Roger Wilkerson is my hero.
I know that it may not be considered particularly “hip” nowadays when it comes to enjoying pumpkin flavored products… I’ve heard people complaining about the yearly pumpkin overkill and even so-called satirists who go on tirades denouncing the plethora of pumpkin products available… to them I say, you can kiss my pumpkin-consuming ass!!
Aside from picking up a refill on the pumpkin pie spice coffee creamer at the supermarket tonight and eying up the freshly baked pumpkin pies, I picked up an assortment of pumpkin beers at the liquor store, as you can see!
You “Christmas People” think all seasonal spending should revolve around your little 25th of December and all its cute, quaint and/or charming trappings… that Christmas season needs to inundate our lives for 3-4 months with non-stop glistening lights, snowflakes, candy canes, Santa Clauses and the non-stop loop of the same 10 Christmas songs aurally assaulting our eardrums until we have egg nog dripping out of our assholes… to them I say, suck it up and give us our goddamn pumpkin season!
We “Halloween People” can do without all the hoopla and financial debt that the yuletide season produces by simply indulging our tastes for pumpkin and I don’t think one month of pumpkin inundation is too much for the rest of the population to endure! So tonight, when I select the pumpkin ale of my liking, click off the lamp in the living room, throw a bad 1970’s horror movie into the DVD player and put my feet up to relax… I will be in my element. I will be celebrating my favorite holiday as I see fit and like I’ve been doing for as long as I can remember… because to me Halloween isn’t just the last day of October, it’s all month long!
Long live pumpkin season!! And long live Halloween!!!
1953: “House for the Atomic Age”
“A swimming pool that becomes an automatic decontamination bath during an A-bomb attack is one of the features of a home that Hal B. Hayes, Hollywood contractor, is completing for himself. In the hillside next to the swimming pool he’s building an underground sanctuary that you reach by diving into the pool. His house is designed to “bring the outdoors indoors” for ordinary peaceful living, yet has a structure built to resist great destructive forces. Several of the walls are completely of glass that would be swept away by a powerful shock wave, but could later be replaced. A continuation of his living-room rug is pulled up to shroud the glass wall in that room when a button is pressed.
Other walls of the house have a fluted design to resist shock wave and a fireproof exterior surface of Gunite.
A garden growing in half a foot of soil on the flat roof provides insulation against extreme heat or shock. All exposed wood, inside and outside of the house, is fire-resistant redwood coated with fire-retarding paint. In addition to the underground sanctuary, equipped with bottled oxygen, there is a bombproof shelter in the house itself, consisting of a large steel and concrete vault containing a sitting room and bathroom. Other features of the home include a three-story indoor tree…”