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Monday, October 31, 2005

The Great Pumpkin and Demands for Restitution

Those who remember It's a Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, might remember Sally's outrage after sitting all night in the pumpkin patch with Linus, waiting for the arrival of the "Great Pumpkin."  The "Great Pumpkin" turned out to be a silhouette of Snoopy in his fighter pilot outfit.  Sitting in the pumpkin patch with Linus, Sally missed the night of trick or treating.  She threatened to sue; she demanded restitution.  Sally to Linus:

I was robbed! I spent the whole night waiting for the Great Pumpkin when I could have been out for tricks or treats! Halloween is over and I missed it! You blockhead! You kept me up all night waiting for the Great Pumpkin and all that came was a beagle!

I didn't get a chance to go out for tricks or treats! And it was all your fault! I'll sue! What a fool I was.  And could have had candy apples and gum! And cookies and money and all sorts of things! But no, I had to listen to you! You blockhead. What a fool I was. Trick or treats come only once a year. And I miss it by sitting in a pumpkin patch with a blockhead. You owe me restitution!

[Meredith R. Miller]

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