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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Fright Night... From Dusk Till Dawn!

Watch this, Richard.

Then we talk.

And now begins the ancient word.

The sun slips below the sky

and the world turns upside down.

In the night, we make our feast.

For centuries, I danced for them,

the blood-gatherer,

the bringer of souls.

I've brought them lost ones,

the troubled ones,

the desperate ones.

Now, I am free,

and the world turns upside down again.

Don't call me Fez, amigo, or I rip your throat out, comprende?

They are thirsty for revenge,

and nothing will stop them.

No boundaries,

no borders.

They will come for me,

but I am coming for them.

Their empire of blood will fall,

and I will not rest


it all...





  1. for a second there, I though you were posting pix of the last presidential debate! ;-)

    1. Hi, anne marie in philly!

      Thank you for staying up late or getting up early to be the first to comment on the new post! Is your Saturday Night Dance Party still going strong?

      Ha! Good one! From Dusk Till Dawn is plenty scary but it can't compare to the sheer terror of this presidential campaign cycle.

      Thanks again for being the early bird, dear friend anne marie, and have a great week!

    2. up early this morning at 7a. cats want their breakfast!

      a news tidbit from yesterday you may find interesting:

    3. Hi, dearie!

      Thanks for coming back to chat. Do you ever sleep? :)

      That link didn't work but I found the article and read it with great interest. What a stellar day for Philadelphia! Blavat and Avalon sharing the stage to unveil the city's latest mural saluting the music and culture of the Bandstand era. I'm happy to know the mural has the enthusiastic support of the community.

      I agree with the Geator: "The music will keep us young." I recognized the name Charlie Gracie because some of Charlie's recordings are included on the Cameo-Parkway Anthology CD box set that I purchased a few years ago.

      Thank you very much for sharing this news article with me, dear friend anne marie. Ever since my youth I have been captivated with all things Philly and you are very kind for thinking of me and calling it to my attention.

      Have a wonderful week, anne marie!

    4. smooches! and yes, I do sleep; in fact, I took a nap from 1-2:30p this very afternoon! :)

    5. Hi, anne marie!

      Smooches right back at you, dear friend. I'm happy to know you got your beauty rest, even tho you surely don't need it. :)

  2. Okay, now you’ve got the Halloween season in high gear. This is the second television show tribute in a row that is one you watch— but I don’t. That’s unusual because our tastes and viewing habits are so similar. I admit that I never saw the original From Dusk Till Dawn movie. If I had then maybe I wouldn’t be so reluctant to try the series— but then again vampires aren’t my thing and I know you love them. The show looks exciting— action packed. I recognized Fez from That 70’s Show and I think I saw Don Jonson in the first trailer— correct? The rest of the actors are new to me. Did you write that script— or was it an excerpt from the show? Fun stuff!

    1. Hi, Kathryn!

      Thanks for stopping in to take a look at this week’s post saluting the supernatural crime TV series From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. Once again this week I am trying to show you what you have been missing.

      I recently watched the original FDTD film and enjoyed it. In my opinion the TV series is even better. The leading men, D.J. Cotrona and Zane Holtz, are two of the most exciting actors I've ever seen. The chemistry they bring to their roles as the Gecko brothers, a couple of bank robbing, kidnapping, murdering fugitives, is palpable. In my opinion they are the most exciting pair since Paul Newman and Robert Redford.

      Yessum, it helps to like vampire movies and TV shows. If you don’t you won’t like From Dusk Till Dawn. For those of us who do the series delivers the goods with compelling characters and nonstop action and suspense.

      Yessum, Don Johnson appears in this series along with Wilmer Valderrama who played Fez on That 70’s Show. In FDTD Wilmer completely sheds his nerdy Fez image as he plays a powerful vampire. As you might know, Wilmer joined the cast of NCIS this season.

      I did not write the text for this post. It was ripped directly from the script of the show, the exact word for word narration recited by FDTD femme fatale Santanico Pandemonium at the beginning of every episode of season two.

      Thank you again, Kathryn, for experiencing From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. I hope this teaser gets you interested in watching the show with me. Have a great week!

