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Photo Of The Day
Halloween 1999 at Work
31st October 1999
1999 was my first Halloween in the USA. It was an interesting
experience. Halloween fell on a Sunday, so the Halloween
celebrations at work were on the Friday before. Several weeks
earlier, I noticed large spider webs going up on the walls and
ceilings, followed by large spiders, pumpkins, and orange
As we got closer to the day, I found out more information about the
celebrations. Thursday was a Casual Day, but only if you wore black
or orange. Friday was a Casual Day where it was expected that
everyone dress up for Halloween. There were several competitions on
Friday too. Best costume. Best decorated pumpkin.
Here we are on the Friday, with two people at work dressed for
Halloween. Ruth on the left is dressed as Austin Powers from the
films. Those teeth aren't real, although they were very off-putting.
The guy on the right is dressed as a fat programmer.
This is Jack. Jack is dressed in garish drag. Jack won a prize for
his costume, and although I didn't see the judging or hear much
about the results, I think I saw a sign indicating that Jack won
first prize. He came into our area to report a problem and I was so
impressed that a photo had to be taken. The dress is low at the
back, and he wasn't wearing stockings. Bronwyn asked about whether
he should have shaved and he said "No thanks, I'm European."
Nuns are always popular. Guys love to dress up as nuns, although I
have never understood the attraction. I was caned too many times by
nuns looking like that to ever want to emulate one. In the middle is
Little Red Riding Hood.
Not only were the people dressed up, but the pumpkins were dressed
up. Each department was given a pumpkin and had to dress it up. The
personalities of the various departments became very evident. THis
bloody image shows a doll with hands severed, and head torn off, and
the sign about the ransom.
The Refurb/Refreq department showed the most disgusting talent for
dressing up a pumpkin. They had a table with three pumpkins on it
and each of them was a miniature masterpiece. This pumpkin, despite
looking phallicly obscene, was not. It showed a doll strapped to an
axe which had been smashed through the pumpkin head. Gory.
This was a wonderful image of a "harvest moon". It needs no further
This disgusting little item needs some description. Rising between
the feet of the little rough pumpkin is a phallus, lovingly carved
from a pumpkin stalk. It's also hollow, and connected to that little
red bulb you see just to the right of the shoes. When that bulb is
squeezed, splashes of milk shoot from the end of the stalk in a most
realistic manner. The tissues are there to mop up the spill. The
creators of this delightful item managed to catch a number of people
who were invited to squeeze the bulb, and who did. The cries of
delighted shock echoed around the building.
I don't know if this pumpkin won an award, but it was my favourite.