Fall weather (and Halloween!) in Los Angeles

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It actually feels like fall in Los Angeles this week, and instead of being bummed about it (like I would at home, where it’s cold for a solid six months out of the year), I’m actually sort of excited. Call it nostalgia for changing seasons, but I’m happy to break out the long sleeves and boots in late October. Especially since it’ll get warm again anyway, and then I’ll laugh all the way to the beach.

For tomorrow’s Halloween festivities, I’ll be donning a headdress and my mom’s circa-1988 dress that I wore a few years ago:


Yes. I packed both of those ridiculous things and brought them all the way across the country with me. And tomorrow, I will justify my having done so. (I don’t feel the need to justify repeating this costume. I think the outfit speaks for itself.)

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays (though nothing tops Thanksgiving), because it’s exactly two weeks after my birthday, and it’s something to look forward to when the days start getting shorter and colder. It’s a day when a semi-introvert like me can wear something as ridiculous as the above with abandon. And, uh, the candy. Let’s not forget the candy.

So, I want to know two things about you:

What are you dressing up as for Halloween? And what’s your favorite candy? (Mine’s Reese’s cups.)

Have a happy Halloween, and I’ll soon have more pictures to share with you in this space.


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Interweb Finds: Spooky Island of the Dolls, controversial “art” & more

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 Happy Hallo-week! It’s been one of those weeks where I’ve spent more time on the computer than off—I wish I could say I was kidding. I did, however, manage to pry my carpal-tunneled hands away from the laptop long enough to grab drinks with a blogger-turned-real-life friend, catch a free show at the El Rey Theatre, and hike up around Griffith Park (pictured above). I’m surprising myself with everything I’m capable of accomplishing. (I just can’t let only four hours of sleep become a regular thing.)

Web finds time!

This writer lost a husband and got a (long-lost) daughter in the same year.

Banksy’s latest creation is funny, weird, and mobile.

NSFW: A photographer takes pictures of his mother having sex with young men. (And in this article, The Guardian tries to make sense of it.) It seriously begs the question: is this “art”?

I’m on a Guardian kick: Japan has a population crisis. Young people there aren’t having sex (and, subsequently, they’re not having babies), and the population is projected to decrease by a third by 2060. What’s going on?

The incredibly spooky “Island of the Dolls” will put you in the mood for Halloween. Read the fascinating and sad story about a mourning father who decorated an entire island with mutilated dolls.

This will make you very happy. Just click the link.

Again, dunno whether this classifies as “art,” but who cares—“Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style” is funny as hell.


That’s all for this week’s interweb finds. I’m still looking for something to do on Halloween, but I’m sure there’s plenty around L.A. What do you guys have planned? And what are you dressing up as?