14 Oct
2013

Grouch Day!

Most people associate October with Halloween and maybe the arrival of Fall, but what you may not know is that October is also home to Grouch Day. Unbeknownst to me, I combined these two holidays for Halloween of 2001, and I even won 5$ out of the whole ordeal. Oscar The Grouch, the infamous character who lives in a trash can somewhere on Sesame Street, was always my second favorite character on the show (second, that is, to Snuffalufagus, because, I mean, come on, who can't love a giant sleepy-eyed woolly mammoth puppet). It also seems fitting that Oscar would be my second favorite, something for him to get grouchy about if he were to ever find out, I'm sure.

This is how I feel on Mondays sometimes.

For Halloween that year, with a little help from my dad, I built a wearable garbage can out of two hula hoops and some silver fabric, wore a green turtle neck and painted my entire face green, complete with a really gnarly painted on unibrow. I looked terrifying, but for some reason didn't seem to care how this may affect my prepubescent, 5th grade reputation. What puzzles me even more about this costume decision I made is that I don't remember being a particularly grouchy person at age nine, but maybe I just really wanted to wear a trashcan for a day. I'm not sure. Anyways, on Halloween night, after collecting a butt load of candy, I entered a costume contest in our neighborhood and won, which was sweet. I'm sure I spent that 5$ on something really important... I hoped to find a picture of myself in my costume but alas, it is lost in my house somewhere. This less terrifying and way cuter costume is also pretty nifty.

The cutest grouch there ever was.

The cutest grouch there ever was.

As another more friendly muppet once said, "It's not easy being green." So whether you're feeling more green than usual lately or not, remember to give an extra smile towards the grouches you may encounter on October 15th, it's not easy being them.

p.s. this exists.

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