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Thursday, October 27, 2005

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Childhood Halloween

Why did I love Halloween so much as a child?

Let me tell you, it wasn't just the candy.

Like all kids, I loved the chance to stay up late, I loved to be scared, but safe at the same time, with my mom and my little sister close by. I loved dressing up.

But strangely enough, one of my favorite parts of the holiday was the chance to peek inside other people's houses. All year long I'd walk to school, play in the neighborhood, look at the outsides of these houses and wonder what went on inside, what kind of furniture they had, what pets. (Can you tell that even then I was a budding writer???)

One of my favorite encounters was with the neighborhood "witch." She was an old lady with bushy grey hair who lived in a pink stucco house at the end of the street. Because she didn't come out much, and probably because when she did, she didn't comb her hair, we kids decided she had to be a witch. We'd take the long way around her house, and kind of duck down to avoid being seen. If our ball fell into her yard, we'd make a running foray to grab it and then run away just as fast as possible. She had only loose, dry sand, and straggly cactuses growing in her yard, further discouraging kids from coming around.

One Halloween we were brave enough to knock on her door--with our mom along of course. The inside of her house turned out to be well-lit, and decorated with colorful knick-knacks of the 1960s variety, such as giant plastic grapes on the coffee table, and harlequins hanging in the kitchen. She beamed at us, and instead of candy, gave us giant shellacked red and black cutouts of sleeping Mexicans in sombreros, which we promptly took home and put up on our bedroom walls.

The next day, while trading candy and telling tales of our adventures with all the other kids, we made the big announcement that the lady at the end of the block was not, in fact, a witch. Some refused to believe it, but some vowed to go trick or treating to her house next year.

Hope you all make some spooky new friends this year!

I will be hitting the costume and karaoke parties in town, possibly with a band of boy and girl pirates in tow.

More Halloween adventures coming soon! Boo!

Saturday, October 22, 2005

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October 20 is Levi Leipheimer Day
By Bill Schneider, 10-11-05

It’s still a two-wheeled deal, but now Butte, Motnana has a new hero. Move over Evel Knievel and your motorcycles. Make way for Levi Leipheimer and his muscle-powered bikes. On October 20, the Mining City will honor a hometown hero Levi Leipheimer who has become a leader in the cycling world.

Leipheimer, a Butte native who raced throughout Montana and surrounding states during his junior years, is coming off an impressive year. He placed sixth in the biggest cycling event of them all, the Tour de France, and won the 2005 Tour de Germany. Leipheimer is currently team leader of a pro team sponsored by Gerolsteiner, a Gernan bottled water company.

At 1:00 pm, a bicycle parade, for cyclists of all ages and abilities, will start at the Butte Plaza Mall along Harrison Avenue and end at the Butte Civic Center. “We are encouraging everyone who loves to ride to join Levi for this special ride,” says local cycling promoter John Coulthard, “and every child who attends will receive a free raffle ticket to win one of several special top-of-the-line bikes.”

Following the parade, an official ceremony with festive music, free snacks and beverages, will be held at the Butte Civic Center Annex and will include Montana state officials and local dignitaries. Coulthard said Leipheimer will speak with local young people about his personal journey. “His message of hard work, perseverance, and staying drug-free will be just part of his uplifting message.”

Coulthard also encouraged local school children to wear their school colors for the parade, noting that public schools will be closed for teacher conferences.

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Why I missed Levi Leipheimer Day

Yes, I the bicycling fiend had to read about it in the paper and hear from Uptown friends about the cool bicycle parade. Why? Because they aimed the event at children--we adults were stuck at work as it happened Thursday during the day.

Still, I'm glad they did it. I'm glad Levi was overwhelmed. And I'm glad his hometown is finally honoring him.

Now if they could just make it as splashy an event in the future as they do for Evel Kneivel (reputedly not a very nice guy)--

But that may be too much to hope for. There's no potential for beer sales involved with a Tour de France contender. Maybe bicycling just isn't considered as "cool" yet as motorcycle jumping.

But maybe someday...