  3. I have a confession, I never watch TV so nothing about this programme!

    1. Hi, Joey!

      Thanks for popping in, my good friend! Several of my blog friends report that they never watch TV. That surprises me. Perhaps this post will get you curious enough to try From Dusk Till Dawn if it is available in your part of the world. The series is extremely well produced, very much like a season long motion picture.

      Thanks again for your visit and comment, Joey, and have a great week!

  4. Better than the movie? All right, I'll check it out.

    1. Hi, Alex!

      Thanks for coming, good buddy! Yessir, I think you will find this series at least as exciting and entertaining as the movie. The cast is superb, the characters get under your skin and the special FX are spectacular. Let me know what you think of it.

      Thanks again for dropping by, Alex, and have a super week!

  5. A SERIES of that movie? No thanks, once was enough...

    1. Hi, Chris!

      Thanks for coming, good buddy!

      I'm gonna have to throw the penalty marker on this football Sunday and step off a 15-yarder. This comment of yours was too darn long! :)

      Actually there was the original movie plus two sequels and now the TV show. If you like vampires, action, suspense and excellent acting and production value, then I highly recommend this Netflix series.

      Thanks again, Chris, and have a great week!

  6. I saw the movie and that is one Tarantino movie I dislike. Although I like vampire films but not ones that seem to be of blood which makes no sense at all. I like some of the character actors in the trailers but I think I shall pass.

    1. Hi, Birgit!

      Thanks for swinging by, dear friend! Seems you aren't a fan of blood and gore. If so, then it makes sense for you to pass on FDTD: The Series. As you know I react the same way to the movie musicals you like and you are quick to remind me that it is my loss.

      Thanks again for joining the discussion, dear friend BB, and enjoy the week ahead!

  7. Welllllll....I never saw the movie and although I love Halloween for it's scary, fun factor I think I'll pass on this one! Enjoy and have a great week!

    1. Hi, YaYa!

      Thank you for coming over, dear friend!

      My friends never cease to surprise me with their reactions to my posts. You just finished telling me last week that Halloween is your favorite time of year. I know how much you love to decorate your house and property with skeletons and other spooky H-ween paraphernalia. Yet this post promoting From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series turned you off for some reason. It is an excellent show or I wouldn't be featuring it on the blog. You might be interested to know that one of my most conservative and God fearing friends is the person who told me about this series in the first place. She is a big fan and urged me to give it a try. In this post I am simply paying it forward and recommending the fine show to you and my other friends.

      Are you saying you don't like vampire tales? Vampires have been a part of Halloween for as long as I can remember. Kids wear vampire costumes on trick-or-treat night every year. I would love to know what specifically it is about vampires that puts you off. If it's the blood and gore then I must assume that you don't like zombie movies either, or werewolves, or the TV series Grimm, or the Nightmare on Elm Street series, or the Halloween movie series or the Friday the 13th movie series.

      I have been a fan of horror since age 3 (1953) when my big brother took me to see the Vincent Price movie House of Wax, a picture that culminates in a fiery inferno. It was the first of hundreds of horror movies I saw during the 50s and my love of the genre continues to this day.

      I'm sorry we didn't have a match on this one, dear friend YaYa. Thank you for your comment nevertheless. I wish you a safe and happy week ahead!

    2. Oh yes I love Halloween and I even like Vampires...I watched Dark Shadows religiously in the 60's..heck, I remember my brothers scaring the heebie jeebies out of me when I was a kiddo with Abbot and Costello meet Frankenstein! However, in this day and age I think it's the tons of gore. Now that probably sounds crazy too since I work in gore daily. Today I told a student watching surgery that she needed to wear goggles to protect her eyes should we hit a blood vessel. Sure enough we did and blood came spurting out..yep, I see gore daily but for some reason I don't like it over done on the screen. The other problem is I don't have Netflixs. I'm telling you all my secrets here! That may change because Gilmore Girls is having a revival in Nov. on NF. Here's my promise..if I do get NF I will watch this show. If you give it 2 thumbs up I'm sure it's a winner! Now, I have to go and get my vampire costume ready for the party we're having soon! (Ok, actually I'm in a skeleton getup but you'll have to wait until I blog about it to say yay or nay on it!)

    3. Hi, YaYa!

      Thank you very much for coming back and letting me know the workings of your mind on this subject.

