What a wonderful holiday!
Nothing to buy, no big meals to prepare. No decorating. No whole house cleaning to be done. Heck, the cobwebs, dust bunnies, dead flies, whatever is in your house can stay and add to the festivities.
I LOVE Halloween! It is the perfect holiday.
But it is kind of sad when the holiday falls mid week. The bars and clubs in Grand Rapids haven’t caught on that regardless of the day, even a work day, if it is Halloween then the people want to party.
On Saturday the 27th, the bar sanctioned Halloween event date, we did “Just Wicked” at the Marriott. Usually a few hundred people are there. Sad that the Douglas parade, the BOB party, pretty much everywhere also had their events on Saturday October 27th. If even ONE venue had something on the 26th then a real Halloween aficionado could do three events. October 26th Friday, October 27th Saturday, and October 31st Wednesday. But NO, this year, instead of Friday like last year, Just Wicked was on Saturday just like everything else.
I wore an actual woman’s Halloween costume. I love them! Usually a short and full skirt with a crinoline or petticoat for volume. HUGE temperature differences from the torso to the legs. Walking from our parking space near the Marriott, we went all the way to the Apartment to kill some time and enjoy the free popcorn with our drinks. Then back to Just Wicked. So about seven blocks each way. In the 40s. Windy. I had a knee length somewhat light winter coat on. The coat has a full skirt. Breezy. By the time I got to my destination at either location I was cold. From the thighs down I was FREEZING.
Just wicked is crowded. But generally the people are nice. I was pleased that all but two of the people from “the Group” I founded stopped by to say HI to me. They were very nice. Sad that they got swept up in the treachery. The remainder were two I would say I’d rather not even be in the same room with. I know we were having fun on our side of the ballroom. Those watching the Minnie Mouse character twirl didn’t look like they were having much fun on the other side of the ballroom.
So nothing of note on the Friday before Halloween. Nothing of note Sunday. Certainly nothing Monday or Tuesday. But at least we had the actual 31st even if it was a Wednesday!
As evidence of the demand, last night, Wednesday the 31st there was about a hundred people waiting to get in to Mojo’s. The Apartment was packed. People in regular clothes and people in costume. With local flavor, if you know what I mean.
So my quandary was what to wear for my Wednesday OUT? Do I have lunch, hang out a bit, and meet a friend at 3:00pm to play pool in a bar in regular clothes or in costume? I decided that since Halloween is limited this year I was going to go for it.
Ready to head out the door. Can’t find my roll of quarters to feed the parking meter.
So I went to a bank. Had to wait quite a while to get a teller. In this outfit.
Which is a coat over this outfit.
She, the teller, was all smiles. Really enjoying me. Complimented me on my costume. Then gave me a Halloween candy. She was sweet.
At Billy’s Lounge I met a friend and we shot pool. I had to be careful not to bend over. HA!
A woman was in Billy’s with a substantial digital camera, a white camera, very noticeable. She started taking pictures of us. By the second shot she was asking if it was OK. She took quite a few. Some rather unusual angles to be sure. Like my shoes, my cleavage, my stocking tops and garters. Odd. If it was a man taking them I would have reacted quite differently. But she was so happy, enjoying our quirkiness, that I let her go.
I had her take some pictures with my camera too. She did the same unusual angles. I won’t post them on the internet because they are not glamorous. But the regular style images she took for me are just fine.
Then off to dinner at a regular restaurant (a not gay or T oriented). An older couple at a table we had to walk by smiled and the woman positively beamed! The wait staff was welcoming. The food OK. The service was exemplary.
Rather than the boom booming noise at a club we went to The Apartment. Packed. They gave us free sodas and popcorn. So I tipped the bartender five bucks. When I asked him how much our drinks were as we were preparing to leave, he said they had taken care of us. So I handed him a five. He said “but the drinks are free.” I still held out the five. He said “Are you sure?” I said ABSOLUTELY.
I had a great evening with a friend, a kind soul who found benefit from my company. What could be a better Halloween treat than that?
No matter what, I m going to create my own……………………….