Wednesday, October 15, 2008

By The Power of Greyskull!

Okay, this was a tough decision. There were many, many great ideas generated last week. But the winner is Lisa Alber for her '80's workout suggestion of Jennifer Beals and Richard Simmons! Lisa! E-mail me with your address at!

So what did I end up going as? Well, I was pretty sure I couldn't pull off Jennifer Beals. But just before the party I had a flash of inspiration. I went as a 42-year old, disgruntled Strawberry Shortcake. Here I am in costume with my friend Michele, who went as a Ghostbuster. Don't I look disgruntled? Doesn't she look adorable with a vacuum hose in her son's backpack?

It was great. I had a whole backstory and everything. Basically, in the late '80's I was down-sized due to a three-rock a day crack habit and a scandal at Studio 34 involving 3 circus clowns, a gallon of everclear and a bicycle lock.
I married He-Man in the early '90's and divorced him (mainly because Mr. Assassin refused to go as a middle-aged, disgruntled He-Man) in the late '90's because I got sick of hearing "By the power of Greyskull" by the so-called "Master of the Universe" in bed - all the time. Well, that and he was cheating on me with Jem AND the Holograms (those whores).

I kicked drugs shortly after and am now just your average, garden-variety alcoholic. I hate the smell of strawberry, which sucks because my hair smells like that all the time, no matter what I do. These days I work a few kids parties and as an occaisional "escort" just to keep vodka on the table.

By the way, my friends thought it was weird that I had a developed back-story. Non-writers, eh?

So that was me last weekend. What did you do?

The Assassin


Keri Ford said...

That costume is too cute. I always loved strawberry shorkcake. Her and Rainbow Bright!

Christie Craig said...

Cute, Leslie.

You mean, normal people don't create back-stories for their costumes?


Terri Osburn said...

I love the backstory. LOL! And I'm positive Strawberry Shortcake should be disgruntled. Come on, they named her "shortcake"!

But you never tell us what Mr. Assassin went as.

Last weekend I made the mistake of bidding on several items in my daughter's school's silent auction. With an hour to go, I figured I wouldn't get a thing. I got three. THREE. *sigh* Thank goodness I didn't make any crazy bids.

Gemma Halliday said...

Ahahahaha! I love it! That is EXACTLY how I think shortcake's life went. 'K, now I need to know what happened to her best friend, Blueberry Muffin?


Anonymous said...

"now I need to know what happened to her best friend, Blueberry Muffin?"

It was rather sad actually.

She eventually got toasted. She became bitter (not butter) because she was only a margarine (al) character.

Anonymous said...

Leslie, your creativity--and your backstories--always entertain. This is a riot!

Leslie Langtry said...

Poor Blueberry. She never saw it coming.

Terrio, I can sympathize. One year at Festival of Trees I put three raffle tickets in for three different xmas trees. They collected thousands of tix per tree over 8 days. I won all three. That xmas, I had three, huge xmas trees in the world's smallest living room. A visitor remarked, "Man, you really must love Christmas."

Anonymous said...

I love it! A costume with a backstory seems perfectly normal to me. But what did Mr. Assassin go as?

Terri Osburn said...

Three trees?! LOL! Now that's festive!

Estella said...

Great backstory!

Leslie Langtry said...

Mr. A went as himself. He wore a polo shirt, jeans and boat deck shoes and a pair of Ray-Bans. I'll see if I can post a photo on this blog.

Anonymous said...

Priceless! I love your disgruntled face and your special hand gestures... and the backstory was the best part! VERY funny!!!

Kathy Bacus said...

Cute costume, Leslie! And Editor Chris would SO love the brevity of your back story. (He's always nagging me to cut mine. Mission Accomplished, Sir, in ANCHORS AWEIGH, by the way.)

Oh, and I'm a Rainbow Bright fan, too, Keri.

~Bullet Hole~

Natalie Hatch said...

Of course He-man took off with Gem, his mid life crisis hit him square in the flabby gut.
Have you tried using dishwashing liquid to get the smell out of your hair? Always worked on the doll in the early 80s.