Happy Halloween

It was a great night tonight. We celebrated our second Halloween with our young son. Our Bolton, Connecticut neighborhood was teaming with kids. We had to shut down our house early for the night when we ran out of juice boxes and gave away the candy that Shep had just gotten. With the lights out, I was sitting at the kitchen island writing a photo essay for a National Geographic Photo Contest with a midnight deadline. I was concentrating and then I heard some mischievous sounds coming from outside. It was pitch black because we had turned out the lights. I suspected that some of the local boys were after our pumpkins, so I sprang into action. I grabbed my Surefire flashlight and burst out of the door. I captured them perfectly in the beam as they scattered like little mice, having missed their objective to cause a little mayhem.  A short chase insued and I caught the group of six after about one hundred yards. I couldn’t stop laughing/panting as they hurled epithets in very scared voices. Oh, if their parents could have heard what they said in fear. I’m pretty certain that they didn’t realize that they had chosen the wrong house. They picked the one that has two ultra-marathon parents and one with a pretty good sprint. I figured that if I couldn’t catch them in the first mile or so, Deb would get them in the next 49! I suspect that at least one of them is going to need a change of the under shorts. When I caught up to them and shined the light on them, I simply said, “Happy Halloween,” before turning out the light and walking back home.

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