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Friday, October 05, 2007

Happy October!


Hope you're all having a wonderful October so far! Great to hear from all of you on the last post.

So what are you dressing up as this year for Halloween? Oh come on, you gotta dress up! It's the one day a year you can get away with going incognito (except for all you actors out there who get to do it for a living!) I decided I'm going as my cultural hero, Homestar Runner. If you haven't ever seen him, click here to visit him on a commercial set. I dont' know why, but he cracks me up.
So did you decide yet? I can only guess with some of you!

All Things Possible!


  • At 6:23 PM, October 05, 2007 , Anonymous MBP said...

    I give up...what do you think? ATP! MBP

  • At 12:28 AM, October 07, 2007 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    not that we celebrate it here, but ah heck... I'm going as my favourite actor, Chris Showerman : All I need is a loin cloth, power-shake in hand; bottle of mousse; and T-Shirt that reads "All Thing's Possible". I'm sure people will know who I am.

  • At 8:55 AM, October 07, 2007 , Anonymous Ute said...

    Hi Chris & dear forum family,
    hope this finds you all well.
    Chris, I am wondering if you have a guess who I would dress up as, as I am not really one for dressing up at all. The only exception being Castlefest, but that is different.
    We don't dress up at Halloween - unless we have taken that over from the States too by now, not sure about that - but the time in Germany to dress up is Karneval, which is usually around February. Something that evolved from the bonfires and driving out the winter, if I recall correctly. Interestingly, I lost interest in that kind of thing with 11 or 13, don't remember exactly. Last year I was wondering what it was that made people want to dress up, whether they are unhappy with whom they are the rest of the year and/or wanting to break out of the every day mold they find themselves in. Does anybody know?
    Last year one of my colleagues asked me about my non-costume - he was also not dressed up - and I jokingly said I am my evil twin today. He liked that idea and asked if he could 'borrow' the costume. Well, sure.
    This year of course, I could have gone as a perfect zombie, no make-up required, due to my pneumonia. I should have taken pictures!!!
    For all of you who do like to dress up - enjoy and have fun!

    One other thing: Sue told me that it was Smile Day yesterday. Well, I think every day should be smile day. :)

    All Things Possible & keep smiling.
    Big hugs to you all,

    P.S. Jaschenka and I are honorary aunties now: Kieren and his wife are proud parents of an adorable baby boy named Quinn who incidently was born on the birthday of Jaschenka's mom, Sept. 5.

  • At 2:46 AM, October 08, 2007 , Anonymous Angi said...

    hi dear Forum family

    It's been so long since I posted that i seem to have missed the last topic altogether, so I hope noone minds if i reply to Sue's question before addressing this topic.

    Sue; Initially I was very reluctant to see 'The Queen' given that the film focused on the period of time around Diana's death. My concerns were that given the frenzy of media prejudice at the time it wouldn't have been a fair portrayal of a very unique and special lady att over a personal and difficult time, would further sensationalise Diana's death and my main reason for not wanting to see it was the potential for adding to the personal grief of those personally involved with the families of those concerned at the time.

    Having said that I ended up watching it at my sister's last year, and was plesently surprised at the sensitive way the film handled the main plot line. Helen Mirren was outstanding, as to be fair were the whole cast. I only wish the current investigations into the death could be handled with such tact and consideration for both Diana and Dodi's families and personal friends. Such things though sometimes necessary to give conclusion to a tragedy, should not be turned into a media circus whoever the people concerned are.

    Ok. Back to the current topic:

    Since the Whitby Goth Festival takes place around Halloween, I suspect I'll be dressing for that, though since I often wear goth clothing outside work, I don't think that counts as dressing up does it?

    Ute: being someone who dresses up regularly when I do larp events, I obviously can't answer for everyone , but I can give you my reasons for dressing up.

    I find that when dressing up I somehow give my self a freedom to do things I wouldn't normally: to allow different aspects of my personality to come through. I'm still me underneath but. . . well it's easier if I give an example.