      Hey, I saw the movie Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein, too! I also saw them Meet the Invisible Man, Meet Dr. Jeykll & Mr. Hyde and Meet the Mummy. Great fun!

      Mrs. Shady isn't squeamish about blood and gore either because she works around it all the time. I don't know how she does it. The crazy thing about me is that I love to see blood and gore in fictional works but freak out if I see it in real life. :)

      Regarding our conversation about From Dusk Till Dawn, there is something you should know. I haven't followed any of the other vampire TV series or movies that have been released in recent years because vampire legend and lore doesn't interest me as much as other forms of fantasy and horror. The friend I told you about must have twisted my arm a half dozen times before I broke down and watched the pilot episode of From Dusk Till Dawn. That was all it took to get me hooked. FDTD is a high quality TV series with heart and soul. It does not indulge in cheap thrills and buckets of blood for shock value. It is handled intelligently. You will see what I mean when you watch it and I thank you for agreeing to try it. I hope you can get Netflix because there are gobs of great shows available on it and I can recommend a bunch of them to you.

      Thanks again for being such a sweet and faithful friend, YaYa, and enjoy the rest of your week!

  8. hahahaha, I never saw the movie and this looks sorta fun but I don't like lots of blood.
    One interesting questions are all vampires very beautiful with many assets ?
    I like the very old old black and white movies.
    Have a terrific weekend !

    cheers, parsnip

    1. Hi, Gayle!

      How are you, dear friend? Thanks for coming!

      You don't like lots of blood? I was going to say it must be a guy thing but that simply isn't the case. Circa 1980 I met a woman who was a fan of horror movies just like me. We became "horror buddies." We would meet at a movie theater, watch a horror film together and then go to dinner and discuss and debate what we had seen like Siskel & Ebert. It was a platonic relationship but a very satisfying and rewarding one. As I told YaYa above, the lady who recommended this From Dusk Till Dawn series to me originally is a wholesome, religious, family values conservative who just happens to like this intense type of entertainment. So do I and I'm very glad she urged me to check it out. It is a slickly produced TV series that very much resembles a movie in terms of acting and production value.

      Yessum, it seems like the vast majority of vampires are good looking creatures. It helps them to weave a spell, enthrall, entice and entrap their intended victims.

      Thanks again for joining the discussion, dear friend Gayle. I wish you and thehamish a safe and happy week!

  9. Whoosh! My word, what a compelling intro to what looks to be a very fast-moving and sometimes brutal show! I, too thought I spotted Don Johnson in the first trailer, and, a couple of the older actors look familiar. But, I don't think I've heard of this show either, Shady. But, your presentation sure strikes an interest! I just may have to check it out.

    Had my little Scootie this weekend, and we picked up my PC that had the transplant from the crashed laptop. So we looked at videos and photos with Karo, and printed a few pictures for him to take home. It's been a busy few days to say the least!

    This post is very colorful, I did enjoy it, and the Mercury Cougar (I think that's what it was). Also think I saw maybe a 1960 El Camino in one trailer. There are one or two good guys? Fright Night for sure!

    Have a great week, Shady! I think some of your hot and muggy weather pushed its way over to the Lone Star State, lol! ♫♫

    1. Hi, Suzanne!

      I'm happy to see you back in action, dear friend. Welcome to Fright Night From Dusk Till Dawn!

      With the exception of the first two lines, the entire text of this post is the actual narration delivered by the goddess vampire Santanico Pandemonium (formerly Esmeralda) at the start of every episode of season two. Her soliloquy is uttered over a rapid fire image sequence which I attempted to replicate here.

      You're right. From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series is fast moving and at times brutal. The leading men are two of the most brazen and charismatic bad boys you will ever encounter. There is probably only one "good guy" in the series, the dedicated ranger. Most of the characters are shades of gray. They have at least some redeeming qualities but spend most of their time in the fast lane on the dark side. The whole cast is superb. If you have Netflix you're in business.

      Once again I'm so glad your laptop pulled through the operation and is in the recovery room (of your house :). Thanks again for joining the fun, dear friend Suzanne, and have a wonderful week ahead!

  10. Hi Shady!

    That show looks superb! I might have to start subscribing to Netflix!

    Happy Sunday, dear friend!

