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Postcards from Travel Near and Far by Jia-Rui

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Halloween party at EastWest Studios


Dear ——–,

It’s been 10 years since I last dressed up for Halloween, but Bryan was invited this year to a costumes-required party at EastWest Studios. I thought about getting a ruffled prairie dress, fluffing up my hair and going as a character from Big Love. Or getting a shirt with chiseled abs and saying I was “The Situ-Asian.” In the end, I dressed up as a flapper (safe, I know). Bryan dressed as a surfer getting eaten by a shark (with apologies, of course, to the recent actual shark fatality). I’m glad Erika (jailbird) and Marjorie (Mad Hatter) were able to come with me, since Bryan did a lot of networking at the party. The three of us spent most of our time gawking at the crazy decorations — a maniacal doll in a bathtub spitting blood, a writhing mannequin on the floor, skeletons playing guitars. We appreciated the effort made by a Cher-lookalike (spiky black hair, fishnets and a glittery microphone), a 6-foot-tall-plus Avatar (blue body paint and braids) and a skinny David Bowie (lightning bolt on his face and gold lame shorts). But some people barely tried — one ill-fitting wig or a simply slutty outfit do not a costume make!


Author: postmarkhere

I'm a journalist based in Los Angeles who has always said that writing postcards for a living would be a dream job. The posts -- short enough to fit on an actual postcard -- chronicle recent travels near and far. I could blab on about being inspired by epistolary novels, the short poems of Emily Dickinson, and the New Yorker's "Talk of the Town" pieces, but I'll just say that I'm aiming to give you a sense of flavor of a place without boring you to death. Wish you were here!

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