Above: I was one lucky drunken severed head the year Coffin Joe (or is it Coffin Ray?--I can never remember) helped me celebrate my birthday!
As today is my birthday, I feel free to post on anything I feel like sharing. Well, I feel like sharing photos I took on a window-shopping outing I took last June--though it wasn't on my birthday. Among other places, Jane and I went to Mars and visited a costume shop! (Click on the pics below to enlarge.)
Mars, Pennsylvania, that is--and the surrounding area. Here's the front of the costume shop we visited:
Here's the side:
A sign on the door that made me laugh:
Cool costumes, props, toys and masks awaited inside.
A severed head greeted us:
Below: Boney McPirate screams, "Avast, ye mortals!" (Or is that "'alf-assed, ye mortals"?):
The same picture is more dramatic with the flash off:
Jane the Voodoo queen finds a toy to play with!
Some very lonely-looking Frankenstein Monster masks from the movie Van Helsing:
After the costume shop, we went back to Pittsburgh and visited Big Lots, where I took a photo of a cool monster figure that I successfully resisted buying:
We saw a giant leprechaun on the way back. Thank God he had his gold (and a few mellowing beers), or else he might have been dangerous in the high traffic area:
Then we saw a giant eggman (John Lennon would have been pleased):
Once we reached Pittsburgh, we drove around, and saw buildings that made us think even more of giants:
Across the street, an axe for a rockin' 50 foot woman:
And next to the credit union, a closed and forlorn, possibly abandoned warehouse for a wholesale toy and novelty company, with interesting but lonely faces in the windows:
I went to the front door, which was painted over, mostly:
But I got the camera up against a hole in the paint and found, amongst piles of junk, a mysterious message written on a column:
All of this would have been enough to make my day great, but waiting at home was a package from my good friend Jim Bertges. Inside, an old Aurora guillotine model with a figure that had my face on it! Good for hours o' head-choppin' fun! Hoo-hah!
Today can't be any better than that day. But with the great birthday wishes I've already seen posted online, and with ones sent to my e-mail inbox, it's gonna be just as good. I couldn't be happier!
Happy birthday wishes to anyone out there born on this date, and happy non-birthday wishes to everyone else!