Thursday

Halloween Stories - The Best Laid Plans, etc.


Oh, where to start? I guess I'm about 19 in this picture and it's the 80s, as you can plainly tell by my bleach-blond Flock of Seagulls-ish hairdo. You can chalk that up to some misguided fashion ideas, but the make up is a different story altogether. Like all stories that accompany an embarrassing picture, this one will also start with the sentence: "You see, there was this girl..."

This particular girl was named Lisa and I would have walked through fire to be with her (although, that would probably have been a short walk with a lot of fire considering how much product was in my hair). Anyway, my friend Matt and I were sitting around Lisa's house with our other friend Lisa (you seeing a pattern here?) on Halloween and the girls thought it would be fun to empty the contents of their make up bags onto our faces. At this point, I believed that this was a good idea, mainly because I thought it would probably be the most intimate thing that would ever happen between Lisa and myself. My teenage brain probably also believed that putting make up on me would act as a gateway drug for Lisa, making her realize just how much she needed to be with me. Yep, pathetic. And yep, that never happened.

But none of that is really the story. The night didn't really get exciting until the girls sent us to 7-11 to purchase refreshments and we ran into a group of highway workers who were freshly off the clock. Let me just say, that it was a lucky thing that we were two big boys and also that we could run fast. These guys looked and sounded like they would have enjoyed beating us up immensely.

We escaped with our lives (barely) but, suffice to say, with the exception of my Viking rock band, I have not worn make up in public since, nor have I been involved with anyone named Lisa.

11 comments:

  1. did you guys later go on to form a New Romantics band and release a song called "Hungry Like the Wolf"?

    ahhhhhh...what we do for love.

    great story, Paul!

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  2. We did form a band one night. That's how long it lasted, one night. We did not play Hungry Like the Wolf that evening.:-) Thanks for the comment.

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  3. I want to hear more about the viking band. And, thanks for mentioning the Flock of Seagulls hairstyle because it gave me an appropriate soundtrack for the rest of the story. :)

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  4. Heather - Hadn't thought about it, but "I Ran" is a fairly good fit, isn't it?

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  5. Heather - The Viking Band was a short lived and terribly fun rock opera that told the story of High Master, a time traveling Viking. I, of course played the part of the Dark Lord Ungr, uh, and bass. That's me on the right in this video:

    http://vimeo.com/3038860

    And that's my brilliant friend Chris singing lead, who is the brains behind the concept. We had giant props and made our own costumes. It was great.

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  6. Giant props? like an 18" stone henge?

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  7. Linds - No, like giant battle axes and High Master's giant sword called "the Mighty Steel"!

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  8. Love this story! It's so funny to remember what dumb schemes we thought would work back in high school.

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  9. Ainsley - I still have dumb schemes!:-) Thanks for the comment.

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