year, I learned a very valuable lesson in putting together a costume
for Halloween parties: Be comfortable. On Friday evening,
I headed out with a bunch of friends to a costume party dressed
up as Michael Moore. I had a giant pillow and a towel wrapped
around me; I had glasses and a baseball hat complete with brown
felt coming out of it to simulate disheveled hair.
ONE person could tell who I was dressed up as. A friend described
me as a "Japanese umpire", so I pretty much deemed the
costume a failure. On top of that, the pillow fat suit was incredibly
uncomfortable. Since my clothes were made to fit someone with
my undernourished frame, the "fat" was nearly bursting
at the seams to get out. While eating at a Thai restaurant with
my friends, I could barely breathe, let alone ingest some pahd
see-ew. And trying to make my way through a crowd of half-drunk
party-goers was a nightmare.
next evening, however, I went to another costume party dressed
up in an obscure get-up as the surrealist painter Rene Magritte.
Of course, this isn't so much a costume as it was my wardrobe
while working at an architecture firm a couple of years back.
Add one authentic bowler hat, and you have a very comfortable,
though unrecognizable, costume for a Halloween party. Most people
seemed to think I was Charlie Chaplin, so I just went with that.
The point, if I have a point, is to dress up comfortably for the
occasion, since having to manage and breathe inside your pillow
fat while trying to hold a conversation with several people isn't
at all worth the trouble for a not-so-clever joke.
had a great time at the second party. Not only because I was so
much more comfortable in that suit, but I went with pleasant company,
and that helps quite a bit.
just a wrist...
friend Tung Chow just put
up a portfolio website
featuring his wonderful paintings and sketches. He's looking for
work right now, so somebody hire this guy! He's great to hang
with and he can paint like a madman!