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QotW: Halloween Costumes

The Vox Diaspora Question of the Week is:

When you were young, what was your favorite Halloween costume? Even better if you have pictures to share!

My absolute favorite costume from when I was a kid is one I can’t remember wearing – for good reason.  I was just over 1 year old at the time.  It was a tiger costume that a friend of the family made and gave to my parents after I was born.

Ross as a Halloween Tiger (1980) Ross at Halloween (1980)

Of course, the costume was so well-made that it got passed on to my brothers, who each wore it in turn.  Then my parents boxed it up and put it away, only to pull it out in time to give to Dee and I for our kids to wear!

Bumblebee and Tiger going for a rideTiger ROARS!

I’m not sure what we’re going to do with the costume now – probably box it up and pass it on to someone else in the family when they have a little one the same age…

As for costumes as I grew older – I can’t remember many of them, but think that a vampire was one of my standard go-to costumes.  Mostly because it just required a vinyl cape & plastic fangs.  The mask was optional, but made me feel cooler:

Ross, Ben and David at Halloween 1986 (Note Ben the Happy Transformer and David the Tiger as we prepare to go trick-or-treating together)


QotW: All I Need to Know About Life I Learned From TV

Thanks to CapnStephel, us ex-Voxers have a Question of the Week.  So without further ado, here are 10 things I picked up from television that have stuck with me (often against my better judgement)!

  1. No matter how cool and foolproof your Rube Goldberg-inspired contraption is, it will never successfully fulfill its purpose unless you are (unintentionally) on the receiving side.
  2. No matter how perilous or precarious the position of the protagonist, they will always, always triumph over the bad guys by the end of the episode (unless of course, it’s TO BE CONTINUED!)
  3. Tea. Earl Grey. Hot. is the best and most desirable beverage. EVER.
  4. Every high school clique has at least one jock, one nerd, one preppy troublemaker, one cheerleader, one trendy fashionista, and one know-it-all crusader.  In spite of their differences, they’ll always hang out together, or at least have no issues with spending time together.
  5. Even though the good guys will always triumph over evil, it’s more than likely that the main bad-guy will somehow miraculously escape to devise and carry out new and even more dastardly plots against the forces of good in the future.
  6. There may be flying cars, jetpacks, and robot maids in your future, but don’t get too excited – gender stereotypes and dead-end jobs will still exist, too!
  7. It does no good to keep your problems from your parents.  All you’re going to do is get yourself into even more trouble and when (not if, but when) they finally find out, everyone will know it all could have been avoided if you just told them what was going on in the first place.
  8. Out of all the possible potential food items available on Earth, aliens will always choose to eat cats over anything else.
  9. Saving the day only ever requires 2 paperclips, a ballpoint pen, a wad of chewing gum, a piece of string, and a strong background in science.  The string is optional if you’re facing bad guys with guns.
  10. A cartoon was only really cool if they sold merchandise to go with it.  (Luckily, it was pretty hard to get a cartoon on TV in the ’80s if it WASN’T selling merchandise.)

So, how about you? Any pearls of wisdom that you picked up from TV during your childhood?


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