Yesterday at church I was chatting with two sisters who were on a vacation from New Zealand. In asking about their trip they told me all that they had done: Sea World, San Diego Zoo, Legoland, Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, and Universal Studios. All in a week! They seemed legitimately worn out and were looking forward to the second half of their vacation in Fiji. Yes, wouldn't we all be.
(Dear friends, if you have out of town guests visiting southern California would you please let me make an itinerary for them so they don't have to spend a fortune and hours of their lives that they'll never get back schlepping around amusement parks. I hate the idea of visitors coming here only to stand in line for rides and missing out on all the glorious things to see.)
Anyway, once we got through that part of the conversation one of the sisters mentioned a local phenomena that I've noticed myself, that being people going over the top in their Halloween decorations. (BEGIN 80 YEAR OLD RANT) Has anyone else noticed this? I'm not talking about just pumpkins or festive door hangings, I'm talking about cobwebs on the eaves, giant spiders on their roofs, skeletons in their yards, and, sadly, those dumb inflatable decorations that used to just be isolated to Christmas. I really kind of hate those things. For the record, I've never been a huge fan of Halloween. I don't care for dressing up and I don't like spooky things. Even as a kid I didn't really like it other than the fact that I got candy. And now that I can buy my own candy whenever I want, the last of the Halloween magic is gone for me.
Look, I'm not going to begrudge people their holiday cheer, but it just baffles me. It never used to be like this, right? It used to just be a jack-o-lantern on the front porch but now it seems like every other house I drive by has some elaborate spectacle going on. Where do we draw the line? Inflatable rodents on Groundhog's Day? Inflatable oaks on Arbor Day? Inflatable union reps on Labor Day? The madness must end!