This IS Halloween

This years Halloween was kind of a bust. The trick or treating, not the holiday. The weather was not agreeable and left us with much left over candy. The building of costumes and romping around from bar to bar was still great. Before I get to this years costume, I realize I left some previous years vacant on the blog. So let me get to those first.

past001haloThis was the Heat Miser and Freeze Miser from “The year without a Santa Claus” Halloween 2011. Of course this is not their real eyes, I had to give them some anonymity. Damn NSA! It took me about 18 hours to cut and sew both these costumes. I think they turned out nice for sewing up to the last second. The wife was really set on doing this costume with our daughter. I became a little to OCD when I was watching them both try to sew. Soooooo, I took over. Sorry honey.

In 2013 I started working on a costume that would be creepy. So I wanted to go with a skull idea I had. So this was the start of the modelling.

past003 After two hours of heating and shaping, I got the general shape.

past002I spent a little more time with the process and made some teeth and jaw. Then I had to go about the painting. I wanted something creepy, yet metal looking. A good chrome finish is what I was looking for.

past004After six coats of paint, adequate dry time and some burlap stitching, I had this.

past007 A nice mask that was easy to see out of and still facilitated a beer bottle comfortably through the mouth hole.

That was just the start. I needed a full costume and not just a mask.

past006I had to sew some arms.

past005And I required the shit to go with.

past009I even started modelling some articulating hands that could hold my beer. I never got to finish these as my wife needed some help with her costume.

past010For my wife’s costume we needed to start on the hair. We needed good ridged support for it. So noting like some rolled poster board to give some support. Of course we used duct tape. Why wouldn’t we?

past011The costume required many Styrofoam ball be painted red. These are are said balls.

past012We needed a green dress and cotton balls and some eyes. The sewing was minimal but the cotton balls took a long time.

past013Here are our finished 2012 Halloween costumes. Between some shaplock plastic, some material and cotton balls, we pulled off a decent 2012.

past014So well that my wife won a prize of free beer, which I helped her enjoy. It’s only fair! I helped with the costume. Plus I had to check if the beer was poisoned. Mmmmm poison.

past015Marge was a hit and people kept giving her hugs all night. No one hugged me. I was too creepy. me2012halloweenQuick selfie in the bathroom. I will save this for my twitterbook page. I decided to go with the creepy again because it is a lot more fun to be evil verse good. You get away with so much more. This year I had a table of people afraid to make eye contact with me. I just stood by their table with out moving.


Here is a close up front view verse side profile. You have to model a bit. People were taking pictures with me this year. That make you feel like the 12 hours to make the costume was worth it. This was all put together for under $30. I love shopping at the Goodwill for supplies. I was half tempted to put the doll back together and donate it back to the Goodwill. Paint intact of course. There are little girls out there that will grow up goth and love a doll like this. hallo2013-2

The wife’s costume was omitted though awesome. She did a nice zipper face, but it’s too hard to keep her anonymous in the photo.

Hope everyone had good Halloween and see you next year.

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End of summer

This summer is almost over and as I get older, the summers appear to go faster and faster. I’ve done a lot this summer. Some home remodelling, work trip to Boston, kick ball tournament, golf outing, camping, hiking in the woods and even a pool party. It still seems short to me. I think back to how I started my summer, or pre-summer. We took a trip to Portland Oregon and visit a friend. He played tour guide as he always does. Let me show you what we saw.


We landed in Portland and to start the day, we went to Wunderland. It’s a great little place that has all the games from skeet ball to video games. Everything is 5 cents. There is a small entry fee, but $5 in nickels go a long way here. Afterwards we had some NY style Pizza in Portland. It was yummy. Especially after a plane flight.

This is our basement apartment we rented for the extended weekend. It was a little out of down town, but in a nice interesting shopping district.  The place was very quaint, welcoming and of course we had the Internets.


This is the perennial garden outside our door.  Many of the homes in Portland have wonderful perennial gardens. We loved walking through this one. They even had another small apartment in the back for other guests. It was nice common place to share. I was very happy with our experience there.



This was a nice park in the Colombia River Gorge. There was an abundance of poison oak, so we didn’t wander off the trail that much.


The weather was, “GIANT SLUGS, GIANT SLUGS, what can I say back to you Bob.”


More waterfalls. There were a ton of these things every where. No, we didn’t go chasing either. TLC taught me about that. Its just not worth it.


This was a hike, but it was a nice view. There were about 12 switchbacks to get up here.


Again with the water falls. This place had a lot of tourists. DAMN TOURISTS!


We crossed over to the other side of the Columbia River Gourge and there was big, big rock we climbed. It was call something that I can’t remember. Either way, here are some photos.


Here is another one. SONY DSC

And here is another one facing a different direction. SONY DSC

This one is a completely different direction. Follow that river into Portland!SONY DSC

This is what wind will do to a tree. Someone like a half eaten corn on the cob.


To get up here, it was a bitch of a hike. I’m not going to down play that one. This is one the way down. SONY DSC

There is the wife hiking a head while I take some photos. SONY DSC

A little steep on the switch backs. I am just happy there is a railing. Otherwise I don’t think my wife would have made it up or down. Sshhhh … She has issues with heights. SONY DSC

There we go on our way down. Please take notice of the switch backs further down the hill. It gives a nice perspective.


We also enjoyed some yummy Thai food. I love me some spicy drunken noodle at level 10. It only hurts on the way out.


The unoffical Portland motto/slogan is, “Keep Portland Weird”. It’s got a lot of that for sure. There is a large hipster and art community. So people watching is always fun. My grandmother use to call it, “Watching the yo-yos” walk by. I guess this is one of the places where you’re suppose to stop for Mr.T and Ugly Kids. Or did they mean Mr.T’s ugly kids? I don’t know. If this would survive 2000 years, I would be interested to find out how archaeologists interpret this one.


Needles to say we ended our May Portland trip with Pizza and Beer. Both are in abundance and both are delicious in Portland. This wasn’t our first trip to Portland. We were there in September of 2012, but I was just too lazy and busy with work to get around to posting the photos. So here are a few below.


This was on the coast near Tillamook. Land of good wine tasting and yummy cheese. Mmmm Cheese. I think I am still backed up from that visit. ocean4

The beach! Though, I am not jumping in that cold water this time of year. I loved how the fog just hangs in the distance. ocean3

Can someone say “Goonies” for me? That is the beach from the Goonies where the hold up the medallion to line it up to the old shack. The entrance to “One Eyed Willies Rich Stuff”.ocean2

That is a nice look out point. I know this for a fact because the sign said it was a nice look out point. I agree.


At the beach front town, they had kookie sodas. I assume it’s not really made of “Kitty Piddle”. I am not going to do a taste comparison test.soda3

Mmmmmm …. Bug Barf. Can’t be any worse than the red bugs their using to dye Starkbucks drinks. soda2Yes, Bacon soda. Who would have thunk it? I didn’t. Hey! That PB and J still has the crusts on it. Blech, I don’t drink it with the crusts. soda1

Corn so sweet, they had to bottle it. So, basically it’s just soda without the flavouring? Why mask the taste of High Fructose Corn Syrup any longer. I am not even going to comment on the Buffalo Wing Soda.


This is some hiking over a bridge at Mount St. Helens.sthelen2

This is the view the other direction. LOOK PEOPLE!sthelen3

This is what is left to the top of St.Helens. She blew her top in 1980.

Hope you enjoyed the photos.


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