Saturday, November 01, 2014

A smaller, more intimate Halloween party, with just a tinge of warning

When Halloween falls during the week, most clubs have their costume contests and big parties the Saturday night before.  But this year it fell on a Friday.  I went to a “smaller” party this year, at the Cobalt DC on R and 17th Sts NW in Washington.

“Wolverine” (from the “X-Men” series, a favorite of Anderson Cooper according to his tweets;  “Days of Future Past” was reviewed on the movies blog May 31) won the costume “voice volume” contest ($1000 cash) held right before midnight (as the calendar moved into “All Saints Day”).  The runner up was “Game of Thrones”.  “Mrs. Doubtfire” (which I saw in the 1990s and is reviewed on the “doaskdotell” site – and for which "they" shaved Robin Williams repeatedly) was a runnerup.  So was “Ebola”, in a yellow cover-suit and protective mask.  No one wore a black mask or black flag, fortunately. 

As I indicated recently, “Ebola” (as in the 1995 movie "Outbreak", and Robin Cook novel) may no longer be funny.  Recently, as I reported, some bars in New York City were scanning driver’s license or passport bar codes on entry last weekend.  Were someone under observation for Ebola to enter (or some other disease, likely more transmissible, in the future) to found by computer search to have entered, a place could get shut down. 
My only costume was a Washington Nationals cap.  But it got photos and comments.  I told someone that I can’t emulate Nats most dependable ace pitcher Doug Fister (at 6 ft 8, the cutest – and I hope the Nationals resign him quickly – before he can go free-agent).  Remember, ex-National Mike Morse drove in the winning runs for the San Francisco Giants in Game 7 this week (and I guess San Francisco wining the WS was the next best thing). 

At least one person wore an Eagle Scout outfit (not in contest).  There's a link for Scouts for Equality here.

On DC streets, Halloween was quieter than usual.  Not as many costumes on the Metro (Silver Line) as usual.  The rain held off, but the northeast wind was starting to bite.  

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