Happy Halloween! This is probably the first time in too many years that I haven't had a party to go to. To be honest, it's refreshing to not have the whole costume pressure. In the last few years, our costumes got lamer and lamer as I got busier. Last year we went as ghosts. Literally we wore white sheets with eye holes cut out. FAIL. The year before I went as Andy Warhol and Jeff was a soup can. That costume was put together about an hour before we were supposed to leave for the party. I was thinking back, WAY back, to some of my better costumes over the years and some of them were quite good. I think my best effort was the year I went as Reagan from The Exorcist. I wore a child's nightgown, long dark wig and I used this green makeup stuff that you mixed with pieces of toilet paper to give the effect that your skin was coming off. It was disturbing, to the point that several people at the party I was at refused to stay in the room with me and wouldn't really engage me in conversation. Well played, me. Jeff and I have gone as a duo for the last 8 years and during that time, in addition to the craptastic costumes I already listed, we have been Frankenstein and the bride of (Jeff was the bride), lightning bugs (glow sticks on the ass), Kelly and Jack Osbourne and Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia (again, Jeff was the lady). I also went as Jesus one year, which I'm sure was totally inappropriate but it was one of my better costumes. That same year, totally unbeknownst to me, my friend Brian showed up as a "plus-size She Devil," so we had many holy wars that night. Ahh, good times.
On another note, last night Jeff and I went to gun class. YEEE-HAW!! Jeff wants to be prepared in case of a disaster so he wanted us both to take a class before we made any further decisions. I wasn't exactly on board because I'm not really in to guns, but if it was going to be in our house, I wanted to know how to use it. It was fairly interesting and our instructor was exactly as I thought he would be but he was very nice to me and considerate of the fact that I had no experience with a gun. We actually got to go to the range and shoot 5 different guns and I did pretty well. My first few shots were kinda wayward but by the end I was shooting pretty much in the target area. I had no idea how heavy they were and how hard it is to actually use the thing. My arm was killing me by the end. I would not make a good criminal because I would be too lazy to have to hold it up. Suck it criminals!