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October 23, 2017 / philosophermouseofthehedge

You too, deus?

Fancy costumed squirrel. Tommy Tucker, tame Eastern gray squirrel who visited hospitals, entertained children and supported the war effort. Time, Inc. Nina Leen/Life mag. 1944/USPD artist life,, Commons.Wikimedia,org

Yes, I am feeling a little squirrely.Blame October.(USPD/Commons.Wikimedia)

Who doesn’t want happy trails – with a side order of coconut shrimp?

Deus ex machina seems to be getting the nod more recently.

The hard-working blue-collar guy wearily leaps into his trusty vehicle (It’s a pickup, off course – a Texas truck commercial) and drives off after a long day’s work. The background is Galveston’s wharf and dock area with a couple of jack-up rigs parked near the ship yard on the flat coastal plains. He’s obviously headed home. But  look at the last few frames: the truck is zipping through a far west Texas landscape of hills and mountains.

Whew. That’s a heck of a long commute. (Longer than a full day forced march at NASCAR speeds with only stopping for bathroom when you get gas and you’d better be fast ’cause I’m getting back on the road, in case the distance is unfamiliar.)

Magic. Scenic picture worth a thousand sales, I guess.

Been feeling a bit woozy recently from the messaging whiplash?

It’s probably just October. 

What I want to know is who decided? Was there a memo? A vote?

Who is the Calendar Girl or Czar of Days who decided what gets celebrated each month?

Or did just a miracle occur and  a list was handed down by a burning bush.

It’s nuts. 

October is Hispanic Heritage Month?

There’s a lot of conflicts from established October celebrations

  • The big Orthodox Greek Festival, the Italian Festival, and the Egyptian Festival.
  • Raise one up for Oktoberfest! Sail on for the Harvest Moon.
  • Of course, the elementary schools’ Boo Bashes, Spaghetti dinners, and Fall carnivals.
  • Both Halloween and Día de los Muertos.(which is not Mexican Halloween, seriously, people) haunt the end of the month
  • Suddenly there’s a ton of TV commercials declaring Oct. is LGBT History Month. Although President Clinton declared June “Gay & Lesbian Pride Month”( 2000)  and President Barack Obama declared reinforced  June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (2009).

See? Bonkers. October celebration overload. 

Soon to rival November and December who seem to be so jealous of October getting so much attention they are shoving themselves into the public eye earlier and earlier.

Will there be a new reality show “When Holidays Attack”?

Party exhaustion danger could be imminent. 

Balloon companies, banner makers, Bouncy house rentals, and decoration stores can hardly keep up: there isn’t enough room on the shelves!

Restaurants can’t keep their menus in the trend.

Is there such a thing as too much recognition?

Up for debate.

Meanwhile, lunch? Pizza, gyros, tacos, or coconut shrimp?

You’re not you if you’re hungry, they say.

Hey, maybe that’s the reason for the party crowd: need ready festival food to keep sports rolling through falls. (it can’t be called junk food if it’s a festival, right?)

I’m willing to suspend disbelief if you are.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Sunset. Italy. October. (Image ©.All rights reserved. Copyrighted, no permissions granted)

Just pretend and you’re there. (Image ©.)








  1. easyweimaraner / Oct 23 2017 6:22 am

    we will only celebrate howl-o-ween . and all hallows, because we have to, it’s one of the bigges howl-i-days in our area…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 23 2017 6:39 am

      Paws up for Howl-o-ween! (The German says she is annoyed by Holler-Ring here, but loves to celebrate her dinner bowl.) Thanks for howling along


  2. Kate Crimmins / Oct 23 2017 7:06 am

    October is exhausting. Around here the Greek festival is in September but the Celtic one is in October along with anything German and beer. It’s always cold…until last year. Now you can wear shorts. Stocking up on Xanax for Halloween. We are one of those old couples who gets out of Dodge for the annual parade of kids who don’t need more candy. We will celebrate from a nice bistro (that’s a neighborhood bar with a couple stupid high tables that require a ladder to get to), toasting all the wonderful costumes.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 23 2017 3:08 pm

      Seasonal celebrations should maybe be like weddings – you know plan ahead, reserved the date and if that date/month is already taken choose another.End of Oct. is generally nice weather around here as most hurricanes are over and the cool fronts start making things tolerable – people start coming out of summer hibernation. We can even eat on restaurant patios…which was the original plan for this Halloween. Usually a few of the tiny neighborhood kids come by just before dark and that’s it for our small block in the back of the subdivision …the older ones go to parties or more promising hunting grounds. However still substitute staff reinforcing The German. Oy vey. Thanks for joining the party!

