I got Covid from one of my kids in early October. I felt terrible that week – no surprise. I was still feeling crummy a week later. So for two weeks, I didn’t walk outside in the mornings. When I finally got outside, half the leaves had fallen off the trees, and many of our neighbors had decorated for Halloween.
I was so happy to be outside again, and I was a little punch-drunk, I think. I had this idea that I could do a sentiment analysis of our neighbors pumpkins. In our case, they are usually eaten by desperate squirrels almost immediately!
Here are a few of the fun ones I passed on my morning walk:
To me, the googly-eyed one looks like Bert and the white one like Ernie.
If this had been a real research study, I would have had all kinds of sampling issues – only one neighborhood, only pumpkins close enough to the sidewalk so I didn’t upset my neighbors.
Research problems aside, I’ve had a fun time on my last few walks, thinking about what jack-o-lantern faces might tell me about my neighbors.
Did you carve a pumpkin this Halloween season? What (if anything) does the face you chose say about you?