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savage25 @ 04:36 pm: Happy Halloween
I've never really been a big fan of Halloween.

As a kid growing up in a rural community, "Trick or Treating" consisted of putting on a costume, piling in the car, and being driven to relatives' houses. Once there, you had to do a song or joke before you'd get a piece of candy... followed by "visiting" and kissing grandma... then piling in the car and driving around more. At the end of the night, all that "work" got you about 10 pieces of candy and a buck or two.

I dreaded it.

Middle-School / High-School years brought some actual trick-or-treating once I was old enough to be allowed to walk around the nearby "town" with our cousin. It was amazing to me to knock on a door and get candy without having to have to do anything for it. There were still a few houses in the neighborhood that wanted the kids to tell a joke or sing a song or something... but not many.

Nowadays, I wonder if the kids even think about having a joke or something? It also irritates me that communities set days and times when the kids can walk around. What ever happened to Halloween Night being "the" night? And kids drive from community to community depending on what nights they each have "scheduled" for "Beggar's Night". *sheez!*

Oh... and the fact that scary movies and gore totally skeeve-me too doesn't help the fact that this is probably my least favorite "major holiday".

A friend at camp this weekend called Halloween a "Gay High-Holy-Day"... why? when did it become that? I don't think I'll ever conform to that theory. Perhaps when I was in high-school I could dress up like a girl and get away with it, and that was probably the best part... but does that really constitute it as a great "gay" day? If anything, it just makes it harder to spot the possibilities. [possible boyfriends, in-case that wasn't clear]

Oh well... I have to give Halloween some credit, as it does fall during my favorite time of the year [Autumn]... but honestly, Thanksgiving wins the title of "Fall Holiday" for me.

In other news, I coordinated my work team's "Pumpkin Carving / Decorating" contest and our team tied for first-place in the department. Let me tell you, there were some really great ideas. I think ours won because of how it tied-in a little bit of all our team members... that and the blood (aka shock-value). I'm waiting on a picture of it... but it was a pumpkin with a mean face, and an arm sticking out of it's mouth. The arm was on a bloody keyboard with a mouse eating it's thumb. Then we put things around it to represent the different members of our team.

I didn't dress-up in costume. I almost came in as "Heidi Ho"... It wasn't even that I was afraid of comments or anything... seriously, I think people would have loved it... but in all seriousness, I just didn't want people at work calling me "Heidi" for the rest of my days here. It would be one of those things that people would think was "cute" for years and I would think was "annoying" after ten minutes...

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Date:November 1st, 2007 12:10 am (UTC)
You are fantasically Awesome!!! I got Picks - Jerry forwarded them to the team - I'm posting in my Journal as well - this came out sooo cool - Kudos to you for wrangling us all together!!!!!!!

Beside the fact that our team has a couple of sick freaks (well I am soeaking for me and Chuck!!!)

See ya next week!!!!
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Date:November 1st, 2007 03:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad it came together so well... you and Chuck were such a big help. :)
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Date:November 1st, 2007 06:43 pm (UTC)
I can't tell you how thrilled I am that you HATE Halloween too; I thought I was the only one who felt this way. It may have something to do with our upbringing, who knows...

Meanwhile, I have heard that the gay community loves Halloween, although I never really thought about why.

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Date:November 1st, 2007 07:11 pm (UTC)
Yeah... I do tend to think that growing up "rural" makes a huge impact on our feelings toward Halloween.

There's a huge Halloween Parade in the Village -- I'm not sure of the history or anything, but I think that has something to do with it. *eh* I could care less. ;)
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Date:November 1st, 2007 07:18 pm (UTC)
I was talking to Jock Girl & Phillies Boy about it and they were like, "wow, you have horrible Halloween stories." I have a strikingly similar story about being put into the car and driven to a few neighbors/relatives houses. Apparently I didn't get "enough candy" nor "good candy" and the most interesting part of that information is that I didn't care, which they found really hard to believe. Even though they both know that I don't really eat candy. =)
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