Monday, October 31, 2011

Photo Journal no. 3 | NC State Fair & Jack o' Lanterns

Pumpkins awaiting carving.

Bryan's pumpkin, forefront.

Sierra's, Bobby's, Wolfman's (two), & Mine

We bought His & Hers Mohawk knit hats.

Wolfman admires the view.

Sunset on the Ferris Wheel

Robyn (Bobby's sister), Sierra Dawn, & Bobby on the Ferris Wheel

Robyn, Sierra, Bobby, & Wolfman

Photo Journal no. 2 | Historic Oakwood does Halloween

Oakwood is a historic neighborhood nestled in downtown Raleigh, full of large, majestic, (occasionally forboding) old homes. On mini breaks from work, I like to wander through its streets (it's only two blocks from my building), and I always see something new, though generally speaking of a tame variety--an interesting new way to pot flowers, for example. But, on one corner of Oakwood Ave., lives one of the Halloween People--a person who decorates every square inch of his/her property with tombstones, rubber snakes, and bloody appendages. I was told by a co-worker who lives in the neighborhood that throughout the years this particular house has become known on the trick-or-treat circuit, and literal bus loads of children will stop in the neighborhood just to be spooked at this house in particular. (Apparently, the chief decorator does exactly what Wolfman has planned to do this year; he recruits friends and family to dress in costume and hide behind trees and jump off the roof to frighten trick-or-treaters, making them sweat for their candy.) My co-worker told me that some of the neighbors are none to pleased about these over the top shenanigans as upwards to $100 of candy must be purchased to appease the waves of costumed children drawn to the neighborhood, but my wanderings through Oakwood in October have proved that some neighbors are inspired, one in particular even giving the Oakwood Ave. Co. a run for their money.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Your Weekend Mixtape no. 1, Oct. 29/11 | Music for your Samhain Bonfire & Cider Bar

1. "Haxprocess," Opeth; Heritage, 2011.
2. "Air Dance," Black Sabbath; Never Say Die, 1978.
3. "No Angel or Demon," Witchcraft; Witchcraft, 2004.
4. "Obsidian Night," Jex Thoth; Jex Thoth, 2008.
5. "Travellers 4, Churchyard Entertainment," Meredith Monk; Book of Days, 1990.
6. "The Be Colony/Dashing Home/What On Earth Took You?," Broadcast; Broadcast & The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age, 2009.
7. "As I Lay My Head Down," Other Lives; Tamer Animals, 2011.
8. "Assanine Race," Fire On Fire; The Orchard, 2008.
9. "Raised Right Men," Tom Waits; Bad As Me, 2011.
10. "This Is Halloween," Marilyn Manson; Nightmare Revisited, 2008.
11. "Lightning Strikes," Klaus Nomi; Encore, 1983.
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