Carving Party

Susan and I aren’t frequent party givers… in fact the last time we had people over to the house for an organized thing was our post-wedding reception in June 2005. So when Susan said she wanted us to host a pumpkin carving party I was all for it, especially when she decided that the menu would feature her scrumptious pumpkin soup and a dessert of homemade pumpkin bread with “honey and spice buttercream” icing.

It was great to see Manny and Steve and Alice and Florie and Billy and their Isabella (who is already 3 years old!) and Rachel and Eric and after dinner we got down to some gourd-gutting that resulted in these four jacks:


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From left: Susan went nicely stylized with a black cat made from stacking a pair of pumpkins spraypainted black. Alice’s stenciled witch was wicked and Steve’s more traditional lantern strikes an excellent balance of sinister and silly. Mine on the right… freeform at its WTF-ist. I really don’t know what I was going for. Jack Dempsey? Broderick Crawford? Who knows and who cares (though I did later add a couple pennies to give the eyes a bit more detail).

All I know is we had a blast catching up and hanging out with everyone.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."