Grim Reaper Costume

As each fall, the spooky season is just around the corner. This means virtually millions of children and adults will be searching high and low for great Halloween costumes. Whether you desire a vicious clown get-up, ballerina dress, werewolf suit, vampire cape or grim reaper costume, you shouldn’t have much difficulty pinpointing exactly what you need these days. The truth is there are plenty of wonderful costume retailers that offer a grand array of ghoulish get-ups and terrifying masks to suit anyone with a Halloween spirit. Now, are you ready to begin your search for the next amazing costume for this up and coming October 31st?

Ah, there’s often an issue of where to begin shopping for excellent Halloween costumes. Right off the bat everyone should know about the corner drugstores. Although they may not offer the finest grim reaper costume or princess gown, the drugstore in your town will surely offer some costumes, scary masks and sweet treats to match the Halloween season. Granted, the local drugstore may not have exactly what you’re seeking for this year’s trick-or-treating event. Fortunately there are also a number of Halloween superstores across the country. These seasonal businesses generally carry all sorts of frightening attire for All Hallows Eve and other fun occasions. Just be sure you get in there early on once it opens up. More than likely the Halloween superstore in your neck of the woods will get cleaned out rather quickly. They always do. This means you should seek out your costume, mask, dress, props and other accessories prior to the month of October.

It’s crucial to keep in mind the most massive Halloween market currently available. This warehouse of excellent costumes, spooky get-ups and horrifying masks can be found in cyberspace. Luckily for everyone, this makes the process of shopping for an awesome grim reaper costume or Spiderman suit rather simple and convenient. All you need is your computer at hand and access to the Internet to start surfing numerous Halloween web stores. Furthermore, you are likely to encounter the lowest costs available when you take the time to surf the web for costumes. Most importantly, the Internet is your best bet for pinpointing very rare outfits and Halloween costumes.

Aston Martin

An Aston Martin is one of those cars that many, if not most, people dream of driving someday. Relatively few of these people actually get to drive one, let alone have one, but is certainly a fun dream. Driving is a very fun activity for many people, although the long commutes that increasing people have to drive on a daily basis have detracted from that somewhat. This has led to an increase in people separating out fun driving and necessary driving, and so cars have also been sorted into fun cars and practical cars. You won’t drive a fun car for practical activities not just because of the lack of practicality, but also because you don’t want your fun car to become associated with boring, dull, and disliked activities.

Well, if you’re going to separate out fun cars and practical cars, I think it would be cool to have a fun activity superstore for adults where you got to do fun things that you cannot afford to make a part of your daily life. Things like driving an Aston Martin around the activity superstore parking lot, or having a section of the activity superstore that is dedicated to spa and salon style activities (whirlpools, saunas, massages, meditation, yoga, hair and nail stylists, etc.). Perhaps the activity superstore could have a section with the latest in technology that you could play with, like the latest gaming, tv and movies, computer technology, cameras, etc.

The activity superstore could also have things for sale or for rent as well (an interesting concept, renting technology or cool stuff like a motorcycle or Aston Martin, but just for a week or weekend). It could be nearly like a grown-ups theme park, but instead of pretending you are a child, in the activity superstore you can pretend that you are in an Aston Martin, pretend that you are a professional photographer using the latest 3D camera technology from Japan.

While some might say that this is pandering to the materialistic culture of today, allowing people to pretend that they are rich without actually having to work for their own wealth, and while they do have some point, there could be a place for an activity superstore like this. Perhaps this would help keep some people from feeling like they have to spend their whole life working to get this things. Perhaps some people would be encouraged by it. But really, it doesn’t matter what you do, activity superstore or not, people will still be as they are.

The Politics of Same Sex Marriage

The Random House Unabridged Dictionary defines marriage as “the social institution under which a man and woman establish their decision to live as husband and wife by legal commitments, religious ceremonies, etc.” This definition reflects the current predominating political and moral consensus regarding the state of marriage; particularly that marriage is an institution reserved for opposite-sex couples and that the marriage contract cannot, by definition, be entered into by same-sex couples.

The debate surrounding same sex marriage has raged for more than three decades and has been based largely on the desire of same sex couples to be permitted the same legal conventions provided by marriage as their opposite-sex counterparts enjoy; namely that they be legally permitted to share insurance coverage, property ownership, and other legal conventions in the same manner as any other couple which has chosen to make a lifetime commitment.

Interestingly, as the issue of same sex marriage has landed in the nation’s courts, the courts have struggled to define marriage in a legal sense. Tradition has indeed dictated that marriage take place between a man and a woman. This tradition is largely based on the fact that marriage, even though it contains elements of a legal contract, is generally surrounded by religious aspects, i.e., the marriage ceremony. This religious component of the marriage contract is perhaps the stumbling block to same sex marriage acceptance. Traditions are notoriously difficult to change.

As the courts of the nation struggle to define marriage in a legal sense, devoid of its religiousness, the nation’s politicians are not required to follow the same path. In fact, the majority of American politicians have publicly stated that marriage is a state that is, in their interpretation, to be entered into between a man and a woman. Where then, does this leave same sex couples?

It was the courts of Hawaii, Massachusetts and Vermont that brought the issue to the forefront when they elected to recognize same-sex couples’ right to enter into a legal marriage contract. Since that time, proponents and opponents have struggled not only to gain control of state courts and lawmakers, but they have taken their battle to the top by asking that the office of the president as well as the nation’s Supreme Court acknowledge one side or another. This fight for legitimization has been the hallmark of the struggle as one side prays for legal rights, regardless of the morality of their situation, and the other seeks to uphold their moral interpretation of the institution of marriage.

Ideally, same sex couples would prefer to have their relationships recognized in more than just a legal sense. This struggle has been identified by some as the “gay agenda”. Opponents assert that same sex couples are attempting to redefine marriage which will subsequently change the value system of the nation. Proponents argue that their struggle is hindered by the nation’s predominating sense of homophobia. Others insist that the courts have no business ruling on the issue at all. With this mishmash of opinions, it stands to reason that the debate will likely rage on for years.

Some courts have elected to define marriage as that which occurs between a man and a woman based on the fact that same sex couples cannot reproduce. This stance however, has inherent problems. Namely that if marriage and parenthood are based on reproduction, then infertile couples could not be considered married. Other courts have traditionally stood on the grounds of their states’ anti-sodomy laws. However, as these laws are stricken from the books, the state’s basis for restricting marriage disappears. It is partially on the stance of antiquated laws that same-sex partners have based their arguments. Certainly, there have been many laws that are based more on morality than on any real legal argument. As these, somewhat ridiculous, laws leave the books, same-sex couples may find their case increases in merit. This is not to say that a victory for same-sex marriage is imminent. Just because such old-fashioned laws are rendered impotent does not mean that the sense of convention that originally drove them into existence has disappeared. It should be interesting to watch the issue heat up anew as the 2008 election grows nearer.