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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Book Club Halloween Party

Last night, my girlfriend Chelsea had her first annual Book Club Halloween party. The club itself, (Books, Booze, and Bitches), was started several months ago, and allowed all the ladies to get together and drink wine and discuss that month's book. I'm suspicious that there may have been more enjoying of wine than book discussion though. Anyhow, she loves to entertain, so this month's meeting turned into a Halloween get together.
The hostess with the mostest
As usual, there was a variety of snack foods, all too rich and delicious.

Black cat brownies. Those are York peppermint patties on top and inside the brownies. One of those, and my sweet tooth is gone for the rest of the month. Seriously, they have a richness that borders on ridiculous.

Here we have cupcakes with sprinkles, and minature brownie cupcakes dressed up like pumpkins. Ain't she crafty?

I apologize for the blurry photo, but I think I can blame it on the evil brew that lurks within the large glass container. By this time, I had tried a couple cups of the stuff, and was falling under it's awful spell. I think making a good punch is actually an art form. You want something delicious and easy to drink, but it also needs to have an air of danger as well. It shouldn't have so much alcohol in it to burn your throat with every glass, but there should be enough to let people know, "Hey, take it easy or you'll wake up with regrets in the morning". Also, it never hurts to have a large frozen brain floating in the middle of it.

Pizza snakes! If I had my way, this would be the only form of pizza I would eat. The one on top was an italian sausage snake, while the one on the bottom was regular cheese, and they were both delicious. The only problem is that they usually go way too fast, so you have to be quick to grab a piece or two before it disappears.

Mixed candy bowl! Okay, so Chelsea didn't actually make the candy, but damn that is a cauldron full of sweet death.  We have Candy Corn M&M's, Mellowcreme Pumpkins, and Brach's Candy Corn and Caramel Apple Candy Corn. There was still a lot of this left, so I guess that mean's I'll have to man up and start scarfing it down.

Of course there were decorations, though I only took pictures of what I considered the best.

I love these scary portraits, because nothing looks off about them unless you get up real close. They just look like some old timey family photos, then you walk to the left to grab some chips and, BAM! You're staring at the decaying corpse of creepy Uncle Albert.

Nothing like a cobweb and skull centerpiece to really bring a table together.

You can't really see much in the way of decorations in these two photos, but I think the lighting made our den look extra creepy.

Unfortunately for some, this was an invitation only event. We don't let just any ghouls in here. Go find your own party fellas.

This mummy has been hung up here for the past few Halloweens, and I still can't figure out if he's supposed to be scary, or scared. I'm shooting for the latter, personally.

Here's a group shot of some of the book club members. From left to right, there's Hunter Kari and Hunting "Accident" Kara, Witchy Chelsea, and Zombie Shannon.  Don't they look like a fun group?

It was a fun night, even if it is signalling the end of the Halloween season. Four more days and we'll be looking forward to turkeys and stuffing, Christmas trees, and even more turkey. Until next time, Trick or Treat!

NOOO! All the food is gone!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Go ninja, go ninja go!

March of 1991 was a good time to be 10 years old and a fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I could watch the TMNT cartoon while eating my TMNT cereal, wearing my TMNT pajamas, then play with my TMNT action figures. The Turtles had managed to infiltrate just about every aspect of the marketplace, and most of the kids I knew were sick with Turtle fever. Less than a year before, the first live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film premiered in theaters, and was an instant hit. I actually managed to see it on the big screen, with a good friend of mine, Mike L. Now, I liked the Turtles, but Mike absolutely loved them. He had the figures, the comics, the bed sheets..pretty much everything in his room had a TMNT on it. Mike's also the only person I know that owned the toy Technodrome. Our folks had taken us to see the first TMNT movie when it came to the Idle Hour Theater, and it was a blast. I still remember walking down the school hallway singing "T.U.R.T.L.E. Power".

When we learned that there was going to be another Turtle's movie, we were understandably excited. Anticipation would build with every viewing of the tv spots. I would always browse the latest issue of Starlog to try and glean as much info as I could. It was on one of these excursions to the newsstand that I came across this:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret of the Ooze in comic book form! My mind was blown. I coughed up the $5.95 cover price, or enough for two G.I. Joe figures, and proceeded to read it cover to cover while my mom shopped for groceries. Then I read it again. Then I read it again..I memorized the whole damn thing by the time she was done.

There was action,

As well as humor,

And Vanilla Ice,
Now those are some kickin' lyrics.
I just couldn't wait to see how it all played out on the big screen. I mean, there was another giant turtle, as well as a giant wolf. How were they going to pull that off? What about the giant Shredder we kept seeing in the movie previews? In the comic, he just looked like regular, every day Shredder, just drawn a little bigger.  The movie made him look much, much more menacing. Finally, the sequel made its way to our secluded little peninsula, and Mike and I were able to bask in the glory of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Secret of the Ooze. It was definitely more lighthearted than the first movie, and now the violence was more slapstick in nature. Of course, that didn't matter to us, and we enjoyed the sequel just as much as the first. I may enjoy the first movie more these days, but Secret of the Ooze will always have a fond place in my memory.

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