Happy Halloween! What are you dressing up as this year? There are a boatload of Halloween parties, events and specials happening this weekend, with most of the action starting on Friday night. I'll have details on some of the bigger parties in my column tomorrow.
In the meantime, tonight is trick-or-treat night in most communities. If you don't have kids yet, do you participate? Last year we did, but we lacked decorations and ample lighting, so I think we looked a little creepy by the end – but we did enjoy a glass of wine while we handed out way too much candy.
I've gone on record that I dislike 5Ks. I hate sprinting, and a 5K to me is just that. Similar to when I swam competitively in high school and college, I prefer longer distance events, the ones where you can maintain a slightly slower pace and cover more ground. Call me crazy, but I usually find much enjoyment in running mile after mile.
So, trying to maintain a fast pace for three miles? Not for me, I always said.
I always thought that comedians lived by the mantra, "laughter is the best medicine." Not Josh Blue.
When I used that phrase during a phone interview last week, the 2006 winner of NBC's Last Comic Standing quickly shot back, "Apparently not for cerebral palsy because I still got this s**t."
Nearly 2 million children and adults suffer from cerebral palsy, which is marked by involuntary movements, muscle tightness, spasticity and difficulty walking. Only one is Josh Blue.
"You can't just be down about something. If I was up there boo-hooing about my situation I don't think anyone would pay to come see me," Blue said. "It's cool to be able to go up on stage and make people comfortable with a taboo subject. People leave my show with a different perspective of a disability."
Since winning Last Comic Standing in 2006, many people have paid to see Blue's one-of-a-kind act, which stops at the Harrisburg Comedy Zone in New Cumberland for three shows on Thursday (8 p.m.) and Friday (8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.) this week.
So, this weekend is somewhat busy for me. Tonight, I’m catching up with a girlfriend, tomorrow night I get my hair ‘did, and Saturday morning – should my sprained knee (?) hold up – I’m running in the Great Pumpkin Chase 5K. Who knows what else the weekend holds (I think a lot of time in the office catching up from the busy week).
With Halloween just around the corner, 'tis the season for scouring the internet for costume ideas, frequenting your local craft store or maybe just dropping $50 at one of those costume stores that mysteriously appears every September and disappear by midnight on Halloween.
For the gentleman, Forgach suggests African dictator Muammar Gaddafi (black afro wig, red fex, scarf and Libya tee), Hangover II characters (Zach Galifianakis requires a beard, belly and bald head, while Ed Helms needs glasses, nerdy clothes and Mayan face tattoo), Harold Camping (white wig, sports jacket, book and a prediction of the world ending) and everyone’s favorite celebrity this year, Charlie Sheen (they make masks for him too, or you can just yell “winning!” and drink tiger’s blood).
For the ladies, Forgach lists Mommy Mummy (“Mom” jeans, tacky sweatshirt, wrap yourself in toilet paper and tote around a soccer ball), Babe Lincoln the Vampire Hunter (in reference to the upcoming flick, Abe Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, wear a stovepipe hat, fake beard, fancy black coat and carry a stake), Bridesmaids characters (thrift the ugliest gowns you can find) and Elizabeth Bennett, zombie-style (wear a fancy, old-fashioned gown and go to town with zombie makeup).
As for me, although I lack the crafting bone, I pride myself in at least trying to make creative costumes every year. I don't want to be one of six sexy nurses at Ceoltas – that's no fun.
However, over the years, I've had some hits and some misses.