|Posted by doktakra on November 5, 2009 at 12:45 PM|
I was never a big Halloween fan. Even as a kid, the first and only time I ever put a hint of effort into my costume was in fourth grade, when I convinced my parents to buy me a horror movie mask that I wore to school with my normal clothes. For the nine years that followed, I went the cheap cop-out easy route by putting on my trusty Mitch Richmond jersey and "dressing up" as a Sacramento Kings fan. During my freshman year of college, one of my roommates and I snuck into the New York City Halloween Parade. There I was, marching among the most creative and interesting costumes around -- including a man wearing a suit made entirely of MetroCards -- in (what else?) a replica Chris Webber jersey. I decided that was the last time I'd celebrate Halloween.
But of course, in a year filled with changes, I came out of my semi-retirement. Since I'm (we're?) obsessed with the Rocky movies, Michelle and I ended up going to the Halloween Masquerade Ball at Bryant Park Grill dressed as the Italian Stallion and Adrian, after also giving some consideration to Mickey and Ivan Drago. We went the distance, spending weeks planning out our costumes and applying a few final touches on fight night (check out the shiner she gave me). If you're wondering, we kept track of the number of times people yelled out, "Hey, Rocky!" or challenged me to a fight versus the number of times Michelle heard, "Yo, Adrian!" After taking an early three to one lead, I ended up losing by a split decision, most likely because "Yo, Adrian!" is just so much more fun to say.
And as you might know, if I can change, and you can change, then everybody can change. Click here for the full album.