A Happy Halloween to all! I have often thought on what a unique holiday Halloween is: in modern times, it is the only day of the year a person may arrive at a stranger's door and expect hospitality- what would the ancient Greeks think? Consider it fortunate that confectioners took charge of Halloween festivities instead of Mattel. Our Pundit, in case you should wonder, dressed up for the occasion on Thursday (Taylor Dining Hall had their festivities early). Donning a scary skull mask, I bore a tray I found in a lounge (it's mine!) and taped a paper reading: "Bring trays back... from the DEAD" on the front. A hit, as expected.
Though I've been a bit down since the hate crimes bill, the news from New York's 23rd congressional district has me excited. Conservative party candidate Doug Hoffman is in a dead heat with the Democratic candidate, Bill Owens. A third party candidate actually has a chance of winning against a liberal Democrat and a liberal Republican! Even should he lose, it will teach the New York Republican party to avoid liberals if they don't want to end up in 3rd place. And Republicans are in place to pick up the governorship of Virginia, and there's another tie in New Jersey. Dare I hope that, for the first time since 2004, it will actually be a Republican year? Naturally, I don't have any Republicans to vote for in Northampton. Sigh.