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November 2014 - Volume 11 - Issue 5




Publisher's Note

A Pumpkin by Any Other Name Is Still a Pumpkin
O.K., I understand this isn’t quite so earthshattering a phenomenon as our current elections (although it could possibly compete with Fangate), but it seems like Fall 2014 has been the season of the pumpkin. And believe it or not, there are some of us who are not big fans. And to add insult to injury it started in the summer, when Starbucks couldn’t wait to prematurely unveil its Pumpkin Spice Latte. I may be wrong but after just one taste, I knew … no vine was ever sacrificed in the making of that Latte. I challenge anyone to enter a restaurant nowadays and not find at least one pumpkin menu option.
But don’t get me wrong, I really like this time of year. I love the fact that Carol actually allows candy to darken the doors of the Felix house (even if it is crappy candy that she buys based on cost divided by number of pieces). And we go all out with Halloween decorations, allowing me to add to my animated collection of scary clowns and talking goblins each year. This year’s newest addition was an old talking butler with a silver tray. We loaded the tray with candy and waited for that first trick or treater to take a piece … need I say more.
But, of course, we really can’t talk about this particular time of year without referencing the midterm elections. For us in Florida, in addition to assorted federal and state representatives, we also get to elect either a new governor or re-elect the incumbent. And much like too much pumpkin, I’ve endured way too many political commercials, most negative and comical. And it happens everywhere. I was in Atlanta last week and the commercials were duplicates of the Florida ads, just as negative and distressing, with only the names changed (to protect the guilty I think.) One wonders when the line between healthy political discourses between the parties got so far removed from reality. Somehow it feels like this year, it’s been more of a giant leap than a baby step.
So, to be clear, for me there is no question that pumpkin (politics) has taken on an ugly life of its own. In fact, I’d like to know who heads the Pumpkin Lobby. I will be first in line to hire them, fire them and hope they disappear.
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