Sunday, September 29, 2002

Hello faithful readers. I have an exercise for you.
  1. Go to your local supermarket.
  2. Make a guess as to the area (number of families) that your supermarket serves. Got that number in your head? Good.
  3. Now, have a look at the Hallowe'en candy display that is there and try and guess at how many POUNDS of candy are there (guessing that the average package is about a pound - never mind the Costco-sized six pound bags)
  4. Estimate that this display has been up for about two weeks already and may have been refilled once, so double the number that you have from step three.
  5. Double the number from step four, because there's still more than four weeks until Hallowe'en. The display may be refilled twice more before the fateful day.
  6. Factor in that the supermarket only supplies about half the total amount of candy that goes out. Big box stores (Walmart, department stores) sell this stuff, too. Double your already-big number again.
  7. Now, divide the total tonnage of candy by the number of families (no wait - the number of kids of trick-or-treating age - I'm guessing two per household)

Is it just me, or does that still seem like a lot of freaking candy for one kid? I'm guessing that each kid can expect about 5 pounds of candy in one night.

There is *no way* I'm gonna let my kids eat that much junk at one time.

I'm gonna help 'em.

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