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Frosty ghouls and goblins and the time change saga

Welcome to the month of Novem-brrrr.

I’ve had to scrape my car windows the last few mornings. It hasn’t been a real heavy frost yet (crossed fingers), but sort of irritating because sometimes it just won’t scrape easily.

We’re getting to the time of year where snow could happen almost any day. It’s also the time of year where that snow is likely to occur overnight, then melt the next day when the temperature climbs above zero.

My hope has always been that we don’t get snow that stays on the ground until after November 11, so the veterans and the others observing Remembrance Day at the Cenotaph don’t have to worry about slipping and falling.

The first day I hope for no snow on the ground passed on Sunday with Halloween.

As I have done the past few years, I was at Mom’s for Halloween, handing out the treats. We had more kids than last year, with more than 50 little ghouls and goblins knocking on the door.

It’s kind of funny to watch the kids, especially the young ones. They usually have a parent with them to help them up the steps and to remind them what their line is.

“Say ‘Trick or treat’,” they will stage-whisper as the young one stands in front of the open door. Most of the time, the reminder works and the youngster recites their line.

Most of the trick-or-treaters, of all ages, were also quite good at saying “Thank you” after receiving their treat. A couple of the younger ones relied on their parents to say it for them.

So with that Sunday occasion out of the way, here comes the next thing to remember on Sunday.

You have to get up at 2 a.m. (OK, not really) to set your clocks back an hour Sunday morning. For most people, the job is made easier by computers and cellphones making the adjustment automatically.

Watches and wall clocks, however, need to be set manually.

And in case you were wondering, it looks like B.C. is still in time-change limbo. Our government has passed the needed legislation to keep the province on one time year-round, but the West Coast states haven’t, and we (logically) want to be on the same time as them.

It seems California, Oregon, Washington and (I assume) Alaska are still using the excuse of needing to cope with COVID before they can worry about a time-change thing.

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