Look, Mortals, I shan't lie to you: your Dragonmaster is in a bit of snitter --- the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade
is partially why. Harken ye, then, to the details:
Next Tuesday, as you Mortals know, is the aforenoted Halloween. I got a lot to kvetch about, so listen up: First, there's the little matter of dresing meself in the full costume. Even before I do that,
I gotta put together a strictly black "bodysuit" that will completely conceal my civilan regalia, which I might have to wear in case it gets really cold. As if that's not bad enough, I gotta be in costume and in character for all of 24 hours. The daytime hours will be especially crucial, as I ahve no wish to really make a scene until at least the late afternoon. Hopefully, the good folks at the Apple Store Soho, where I sometimes spend my mornings, will be in enough of the Halloween spirit to at the very least tolerate your Dragonmaster's presence. (I have heard that the Conan Star Wars
Nerds clip is a favorite thing to download at the Apple Store, so I am comforted by the fact that at least one or two of their employees are familiar with Blackwolf the Dragonmaster.)
The fact that I will, hopefully, be able to do
this at all will give me a chance to, if all is allowed to happen as I would wish it to, proceed from the Apple Store Soho straight to Washington Square Park, where I can then kill some time before the start of the Children's Village Halloween Parade, led as always by the members of the NYU Pipes & Drums,
Brian Meagher, Pipe Major/Senior Instructor; and the NYU Cheerleaders
and the Wildcat Mascot! The idea, in case you don't know, is that the kids march in a full circle around the entire block of Washington Square Park, beginning and ending at the Washington Memorial Gateway Arch; then, afterwards, we gather in front of the Garibaldi statue, where there are candy, brochures, musical surprises, a few speeches, photo ops, etc. --- and all this is done, of course, because Halloween this year falls on a 'school night;' which means that some of the wee trick-or-treaters must go to bed early. (Lots of Dragons for the mto dream about, I hope!)
Meanwhile, the rest of us ---- that would be the more dangerously-living amongst us Mortals (and us Wizards!) ---- get to take on the challenge of being in on the big Halloween Parade (that's the one with the huge, weird puppets, political and assorted other agendae, and the rather ribald stuff!). By the time all is said and done (again, I hope!), it'll be 2 inna morning --- and I'll have at least four hours of sleep before I can return to civilian life like a decent New Yorker!
Still, it's going to be quite a challenge. I only hope I don't get kicked out on me ear.