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  • GobbyGruesome ·
    I'm so far behind this year with so much other stuff going on, I doubt we'll get to do much. And I want to be set up early because my wife's brother and his family are coming to visit. But we'll see. Maybe things will fall into place quickly. (You'll probably read about in in the newspapers if that happens. ;) )
    GobbyGruesome ·
    Awwww. You poor kid. Maybe take the opportunity to enjoy other aspects of Halloween if you can't do the big setup?

    We actually kinda like celebrating holidays out-of-sync with the rest of the world. My wife and I actually celebrate US Thanksgiving in November, which kind of lets us off the hook for all the big obligational family stuff.

    Things are OK here. I had a pretty good interview a couple weeks back. They said it'd be a few weeks until I heard back from them though. Ideally I should be learning another software program in case I get a call back. Also working on a freelance project for someone. Plus a garage sale of the parents' estate stuff. So a lot of things in the way of me getting super involved with Halloween. Hoping to get some stuff done this week though.

    Glad to see you back(ish). :) You been missed!
    GobbyGruesome ·
    It's been Ok. No huge wins but nothing awful either. Picked up a wee bit of freelance work this week so that's a plus. Probably get going on Halloween stuff in the next week or so. Hoorah! My wife has her niece and nephew coming - I probably mentioned that before - so she's got an extra dog in the race this year, so that could make things interesting.

    I should probably buy a lottery ticket. We're overdue. ;)
    GobbyGruesome ·
    They've done a fair bit of work at Heritage park. They've added some shops outside the gate and a fancy restaurant that gets pretty good reviews. We quite like the little midway rides they have there now - but I think they've been there for years. I think they added some kind of log ride at Calaway. It was supposed to be done last year but they never got it finished.

    We actually had perfect weather for Halloween this year. Couldn't have been better. But the day after we go snow - normally we take everything down the night of Halloween anyway, but because it was the weekend this year we left it up for another couple days.

    My wife keeps saying she'd like to do some kind of projection as well, but we can't really afford a projector right now. I don't think our yard is terrible conducive to it either.
    GobbyGruesome ·
    Still looking. Always looking. Haven't found anything that I really enjoy or that pays what I'd like, but it does help burn off the calories.

    Beakerhead is a little weird. I think it's in September but it's kind of a series of events in scattered around the city. I don't know if it's the kind of thing I'd make a special trip for. The Octopus showed up at a few different locations around the city. Mostly tiny little street fairs. Don't know if it'll be back this year or not. The event is really in its infancy so I think it has a ways to go before it reaches its potential. But it's a nice contrast to Stampede which really seems to be mostly about the booze these days.
    GobbyGruesome ·
    This is my favourite thing from Beakerhead last year (check out the video in the first post). We also went to the catapult competition which was pretty fun although not as awesome as it sounds.

    GobbyGruesome ·
    Beakerhead is a festival started up by Jay Ingram...the guy from the Discovery Channel. Yeah it's kind of science and engineering meet art. Pretty hipster.

    Thanks for the photo comments. Did you check the Beetlejuice video? I was really proud of his movement even though it was a bit of a fluke. We just use the old exacto knife and keep a vacuum very close by. I do use a hot knife for cutting the large shape, but I don't think I'm steady enough to use it for the detail work.
    GobbyGruesome ·
    Ugh. Foot surgery does not sound pleasant. But you sound ready to get back in the saddle.

    Congrats on the Dayhome. That sounds like a great solution and it's definitely an occupation with some serious job security.

    Not much planned for this year. If we had unlimited time and finances, I'd probably try to do some kind of Disney theme. Maybe add the which from Snow White, the little devils (like my avatar) from Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, maybe some hitchhiking ghosts. But as it stands we'll likely just add a tombstone doghouse for Zero from NBC. I also have a Slimer mask (not Disney I know) that I was hoping to add to the yard somehow. Maybe something like a peeper, although it'll be pretty heavy.

    But yeah, keeping expectations pretty low, and hoping things will pan out so we can do more.

    No, didn't do the horror con. We really don't enjoy blood and gore and it sounds like there's a fair bit of that there. A friend usually goes every year and I guess attendance was way down this time. Just too much going on.

    We're more excited about Beakerhead in the fall.
    GobbyGruesome ·
    No real stories to tell here. Lost a bit of weight and trying to get back running but that's the extent of the excitement! OH, and I don't know if you remember but we finally sold my parents house. So that's an end to that particular chapter of the drama.

    Just starting to thing about Halloween, but probably won't actually get started until September. How about yourself?s
    GobbyGruesome ·
    Hey, I know you were mentioning a while back that you were disappointed that there wasn't much Halloween in Canadian stores. We visited a Dollarama today and they were in the middle of putting up their stuff. So shouldn't be long now.
    GobbyGruesome ·
    Well, I'm not a huge fan of the pooh ride, but that's just me.

    I've never been to Disney World but I've heard the same thing. I had a friend who went this year though and it sounded pretty amazing. Plus now there's the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida so that's a big attraction.

    Plus a lot of the rides vary quite a bit (I've heard Pirates is better in DL, but Haunted Mansion is quite different and has a huge courtyard and interactive queue at DW, and the Tower of Terror there also apparently has a huge "yard" as well.) But there's no Indy ride at DW although it has a bunch that DL doesn't, including a new small coaster through the 7 dwarves mine.

    For us I think we'd likely leave DW until we could afford to go for a long time. We're kinda completists and it'd probably eat me from the inside if we couldn't do most of what they had to offer.
    GobbyGruesome ·
    Oh they got rid of Country Bears at Disneyland back just before the movie came out I think - 10 years ago maybe? Replaced it with an awful Pooh ride. I think it's still at Disney World but I could be wrong. I think Disney World has gotten rid of Mr. Toad though.

    I just love the little trip through hell. :)

    Tower of Terror was a TV movie. It's Ok - I think it was timed for when the Tower of Terror opened in Disney World. Maybe.
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