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It looks like the pun-kin was a great success. Thanks for all
the kind comments! My co-workers liked it too (after they
finished rolling their eyes at me), and even some of the
trick-or-treaters thought it was funny.
I didn’t dress up at all, but I did try to provide both
a trick (fire and other juggling) and a treat (big pile
o’ chocolate). Both were pretty well received,
although there were a surprising number of kids who asked
if they could have a glass of water, too. Hm... wonder
if it’s because I'm at the end of a street?
The rest of my setup was almost as geeky. I had a candle
lantern, a bunch of L.E.D.-powered lightsticks, my whole
bag of juggling toys, and whatever I was drinking at the
time. Later, when it got slower, I brought my laptop
downstairs; hooray for wireless. :)
So, a checklist for next year:
- small bottled waters (24? 48?)
- proper pumpkin carving utensils
- extra juggling fuel
- tiki torches
- larger pumpkin
- set up music earlier / more sanely
- aluminum foil makes a good heat spreader
Regarding pumpkin size: it may not be immediately obvious, but
this pumpkin is pretty small. It’s only 6½"
[17 cm] wide and 6" [15 cm] tall. For comparison, in the
it is sitting atop a Kleenex box turned to show the long side.
The hardest part to carve was the very ends of the “tilde”
across the top of the letter; having a smaller blade would have made
that much easier. (Of course, I was also tempted to haul out
the big toy,
but I resisted. Maybe next year.) Making the same pattern on
a larger pumpkin would also have helped.
One experiment that didn’t go over too well was to use
markers to trace out the intended pattern. I chose
markers, thinking that I could just rinse them off later.
Three problems came up: (1) even making an initial guide
cut leaked enough liquid to start the ink running; (2)
the oil in the pumpkin rind went a fair ways towards making
the ink permanent; and (3) the ink would go into the guide
cut and sink into the flesh, and would not come out. Guess
I'll use a paper stencil next year...