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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Almost Halloween is the new awesome

I know that Halloween hasn't even officially happened yet, but we have been so excited about it and betsy's simultaneous birthday, that Saturday night we started the celebration.

First we three favorite girl friends of betsy took her to Bar Tartine down in the Mission. Everyone loves Tartine Bakery, so getting to finally check out the restaurant portion was like a birthday dream come true. Bar Tartine is so awesome that they don't even need a sign out front letting you know where you are eating, so I had a tough time even finding the place.

Julia, Lindsay, Betsy and Me. I swear that is Bar Tartine behind us, even if there is no sign to prove it.

This is Julia and Kevin and some of the beautiful food we were served. Kevin secretly wished that all we had ordered was cheese.

Aaron was saving his smiles for the costume portion of the evening. I was thrilled with the free bread. And Lindsay thought the lighting was good to really show off that sweet fauxhawk of hers.

And betsy was the beautiful birthday girl. They brought her dessert with a big candle, which we all proceeded to re-light and make wishes on. Best birthday dinner.

But then it was really time to pull out our Halloween costumes. What do you think that Betsy and I decided to go as this year? Well ...

That's right. The most self-indulgent costume ever. Almost as self-indulgent as the fact that we gossip about ourselves on the internet all the time on this blog anyway. It seemed timely, though. Everyone I know started a blog this year ... there is always the strange relationship between real life and the internet ... so bets and I dressed as The New Awesome.

First we made a huge mock-up of the blog and put it onto foam core.

Then I razored our faces out.

Aaron modeled the first cutout and really did me justice, i think.

I took out any roommate aggression that i have been harboring for bets when i razored her face.

i let aaron do the honors of punching her face right out.

Apparently he had some built up aggression as well. Her face went flying.

Aaron and Linds were the first of many to try the New Awesome on for size. They were instructed to look as much like bets and i as possible. I think that Lindsay was pretty right on.

Then Aaron really got into character as Ted Theodore Logan aka Ted from Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. There was a lot of air guitar happening, and he wouldn't shut up about how much Bill and Ted's version of time travel is far superior to that of Back to the Future.

Babe report, dude!

Once we were all dressed up we went to a Halloween party over in the Castro, hosted by these fine gentlemen, Brandon and Brigham.

It was a lively party to make the Castro proud, and this political rally took place right there in the middle of it all!

Will had to take a turn as The New Awesome too. I made him be Betsy because she is always wearing that much blue eyeshadow.

Preston and Brian were totally the New Awesome too.

Betsy almost cried because there were creepy spiders hanging everywhere, and she forgot her fancy candle-spider-smashing tool at home. I was mostly scared of creepy dead looking brigham behind her. Since i forgot my fancy-candle-dead-guy-smashing too, we decided to take off.

On the way home we saw so many more great costumes. A group of Sees Candy saleswomen:

The lovely ladies from Deal or No Deal (all costumes always enhanced by dressing in drag)

Frida Kahlo

Some sexy cowgirls:

And of course, The New Awesome, in the Castro

Can you believe that it isn't even Halloween yet?


  • At 12:04 AM, Blogger Tannerama said…

    Hahahahhaha that costume is brilliant! And I am referring to the idea of the costume and not just the color. You guys are terrific.

    Also, I respectfully disagree with Aaron. Back to the Future was the better time travel movie... by far.

    But, we all can agree that Terminator was the worst.

  • At 12:15 AM, Anonymous rob said…

    girls, there is some sort of psychic connection going on because I was seriously considering dressing up as my myspace profile with the same premise as your costume. I am glad that you pulled off the computer mediated versions of yourselves so nicely.

    Also, my vote goes to Bill and Ted's. I have always felt that it was way before its time when it comes to understanding the space-time continuum.

  • At 12:22 AM, Blogger English said…

    Bex - Yup, hot.

    Aaron... damn. That costume wins - by a lot. Don't forget to wind your watch Dude.

  • At 12:32 AM, Blogger Cache said…

    so many good costumes, but my vote definately goes to the deal or no deal babes. so good.

  • At 8:26 AM, Blogger bex said…

    rob - that means a lot coming from you. Ever since you won first prize at the Halloween costume party 2 years ago for dressing up as nunchucks and I got runner-up with my i-pod ad costume, I have been trying to come up with something that would impress you.

    you should still be your myspace profile. our blog costume will totally link to your myspace costume.

  • At 8:28 AM, Anonymous Kylie said…

    That was so so so great. Such great costumes.

    and Aaron, I gotta say that Ted costume was way amazing (better than the Ashton Kutcher costume. ^_^).

