Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Halloween in NYC is a big deal.  The parade in the West Village brings out all the characters (to the tune of several thousand).  Who needed  to go to the parade?  The subway provided sufficient entertainment.  Everywhere I turned, someone was wearing a mask or costume of some kind.  There were tons of zombie looking types, women with whisker faces and long cat tails, hairy wolves, witches (of course), pirates, gypsies, etc., etc.  My favorite was a young woman at the 59th Street subway station playing classical music on a violin and rhythmically twirling a hula hoop around her waist!  Sometimes I think people live in NYC for the people watching and entertainment alone!  When you live in a place like NYC, you don't even notice the bizarre and ridiculous anymore.  It's so commonplace.  Either way, it's definitely unique.

Halloween made me think how all of us wear a mask at one time or other.  It's scary to let people see who we are and what we feel at times so we put on a different face to protect ourselves.  Do you ever do this?  I do.

Going into a job interview occasionally means wearing a mask.  It doesn't mean you should be a phony but it requires putting on your best face even if you don't feel like it.  It could make a difference landing the job or not.

"Good Night, And Good Luck"

Laura Rivchun

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