This month's StoryBook Club was held at Phil & Christine's house which was already in full bloom for Halloween! We were greeted by a flying witch at the doorstop. (and no, I didn't get scared and spill my "zombie eyes" nor my "salty bones" but laughed a hearty witchy cackle instead :)
There were about 5 "Virgins" there tonight for their first meeting! Their 1st time at StoryBook! :)
Dinner was GRAND!
Chili (zombie stew), Zombie Eyes (deviled eggs w/ whole olive & pimento), salty bones (biscuits) a graveyard cake (apple crisp) red vampire vodka (cranberry) blood red wine, brain jello, eyes (chocolate) "parts', and a delicious veggie stew (bugs and guts) and "garlic" soup and spaghetti squash with RED marinara sauce among more goodies!
We discussed zombies: Their origins, their behavior, their symbolism that relates to today.
We fear that our culture is breeding Zombies at an alarming rate. What with Second Life, World of War Crack and some video games, not to mention that people rarely know their neighbors next door, and are just feebly going thru the motions of their day to day life, until they get to set down at night to plug into their "REAL LIFE" which is their Second Life game or whatever.
They are Zombies and have traded their Creativity and Community for a Sham.
They will go thru their day, motivated minimally, and die having not really LIVED. You can't call virtually living really LIVING. I know a guy....he lives for Second Life.
He has made an avatar that has more fun than he does. His avatar is a stripper in a night club. So he "dances" and has his avatar strip in clubs online.
I wonder what would happen to them if they had a power outage and their internet went down??
They couldn't exist in real life. Oh, they'll hook up...in real time....and have their moments, I'm sure, but he can't carry a relationship for long term. He just doesnn't have the capacity or the evolved personality to be REAL for long. I wonder what would be like if these women knew the REAL him?
Now, isn't that the life YOU want?
Give me a REAL life, with REAL friends and lovers anyday!!
But surely I digress.
The night was spent discussing zombies... NOT being one.
No, this club is FAR from Zombieland.
These are thinking, feeling, doing, creative, happy, well adjusted and well read people who get together to eat, drink, be merry and discuss BOOKS. Stories! Themes! Symbolism!
We take on the world as we know it.
How fucking kewl is THAT?
Here is our table tonight:
Next month, our StoryBook Club celebrates a whole year of fun and research on Stories of all sorts!
We have decided to look into "The Gollum" story.
NOT the LOTR Gollum, but the Jewish Gollum. Just in time for Hannukah :)
Till then, may you live a REAL TIME "Happily Ever After!" :)