Tuesday, September 26, 2006

A post? On a Tuesday? What's next: advice on carving jack-o-lanterns?

Yup. The no-posts-on-Tuesday-at-ICFAB streak has come to an end, we hope.

It's early yet (though you can't tell it by looking in most stores), but if you choose to celebrate the eve of All Saints Day this year by carving and illuminating a pumpkin, this may interest you. You can download several templates to inscribe the face of your favorite 30s & 40s pulp fiction hero onto a pumpkin--or some other gourd, if you prefer! (I recall reading that the original idea in the tradition involved the hollowing-out and carving of a turnip, which is a delightful idea for the traditionalist with a lot of patience.) Because I know that so many of you are fans of old pulp novels!

From the left: The Shadow, Doc Savage, & The Spider.

As far as I know, there's no pumpkin character in the VeggieTales world, but imagine what you could do in the field of illuminated vegetation with a series of VT characters! I mean, they're all vegetables (except for the few that are fruits)! There are several gourd characters: Jimmy, Jerry, & Mr Lunt. Bob the tomato could work as a pumpkin! Perhaps a zucchini could stand in for Larry the cucumber?

I finally heard from Henry via email. He's fine, and is planning to be at Cornland the second Sunday of October, Lord-willing.

Next Monday is Yom Kippur--the Day of Atonement, so get your act together and start making things right, now. A bottle of Tabasco or package of gourmet coffee will go along way in gaining my forgiveness for all that you have done to me this past year, knowingly and unknowingly. Of course, it is important that these items reach me before next Monday, because Yom Kippur is a day of fasting.

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