11.01.2002 - 7:13 p.m.
I'm at work right now, typing
this - although I won't post it until I get home, and so if you
are reading this the concept of "right now" has happened
hours and hours ago, and the words on the screen are like the
glitter and twinkle of stars whose light is hundreds of years
old. And like those stars I could be doing anything at all
at the moment you read this, like going supernova because suddenly
my mass is three times that of our sun. Which seems entirely
possible, given the amount of chocolate I've eaten lately.
Every year I look forward to
Halloween. I LOVE Halloween. I like to troll the aisles of the
stores when they stock up on cheesy masks, neon fishnet tights,
and black glitter nail polish. I like seeing giant piles of pumpkins
for sale. I like the sudden ubiquity of apple cider and mini
This year, I was all excited
for trick-or-treaters. I made JB join me in a night of pumpkin
carving. I put a plastic lighted jack-o-lantern in the window.
We nailed a string of pumpkin shaped lights in the kitchen, and
(inexplicably) a string of red lights along our living room window.
Also, we bought a jillion pounds
of candy. The GOOD kind, because we didn't want to be the miserly
people handing out that one single tube of Smarties. Oh no, we
had Twix and Reese's cups and Whoppers and peanut M&Ms and
- I can't go on.
Last night I brought home what
claimed to be a scary movie (Pitch Black, and let me tell
you, the scariest part was Vin Diesel's one-liners), we lit all
the pumpkins, turned the lights down low, and waited for the
throngs of children. Hours later, I was watching the end of the
movie, JB was asleep on the couch with his mouth hanging open,
the doorbell had rung maybe 5 times, and I was surrounded by
a shameful pile of candy wrappers. Oh, the debauchery.
One of these years, I'll actually
go to some cool party for Halloween. I'll to come up with some
clever costume that allows me to flirt with everyone who asks
me what it means. I'll be naked, carrying an apple. Or piled
into a glimmering red dress and speaking in a throaty voice.
"Me?" I'll husk, batting my eyes. "I'm not bad,
I'm just drawn that way."
Two people at Workplace made
at least a marginal effort to dress up yesterday. Brian, one
of my favorite coworkers, wore camo pants, a blue t-shirt with
the number 13 on the back, a shoulder holster, and big weird
"Who are you, Brian?"
"In a fit of extreme geekiness, I decided to dress as the
main character in Fallout."
"That's really dorky, Brian."
So right now, in my star-time
away from you, I have just realized something Very Bad. I was
supposed to bring all the leftover candy to work with me this
morning. And I forgot. It's sitting there on the kitchen counter,
chock full of fattening badness. Now we'll have to resist it
all weekend long before I can heave it at the engineers Monday
I can already predict the outcome:
Inexplicable Red Lights!
Real pumpkins! (Mine is on
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comments so far.
I have moved. - 1.03.2005
Obviously, a work in progress. - 12.27.2004
Happy holidays! - 12.24.2004
Listen, I am not a complete dick, it's not like I want Joe to die alone surrounded by cats or something. - 12.23.2004
Plus I am convinced my butt is extra big when it's upside down. - 12.22.2004