    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      Thanks for coming, dear friend!

      From Dusk Till Dawn is tailor made for someone like you, JM. The series delivers the goods in a big way. It pulls no punches. It blows you away. I urge you to experience it.

      If you remember the character Fez from That 70's Show you'll be amazed at his (Wilmer V's) transformation into a formidable vampire in this series. He makes you forget all about his nerdy Fez character. Wilmer's real life girlfriend (at the time of filming), pop singer Demi Lovato, appears in this series with him.

      I hope you can sign up for Netflix. It has tons of excellent content. Have a great week, dear friend Jessica!

  11. This certainly sets the mood for Halloween. :) Two actors I recognized: Wilmer Valderrama (now on NCIS) and Don Johnson. It looks like an interesting series for anyone into that whole vampire/zombie culture. Not really my thing, but I know it's popular. I did see the Tarantino movie and loved the soundtrack. Tito & Tarantula

    1. Hi, Debbie!

      Thank you for coming down for another visit, dear friend. I appreciate it!

      Yessum, the Halloween onslaught continues unabated here on SDMM. :) I am determined to keep doing my thing even though 99% of the time it won't be your thing or most of the other readers' thing. :) It's like Freaky Friday. I feel like a 15 year old guy who is somehow trapped inside the body of a 60-something boomer. I have the tastes and sensibilities of a teenage male and I am the first to admit it. Sometimes I feel like a kid who invites his friends over to his house for a party and their parents show up instead. Know what I mean? :) We all have different tastes but I seem to have a knack for loving things that most other people hate or at least avoid. I am still waiting for that one person to show up and cry "YES YES - HELL YES! I know exactly what you're talking about and I love that, too!" It rarely happens. Not your fault. Not my fault. It is what it is. You are one friend that I share a genuine connection with, a friend I would hate to lose, and I thank you for continuing to visit and trying to find something to like.

      Yessum, Don Johnson distinguishes himself in this role and Wilmer V sheds his Fez character totally and completely in the role of a powerful and blood thirsty vampire. He does a remarkable job.

      Thank you again for you kind visit and comment, dear friend Debbie. Have a good night and a wonderful week ahead!

    2. It seems to me that many people here have expressed an interest in this series, so you're doing quite well, Shady. ☺ The vampire genre in general is extremely popular. To paraphrase Frank Sinatra: "You're doing it your way" and that's a good thing. As you said, we all have different tastes. BTW, I do like Ann Rice's vampires. Cheers!

    3. P.S. Does the series have a cool soundtrack like the movie did?

    4. Hi, Debbie!

      I'm so happy to see you today! Sometimes when I write replies to your comments my fingers blurt things out :) and I go to bed hoping you won't be insulted and unfriend me. :) When I communicate with you I feel like I am in therapy. :) I hope you will consider it a compliment that I feel free enough and safe enough to express so much to you about what goes on in the mind of S.D. Knight, the poster boy for arrested development. :)

    5. HI again, Debbie!

      I am using another comment form to keep the number of comments even (it's a Monk thing) and to run up the total to impress people. :)

      Yessum, the series has a cool soundtrack. You can find MP3 music tracks on Amazon and listen on YouTube:

      Mu favorite is "After Dark." It rocks!

      Thanks again, dear friend Debbie!

    6. Hahaha! A little touch of OCD? ;) After Dark by Tito & Tarantula is the Youtube link I sent you in my first comment. T&T is DYNAMITE! NO worries, Shady. I don't insult easily and do consider it a compliment that you feel comfortable enough to speak freely. So, I guess now you'll have to add another comment, yes? ☺

    7. Yessum, I need to reply now to keep the numbers even. It drives me crazy to see odd numbers on my page. They're just so... (what's the word I'm looking for?) ... ODD looking :)

      Like the movie, the TV series features live (undead) performances by a band of sketchy musicians at the Titty Twister roadhouse. One positive thing you can say about the seedy, vampire infested joint is that it is loaded with ambiance. :)

      I don't ever want to lose you, Debbie the Doglady! Thank you again for your friendship and support!

      It just occurred to me that I can elicit yet another comment from you by asking a follow-up question.

