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Date : October 2006 (5)

A Haunting I Will Go…

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Published on: October 25, 2006

I’m really enjoying this Halloween so far. I don’t have a costume yet but I’m enjoying it all the same. I put up the little graveyard in the front and have had a corpse hanging from the tree all month. I also built a 15 foot spider web for the front that, when complete, should glow in the dark. I’m pretty sure that the 60W black light I have, coupled with the glow in the dark paint should keep it glowing without any apparently illumination but we’ll see how it works out.

The frustrating part is that I’m coming up with some really cool ideas but there just isn’t going to be time to implement them. I’ll have to settle for the spider web this year and work on the others over the course of the year for next Halloween. Another limiting factor is that I’m trying not to scare Emily, some of the ideas that I’m having are great but, honestly, are just too damned creepy for a four year old to be around. I was listening to the spooky sound effects at the Halloween Express and came up with a number of ways to improve on them a’la Doom III that would probably get me shunned by my neighbors.

That reminds me, I need to reinstall Doom III for a little gaming/mood/inspiration

I’m cursed

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Published on: October 19, 2006

I cancelled my WoW account and even burned the bridge behind me by deleting all my characters before I did so. Not even two days have passed and I’ve been sponsored for a free month the TotalFark. Its nice that someone felt my ravings were worth $5 but any hope I had of getting real work done in the evenings when I would have been playing WoW has taken a major hit. Still, I get a head start on the flamewars now.

Free

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Published on: October 18, 2006

I said goodbye to my guild, deleted my character from World of Warcraft, closed the account and uninstalled the program this evening. I’m not going to say anything to my wife to see how frequently she actually checks my journal.

Cemetary ducks

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Published on: October 12, 2006

After I got done with work this evening Jyllian, Emily and I walked around the corner to the graveyard to feed the ducks some bread. It’s been a little chilly the past few days but it was still nice. The ducks and geese were hungry and chased us to get the food which was fun but I kept thinking of Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Ducks”.

We walked around a bit more putting the flowers back in order and looking at all the old stones. There must have been some sort of event of holiday or something because there were a huge number of flowers in the cemetary, far more than usual. It was strange looking at the stones, their different styles and ages. I found one that was barely readable and well over a hundred years old. People apparently also buy family plots and put up marker stones when nobody is even in them which I find more than a little creepy. Like putting a bookmark at the end of the book when you’re still in the middle.

There also appears to be some serious competition going on in the more “well to do” area of the cemetary (which oddly enough backs up onto some pretty generic apartments and has a surprisingly poor view). The older area of the cemetary had the usual headstones you expect to see before the easily mown plates became all the rage. The standard headstone sized markers prevailed with a few celtic crosses and a couple of obelisks.

The newer “garden” area is downright gauche in comparison with markers clearly designed for the McMansion and H3 crowd. One monument was an upright slab of black marble that looked like the monolith from 2001 and had to be at least nine feet tall. Even creepier, the guy under it was a year younger than I am. When I die I want the biggest, gaudiest monument I can get. I want a fat cherub with an eternal flame shooting out of his ass and a big screen monitor with a video of me extolling my virtues in an endless loop. I want an eyesore that will drive down the local cemetary property values. I would then like to actually be cremated an interred under a small headstone in the old section of the yard which has been artificially aged to match the stones around it.

Or they can just feed me to the ducks.

Autumn

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Published on: October 5, 2006

The leaves are turning and there is a rotting corpse hanging from the tree out in front of my house. I’m pretty excited about decorating for Halloween this year and as Emily gets older I can start doing a few more extreme things without scaring her. I still need to run things past her though to see if I get the “that makes me a little scared” but a couple more years and I can really pull out the stops. This year I think I’m just going to stick to a simple graveyard in the front and maybe a giant spider web lit with black light.

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