Halloween: Moving, Comet TV, Alien, Art, & Brains

Brooks and I had a busy Halloween. We totally overdid it, and woke up the next morning feeling hungover, even though we didn’t drink a drop of alcohol. It was a long day that started early and ended late. We moved all morning and early afternoon, and then attended four events that evening. We enjoyed all of it, and wished we could have stayed longer at each event, but at the end of the day we were totally wiped.

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Moving wasn’t terrible. A few very strong friends helped us so it went wick enough, and I didn’t have to carry anything heavy, for which I am very grateful. But because I got up early, I was very tired and cranky by the time the afternoon rolled around. I had a very pissy look on my face. Luckily I had time to take a nap before our evening started.

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The first event was a cocktail party at EMP sponsored by MGM’s new science fiction cable channel Comet. Seattle’s local news station KOMO has partnered with them, and Brooks has been doing some interviews. We hung out with our friends, played a zombie dice game, and avoided the sugary cake-pops.

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After that we grabbed some dinner and then came back to EMP for their Campout Cinema. They showed the movie Alien on the big screen in Sky Church. Brooks had to say a few words about the movie and then do a trivia game with the audience. We both love this movie, and we wanted to stay and watch the whole thing, but we had to go to our next event.

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A small gallery run by professors and students from my MFA program called INCA had a exhibition opening for the artist Sondra Perry. We caught the end of her performance, which was great. She had us, the audience, stage a protest supporting #blacklivesmatter right outside the gallery. She had an easy yet powerful chant for us to learn, a megaphone, and a banner. It was phenomenal.

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Our last stop was a Halloween party thrown by our friend Huw. Huw and his wife Kate did some crazy awesome stuff, like make brain-shaped Jello molds (and mashed potatoes), mix bloodtinis, and bake tombstone pies. After stuffing my face, I got to talk to the sci-fi author Eileen Gunn for a bit about the winged tea parties she used to have with friends. They made their own wings and the tea usually ended up being whiskey. Towards the end of the party, Huw asked me to sign his copy of The Alchemist’s Theorem. He let me choose from a collection of his fancy pens. This just warmed the cockles of my heart.

Yes, we were exhausted by the time we got home, and we felt hungover in the morning, but it was totally worth it. We had such a great time with so many great friends. I would totally do it again!

 

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