Anybody on why we might be screwed up as a society? Anyone? Posted by Hello
When exactly did dressing a dog up in a costume transform from being a violation of the geneva convention into socially embraced convention? Not that there is anything morally wrong with dressing up your dog as a hula girl ( although the fake coconuts on the non existant chest of a dog do look pathetic). But I want to go on the record here. I've owned dogs and cats and never have I dressed any of pets in a Halloween costume. I did dress up one of my cats in doll clothing, but it wasn't halloween. ( My mother helped. She took, in retrospect, mildly sadistic glee in my cat's dislike of wearing a pinafore.)
Perhaps my averse re-action to pet halloween costumes comes from my own trouble with costumes. As we know, I planned to go as Athena this year. I made an authentic peplos from a $14.00 sheet I bought at K-mart. When I laced it around my waist, well I looked less like Botticelli's Aphrodite than an albino sausage attempting burst out of my casing. So I decided that I needed to change tactics. I took my deep red sheet with gold trim and turned it into a toga. I must admit it is a very impressive look. Add to that the crappy plastic helmet,I bought at Halloween Adventure, the child's sword, yes I bought a child's sword because, let's be honest, a regular adult sword on me would be too long and drag on the floor. I couldn't find a spear, damn it. And now I have to sew my little owl onto my shoulder. So basically I look nothing like Ahena. No aegis, no spear, no breast plate ( we knew that wasn't going to happen), but at least it looks very impressive. No doubt people will wonder about me tonight as I walk down the street. Anyone who gives me a hard time might find the tip of play sword at his throat "Stand aside, mortal, or I shall turn you over to Ares for gladiator training."
Shopping for the costime has made me realize something fairly interesting about my nature. I went to buy my helmet and sword on monday with my friend, Belle. Belle is a gay man from Morrocco, a good friend. Once we entered Halloween Adventure, he headed for the wigs section, I went for weaponry. Generally if you lose me in a store, the weaponry section should be the first place you look. Of course my heading towards weaponry is indicative of the mood I've been in the last three weeks. Although if I was going to be completely Freudian and dress up as my inner emotional stance, I would go as a wolverine. Wolverines, I have recently been told by one of the co-authors of this book, often get so angry they attack trees. I am definately in tree attacking phase. Perhaps I should chalk it up to the lunar eclipse/halloween balance of good and evil out of whack psychic disturbance. Of course, more likely it is the lack of love life, male slave, attention, decent self esteem, but you know denial, for some of us it's a lifestyle choice.

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