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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Halloween is tomorrow!

A lot has happened in the last few days, and I will post on each thing as the week progresses. On Saturday TWO interesting things happened: I was surprised by an early morning visit from Nickki...........who came to deliver my "Birthday Present". (Yes, it happened, but I will post separately on that during the week. Especially since Rosa & I are heading to Nickki & Jean's for dinner tonight around 4:30, and there might be some feedback worth including in my post.)

The rest of the day was devoted to prepping for and then hosting our annual Halloween Party. It was a bit smaller this year, but that actually worked in our favor. The surprise hit of the evening, besides the food & decor......was an ongoing game of "beer pong" moderated by my son. Rules were amended for non-drinkers, but overall the table was rarely idle with a wide range of participants.

There were some great costumes again this year, but given the nature of this blog, I hesitate to post pictures of my guests. However, I will share the traditional "Rosa & KD" couple shot:

The South has indeed risen again.....from the grave!  

I did a little filter work on one shot and got this:


And here's a close-up of my makeup this year:

The scar is not a purchased prosthetic, but rather just latex & toilet paper.

There is an interesting back-story to this costume in which my brother's girlfriend, upon hearing of my idea, went on a tirade over how offensive the costume was. She was not at the party however. But I stand by decision to continue my exploration of my "ghoul family genealogy" by including this member of the family tree from the 1860's. It is in no way an endorsement of anything other than the spirit of Halloween creepiness, as anyone who knows me fully understands.

So far I have dressed as the first known ancestor, a grave-robber from the 1790's, last year. (also my current avatar photo) I have not yet done his son from the 1820's and am considering that incarnation for next year if I can manage the costume of long-tailed waist jacket et.al. This year's Confederate ghoul would be the grandson, and I have done the 1890's great-grandson with top hat and walking stick several times in the past.( he was my avatar previously ) The last in the family tree will be the great-great grandson from the 1920's who will be the last of the line (fictionally having never had any children) and I have yet to do him as well.

So this is a labor of love not a political statement. However, for those who would like to hear a pretty good rant in favor of Halloween being representative of several political and social issues, give this a view:







16 comments:

  1. Its a great costume. Latex scar and all!

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    1. Thanks, Fondles! (Nice to see you posting again, too!)

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  2. New Rule: K.D. must stop posting all those photos of his parties and costumes. No one should have that much fun and be that creative!

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    1. LOL, now there's a great tease and compliment in one! Thanks, Tomy.

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  3. Sounds like a great time! Can't wait to hear the update re: Nickki, and how the month of daily O's is going.

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  4. Nice costume! I like the way you follow your genealogy. My great great grandfather served the Union in the Kansas Infantry Volunteers for 115 days, but my wife's great grandfather was only 12 in 1861, but lost 3 older brothers fighting for the South in the battle of New Bern.

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    1. Thanks, Lurker. Just to be clear though, the genealogy I'm doing is fictional. MY ancestors have not been in this country that long. I think it's cool that you know those things about your own family's past!

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  5. Considering that you are "dead" what's offensive?

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    1. The person who complained is not exactly known for thinking things through.

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  6. Oh, and my Halloween costume!

    https://keepcalmanddowhatmerrytellsyou.blogspot.com/2018/10/picture-for-halloween.html

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  7. Crimson Kid (C.K.)November 1, 2018 at 1:14 PM

    Even though I've lived in Texas for several decades, I'm a 'transplant' from upstate New York, so several of my ancestors fought in the Union armies, one (great-great grandfather) purportedly killed in the battle of Gettysburg (1863).

    However, I have no problem in recognizing that many individual Confederate soldiers were merely motivated by loyalty to their states, a common attitude back then--just as many individual German soldiers in World War II were motivated by patriotism. (Of course, in both cases I certainly denounce the 'causes' they were effectively fighting for.)

    I enjoyed the video commentary too--there certainly are hypersensitive 'snowflakes' on both the extreme right and extreme left of American politics these days... --C.K.

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    1. You lived in Texas for decades?!

      Why, C.K. you have my deepest sympathies.

      ;-)

      The main impetus behind why I went in this direction had to do more with what I had available.......and because like I said, if I was going to do someone from WWII, it is far creepier to do a Nazi than a French Resistance fighter. Same logic applies here.

      I agree about attributing too much politics to soldiers. In some cases it applies. In others it does not. Much like religion ....or football team fans. Most are just born into one due to who their parents are and where they happen to live...... and never change

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