My photos from this year’s Grove Street Halloween party in San Francisco. I used my new camera, and I’m happy with the results. I can’t even pick a favorite! (Click on photos to see them larger.)
Today was my friend’s very first American Halloween. We went to the Grove Street Halloween Block Party here in San Francisco. Every year, the blocks between Baker and Central are closed to traffic. The neighbors decorate their stoops, garages and yards, and parents dress up with their kids. There’s a costume contest, and this year a band from the University of San Francisco performed. So much fun! And the kiddies in their costumes…oh, my! Just precious! Be sure to click on photos to see those faces better…
I haven’t done a Halloween costume since my Bend It Like Beckham costume a dozen years ago, when I was disappointment that nobody noticed my dyed black hair. This year I put in a lot of effort (and bad sewing) to do Dear Evan Hansen, this year’s Tony Award winning Broadway musical. I’ve been told by my roommate that it’s too obscure. We’ll see. If even a few folks at my Street Fair get it, I’ll be happy.
I made my “cast” out of soft white fur, so I can bend my wrist and use my hand. That’s especially important because I’m a lefty. Since the song Waving Through A Window is performed before Connor signs Evan’s cast, I left off his name. The only striped polo shirt I could find was a men’s XXL, so I took in the sides and shortened it. I wish the stripes were closer to the one Ben Platt wears in the musical. I photoshopped the map together (“Navigating Adolescence: A Map For Parents” for the song Anybody Have A Map) and cut the window out of cardboard.
Every year, I take my camera to the Halloween block party off Central Avenue on Grove. This year, I got there before the light left and the rain began. What a great bunch of kiddies and doggies this year! My thanks to the parents and dog owners who do such a great job with the costumes.
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I hate Twitter. The feeds take too long to load, too few tweets load on the page after you hit the refresh button, and most people have nothing interesting to say. There’s one great big exception, though. I love Matthew Gray Gubler’s Twitter page. Gubler is an artist, filmmaker, and actor. (He plays the skinny genius on Criminal Minds.) His Twitter page is decorated with his weird drawings, and his tweets always make me smile. He’s never crude or mean-spirited but always unique and eccentric. This is a guy who sleeps in his LA apartment at Christmas in a special pup tent. Whose favorite holiday is Halloween but he’s allergic to pumpkins. Who always wears mismatched socks. Who never takes himself too seriously. These days I don’t even log into my twitter account. I just go straight to twitter.com/GUBLERNATION.
So, did you watch the new Doctor Who? I was really worried that the new doctor wouldn’t be as good as the last two, but I think Matt Smith has some nice qualities. He looks like a cartoon with his square jaw, but he’s a sweeter, gentler doctor. I’m not sure I like the latest costume, as it’s kind of ordinary. It’s not a major distraction, though.
My favorite Doctor Who episode of all time (not that I’ve seen them all, mind you) is The Empty Child, from the season with Christopher Eccleston as the doctor. I’m fascinated by stories about The Blitz (even science fiction), and besides, this episode introduced Captain Jack Harkness.
Update: This is me, dropping in from the future, just like the Doctor would, to say that I’ve now seen the entire season of Matt Smith’s Doctor Who. It’s January 22, 2010, so that took some time! He really grew on me, and Amy Pond, too. I love how the entire season looped around on itself, and the way the future Doctor was dropping clues throughout the episodes. I’m still puzzled by the waving Amy and Rory in the distance, in The Hungry Earth, because I kept expecting that to come up again. Maybe it will be in the next series? Can’t wait!