Santa Con

It’s Santa Con time and I’m totally EXCITED!

What could be better than dressing up like Santa Claus, or putting on another festive costume, and going from bar to bar, sipping on libations?

Nothing, I tell you!

How I managed to make it through 42 years of my life without knowing about Santa Cons I will never know.

I only learned about Santa Con through the burners.

They are always up for a good dress up party!

Here I am at my first Santa Con in 2015:

It was (I think) the first annual Cupertino Santa Con.

We started at the W XYZ bar and made our way through Whole Foods’ Beer Garden where they fed us tasty free food, before landing at the Blue Pheasant for dancing.

Since then I’ve done NUMEROUS Santa Cons.

Campbell is my favorite because all the bars are so close together and the company is EXTRAORDINARY.

In 2016, I went as the Grinch, just to be green, instead of red, and I talked Barbara into going as well.

But last year was the best.

In part because I spontaneously ran into old high school friends of mine, and in part because I loved my Santa Claus-ette costume:

What you have to remember is that there are anywhere from 20 – 50 of us, all dressed up and ready for fun.

We walk around from bar to bar and it’s not so crowded that we can’t manage to grab a drink before we progress on to the next bar.

It’s so festive and really puts me in the holiday spirit.

The only Santa Con I haven’t done is the San Francisco Santa Con.

There’s A LOT of people who participate in that and I’ve heard it’s impossible to get a drink.

Every year I think I might go, and every year I chicken out.

However, I should rethink my stance on the SF Santa Con because there’s even a Santa Con train that take people from the South Bay to the City for Santa Con and you can drink and carouse with your friends on the train.

So. . . .

Thanksgiving Pub Crawl

Any excuse for a pub crawl is good enough reason to pub crawl, right?

Well, as it turns out there are numerous Santa Cons coming up and I’m fully prepared with a buttload of Santa costumes I can wear – everything from a bare assed elf to Mrs. Claus.

What you don’t know is there there is a little known but equally awesome pub crawl called The Pilgrim’s Progressive.

Basically you dress up like a pilgrim, turkey, or other Thanksgiving themed costume and you crawl through the pubs of downtown Mountain View.

Yesterday, I pulled out all my Santa Con costumes.

Now I’ve got to pull out my pilgrim costume from last year (which I never got to wear, boo!).

Because this year I AM GOING TO BE A PILGRIM crawling down Castro Street in downtown Mountain View, imbibing questionable quantities of liquid courage as I go.

Check me out. . .

Here’s my inspiration for my costume.

And here’s what I’ve assembled for my costume:

Is  it not THE BOMB as far as pilgrim costumes go?  I’d like to thank etsy for the awesome cape and bonnet (which I did not want to sew myself).

Watch out Mountain View, the pilgrims are coming!

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Love is in the air

loveLove is in the air.

I can just SMELL it.

Today I got an invitation to a Cupid Crawl – a costumed progressive through the bars of downtown Mountain View.

Seriously?

What could be better than getting decked out like Cupid and spreading love everywhere I go?!

I imagine I’ll spread more love as the evening progresses. LOL

Some years, I am TURNED OFF to Valentine’s Day. I literally HATE the holiday and the onslaught of love that hits me full frontal in the face on Facebook.

Like in 2015 when I wrote Just Another Way to Bleed.

Yeah, I was a little bitter that year.

But this year is different and I have no good reason for being cheery about this fucking holiday other than the fact that I just got laid yesterday and so I am in a good mood.

Truth.

This year I plan to do something nice for my sons and my mom – like take them out to a restaurant and feed them from a bucket of seafood.

Because nothing says “I love you” like a bucket a chum, a vat of melted butter, and a wet wipe.