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Oct. 30th, 2008

I've been here for nine years now, and this is the first time I can remember us celebrating Halloween the day before when Halloween was still during the workweek. Apparently, too many people are taking tomorrow off.

Anyway, each team/area was asked to decorate. Because I was the first person to mention Halloween to my team leader, she made me in charge. I haven't been in charge of decorating before, so I was definitely apprehensive. After some brainstorming with the team, we decided on The Addams Family. My idea was to make my TL's desk like the Addams Family mansion and to make the rest of our space look like the graveyard they have in their backyard. I was definitely more successful on the latter than the former.

See, I'd had an idea for several years to make the agents' desk chairs look like tombstones. This year, I finally got the chance to use that idea. I bought several sheets of white posterboard, cut them in half, then cut out curves in the top to make them look like those old, rounded-edge tombstones. Then I wrote the names (except for those who didn't want theirs on them) and epitaphs (but no birth-death years as we are a superstitious lot) with black Sharpie. Everyone had a fun time looking up epitaphs online.

I chose Shakespeare's:

Good friend, for Jesus' sake, forbear
To dig the dust enclosed here.
Blest be the man that spares these stones
And cursed be he that moves my bones.


Others included:

She drank good ale,
Good punch and wine
And lived to the age of 99.

~

She walked at night
She left her bed
On Halloween,
She lost her head

~

This ain't so bad,
Once you get used to it.

~

She was so brave,
She was so cute,
Until she forgot
Her parachute.

~

She always said her feet were
killing her
But no one believed her

~


This agent didn't want their name on it, so they used someone else's:

C. Dracula
1236
1458
1527
1703
1823
1995

~


This one also didn't have their name on it:

I was somebody.
Who, is no business of yours.

~

I told you I was sick!

~


My tl went with this one:

Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead!

~


One agent chose Winston Churchill's:

I am ready to meet my Maker.
Whether my Maker is prepared for the
great ordeal
Of meeting me is another matter.

~


This next one was from a real tombstone and the grafitti someone added:

As you are now,
So once was I;
As I am now,
So must you be;
Prepare for death
And follow me.

TO FOLLOW YOU,
I AM NOT CONTENT.
HOW DO I KNOW
WHICH WAY YOU WENT?


~

A big Lotto fan went with:

Here lies (name) who
Always played Lotto.
And now she lies in
this lonely grotto.


~

One agent got a friend to write one for her:

Here she lies for all eternity --
She tried her best but as you can see,
Forced to deal with this economy,
She was laid to rest prematurely.


There are cobwebs hanging from the ceiling to the tops of our desks and from just about everywhere we could stick them. There is also a skeleton made from little plastic bones, curling black ribbon, and a large plastic skull laying on the floor.

As for my costume, I'm a low-budget Morticia Addams -- black velvet dress, black beaded necklace, low black heels, no wig but hair parted down the middle, and Crypt Queen perfume. This is the first Halloween in I don't know how long that I actually spent no money whatsoever (since I have no money whatsoever) on what I'm wearing. Everyone else on the team is wearing all-black, except for my tl who's wearing an orange long-sleeved tee, a denim mini skirt, and black-and-orange-striped hose. Eclecticism is us!

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