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Wednesday, October 26, 2005


John's award winning pumpkin

Clay and Emily threw a great pumpkin-carving party this last weekend. I attempted to thin the skin of my jack-o-lantern rather than cut through it. The result is supposed to create a Chinese paper lantern effect. Accordingly I depicted a Chinese dragon, which resulted in one award for "ugliest pumpkin" and two bleeding finger wounds.

Ala Stave It Off commentor Clay Smith, I'm including a quote in today's post. In contains the true nature of Halloween within.

"Life and death: they are one, at core entwined.
Who understands himself from his own strain
presses himself into a drop of wine
and throws himself into purest flame."
-Rainer Maria Rilke _Photography



At 10/26/2005 04:29:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought you did a bitchin job at carving your pumpkin Johnbai, although I didn't win I'm not above giving credit where credit is due. Good job Dude. All of the entrants did a pretty decent job with their pumpkins too and it was warm and wonderful having everyone come out. Y'all have such beauty and grace that both Emily and I were quite humbled by the turnout. There definitely wasn't a lack of creativity at our crib.

Also, cool quote.

Thanks Johnbai.


At 10/26/2005 05:42:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow - that is one badass carving.

If you intentionally put five fingers on the hand-like shape near the middle, dragon fanatics everywhere say kudos to you. This is what separates a Chinese dragon from a four-fingered European dragon.

"When you paint a dragon, dot its eyes." It took me almost a year to figure this one out.


At 10/26/2005 07:45:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

dearest jonathanbai--

i learned two things from your attendance at our lovely brunch--- it is important to have a first aid kit handy AND since i too think your pumpkin was an exceptional entry and not at all ugly-- (if it helps you were also one vote away from winning the best pumpkin mutilation award!)...ugly is such an UGLY word... i think next year we will have to come up with a different category the day was just to positive for such a word!

"I have found that all ugly things are made by those who strive to make something beautiful, and that all beautiful things are made by those who strive to make something useful." mr. oscar wilde.

you and carole added a necessary spark to the afternoon. thank you.


At 3/24/2011 12:33:00 PM, Blogger John said...

Soapy, the "hand shaped thing" at the center is actually supposed to be the lower jaw of the dragon. The only visible hand is down at the bottom... and I think it has only 3 claws. :(


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