  • At 9:11 AM, Blogger aaron d.w. said…

    it was ash ketchum, kylie.

    and thanks keith... i actually bought a watch at a thrift store and the lady didn't put it in the bag. but i'm totally going to go back to when i bought it and steal it. that's why it wasn't in the bag. i guess i stole it all along. and now it's just behind this sign.

    and tanner, with all due respect to how funny back to the future can be (not as funny as bill and ted's, but it's got some way funny parts), it's totally racist and has so many time travel holes (why does his hand disappear in the first one if it's not even his future he's affecting? remember how doc brown said he's creating a 1985b?) that i can't like it more as a time travel movie. but time bandits is probably up there in good time travel movies. the best one though is primer. that movie is great.

  • At 9:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Genius! Plus, you get all that extra traffic from your publicity. I wish I had thought of it. No one is going to come to my blog because I'm Guinevere.

  • At 11:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    loving it. i was pregnant for Halloween...and there was a shotgun involved...guess what I was.

  • At 12:55 PM, Anonymous kylie said…


    i know.

  • At 2:15 PM, Blogger dävid said…

    damn, the sees candie and foley pages are so freaking hysterical i almost peed myself. i'm envious of brilliant people who like to have fun.

  • At 2:55 PM, Blogger Hatchet face said…

    You realize that this is essentially dressing up as yourself. And i thought i was self absorbed.

  • At 6:29 PM, Blogger bex said…

    duh, cameron. that was the point. But we were dressing up as internet versions of ourselves, which is where the mind-blowing part comes in

  • At 6:41 PM, Blogger savoury toothed tiger said…

    you say see's candy girls, but all my minds i can tell is 23 ronald mcdonalds...whoooOOOP!

  • At 9:34 PM, Blogger bets said…

    did you know that when the see's candy ladies try and give you a gross candy sample you can politely ask them for what you really want and they'll give it to you?

  • At 11:28 PM, Blogger Tannerama said…

    Whoa Aaron, racist? Once again I respectfully disagree. And I believe that you are getting your facts mixed up.

    1985b was created by Old Man Biff and Young Kid Biff when they got a hold of the sports almanac. Unless you are referring to 1985b where the McFly's are affluent and Biff is waxing cars... because that wasn't solidfied until George and Lorraine had their first kiss at the Enchantment Under The Sea Dance. And that rat faced redhaired kid was preventing that from happening... hence Marty starts to disappear.

    The only problem I have with Back to the Future is that shouldn't Marty have been the first one to disappear since he was the youngest?

  • At 10:27 AM, Blogger brian said…

    i believe it is you, tanner, whose facts are mixed up.

    marty should have never disappeared. here's why:

    there are two marties in back to the future (i). marty a, who the movie is about, has a dad who gets bullied by bill, a wrecked car, no truck and whose friend, doc brown, gets shot by terrorists and dies. marty b isn't in the movie very much. we see him at the end when marty goes back to the future a few minutes early. marty b grew up with his dad as a successful writer amd his mom for teenage sex. that's because his parents are the ones marty a meets in 1955. so if his parents never got together, he wouldn't disappear, marty b would never have existed.

    but instead you have marty disappearing which has nothing to do with anything. they totally mess up the time-travelling in back to the future.

  • At 11:32 AM, Blogger sugarcube said…

    First and foremost, I want a The New Awesome t-shirt (in light blue, please).

    Back To The Future is not racist. A black man was mayor in 1985. Now, you will say, "But he had to have a white man (Marty) tell him he could be." Nope. Because before he even told him he would be Mayor, Marty knew. Even if he did need Marty to inspire him, it is still so unracist. If anything, it showed what great changes had been made in between 1955 and 1985.

  • At 5:49 PM, Blogger brian said…

    that's sort of true, but you have to look closer.

    (1) back to the future is totally nostalgic. the 1955 marty returns to isn't a realistic version of 1955, but how americans in the eighties thought of 1955--a kind of main street americana where everything is clean and neat, the only african-americans are either service workers or musicians and segregation is fine with everyone.

    (2) when the mayor of 1985 says, in 1955, he's going to become mayor he says that as mayor he's "going to clean up this town." however, 1985 is not cleaner than 1955. in fact, in comparison, it's much worse. downtown is rundown and dirty with homeless people sleeping on bus benches. so even though he became mayor, as mayor he wasn't very competent.

    (3) most of the racism in the movie comes from the scene where marty invents rock-n-roll. by the 1980's pretty much everyone knew that elvis didn't create rock-n-roll but rather appropriated black music packaging it for a white audience. but in back to the future you have marty, a white kid from the future, inventing rock-n-roll and chuck berry appropriating it.


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