Hallo! Ween?


Who is Ween? Why should I greet this entity?

I assume Ween is a gremlin or goblin or gargoyle or perhaps a gnome.

Rhobin Courtright’s October topic for her faithful followers is Hallo Ween, though she left out the space and capitalization. I am sure Ween will be most offended.

I spent my childhood in Hungary, unknowingly in transit to Australia. Seventy-odd years ago, Ween was not a citizen of that country, though no doubt, given the infectiousness of global culture, s/he has migrated there by now.

So, I am unable to offer words of wisdom or even stupidity regarding some alien custom I have never participated in. Fortunately, I have access to that fount of all wisdom, the search engine. According to this oracle, the eve of All Saints’ Day is yet another way of inducing people to spend money on stuff they don’t need, in company with Christmas, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Easter, Valentine’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries… on and on…

Told you it is some wicked critter, whose aim is not to scare you, not to feed you sugary substances, but to deprive you of a future for trivia. You see, as a rough measure, every dollar you spend converts $1-worth of nature into waste and pollution.

OK. These essays are about writing, so I treated it as a writing exercise:

Take a topic you have no interest in and know nothing about, and write something amusing in under 300 words.

Please let me know in the Comments below if I have succeeded. Grade my effort as if you were my school English teacher, then visit the ladies below, who will no doubt offer far more conventional responses.


Rhobin L Courtright

Skye Taylor

Victoria Chatham

Marci Baun

Connie Vines

Anne Stenhouse

About Dr Bob Rich

I am a professional grandfather. My main motivation is to transform society to create a sustainable world in which my grandchildren and their grandchildren in perpetuity can have a life, and a life worth living. This means reversing environmental idiocy that's now threatening us with extinction, and replacing culture of greed and conflict with one of compassion and cooperation.
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12 Responses to Hallo! Ween?

  1. Hallo Ween could have been a name for Gwin, the marten in Cornelia Funke’s book ‘Inkheart.’ Love it. There is also a difference between All Saints Day and All Souls Day, the former being on November 1st for baptized church members who presumably ascend to heaven, and the latter on November 2nd for those who were baptized but died without confessing their sins. On All Souls Day the priesthood could conduct up to three masses throughout the day for these unfortunates. You also make a great point about waste – both in dollars and materials.

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    • Dr Bob Rich says:

      Thank you Victoria. Yes, the mistake of All Saints’ Day for All Souls’ Day was mine. Mea culpa, I guess I won’t go to heaven now.
      🙂

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  2. Skye-writer says:

    I loved the beginning and the declaration of Hallo Ween being some kind of gremlin. But you kind of got sidetracked with your pitch against society at the end.

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  3. Marci Baun says:

    You have completely missed out on all the fun, Bob.Being scared, scaring tweens and teens. Dressing up is always fun. The picture of me on my blog post is the costume I’ve worn, and scared others with, since high school. Occasionally, I mix it up (primarily when my child was little), but I prefer my grim reaper outfit. It’s the night when the veil is supposed to be thinnest between this world and the other side. I’m sorry you have had the chance to experience the joy of it. We love it around here. It’s a lot of fun for both adults and children.

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    • Dr Bob Rich says:

      Oh well, Marci, you know my fame as a Grumpy Old Man. Maybe I can dress as one.
      My fun tends to be more subtle. The unexpected twisting of words… The surprise ending to a story… Watching little children or birds or fish in crystal-clear water…
      But I am delighted if you get your laughs your way.

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      • Marci says:

        I find fun in many things, including what you’ve listed. There are definitely things I don’t include in my definition of fun: humiliating people, tearing others down, hurting others, etc.

        Halloween is the night we can play. As long as we don’t hurt anyone, it’s all good.

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      • Dr Bob Rich says:

        You know when medical people ask you if you are allergic to anything? My invariable answer is, only to cruelty.
        🙂

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  4. Rhobin says:

    Interesting! Everyone’s view is different, which is what writing is all about. You are right, though, these holidays (and human living in general) create a lot of pollution.

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  5. annieoz says:

    Justin Case (an acquaintance of mine) advised me that if you happened to miss out on getting a skeleton, you can buy a plastic one-size-fits-most for $50. Wait till next week, and probably half price!

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    • Dr Bob Rich says:

      Thank you, Annie. I will as soon as I get a round tuit. Must be because of the lockdown, but they only have square ones.
      By the way, obviously, the opposite of a lockdown i a lockup, right?
      🙂

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