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The Night I Joined the Rolling Stones (Sales Team)
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 14 October 2010
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We were told to suggest-sell the living hell out of the Rolling Stones’ new album. Inspired, I went to the magazine rack with a pair of scissors

Halloween Safety Tips
Posted in Lies and Entertainment on 8 October 2010
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It’s okay to have fun as long as we play it safe. These safety tips will ensure that your Halloween is all treat and no tricks!

Things We Like: “The People Next Door,” “Something Wicked” and Our First Gig
Posted in Things We Like on 2 October 2010
Stats: 3,680 views and No Comments

Have you talked to your kids in the past ten minutes? If not, there’s an excellent chance that they’re hanging out with hippies, starting a band, or running off to join the carnival.

Tales of the Wallingford Beast, Part 2
Posted in Lies and Entertainment on 1 October 2010
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You would think that Archie McPhee would be happy to have some kind of cryptozoological creature co-existing in our space, but there have been problems.

Jack Skellington, Go Home
Posted in One Million Watts on 22 September 2010
Stats: 6,315 views and 8 Comments

“The Nightmare Before Christmas,” the stop-motion animated movie, is wonderful. “Haunted Mansion Holiday,” the Disneyland semi-attraction based on the movie, is the precise opposite.

Horror After Halloween
Posted in Things We Like on 5 November 2009
Stats: 12,708 views and 2 Comments

Halloween is really only a beginning. In winter, the nights are longer, darker and colder — and mysterious footprints appear in enchanting blankets of snow.

A Complete History of the World in Halloween Costumes
Posted in Lies and Entertainment on 30 October 2009
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My father dresses me as Kaiser Wilhelm II. I have little say in this, as I am three at the time. My expression at least resembles the Kaiser’s when he finds out he’s lost the war.

Rock of Monsters! Twenty Must-Have Halloween Songs
Posted in Things We Like on 29 October 2009
Stats: 37,941 views and 11 Comments

Over an insanely funky beat, good ol’ Charlie Brown throws down his paper bag full of stratum, elbows his way through his posse and steps up: “I gotta rock.” After this, no one will ever diss him again, not even Lucy.

Archie McPhee’s Cornucopia of Costumes: No Vaseline
Posted in Seattle on 28 October 2009
Stats: 11,541 views and 6 Comments

For most people coming up with a single costume for Halloween is stressful, but imagine coming up with a whole week’s worth. That’s the challenge of working at the Archie McPhee store in Seattle.

The Grave of Mark Wright
Posted in One Million Watts on 27 October 2009
Stats: 4,942 views and 1 Comment

As I sit to write I shiver, my legs wobble, shake and quiver/So frightened, but must deliver an account of what occurred tonight/Oh! Things went altogether wrong, what began with a laughing throng…