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Amber’s pumpkin carving party

On Friday night, Paul and I went to my friend Amber Joliat’s pumpkin-carving party. It was a fun evening with about two dozen people in attendance, carving pumpkins, drinking wine, eating homemade cookies and seeds taken from the pumpkins and roasted in the oven. I was also the musical entertainment for the evening; that night, I tried two new numbers in the repertoire: AC/DC’s Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap and Cake’s Sheep Go to Heaven. A fun evening all ’round — mucho thanks to Amber and her housemates for having us over!

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The crowd at Amber’s. We took up all the space in the living room.

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“Okay, Jack, time for your lobotomy!” It’s one of my favourite lines from Calvin and Hobbes.

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;). It wasn’t a terribly labour-intensive design, but I had to get mine over with quickly because people were asking me to get on the squeezebox and rock out.

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Here’s Paul working on his pumpkin…

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…and here’s the end result.

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“I feel like Norman Bates in Psycho“. Jenn takes a knife to the Great Pumpkin.

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Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! The mottling spot you see on its front was the side that the pumpkin was lying on.

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“The X-Men are no match for the Master of Magnetism!” Mark carved himself a nice helmet just like the one Magneto wears in The Uncanny X-Men.

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Hey, it’s Gene Simmons!

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The gallery of jack-o’lanterns in the light. Once we were done carving, we gathered our work along the wall…

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…and then killed the lights. This photo doesn’t do the scene any justice; it looked amazing.

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Here’s the gallery from another angle.

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And here it is from yet another angle.

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This is a close-up of the right side of the gallery.

Some of the jack-o’-lanterns, close up:

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Here’s the “Great Pumpkin” that Jenn was carving in one the pictures above.

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Happiness is a carved pumpkin.

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The Phantom of the Opera. He’s scary, but not half as scary as the prospect of sitting thrugh another Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.

Some folks got really ambitious and carved these, using the “level 3” (the most difficult) templates in the jack-o’-lantern book. The results were pretty impressive:

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John Wayne. This one took over two hours to finish.

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Gilligan! I’m not sure what would make a graphic designer decide that Gilligan would be a good design to have on a jack-o’-lantern, but I have to admit that it’s pretty impressive.

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