Here are a few tips when using functions in Flash.
object.variable1 = callMe();
object.variable2 = callMe;
There is a big difference in how a function works depending on if () are used.
When you use () with a function you are calling it, at which point it runs its code and returns any values. When you do not use () it assigns the function to the variable name. The variable name will then be able to be used to call the function.