      So... if you were in a shipwreck and wound up in a lifeboat with Britney Spears and Ariana Grande and there was only room for two of you... :)

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    9. Well, now I've really screwed up your comment section! LMAO! The last comment had a typo and there's no way to correct it, so I deleted it. Try again:
      My first instinct would be to throw them BOTH overboard! ☺ If I have to choose one, then Britney can stay. This is the only song of hers I really liked. She gets "real", for once: Britney Tells it Like it Is. I felt sorry for her throughout her public breakdown. Still don't like her girly voice, though. LOL Then we have Ariana licking doughnuts. Somehow I can't muster up much sympathy for her. LOL

    10. Hi again, dearie!

      This first reply is in response to your deleted comment.

      (DEAD SILENCE :)

    11. Now for my second reply. I was not familiar with that autobiographical Britney song "Piece Of Me" from seven years ago because, as you recall, I was a pop hater until recently. I enjoyed it a lot and thank you for offering it to me!

      I thought your answer to my lifeboat question would be that YOU would gladly jump overboard just to get away from their girly voices. :)

      Thanks again for playing with me, dear friend Debbie, and enjoy the rest of your week!

    12. "DEAD SILENCE" You are such a smartass! TAG - YOU'RE IT! ☺

    13. :)

      Thanks to my Canadian cat, (she apparently spells her name with a lower case "c"), my comment total went odd again, Debbie, but your two tweets today gave me a chance to fix that with this single reply. :) Now as long as cat doesn't return and answer your question about her European roots, we'll be fine. :)

      I hope you're having a splendid day, dear friend!

  12. Hi Shady,
    I'm not really into vampires but I might be willing to check this show out. Especially if Don Johnson and Fez are in it!
    Thanks for the prodding...

    And thanks for all your heartfelt words over the last week. So much appreciated, my friend...

    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. Hi, Michele!

      Thank you very much for coming by, dear friend!

      I am learning a lot this week. With gazillions of people around the world obsessed with vampires in recent years, in literature, in films and on TV, I was under the impression that everybody loves the supernatural creatures and I was one of the few stubborn holdouts (until I starting watching this series). To my surprise most people who have commented this week don't watch this series, didn't see the movie and don't care for vamps!

      From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series is set in Texas and Mexico. As a Texan that alone might get you interested. The show boasts a great cast and wonderful acting performances all around, plus state of the art special FX and a compelling story line. It's about much more than vampires, such as the battle of good against evil, sometimes dueling forces within ourselves, and I think you'd get into the series if you tried it.

      I know you have had a very difficult year, dear friend. I won't stop thinking about you and your mother and praying for you both during your transition to the new normal without the presence of your great father in your life.

      God bless!

  13. I honestly had no idea about this series! I loved the movie!!! I got my first girl crush when Salma Hayek danced with the snake. She was so beautiful. My hubs loves all things Tarantino.
    I will have to see if i can get caught up on this show. I think i would really like it. I have shows i watch though on every night but thursday and friday. what night is this on?
    Thank you for posting on this.

    1. Hi, Holli!

      Thank you very much for dropping in, dear friend!

      Knowing your taste I fully expected you to show an interest in From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. :)

      Yessum, I watched the original George Clooney movie recently (prior to beginning the TV series) and the Salma Hayek snake dance scene is burned into my brain (along with her method of serving drinks to admiring male customers:). I can assure you that Mexican telenovela actress Eiza González is no slouch in the role of vampire temptress Santanico Pandemonium in the TV series which, as you might expect, is set in Texas and Mexico. The TV show delivers Tarantino style shock and awe and does it extremely well. It's the kind of show that gets you hooked and awaiting each new episode with giddy anticipation.

      As far as I know in order to watch From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series you need to be a subscriber to Netflix or to the new El Ray Network. Here is that link:

      Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend Holli. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  14. This series will have to go on my back burner. I'm weary of vampires and snakes do not agree with me. However, this show may be a relief after the debates end.

    1. Hi, Cheryl Lee!

      How are you today, dear friend? Thanks for joining the discussion!

      Gee, you are the very first person I ever met who doesn't like snakes. (Just kidding. :) When the 2016 presidential campaign has finally ended and the tribe has spoken, maybe you'll be in the mood to give this fine series a try. It's not campy fun like Scream Queens. It is dark and dangerous as they come, extremely well produced and acted, and I highly recommend it.

