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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Here are some treats from the annual Grove Street Halloween Fair in San Francisco’s NOPA (North of the Panhandle). I can’t resist dogs and babies!
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!