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  3. shoreacres / Oct 23 2017 7:38 am

    Coconut shrimp. That’s the ticket. Ignore the rest from one of those nice outdoor perches at Topwater Grill. Even Lost Maples is staying away from October. The latest leaf update from the good folks there says, “Ummm… there’s been a lot of rain. Everything’s still green. Try November.” Not bad advice.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 23 2017 6:20 pm

      It is the most wonderful time of the year. The grass may be green and the flowers once again blooming and showing energy, but looks like they are all slowing down and getting ready for winter soon. Still blooms for Monarchs and the honey bees were all over the Queen palm flowers last weekend. That worth a smile. Nice to be outside in tolerable weather again.
      Topwater Grill sounds like an excellent destination. Can’t go wrong with shrimp (memo to self: check on how flooding upstream and hurricane affected gulf shrimp and oysters – there were concerns at one point)
      Wonder if LA Nina will form up …cold and wet not my favorite winter forecast
      So let’s enjoy the nice weather while it lasts. Thanks for adding a note of days


  4. Anne Mehrling / Oct 23 2017 8:58 am

    Thank heavens I’m not overwhelmed with October festivals. I never see the calendars that lay out someone’s ideas of special days — blissfully unaware! We are ready for Halloween, though. I asked neighbor Logan (7) the best candies to buy, and he had no hesitancy specifying KitKats and another candy. They are hidden in the house, waiting for the 31st. I hope I remember where I hid them.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 23 2017 6:25 pm

      I’ve given up calendar page counting, too – maybe makes time last longer.
      Good plan to ask Logan’s help – the experts know best!
      Thanks for treating this comment basket

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  5. petspeopleandlife / Oct 23 2017 10:58 am

    October is one of those months that is celebration happy. One could find themselves celebrating almost daily if one went by your list. I wonder if there are folks that actually celebrate every one of those “special days.”

    As for has Halloween is concerned, I don’t need to worry. No one dares come down at dark lane in a wooded area to knock on a door of house that has lamp on at the back of the house. Plus, a pack of dogs that sound like the hounds of Baskerville or what ever that place in called.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 23 2017 6:32 pm

      So many people insisting on special days means everyday is special…so none of them are.
      We do laugh that in October you could go without cooking for quite a while with all the events and festivals’s food offerings. We used to ride our bikes to a lot of them when we were younger and lived in close.
      I loved that Baskerville story. I’m afraid Molly Malamute looks/sounds an awful lot like a wolf in the dark. We may get a few of the tiny neighborhood kids as it grows dark, but also on a darkish “backwater” double dead end street, so the kids usually head to more promising streets.
      Thanks for adding a treat of a comment

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  6. Carrie Rubin / Oct 23 2017 11:47 am

    I just read this morning that Americans will spend 9 million on Halloween this year. Mind-boggling!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 23 2017 6:45 pm

      It is mind boggling. Sign of successful marketing and peer pressure? Facebook’s bound to fit in there somewhere. Along with pets. (can’t leave out fluffy…she looks forward to it all year…)
      Hope your candy bowl is magically stays filled. ( and all the leftovers you like…Or you can find an office or kid you can bribe to remove them from your sight..I think there’s one kid on the block here that hangs out and watches for the tapering off of crowds then goes around convincing neighbors it’s over so they might as well hand him all that’s left.) Thanks for joining the party with a comment


  7. Littlesundog / Oct 23 2017 12:00 pm

    We don’t do a thing for Halloween. My mom-in-law, who lives on the same place, considers it “the night of the devil” and so she locks the gate early. Ha ha. But October is more about preparing for winter and putting things away like hoses, yard ornaments, tilling up the main garden… lots of work to be done.

    Can’t put the mowers away just yet. Rain and warm weather keeps the green going. I have a feeling though, that the bottom’s about to drop out of our balmy weather. Looks like a series of fronts will come swooping down this week.

