Thursday, November 02, 2006

Carving Contest

My official November 2 entry in the November NaBloPoMo thing.

One of our family traditions over the past few years has been to host a pumpkin-carving contest. It has proven to provide much fun and entertainment, not only for the participants, but for all the trick-or-treaters and their parents who come our way. This year's entrants are arrayed on the steps leading up to our front door.

Problem is, we live in Houston. Sea level. Tropical weather. 2,000% humidity levels. Rampant mold growth.

The minute you stick a knife into a future Jack-O-Lantern down here, it begins to melt, mold, morph and mildew.

We did this gig on Sunday evening, and everything managed to stay relatively intact through Tuesday night.

But next year -- I'm not sure what we're going to do. Carved pumpkins can't stay intact for more than two days down here, and we're all too old and tired to host a carving contest on a week night.

Maybe we should investigate the powers of dry ice .......

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