Today is the day! Even bigger than Talk Like A Pirate Day! More amazing than Arbor Day (although, realistically, that’s not that hard)! More candy-licious than Easter!
You know it’s Halloween because I’m sure you dudes, like me, have been sampling the candy for the last couple of weeks. I mean, I had to make sure the candy was up to the high, rigorous standards of our household if I was going to give it away for free. It could have gone bad. Well, it could have. It’s possible.
Quick image from one of my favorite movies: Nightmare Before Christmas
Yeah, that’s the creepy we need.
As the sun drops low into the sky tonight and the goblins and ghoulies start to come out and you’ve got your costume on, remember to be safe. Your little dudes should have an adult when they’re headed out into the streets and one of you probably should have some sort of flashlight. Not even for safety. I mean, how can we steal the best candy if we’re not able to see it. If you try that back at the house, you’re sure to get caught.
If your little dudette is wearing a dark costume, try to make sure there is some sort of reflective surface or light attached to it. You never know what sort of Halloween treats the dude behind the wheel might have been consuming earlier in the evening.
With that, I’m headed out to get my costume on and go into the streets. Since my costume has a full-face mask, I’m planning on lots of stuff I wouldn’t do with my face showing. Nothing bad, you know, but it’s going to be fun.
They come from out of the sea! Giant! Mysterious! What are they? Will mankind survive first contact with the . . . Giant Lego Men?
No, seriously. Well, partially seriously. I don’t know about invasion, but there really are giant Lego dudes washing ashore all over the place. The latest incursion was on the beach of Siesta Key Village in Florida.
The Lego dude was about 6 feet tall and looked just like a regular-sized Lego man. Only much, much bigger. And with the words “No real than you are” printed on its chest.
Now, you might be forgiven for thinking this was probably the only occurrence of its kind, but you’d be wrong. Identical Lego dudes also washed ashore in Zandvoort in the Netherlands in Aug. 2007, and another one was found off Brighton Beach in England in November of 2008.
That’s the giane Lego dude from the Netherlands. He seems like he’s having fun.
A quick websearch of the words “no real than you are” turns up the website called www.egoleonard.com. So, the site’s written in Dutch, but via bablefish translation here’s approximately what it says:
My name is Ego Leonard and I greet you from the virtual world.
A world which for me stands for luck, solidarity, everything green and blooming, and without rules and restrictions.
Recently, my world has been flooded with luck-seekers and those who want power.
Many new meetings in my virtual world have left me very curious as to your surroundings.
I am here because I thought of your world and wanted to discover and understand it.
Show me all of those beautiful things which your world has to offer.
Be my friend, and tell me tales, take me on your travels to beautiful landscapes, show me your words and gestures.
Okay, not too creepy.
Although I love the idea that there are more of these things floating on the oceans of the world, adrift, heading in the general direction of nowhere, to eventually wash up on shore in front of befuddled beachcombers. It makes the world a much stranger place. I like that.