s, the celebrations became more entrenched. But the big party cycles grew immensely from the 1920s to the 1950s. And then, as many of us came of age in the 1950s, Halloween exploded,  and has become the second biggest commercial holiday in the country. So, my final comment is “Booooo !!”

In Scotland recently, a claim was made that Scotland had the highest number of redheads in the world. That headline caught my eye because I’ve known a few reds throughout history. Of course now, there are ginger pride days. After a big parade in Edinburgh Scotland, with about 200 gingers taking part, there was a gathering in Breda, Holland last month that was attended by about 1600 redheads. There hasn’t been any definite research into the numbers of ginger heads (and when did they start to be called ginger anyway), but the guess is that I haven’t met enough of them. I do remember playing connect the freckles with one redhead when I lived in Vancouver. That was a never ending game !

So, this Halloween, I’m going to be looking for the best chocolates, for myself of course, and, to make it even better, with a ginger headed person of the female persuasion who can play connect the freckles.

And remember, need money. Have collateral? Call me today 818.305.4695

Have a better week !


Berman’s Factoids of the Week:


A possum is a flat animal that sleeps in the middle of the road.

There are 5,000 types of snakes and 4,998 of them live in the South.

There are 10,000 types of spiders. All 10,000 of them live in the South, plus a couple no one’s seen before.

If it grows, it’ll stick ya. If it crawls, it’ll bite cha.

“Onced” and “Twiced” are words



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October 31, 2013 - Posted by | business, fun, general interest, humor, medicine, real estate, stuff, Uncategorized, whimsy | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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