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chestnut halloween

Halloween, auto inspection, and a few local geocaches

I didn't have anything planned for Halloween evening other than two geocaches near home, Boogerman and Pipecleaner. Neither were spooky, although the container for Boogerman was amusing. I got home at dusk and there were still groups of kids, some with parents in tow, going around trick-or-treating. I had four bags of candy from a store special a week ago, so I mixed it up in a bucket and started handing it out to anyone who came by. After a number of groups, I ran out of candy. So I turned off the lights and left for my treat, which was an all-you-can-eat fajita dinner at Don Pablo's. It was only 99 cents because I used one of the three $10 rewards I received this year. My second treat was a free iced coffee at the Dunkin Donuts near home. (They sent out coupon cards in the mail last month.)

This morning, I got the car inspection and registration renewal done at the DMV near home. I was surprised at how quickly it got done. I don't think it took even five minutes. Mid-morning was apparently a slack period and there wasn't any wait. There was nothing on my car that needed repair so it passed inspection easily. The only wrinkle was they had to step on the gas a bit during the emissions test so their machine actually had something to measure. (Hybrid engine shuts off on idle.) Registration renewal was similarly quick. I used the drive-thru lanes (similar to a bank drive-thru) and didn't need to enter the DMV building. After that, I visited the Red Clay Valley - Barley Mill Road Crossing geocache on the way to work for a quick FTF. The Red Clay Creek looked calm this morning but during Hurricane Irene, it overflowed and flooded the bridge and road.
chestnut halloween

Teterboro and Tackamack

Still doing a lot of packing. I started to look deep into the filing cabinet and even if I put those there myself at one time, it was still amazing what I found. There were checkbooks from banks that no longer exist and calling cards from pre-merger phone companies from the early 90s. I used calling cards at payphones in NYC back in the days before I had a cell phone. Those were pretty insecure because someone could watch me dial and steal the PIN. Anyway, I called the 800 numbers on those cards to make sure that they were no longer valid before shredding the cards and associated documentation.

I found some time to go and grab a few nearby geocaches. Friday afternoon, I went to the park across the street from Teterboro Airport for Goodbye, TEB: Low-flying Bees, Goodbye, TEB: Bee-headed, Goodbye, TEB: Bee Below Board, and Goodbye, TEB: That Bee is OUTTA HERE!. I parked in one place and walked to all four caches. It still didn't take that much time because the total walking distance was under a mile.

On Saturday, I went to Tackamack Park in Orangetown, NY, for Rest in Peace, a Halloween-themed geocache. Not the best weather but it's the appropriate day for that and the overcast, drizzly weather added to the atmosphere. It still wasn't that spooky though.