Sure, I could talk about a lot of important things that deal with the economy and finance, but where would the fun be in that? I suppose that some mentions need to be made about important issues:
Dow closes above 10k- Yay? So, we’ve had basically a decade of nothing. In 1999, we hit 10k for the first time. I remember where I was, and I remember talking with some financial people and we all agreed that we had a few years of potential to play before things hit the fan. If you were smart, cunning, and not too greedy, you could make a lot of money.
Last year, the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit the benchmark number on the way down. Funny, nobody was cheering then.
I’m not even talking about other things that are tied in with this number, such as the pesky little fact that the market is still down about 30% from a record high in the 14k range two years earlier, or gold was roughly half of what they are today at about $835 per oz., or any number of other scary but true stats.
Unemployment rate reaches 9.8%- Well, this only tells part of the story. For my audience, those under 18, the unemployment rate is a staggering 26%! This means that for every young person between 16-24, more than 1 out of every 4 is out of work but would like to be working.
No, I’m not talking about those things. I’m talking about something that is more important to me—Halloween.
Halloween is a big deal in my family. My wife and I started dressing up and going to Disneyland a few years ago with her sister, brother-in-law, and nephew. Every year since then, our group has gotten bigger, and we have resorted to finding themes to go as.
Some notable themes were Gilligan’s Island (with the nephew being Gilligan), a Gryffindor Quidditch team, and last year, characters from DC comics’ Justice League world. We usually go for a “realistic” interpretation of the character. It is one thing to go to a store and get a costume with a plastic mask that has a slit for the mouth, but we want to look like what the character would look like if they lived in this world.
Some of these costumes were fairly easy to put together, and some were really expensive. This year, mostly because of the Depression, we went cheap. That’s not to say that we didn’t have a grand plan, of course we did!
On October 9th, 2009, 12 brave souls attempted to do something that I don’t think has been attempted:
We were going to Rickroll
Disney’s California Adventure!
For those who don’t understand the concept of Rickrolling, Wikipedia has a great explanation HERE.
There are pictures from some of the participants on Facebook, and I’ll probably put a few up there myself. I’d like to mention CAFEPRESS.COM and THINKGEEK.COM, as the official clothing providers for this event. I really like the personal soundtrack shirt, and I think every guy involved does too.
Was it a perfect “roll”? Not even close. The people who were going to understand the joke got it and laughed hard. The people who wouldn’t get it—didn’t. But that’s okay. At the end of the day, 9 adults and 3 future adults had a lot of fun, and we didn’t have to go into debt to do it.
So as you go through this season, ask yourself whether it’s more important to have the most expensive costume, or whether having fun with fun people is more important. You’d be surprised at costumes you can put together from real clothes and thrift store finds that don’t suck if you put some imagination into them.
If you have a cool costume or a cool party, send me a link to the pictures so we can all see what kind of fun the readers have!