      Thank you again for your visit and comment, dear friend C-Lee!

  15. Hi Shady,
    Yep new to me, too! (movie and series) Does look exciting, though. Looks like it's filmed in Tijuana (where anything goes)???
    It sure does have a nice looking cast!
    Ok so, for this Halloween month you've posted Wolfman, scream queens/devil and vampires! What's next? The latest epidemic??? CLOWNS???????
    Toni Deroche

    1. Hi, Toni!

      Thanks for coming on down to join the fun From Dusk Till Dawn! I am very happy to see you, dear friend!

      Knowing how many movies you watch I'm a bit surprised you never saw the George Clooney film From Dusk Till Dawn. I highly recommend that first movie (there were two sequels) and this TV series on Netflix and El Ray Network.

      I don't know exactly where in Mexico they did the filming... but let's put it this way. I wouldn't walk into the Titty Twister and ask for the wine list.


      You're right. The actors and actresses in this series are quite attractive - the men macho and the women feisty and fiery. Pop singer Demi Lovato appears in the series alongside her squeeze Wilmer V (formerly Fez).

      You wrote:

      << Ok so, for this Halloween month you've posted Wolfman, scream queens/devil and vampires! What's next? The latest epidemic??? CLOWNS??????? >>

      Ha! GOOD ONE! You must be clairvoyant, Toni, because you are red hot with this guess. Next post is coming up Saturday and I hope you will check it out.

      Thanks again for your visit and great comment, dear friend Toni!

  16. Hi, dear Shady!
    I absolutely loved Dark Shadows but that's as far as I go. To think I once thought Barnabas was gory - ha! However, this post does go right along with the 'seasonal' shows airing of late so, well done, my friend!
    Something tells me Halloween is not for kids anymore;-)

    1. Hi, Diedre!

      How are you, dear friend? Thank you very much for swinging by!

      Knowing how much you love to tell tales of ghosts and the supernatural, I am surprised you aren't keen on a series about vampires and the Texas ranger and civilians that do battle with them. It is a wonderful series and I highly recommend it. I'm also sorry that we don't match on Dark Shadows. I gave the goth soaper a fair try but soon bailed out because it was so slow paced and low key it was like watching paint dry. :)

      All my life, Diedre, since the age of three, I have had an appetite for intense books, comics, movies, TV shows, music and even art. Casper the Friendly Ghost and other cartoon characters bored me to tears. Freddy Krueger was my kinda guy. :)

      I never thought Halloween is only for kids, did you? All of the adults in my family look forward to picking or making costumes and attending the annual parties and masked balls associated with the holiday.

      Once again I'm sorry I didn't exactly delight you with this post, dear friend Diedre, but I thank you just the same for making time to visit and comment. Enjoy the rest of your week!

    2. Aw, no worries, my friend. In my defense, grandma had strong feelings about Halloween, which, to her mind, didn't involve anyone over the age of 12.
      However, as an adult I attended many (adult) Halloween parties where the blender full of goldfish kept getting turned on ;-) You'll never guess what costume I wore for the win one year.
      Keep it coming, dear Shady - you're the best!

    3. Hi, Diedre!

      Thanks for the return visit, dear friend! If we are talking about an age limit on trick-or-treaters, then I wholeheartedly agree with your grandma. I don't approve of teenagers marauding the neighborhood alongside very young children, but every year there are some that do. (I wonder how many Hillarys and Donalds there will be this year. :)

      If I had to guess the type of costume you were wearing the year you won a contest I would have to spectre-ate that you went as a friendly ghost. Yes? No? :)

      I'll never forget the imaginative costume my dad made for me one year. He called the costume "pea head" and it was inspired by one that I saw in an episode of the Little Rascals (the Our Gang shorts). It was a large trench coat with a framework inside that fit down over my shoulders. The coat covered and completely concealed my head and body. A broomstick extended upward from the coat collar to a height of 6 feet or more and on the end of the stick was a softball wrapped in white cloth with a face drawn on it with black magic marker. There was a small hole in the middle of the coat for me to look through as I walked around trick-or-treating. It was the funniest thing you ever saw. My visibility was so limited that I tripped in the dark and fell numerous times. :)

      Please let me know if I answered correctly about your costume, and thanks again for being such a wonderful friend, Diedre!