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  8. Curt Mekemson / Oct 23 2017 1:21 pm

    Fall colors, cooler days, pumpkin carving, pumpkin based foods. I’m all for Halloween, Phil. Bring it on. I’ll let the others, whoever they are, celebrate their other days. –Curt

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 23 2017 6:47 pm

      I’m all in for fall weather. Nothing like those winds rustling the palm fronds. Best time of the year for sure! Thanks for stopping by to leave a treat of a comment


  9. Amy / Oct 23 2017 2:24 pm

    With the “today is ‘celebrate frogs’ day” and “this month is ‘dog and cat marriage’ month,” (I just made those up) it has gotten really ridiculous. Why do we have to celebrate/recognize everything with a special day/month? It used to just be Hallmark who made up special occasions (grand-parents’ day?) to sell more cards.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 23 2017 6:53 pm

      No kidding. If everyone is special, then no one is…(There’s a National Kale Day…really…)
      As one of my ancient over 100yrs old relatives said, “Any day I wake up is a great day.” Sounds good to me. Thanks for participating in National Sarcastic Month (really, Oct is…)

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      • Amy / Oct 24 2017 11:07 am

        Well, every day is National Kale Day at our house! (Lucy loves it lightly steamed and my husband uses it in his green drinks.)


  10. LordBeariOfBow / Oct 23 2017 3:06 pm

    After reading all this, and being suitably confused, I think I’ll go back to bed and bury my head ‘neath the pillows

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 23 2017 7:00 pm

      October 6th is Mad Hatter Day! (Since 1986).
      Useless fact to add: in the 8th Century, mercury was used in hat making in a process called “carroting”. Mercury poisoning drove some hatters crazy/mad.
      I think you’ll confirm that dogs are the only sanity around, so let yours sleep on the bed…maybe some of the mental astuteness will drift over.
      (Inquiring minds want to know- who exactly does get to decide what focus/special group gets each month. And how did they get that job? We could probably do a better/more logical job or it, right?)
      Thanks for wandering by to help celebrate with a comment

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      • LordBeariOfBow / Oct 23 2017 7:08 pm

        The wonder is they were not subjected to garroting for carroting
        My dog has complete control over who he sleeps with and on which bed he will take over for his entire use.
        Must admit I’m a fan of useless information. I’m full of the stuff meself 😈

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 23 2017 8:39 pm

          I subscribe to the theory that there is no useless information – only information planted in the wrong spot….or something like that about flowers and weeds and gardens… HaHa

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  11. Beth / Oct 24 2017 7:08 am

    I still can’t get over that every day is a special day, too. “Talk like a pirate day” “donut day” “ice cream day” and there are more that are even more ridiculous (the ones I mentioned are the few I can get behind – throw in a “cupcake day” and I’m yours). Who’s in charge of the calendars and gets to declare “interpretive dance day”? Also, are they hiring?


  12. Ally Bean / Oct 24 2017 9:59 am

    I like Halloween and I like October, but I think that all the focus on doing during this month negates the relaxing rhythm that Mother Nature is showing us with quietly changing trees and leaves drifting down to earth. I want to be mellow now, not overfed and on a candy sugar high. But that’s just me.


  13. pegoleg / Oct 24 2017 11:11 am

    I recommend a bag of Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkin-shaped candies and a stein of dark, German beer. Enough of those and you won’t care about any other holidays.


  14. PiedType / Oct 24 2017 11:40 pm

    October has always been my favorite month, and I don’t celebrate anything except the fact that it’s October.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 31 2017 4:17 pm

      Well, Happy Holler-Ring from Our realm to yours! (And I’m still assisting the German…not exactly the weight loss exercise program I had wanted for fall. HA HA) Thanks for joining the haunting


  15. The Hook / Oct 30 2017 6:36 am

    Squirrels, dogs, Halloween AND magnificent, insightful prose?
    This was epic as usual!


  16. Cynthia Reyes / Oct 30 2017 6:39 am

    Did you have to mention coconut shrimp, Phil? I’m now very hungry!! (lol)


  17. cat9984 / Nov 6 2017 8:45 pm

    There’s supposed to be some kind of office in Washington that coordinates all these special days.Apparently there are no parameters around quantity. Or filters for repetition. You are right – food is the answer 🙂


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