The Halloween 2009 Party, and Why I Will Not Be Doing NaNoWriMo (with 7 photos)

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Summary: The party was a success, some pictures and overall description inside. Also, why I will not have time to do the National Novel Writing Month, despite wanting to.

Monday, 02 November 2009

(15:13:37 CST)

The Halloween 2009 Party, and Why I Will Not Be Doing NaNoWriMo (with 7 photos)

I've been wanting to blog about the party, some, but really cannot get my thoughts together on the night. I had been up since before Five A.M that morning, had worked for nine hours, and then hosted the party for about six hours before cleaning up for another hour. Something about a twenty-hour day with a large amount of activity will drive the ability to recall a lot of events right out of your head. At least, out of my head. Your mileage may vary.

It was a success, though, no doubt. We had right at twenty people show up, though some for only a short period of time, and everyone seemed to have a fair time. Mostly just talking. No surprise, since there were a number of people newly back in town or visiting, and some had not seen each other for years. At the peak of the party, what I would imagine was around Eight P.M., the sound of voices was loud enough that I doubt anyone could really hear what was being said. Here's to old friends getting to blow off steam. Movies did play in the background—Waxworks, Blacula, and Evil Dead 2—and games were played—namely Zombie Fluxx with a later foray into the non-horror-themed Dominion. We did not do the "one set of movies for the living room, one set for the bedroom" concept that I had thought about, but that's ok. The one movie I wanted to watch that night, Trick 'R Treat, I got to see on Sunday.

The one big disappointment was the lack of trick-or-treaters. I do not know if the apartment kids just got their share of candy elsewhere (well, in previous years, they have gone elsewhere and then came back to make a final sweep, but maybe their haul was especially large this year?) or if the party made some parents worried about their kids coming up? Everyone was laughing and such, and none of us looked all that dangerous, but who knows? I think it was the former. Halloween has become a spender's holiday. Kids buy costumes in exchange for candy. You have to maximize your candy retrieval potential in accordance to your costume. Next year, Sarah and I are going to try and get an apartment friendly Halloween thing going, maybe some sort of sign that we can hang on our door to let kids to know to come to us? Any suggestions?

Sarah wore her sari, which you can see in some of the pictures below. I bought a mask that you could describe as Venetian Beaked. The only picture of it is the top picture, where the mask sits on the table. I may or may not re-wear it for New Year's Eve. More on that in due time. There were a couple of other costumed people. Mandi and Jon showed up in pirate theme. Jacob showed up as a scientist for Dharma. Rita showed up as a witch (or, as Sarah said, Little Black Riding Hood, which has some strangely racist connotation). I think that was it. Others were festive clothing, not precisely a costume, like Chris with his bright orange pants. I think I prefer the costume optional sort of thing, but next year I may try a costume mandatory party, just to see what my friends come up with when it is required.

Before I go, I just wanted to announce that I will not be doing NaNoWriMo, the National Novel Writing Month. I do have some written, and more planned, but I decided I need to get my other projects done, first. I have half a dozen books to read for class, a couple of projects to finish, my poetry compilation to work out, and as many as a dozen books that I have started but never finished. Let me bring all those to a close, and I might try the novel again, later. For now, though, I wish those doing it lots of luck, and hopefully they will finish what I did not.

Is that a new record? Quitting after a day? HA!

Si Vales, Valeo,








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