    My main character who I've played the longest is a Dryad. In this case just putting on the clothing doesn't seem to make a difference but once i have the face paint on -I seem to become far more confident than I am in everyday life. As a result through playing her I've become more conscious of this and am gradually developing some of that confidence into my normal life.

    When I played a Drow, I became more assertive, though I'm pleased to say I found trying to be evil and unpleasant a real strain. You get the idea.

    I'm not saying I don't like me exactly, just there's aspects of me I'd like to improve and through dressing up I've managed to understand me a little better, and am learning to bring the traits I need to improve upon through into the real world.

    Of course the other reason I love dressing up - is it's tremendous fun.

    Wishing everyone a wonderful ATP week and Bright Blessings for a fabulous Halloween/Samhain.

    Love Angi

    PS Congratulations to the two aunties and of course to Kieren and family.

  • At 10:31 AM, October 10, 2007 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    Castlefest! The European version of Halloween! I had already imagined. And I had to laugh at the annonymous post that someone is going as me. Make sure you get the jungle yell right!

    Thanks Sue for the heads up on Smile Day! Happy Smile Day all!

    Thanks for the posts Ute, Angi and MPB.

    All Things Possible,

  • At 10:32 AM, October 10, 2007 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    Correction: GOTH FEST! Have a great time!

  • At 9:05 PM, October 10, 2007 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Ah, Halloween...

    I used to take a long time in deciding what to dress up as for the big night...usually something scary at least to a youngster.

    These days, I don't get into it so much anymore. Though I enjoy passing candy out to the kids and seeing all their great costumes. The homemade ones are usually the best and most creative of course.

    This year if I were to dress up I think I would stay in the classic vein and go as a vampire or Frankenstein's monster...or maybe something more "new world" I wonder if I could find a Bigfoot costume.

    By the way Chris, I found Homestar Runner funny too.

  • At 11:33 PM, October 11, 2007 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Hello everyone,

    Beautiful October ATP wishes!

    Speaking of smiles, I had to smile a bit Chris about your attraction to Home Star Runner. The puffy little fellow reminds me of that character you told us about, and I believe resides elsewhere on your forum. Possibly the first acting job when you arrived in Tinsel Town? Might I be onto something here? Big pink smile!

    Ute, I like the idea of Karneval in February, a celebration to drive out the winter. That sounds like something we could all benefit from. And congratulations to you and Jaschenka for becoming honorary "aunties" to Kieren's new baby. I love it! There's nothing more satisfying than "adopting" someone who's maybe not in your family, but in your heart. Hope you get to see him sometime! Perhaps one day on a trip over here for that fan fest we keep talking about. Keep thinking ATP!

    Angie, thanks so much for posting back about The Queen. I kind of thought it could be like that over there with the public and the film. At least that's how I was looking at it, I guess, when watching the story unfold. It was more interesting than I thought it would be, and very thought provoking for just the reasons you mention. I'm glad you added your feelings about it after the Diana investigation now. That's very insightful. And I'd been wondering what you thought about Helen Mirren's portrayal. Thanks for taking time to share all that. Know you lead a very busy life these days! I also enjoyed all your comments about your experiences in dressing up. Isn't that interesting how just putting on the face paint adds to a sense of confidence. So perhaps there are lessons here, that even as adults we can try out different roles, merely by dressing up and acting the part. For example, the thought and intent that went into becoming The Queen for Helen Mirren. I loved that interview with her about that.

    Wait a minute. Does that mean when we do have a fan fest, that we have to dress up? I wonder what role we would all pick, or the one Chris as director might pick for each of he implied he was trying to guess! Could be interesting...I think the last time I tried to rustle up a quick costume for a Halloween party, I went as Raggedy Ann or Andy. Now what does that tell you?! Always a kid at heart? Dave, my husband used to like to dress up to pass out Halloween candy. He was partial to your type of costume. Let us know if you find that Bigfoot costume!

    One thing's for sure, Halloween offers a once-a-year opportunity to have some extra FUN...and that's a beautiful thing! Sue

  • At 5:09 AM, October 14, 2007 , Anonymous Angi said...

    Just out of curiosity Chris I'd love to know just what your guesses are for some of us.


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