26 October 2009: Halloween festivities begin

22 through 24 October 2009, Janice and I helped out with a fund-raiser for the
Animal Rescue League of Boston at the Dedham Animal Shelter, where Janice
volunteers on most Sunday mornings. The Halloween-themed event focused on historical
and ghost stories about pets buried at the Pine Ridge Cemetery, including those
of the infamous Lizzy Borden.

many visitors came on Thursday night, no doubt because most children had to
attend school on Friday. On Friday, several groups went on the tour, for which
we helped light numerous candles and directed drivers to parking. Janice also
baked brownies to accompany the complimentary cider and hot chocolate, and we
came in our tricorn hats and cloaks (see above). On Saturday, rain curtailed the tours, but I think they were a
success. We also put up our Halloween decorations.

We then had lots of recorded television to catch up on, including IFC's
documentary about Monty Python, the musical episode of Batman and the Brave and the Bold, Young Green Arrow — I mean Smallville,
and SyFy's Sanctuary. I've dropped Fast Forward, Iron Man: Armored Adventures, and Stargate: Universe, and I haven't missed them.
(I had already drifted away from Dollhouse and Fox's Sunday cartoons because of time constraints.) USA's latest sleuth/caper series, White Collar, was decent light entertainment from the same folks who've brought us Monk and Psych. I'll finish my
series of second takes on the new TV season later this week.

we ran errands in Dedham and Norwood. Thanks to new restaurants and stores in
and around
Legacy Place and the Walpole Mall, there is less need for us to
fight traffic to get to Framingham/Natick, Newton and Waltham, or downtown
Boston. Of course, I have some favorite eateries and book shops in Cambridge,
Massachusetts, and elsewhere, but for regular shopping, I'm glad to avoid the
expense and time of driving 10 miles or more.