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Halloween partying

Tonight was fun. First, I went to the Caltech Ballroom Dance Club’s private shindig. Then I checked out the Prufrock Halloween Party. It’s amazing how many people I now know through dancing, and to a lesser extent through tai chi. Things I did tonight included:

  • polka with a pirate
  • dirty dance with a devil (only it wasn’t dirty, and I think the guy was dressed as a devil)
  • chat with Cleopatra
  • cavort with cats, three of them to be exact!

I saw a number of interesting costumes. One of the coolest costumes was Magritte’s The Son of Man. Others included a very elaborate Cleopatra, a scantily clad cat, a heavily clad cat, another cat, WinAmp, Princess Buttercup and Dread Pirate Roberts from Princess Bride, a group of billiard balls, and a lifesize R2D2. Thursday night I had already seen many great costumes at the Lindygroove Halloween party. The most noticeable was a glowing green squid that won 2nd place in Lindygroove’s costume contest. 1st place was taken by Optimus Prime.

At all the parties I wore a cowgirl outfit: jean shorts, a pink checkered shirt I bought for $4 at a Ross in Oregon, cowboy boots from a Ross in Pasadena ($13), a deliberately ragged corduroy jacket also from Ross ($7?), a pair of faux leather gloves that I bought last winter at Target, and a jingly belt ($6) and a black cowboy hat from Aardvark’s ($8). The shorts, shirt, jacket, and gloves were all items I already owned. The other items I intentionally bought for the costume, so in all, I spent $27 for the costume. I really like the hat. It’s rare that I find comfortable, good-looking hats that fit me. The boots hurt my feet after a night of dancing, but their slick soles slick turn well, and pivoting on the cowboy heels feels smooth as silk. I’ll probably wear them occasionally in the future just for fun. They’re more comfortable and more versatile than my black boots, and they’re better looking and better suited for dancing than my pink Bearpaws.


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