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Haunted Helpers

Posted in Random Stuff, Stuff With My Kid with tags , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2012 by Dustin

Circus Freakz

This weekend was the official preview weekend of the Odd Family Haunted House. We usually run on the weekend before Halloween to test out all the scares and make sure everything is working properly. This weekend was pretty dead but we were able to get about 20-30 people through and it worked pretty good. We should be able to take what we learned and fix it up to perfection for the big night on Wednesday.

The thing we were missing the most was help. Our family which is always there were either busy, sick, or just plain MIA. The friend of ours that has been jazzed since last year to come back and help was 30 minutes late, and the people who did show up on time we’re fresh meat so I had a little trepidation about their being left alone in their spot to scare unsupervised. People were starting to line up, I was eating dinner and had yet to even get clothes on, typical crazy preview night. Eventually we got some people in some places and let through a group or two. Luckily we were dead and it was ok to be short handed, but it was hard to tell how things were functioning. Everyone involved still had fun scaring people and we’re looking forward to the big show. One cool thing happened though while we were trying to get things working. Some of the neighbors were hanging out and decided to dawn some clown outfits and scare with us. It was great to have the help but also good to have happy neighbors helping out.

Friends Who Dress Up Together Scare Together

Halloween we will have the opposite problem. So far we have all of our friends who want to be involved slated for the 31st so we will have tons of people and not enough scare spots. If you fill the haunted house with people the scaring is less than if you hide and pop out. I am thinking about some special fun outside for the line that is usually non stop all night long. Hopefully it all works out, but really the more the merrier when it comes to screaming and terrorizing the neighborhood. I hope everyone plans for some fun of their own and I’m truly sad for the kids that are on the East coast dealing with the Franken Storm. Stay safe and get candy.

A Haunting We Will Go

Posted in Random Stuff with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 23, 2012 by Dustin

This is my favorite time of year. The weather starts being palatable, spooky decorations come out, and the chocolate is abundant at every turn. Every year my family and I run a haunted house in the garage. It’s a month long ordeal decorating and building the garage into a scary maze for all the locals in my town to visit. We get a solid stream of people coming through from 7pm to 10pm ever year.

Undead Crawler

This year we’re going back to our staple, clowns. We have a bunch of clown stuff and all of our helpers have shown a lot of excitement to be a part of the circus of freaks this year. As always it’s less than a week from opening night and I am behind on the build. I hope to have a functioning house by our preview night this Saturday. We will be fully functional for sure on Halloween. I got sick in the middle of the month as well which hasn’t sped anything up. Hacking and climbing ladders doesn’t go together very well.

Body Parts

 

We do up the garage pretty good for a local non-profit haunted house. We always get tons of praise. If you would like to check out pictures of some of our previous years or follow our house’s progress and get directions check out our Facebook page. This will be our 15th year doing a haunted house and third doing clowns. More photos to come once we get the sign up, and hopefully the clown mouth entrance completed, this weekend. Hope you and yours have a great holiday.

Blacklit Clown

Festival Of Art

Posted in Artistic Stuffs with tags , , , , , , on October 8, 2012 by Dustin

This weekend my wife and I shared a booth at the local college for their art festival. There were quite a few cool artists running booths but not so much crowd. Colleges on a weekend are pretty quiet and there isn’t much thorough-fair or street traffic in that area. We did have a ton of family show up to hang out and talk but that ended up filling the booth so that I couldn’t get in and I got my head burnt standing in the sun all day 😦 Oh well, it was a good exercise to get the stuff out and put up a booth to see the process so I know what to expect if we want to do another one some day in the future. Also we got some prints made while we were hanging out!

After the festival from Saturday afternoon to Sunday night I worked on my haunted house. This will be our 15th year doing them! We chose clowns as this year’s theme which will be the third time we’ve done them. They are always a hit with the performers. The name of this year’s house is Circus Freaks. I got the whole garage emptied out (which is no small feat) and half the walls up. Once I start making some progress I’ll probably post some pictures. If you live in the area you can find out all the info on the Haunted House Facebook Page.

Haunted House, Modeling, and Art Festival – October Is Busy

Posted in Artistic Stuffs with tags , , , , , , , , on October 2, 2012 by Dustin

Haunted House 2011

October is the month of craziness at my house. We prepare the garage all month for our annual haunted house (15th year this year). During that time I also have my normal items to fit in. Some of them, sadly, have to be skipped. I’m afraid I will probably miss the second Saturday art walk in Pomona this month. It sucks too because I really wanted to be a part of the Muppet themed event. Who knows, it may still happen.

This week will be my first creative expression of the month. The local gallery in Claremont, Perma Dirty Project Space, is holding it’s first figure drawing night. I was excited to attend just to draw and be social. I had to open my big mouth, or actually my keyboard, and posted on the event page, “When can I model?” I was joking but within the day I was already a part of the event and will be the last model of the night in what should be one of my most embarrassing public displays yet. I shall post photos on my Facebook page if I can stand to look at them once it’s over.

This weekend I have to run an art booth up at the local college and hopefully sell some of my prints. I will be doing live printing if weather permits and my wife will be selling her wares as well. She has some amazing work that over shadows my attempts to catch up to her brilliance. If you’re in town come on up to Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday.

Young At Heart Festival

It looks like I’m going to have to work on the haunted house during the week since my weekends are pretty full. It doesn’t help that it’s still hitting the 100’s out here. Being in the garage in that heat is just not gonna happen. When is Fall gonna arrive already?! Wish me luck as a model this Wednesday!

 

Greener Grass Than Mine

Posted in Artistic Stuffs, Writer's Blox with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 4, 2012 by Dustin

Let Your Dogs Run Wild

Anytime I travel to a new town the grass seems to be exceptionally greener on their side. The food is in walking distance and is amazing with 400 thousand options. Kitschy neighborhoods with quaint little shops selling all kinds of frivolity abound and I wonder what the hell is wrong with me? Why do I stay living in such a mundane vanilla town with abso-freaking-lutely nothing but track homes and corporate businesses sucking the life blood out my creative soul? I’ve been to a few cities and not all of them give me such vehement reactions to my own home town but too damn many have and I’m really wondering when am I going to start planning my escape?

I have made the best of living here in suburbia, about 50 miles east of LA in the mecca of the Walmart culture. I run multiple video sites on youtube, do performance art on the street once a month, write blogs and stories and poetry, and once a year I fill my garage with horrific scenes of blood and gore and invite the neighbors to walk through and get some candy.  It’s all very fun and I love the people I hang with for all these events, but the lack of anything happening on it’s own, especially restaurant wise, is killing me.

I visited Portland Oregon this weekend as a birthday present to my wife. Albeit this is the Vegan/Vegetarian stomping ground for a shit ton of hippy types, it is still a good example of city life breeding creativity not only in culinary amazing sauce, but also in art. (I am fairly biased being that I am a vegetarian freak myself.) We walked to the local once a year art happening “Art in the Pearl” and met lots of fun people from all over that are doing things and making it happen. The last time I saw anything related to art in my little dumpy town was when the guy with the white van set out all his paint by number pieces in front of Ralph’s to be sold to people who needed something to fill some space above the mantle and wouldn’t know art if it shit in their Twinkie.

My wife and I have gone back and forth and we’re pretty sure we like northern California for our eventual landing spot but for now we’re braving the 110 average heat index during the summer and a terrible food selection so that our daughter can finish high school with her friends. Come next year we may just be searching for a new place in the bay area. Until then we make the most of what we got.

Where do you think the grass is greener?

The Benson Hotel – Portland Oregon

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