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LONG BLOG

The Cblogs of 10/31 and UNDEAD STRIDERISMS

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Once again, I have the pleasure of recapping on a distinguished day, Halloween. Let me take this chance to regale with tales of my own Halloweens, when I was younger.

Being a child, admittedly all you care about is free candy. But I could never get through even half my Halloween haul. I usually went with a friend in his neighborhood and as soon as we'd get back, I'd only be able to shovel down as much as an 8-year-old could stomach before calling it a night. My parents went out o their way to hide the rest of my catch, or worse, throw it away.

As I grew up, I didn't want to go trick or treating anymore. Was it because it's childish? Most adults would agree free candy in this American economy is a godsend. Was it uncool? This generation has produced countless pop culture icons most people in their twenties don't mind dressing up as. If it's no a walking sex joke, it's something cool like Finn or Jake, Mario, or even something ironic like a corrupt politician with a dirty jacket.

I thought about it for a while and realized what I loved most about Halloween wasn't the candy but that once a year chance to venture out into the night completely unsupervised. Wandering around at night around a mysterious neighborhood, without the pressure of being watched by my parents was a rare feeling that I didn't get to experience often as a child. And it dawned on me that I became less and less interested in trick or treating as I grew up because I could just as easily go out unsupervised as a young adult any old night, not just Halloween.


HI-DIDDLY HO THEIR TRICK-OR-TREAT-ORINOS!

But what did I go as you ask? Every year between the ages of six and nine, I probably went out to trick or treat. One night I wen as a firefighter during a brief phase thinking I wanted to be one when I grew up. The next year, I went as a power ranger, which I'm sure everyone has done at least once in their life. The last costume I remember having was some sort of ronin/samurai costume. Beyond those, I may have worn something during high school to celebrate but those costumes weren't worn again past that. Nowadays, I'm sure everyone would much rather make their own costume since store bought costumes can be dodgy and expensive. I should know, I worked in a Halloween store once.

I've also just realized that the month of October just ended and that means I should write out the Write Stu-FUUUUUUU, I don't wanna! I'm already editing the Fapcast!

I started these caps at work on my iPod, feeling ok. As I finish them at home after work, I must admit, the cold I caught this Sunday is just eating away at me. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, I'm sick as a plague ridden dog. Saturday, during my Finn and FP's Big Disney Adventure, we got on the Grizzely River Rapids ride. Rapids are rushing, white water rapids that splash every which way. We got soaked. It was 4pm. We dried off in an hour but we spent an hour soaked. Being soaked for an hour at 4pm is probably why I have cold. Or maybe it's crippling paralysis. I forget, but all I know is that SCREW THESE CAPS! I'M GOING TO SLEEP!

Happy Halloween assclowns!

* - Manchild is going to write eloquently for November or die trying!

* - MASKS ARE GREAT (paid for by the corporate executives of Halloween Inc.)

* - Nekobun shines light on a great horror about interpretation, Home

* - Halloween tips for the newb, courtesy of Steve Hansen

A - Slappy Cap moved to Hawaii and drew comparisons to Mario Sunshine

A - Manwithnoname treads on the well-treaded idea that reviews are an opinion, not a guideline

A - crackedbat calls bullshit on AC3's review aggregation on GameRankings. But Jim Sterling comments and add context from Hurricane Sandy

P - Taco Tues Episode 3: The Halloween special

P - This episode of Secret Moon Base guest stars Nihil! WHOA!

P - Lower Tier Podcast is out! Listen or abandon all hope!





I - Instead of a super proper introduction, ANIMEniac starts off with a top 5 of satisfying deaths

H - Xaeius wants to thank everyone, as long as they're Destructoid

R - Tenshi does a little amateur review on Dokuro

T - Euphorbus adds context to Sleeping Dog's jiang-shi

R - Heavan109 uses MATH to tell us why Black Cops 2 is better than the first Black Cops

T - LoonyWoman picspams us with her Minecraft sky castle! Great castle!

R - Kudo compiles a spooky compilation of spooky reviews from XBLIG in a spooky manner! Also, House of Cockroaches sounds hilarious

M - kingsharkboi does his rendition of an Okami song on piano

M - The Protag returns in another in his series of win-filling music blogs





F - SOON


~ StriderHoang


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