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November 1, 2007 5:00 AM

A Rockies Tribute

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I didn't attend the Rockies Rally yesterday but that doesn't mean I can't give a tip of the hat to a job well done. I'm thankful I got to draw cartoons about it all. I've been pretty critical at times of the organization, the ownership group in particular. Only time will tell if some of my more pointed cartoons about the Monfort's remain true, but the players, Clint Hurdle, the coaching staff and, yes, Dan O'Dowd deserve credit for giving us all the Rocktober to remember.

As I've said before, Halloween is not one of my favorite nights of the year. Given the recent surgery that my wife has gone through I tried my best to keep her and the dogs sane by putting our Hallowen candy outside with a sign telling everyone to help themselves, take only a few pieces and please don't ring the door bell. Now I'm not sure why I thought that was a good idea but needless to say it was a complete disaster. The sign was huge, right above the bowl of candy on the porch. I even drew a cartoon Frankenstein on it to try and be friendly. I've come to a few conclusions regarding the youth of America based on last nights experience. First, kids can't read. Maybe if I had put the message together in, say, a video game maybe they would have heeded the simple instructions on the sign, but after the 500th ring of the doorbell I realized the sign was a failure. Secondly, when large amounts of free sugar are involved, kids have absolutely no honor or integrity. The little tykes are fine, each taking only just a few pieces. But when the group of high school kids came through and cleaned us out I decided the whole thing was fruitless. I brought in the pumpkins, the sign, the empty candy bowl, turned out the lights and called it a night. And based on the kids who kept ringing the doorbell to a darkened house it was a real success. Now I'm not trying to be crabby here, but not everyone is into the Halloween thing . And I'm sure I'm not alone. In any case, it's behind us for another year, and, hopefully next Halloween we'll be able to answer the door like we have in the past. Either that or I'll be the house in the neighborhood with the giant billboard in the front yard that says "NO CANDY HERE. I'M A DENTIST."

Drew



Discussion

  • November 1, 2007

    7:32 AM

    BA writes:

    Last night was the best Halloween ever. NOBODY CAME TO OUR DOOR. The porch light was on, blinds open and candy ready to give away. We live in a great neighborhood, no kids.

  • November 1, 2007

    8:40 AM

    Chris from Littleton writes:

    Holy cow. Have we really grown to be such curmudgeons? Now I understand that your wife had surgery and certainly doesn't want any part of getting up and down let alone being berated by a ringing doorbell. So cover up the button and put the dogs in the back yard. Is it so difficult that for one night we entertain some kids going door to door? The one time anymore that kids talking to strangers is OK? The one time we seem to meet more of our neighbors than usual?

    I'm sure you remember going trick or treating and I would venture to guess that you got a bit excited about the free candy too. Kids haven't changed. Anymore we don't even expect a trick when we don't give out a treat, so maybe they've changed for the better.

    Lighten up people. Try having a little fun with things like this instead of automatically complaining. It makes life a lot more enjoyable.

    It's one night out of 365 a year. I think we can spare it.

  • November 1, 2007

    10:36 AM

    Bronc in C-Springs writes:

    I agree with Drew though.

    It's not the younger kids (3-11) that ruin Halloween night.

    It's the kids that are 16, 17, 18 that have no respect at all (ie, taking the entire bowl of candy, stealing pumpkins, stealing younger kids candy bags). With that being said, I know that it is the few that ruin it for the many.

    Can't we all just get along?? :)

  • November 1, 2007

    11:59 AM

    Father writes:

    I agree Drew, you should have rigged the candy to come out of a dispenser after the pushed a couple buttons on a video game remote. Plus kids are fat these days anyway, we should hand them passes to a gym, not candy.

  • November 1, 2007

    12:16 PM

    Brian writes:

    I hate handing out candy. I almost feel like I am paying hush money to the kids to avoid getting my house vandalized. Chris from Littleton, not everyone selebrates Halloween and I don't think they should have to.
    I don't like having to give candy to a bunch of mooching kids simply because it is Oct 31st.

  • November 1, 2007

    12:58 PM

    Thrawn writes:

    Just do what Jay Leno was doing last night on his show. Start handing out spoonfuls of lard.

    I used to like the Halls cough drops trick as well. People eventually stopped coming.

  • November 1, 2007

    6:08 PM

    A Sense of Betrayal writes:

    Too many "Christians", not nearly enough lions.

    Thanks for the cartoons, Drew. And thank you, Rockies.

    (Wow, a pro-Rox toon from Drew, and no sign of WCH. This is a good day!)

  • November 2, 2007

    5:35 AM

    Brian writes:

    Wow Betrayal, what a stupid statement regarding Christians and lions.

    So you are advocating the murder of Christians. You should put more of your little grey cells (brain cells for those who don't know) to work before you speak.

  • November 2, 2007

    8:08 AM

    John in Northglenn writes:

    For you Rockies Bandwagoneers, er, "Loyal Fans who were at Coors all season long":

    http://www.theonion.com/content/news_briefs/colorado_rockies_what_the

    For you people who wish to be rid of young people:

    http://www.theonion.com/content/cartoon/oct-22-2007

  • November 2, 2007

    6:34 PM

    A Sense of Betrayal writes:

    Brian, did you deliberately not notice I put the word Christians on quotation marks, or was that just an accident? I'm hoping it was an accident.

    I'm also guessing you don't know that more people have been slaughtered over the millenia "In the name of God" than for any other reason. The word "Darfur" ringing any bells? The Islamofascists committing those atrocities believe they're acting as their God tells them to.

    Halloween is one night out of the year -- especially these days! -- when kids get to be what they are. KIDS! They can dress up as something they're not, stay out after dark, and oh yeah, there's candy involved in this! The blame for the teenagers who ruin things for everyone should be laid at the feet of their so-called "parents", not piled on the shoulders of the grade-school crowd.

    For the record, we had our inside hallway light on, but the outside light off. Not a trick-or-treater all night. My Mom spent money on five bags of candy that we're now stuck with.

    I also was at the grocery store and heard a woman say she wished "they" wouldn't glorify Halloween, calling it the Devil's holiday. *That's* the kind of "Christian" I mean. The "I know better what's best for the world than it knows for itself, and anyone who doesn't agree with me is going to Hell" kind of Sister Bertha Bettan-Than-You "Christians".

    But I guess thinking for yourself and using your own mind to make your own decisions and choices is a crime against humanity on your planet. You'd rather let "those who know better" tell you what they believe you ought to think, according to how they see fit. I feel so sorry for people like you.

  • November 3, 2007

    4:32 PM

    mike in texas writes:

    can't we all just say one more happy rocktober and look 4ward to tucson in lat feb.

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