Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Lil Bit's Masquerade Party

Lil Bit, fellow HNTer and all around cool dude person, invited me to a Halloween Masquerade party in which we're supposed to include a pic of a mask that represents you (just ONE), explain why that picture was chosen -- ie, what is it about the mask that speaks to you, represents you, etc.

Well, Lil Bit, I didn't have a lot of time to work on this but I'd like to offer the mask I wore today to work (yes I dress up every year at work whether or not everyone else participates or not -- fortunately, this year, many people participated)

My costume was "Chain Bookstore Zombie" and the "mask" I wore, the paint on my face and the uniform I wore represented the Mark of the past 14 years, the Mark who was a chain bookstore zombie. I'm partially poking fun at myself (particularly since I now work for an independent bookstore and that's what independents do, isn't it? Make fun of the chain stores) But in many ways, the mask shows the scars and bruises of the past 14 years, the darkened eyes from lack of sleep pulling over-night shifts. No, these are just typical retail bruises and things I'll continue to bear in my new role. I'll always cherish my years with Coles, Chapters and Indigo, and I had the pleasure of working with a ton of fabulous people.

I could go on and talk about the other masks I wear -- the mask of horror writer, the mask of father, the mask of husband, the mask of boss. But maybe that'll be at Lil Bit's next party...

Happy Halloween!!!


Bob said...

Dude... you know that the scariest thing you were wearing was that Chapters vest. You officially given me nightmares for the rest of the week. Way to go!

Incidently, I just posted something new on my blog... my first in months.

lime said...

convincingly terrifying!

Franny said...

Screeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeam! I don't think I'll be able to sleep anymore.
We've all been the zombie...

BTExpress said...

Great costume! Your not only a good writer, but a good makeup artist too.

Tish said...

Great costume!

Lil Bit said...

Oh, Mark ~ this is EXCELLENT!
Indeed, a perfect mask to wear to my party... thanks so much for making a post for me & attending. =)
I really enjoyed your self-reflection about the mask, too!

Stay tuned to how I display my growing cyber mask collection, as it's still under development.

... and the party's still underway... lol