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Every Tuesday and Thursday Friday, we run down what’s going on in local Internet discussion groups.

In the days following Halloween, Shepherd Parksters decide to swap some stories of tricking and treating around the neighborhood. TPJohnson, who cites giving candy to some Walter Reed staffers as a highlight of the night, repeats a common complaint of candy-givers: too many kids in street clothes. “I asked one little guy where was his costume, and what he was supposed to be, and he told me “a grownup!” Mark reports that he had 51 kids, and one adult, come by for candy­-a 21 percent increase over the previous year. Christine cops to being that one big person asking for sweets at Mark’s house. The sole tricking incident is reported by Caryn. “Only one bit of ‘weirdness’—I had my boombox playing on the front porch with scary sounds and music. It was outside, but plugged in indoors with cord running under the door. I heard some commotion and noticed the cord was pulled taut. I opened the door to see some young boys sprinting across Jonquil toward Shepherd Elementary and the boombox was out of place.” But, she says, there was “[n]o harm done.”

Why bother Verizon with a request for a couple of phone books when you can just bug your neighbors for ’em? “Help! I am desperately searching for 2 copies of the White Pages for DC. Does anyone have a copy (or two!) they’d be willing to let me have or at least borrow for about 2 weeks?” asks Wendy, presuming that Takoma residents are a more reliable and speedy source of the books than our region’s premier supplier of communications services. Or maybe she’s just thinks that her fellow neighbors would be less likely to brand her as a weirdo when she explains her intentions. “I need them for a magic trick and can return them to you!”

In an epic thread about veterinarians, Brookland residents debate the merits of various veterinarians—particularly the head pet docs at Hyattsville Animal Hospital versus those at the Brentwood Animal Hospital. The vet at Hyatsville is praised as “caring” and “compassionate” but also way too slow and old-fashioned. The doc at Brentwood, based on animal owners’ experiences, is technologically advanced and prompt, but has a lesser bedside manner. Amid the kudos and complaints, Lorie says she typically felt rushed at Brentwood and thought the doc didn’t listen to her. And, while the staff was likeable and informed about animals, their knowledge of world geography left much to be desired. “[W]e did really like [the] staff (although one of his vet techs was sure our Norwegian Elkhounds were from ‘Norwegia’).”