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HALLOWEEN SWEETS HELP CONJURE UP A FEW GOODIES

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I suppose it was buying Halloween candy that got me thinking in terms of bite-size tidbits this week.

Here's a grab bag of goodies and not-so-goodies. Hope you get a mini-Snicker(s).-I WAS LOOKING at computers the other day. The two I was comparing both used a mouse. I was going to ask some questions but felt silly saying "Tell me about these `mice.' " - almost as silly as saying "What's the difference between these `mouses'?"

The computer age is hard on a pen-and-pencil man.

-AS A COMMUTER, I find it odd that the slowest, most tedious time of the day is called "rush hour."

-AND FINALLY, a couple of more thoughts on Halloween.

My grade school years are getting more hazy as the years go by, but I do remember a few things. I remember that Valentine's Day and Thanksgiving were much more important as holidays than Halloween.

Now, however, it seems the only holiday that gets more hullabaloo than Halloween is Christmas.

I wonder if that means fright, fear, tricks and treats are replacing notions of romance and thankfulness in modern America.

I wonder if the endless string of horror movies - the "Halloweens," "Nightmares on Elm Street" and "Friday the 13ths" - mean young Americans crave more stark and direct forms of stimulation than we did years ago.

In the end, I wonder if Latin America doesn't have a better plan. Halloween ("Hallowed Evening") is the sacred eve before the Day of the Dead - when everyone takes note of those who've passed away and spends a few moments thinking about dying.

It would work in the USA, except for one thing. Having to think about their own demise tends to scare Americans half to death.