On connecting seemingly unrelated feminist manifestos:

Just use a flow chart.

This was the advice given to me by coworkers upon hearing that I had to go home after Halloween festivities and finish up a paper.

After explaining that the paper was on three distinct feminist manifestos and how they relate/differ the coworkers were less eager to help.

After adding that a connection had to be made between Sojourner Truth and the National Organization for Women the suggestion was made that I just use a flow chart instead.

“Put Sojourner Truth on the paper then draw an arrow to NOW. There’s your connection.”

Words cannot express how tempting this approach seemed at 1:30 in the morning. (It also had the added appeal of creating the precedent that would allow my next paper to be delivered as an interpretive dance.)

This is Halloween: The Parade

My library is on the route of the Village Halloween parade. So every year the staff has a party for employees and friends (who can get in) to watch the parade and otherwise have fun (this translates to taking pictures for me).

This year’s theme was things in flight. Personally, I think it was one of the parade’s better themes. It wasn’t excessively esoteric and it was unique enough that the new floats didn’t look just like last year’s. Memorable items include winged show puppets and giant bird puppets.

There were also some very cool floats and performers. An entire troupe did a choreographed routine to Michael Jackson’s song “Thriller.” I’ve never really liked Michael Jackson but learned from coworkers that is important to make a distinction between creepy-pedophile-ghoul Jackson and the Jackson who used to be black and mentally stable. Live and learn.

My favorite float of the night (as indicated by my need to take about eight photos of it) was furnished by Horrorfest (eight films to die for) which looked like a travelling freak show. There was a large cage with costumed volunteers. Music was playing though right now what that music was eludes me. To make it all even cooler, there was a puppet on top of the cage with really long legs. Somehow, this puppet was rigged up to look like it was powering the float.

Then, of course, there were the “regular” people who walked in the parade. The costumes to note here both belonged to groups of people. One included a group of people dressed like the NYC recycling mascots. Another group was dressed as concession stand items. They looked great and, remember this, made the costumes themselves.

I don’t usually like parades because they get boring, but this one is an exception. It was lots of fun.

Afterwards I got to walk home amongst the parade madness which is actually pretty fun. Along the way I walked past another woman (or perhaps man) dressed as a witch. We nodded to each other in approval. It was a nice end to the evening.

This is Halloween: Costumes

The title for this blog is brought to you by “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” an awesome yet creepy movie by Tim Burton that everyone should know about. Danny Elfman did the soundtrack and was the voice of Jack Skellington and every time I think about Halloween that song comes to mind.

Halloween this year was really fun. I have decided that the amount of enjoyment of the holiday this year is directly proportional to the amount of thought I put into my costume, which was a significant amount. (I was a purple witch. Key features of the costume include a purple witch’s hat, a purple sparkly cat, and purple and black striped knee socks. The socks are so awesome my costume next year might revolve around other socks like this pair.) I got many compliments on the costume. The shoes, which had two inch heels, were less appreciated, especially by my feet.

A high point in my day was when the puppeteer who operates the spider in the tower of the library (I realize that this reference means nothing to people with no familiarity with the parade) saw me and said he liked my look. I mean, it just doesn’t get much better. A low point was when one of the regular patrons continued to praise my costume to the point where it was creepy. The “Are you a good witch or a bad witch” question also got tiresome after a while.

Here’s a rundown of other costumes:

  • “Lea” came as The Cat in the Hat. The costume was pretty great and included whiskers that were intended for a Baby Mouse costume. The whiskers also emphasized Lea’s nose twitching habits and just made everything much cooler. Lea and I are of a mind that the library should make whiskers a part of a daily dress code, but that might just be us.
  • There were at least five pirates at the party and I have to say everyone looked really amazing.
  • Another clerk came as Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz” (but with a mini skirt and spiky stilletto shoes)
  • “Ralph” came as a charming, good-looking guy. I told him the whole point was to be something different on Halloween. *sigh*
  • Then a YA contingent came as video game ratings (“E is for Everyone,” “T is for Teen,” and “M is for Mature”) which is just so awesome for YA librarians. And the costumes were pretty cool.
  • “GC” came as any number of things. The actual costume was a brown, baggy,  velour track suit with a large gold whistle.

I enjoyed GC’s costume because it was a different thing every time someone asked about it. Explanations include:

“I’m a rapper.”

“He’s a pimp.” (I don’t know who to attribute this to.)

“I’m a dentist from New Jersey.”

“I’m the owner of a small waste management facility in New Jersey. My name is Tonk Knuckles.”

“He’s a creepy uncle that gets too close.” (thank you Ralph)

GC: “I look like Sugar Bear from the cereal.”

Lea: “Who?” (we both heard “serial” instead of “cereal”)

Upon being told he did not, in fact, look like Sugar Bear: “But I feel like a bear.” (No words.)

Oh and people in the parade had costumes too . . .