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Monday, Oct. 10, 2022
Good Monday Morning to You!

Do you recall your favorite Halloween costume as a child — or as an adult? I would bet you do. There is a reason why Halloween is one of our most celebrated holidays of the year — it’s fun! And not just for kids. We adults seem to have a great time, too. What other day of the year can we let our inhibitions run wild and dress up like someone else?

I didn’t have the opportunity to do this much as a kid. My costume was the same most years — Frankenstein. I had a rubber mask, oversized rubber boots and a set of football shoulder pads. It worked fine, except for the mask only having two small holes in the nose and none in the mouth. Breathing was a problem.

I made up for my lack of Halloween costume diversity as an adult. Jolene and I had the great idea of dressing up as mummies for a friend’s party one year. We started by wearing long underwear tops and bottoms, and then we wrapped each other in old white sheets that we cut up. It was a great look, and we could breathe fine, but we overlooked another necessary feature — there was no way to easily use the restroom.

Other years, we dressed up with friends as characters from “The Wizard of Oz” (I was the lion) and “Gilligan’s Island” (I was Mr. Howell). Jolene and I also dressed as a priest and a nun one year, and we were a farmer and a cow another.

Years later, we hosted Halloween parties at our home. I relied multiple times on the Dracula and Michael Jackson costumes. Other than some complicated face painting, the Dracula option was easy. All black clothes. A cape. A fancy medal. Some fangs. The Michael Jackson costume was simple, too, but the hair from the wig kept getting in my face. That took some getting used to, as I haven’t had hair that long since 1983.

My all-time favorite costume, though, was The Lone Ranger (and Jolene was Tonto). Finding that light blue shirt and pants was a trick, and threading a leather shoe string in the upper shirt buttons wasn’t easy, but the look was spot on. That same year, we had a party off site with friends in a rented facility. I set up a fog machine and thought it would add great effects to the party. It did, especially when it set off the smoke detectors and two fire trucks showed up.

Hopefully this jogged your memories on some of your Halloween costumes from years past. If you are attending a party this year, maybe it gave you a few ideas to consider — and a few to ignore.

Have a marvelous Monday, and thanks for reading.

Shane Goodman
President and Publisher
Big Green Umbrella Media


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Your Clear Mortgage forecast from Jason Parkin

We've got a beautiful day ahead before change heads our way. Rain chances increase Tuesday into early Wednesday morning. Winds increase both days as well. Cooler temperatures follow.

For help with preapprovals or refinancing, get in touch with Jason at parkin.mortgage

From the Food Dude

After Communist China banned Taiwanese pineapples and grouper to protest Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taipei, the Taiwanese government began an initiative called Freedom Pineapple encouraging the islanders to eat more locally produced foods to help local farmers. It's working according to CBS. Interestingly, Italy's newly elected Prime Minister ran on a similar program. An uneasy world seems to be turning to food security, while tossing energy security over its shoulder like used matchsticks.

Bar Nico is in the final stage of opening, with soft openings midweek and the real debut a few days later. The bar in the former Continental will be a Mexican cantina with a food menu geared to mezcal, tequila and whiskey. — Jim Duncan

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Paul Willis at Zanzibar

By Jim Duncan

Paul Willis is a Cerro Gordo County pig farmer who has been as successful as anyone in the world for upgrading the taste of pork. He is farmer No. 1 for Niman Ranch Pork, the company he has run since it was created. He was in town last month for Niman’s annual farmers’ appreciation dinner and conference. We asked him to lunch, and he suggested Zanzibar, a café on Ingersoll that is particularly popular with out of towners.

... Read More In the October issue of CITYVIEW.

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