    4. Ha! Is there such a thing as a friendly ghost? Casper was just too cutesy. I was a Hershey's Kiss - lots of alum. foil and wire hangers ;-) I thought my hubs should have won for dressing as a Porta-jon. Your "pea head" costume definitely would have won a prize! I hope you didn't spill your candy bag, tripping in the dark;
      I'm off to meet a deadline, dear Shady. Have a wonderful week!

    5. Hi again, Diedre!

      That must have been an awesome costume - a Hershey Kiss - inspired by the popular candy manufactured in Central PA. Did you know that in our local area we called them Hershey "Buds," not Kisses? I toured the Hershey chocolate plant many years ago. Your hubby dressed as a port-a-potty? That's hilarious! Yessum, I took a few tumbles that night in my pea head costume and spilled the contents of my bag. I'm sure I left bunches of candy strewn on people's lawns. :)

      Thank you again for dropping by to share more interesting tidbits, dear friend Diedre!

  17. Sorry, me don't watch TV, Mr. Shady ... meouw ... Love, cat.

  18. Hi, cat!

    Thank you very much for coming down, dear friend!

    With millions of people watching the shows I feature on the blog year after year it astonishes me how few of my friends have seen any of them. Many people, like you, don't watch TV at all. That is especially fascinating to me.

    I would like to ask you a few follow-up questions, cat. Do you watch movies or read books? Do you like Halloween? Do you like vampire stories or stories about good vs evil? Do the words and images presented in this post excite you or disturb you? What I am doing here is trying to find a discussion thread that you and I can follow, something we have in common that is directly or even indirectly related to the post. For 8+ years the comment section of SDMM has been second to none. I know that you enjoy writing poetry and presenting it on your blog. Please feel free to express yourself here so that I can get to know you better. :)

    Thanks again for coming to see me, dear friend cat, and enjoy the rest of your week!

    1. I read books, lots of books, like Hermann Hesse, Erich Kaestner, Luise Rinser and Rosamunde Pilcher ... the teachings of the Dalai Lama are nourishing for the soul ... journals about mental illness treatment since I work on psych ... coming from quite a tumultuous family back ground and having pulled myself out, I live to recognize and promote goodness and healing ... not in terms of religion, but what is good for the soul ... and that, friend Shady, being an old European hippie woman, includes sex, love and rock and roll ... smiles ... Thank you for your interest, which is mutual ... Love, cat.

    2. ... did I mention Hesse? ... cuz I love him ... smiles.

    3. Hi, dear cat!

      Thank you very much for coming back and sharing a little more about your background and interests. I have known you for close to a year now, maybe longer, and from reading your blog week after week I have surmised that you extricated yourself from a troubled and tumultuous family environment. I applaud you for being a survivor and for wanting to help others. You and I are on the same wavelength when it comes to an interest in Buddhism and we share a spirituality and a desire to promote goodness and healing. I feel very lucky to have a fine person like you as a friend and it makes me happy to know that you are interested in me and my blog.

      Thank you again for opening up to a greater extent and allowing me to know you better, dear friend cat. Enjoy the rest of your week! :)

    4. There's another old, European hippie woman here? Cool! Nice to meet you, Cat. ☺ Are you German too, by any chance?

  19. This seems like such an interesting series! I'll definitely check it out.

    1. Hi, Gina!

      Welcome back to Shady Dell Music & Memories! I recall that you and I first connected back in January of this year. It's great to see you again, my new friend!

      If you have Netflix I certainly do hope you will check out From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. It's great!

      Thank you again for sticking with SDMM, dear Gina. Please come back and see me again soon!

  20. Looks like you're ready for Halloween. I don't like watching scary things. I always have to cover my eyes! ;)

    1. Hi, Sherry!

      How are you, dear friend? Thanks for daring to come over and get spooked by the saber-toothed vampires of the TV series From Dusk Till Dawn.

      Between my intense music and my intense TV shows you aren't going to find much to like here at SDMM, Sherry, but I thank you for sticking with me nevertheless.

      Have a wonderful weekend!


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