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Halloween Data!
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Data from this year:

Kid totals from all previous years:


Edited to add some notes about this year:
Halloween was Friday.
Time change is after Halloween nowadays.
It was a rainy night.
We had the torches lit, some purple lights along the garage and path, and some silhouettes in the windows.
We let kids choose their candy, which depleted our stores quickly.
It is hard to take data and hand out candy at the same time; easier with observers.
Diddam's after Halloween sale is still pretty great.
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Halloween Statistics
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This year we are going to tally Halloween trick-or-treaters by “mask” or “no mask”… where “mask” includes funny glasses with noses, and elaborate makeup that someone wouldn’t ordinarily wear on a daily basis.

It would be fun to have others take data from their own neighborhoods too, and then we can compare! Typically we record what time the kids show up, and how many there were, in addition to the statistic (mask/no mask).

Happy trick-or-treating! :)
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Masquerade Ball Photos 2014
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Pictures from the Masquerade Ball are up at the usual place:


prestezog.org


Thanks to all of our teeny-tiny guests for indulging me in my photographic shenanigans!

Donnie Darko
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We usually remember that October 2nd is an interesting day in Donnie Darko around the end of October. But this year we remembered in time!

So if you would like to come over to ABL around 7:30pm tonight, we are going to watch the movie, and brainstorm ideas on what sort of tradition we want to start.
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Masquerade Ball, 4th of October
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Tour de Coop 2014
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Last year I went on the Silicon Valley Tour de Coop, and had a great time visiting backyard coops that were just like mine! People had a few hens, solar panels, vegetables in the front yard, compost piles... so this year, I decided I would be a host coop!

So this Sunday, lots of people will come visit Rosie, Elanor, Violet, Mary, Edith, and Sybil. :)

http://tourdecoop.org

Does anyone want to help me host on Sunday, September 21, anytime between 9am and 4pm?
I think it will be a pretty easy job; mostly sit around in the nice Sunnyvale weather, and when people come, have them park their bicycles in the driveway, and spray their shoes with disinfectant. I just can't be both in the backyard and the front yard at the same time.

Regardless, you are welcome to come visit the girls during that time; I'll be here. :) Register for the tour, and you can go visit other coops too!

~Dawn


Chinese New Year Cocktail Party
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Soon it will be the Year of the Horse!



To celebrate, we will be hosting our annual
Chinese New Year Cocktail Party
at Alpine Butterfly Lodge.

Time: 7pm to midnight on Saturday, February 8.

Dress: We admire, but do not require,
elegant cocktail attire.

-Rob, Anna, Dawn
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Halloween Data!
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Halloween stats continue! This year we judged each costume to be either "predator" or "prey". It was pretty evenly split between the two. We also weighed the candy bucket after each group of kids to arrive at an average amount of candy taken by each kid. The amount was reasonably consistent over time.





Our total kid numbers were back up to more normal levels compared to last year. We had tiki torches burning in the yard as well as a few strings of purple lights decorating the house, so that might explain the difference (no decorative lights last year, just the porch light; we only had 27 kids last year).

Here's the complete list of costumes, ranked from least to most predator-like:
rankings under the cutCollapse )
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Happy Halloween!
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This year we plan to categorize our trick-or-treaters into "predator" or "prey."

Along with the time of arrival, we will also be obsessively weighing the candy bucket, in order to estimate "average amount of candy taken" per kid throughout the night, when offered the bucket. This means we shouldn't be sampling out of the bucket... I guess we will set aside our own candy stash!
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Masquerade Ball Photos 2013
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Pictures from the Masquerade Ball are up at the usual place:

prestezog.org


Thanks to all of our lovely guests for indulging me in my photographic shenanigans.
I hereby declare my experiment with minimalist dramatic lighting a success!

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