Photos from the 2014 Ukiah Pumpkin Fest and Pirate Pete's Pumpkin Patch.
It's no secret that Halloween is my favorite holiday, I'm glad that Ukiah takes it seriously.
Nestled in the small woodsy town of Willits California the annual Kinetic Carnivale transforms the streets, museum, and parks into a celebration of quasi-science steam based whimsical fun.
Vehicles, structures, costumes and more abound at this festival. While not everyone shows up in costume, there was so much atmosphere that you don't even notice. It feels like walking into a Victorian world.
Even the vendors were in costume.
The evening performers were top notch and included greats such as Lee Presson and the Nails.
Don't miss the next Kinetic Carnivale - click here to learn more.
The Ukiah State Fair might be small, but any state fair is a great time to enjoy the overpriced rides and take some photos.
The boy on the left doesn't have a toy gun, so he uses a stick. The game continues as usual. With your imagination, anything is possible if you want it enough.
Here are some of the people I met today at the Santa Rosa Toy Con.
There were a ton of cosplayers too. I'll post images of some of them soon.
The recent trend concerning topless females in public is an issue that many downplay, scoff at, and otherwise denigrate, but it's a larger issue than you may realize. Men often forget that they had to play this same game, not so long ago, to obtain the right to go about topless.
You might not want to be topless in public places, but if topless men don't bother you, topless women shouldn't either - especially if you are a woman!
The tendency for many people to judge and demean women based on their choice of attire is a type of subjugation, it keeps women down, which keeps people down. It's just one more way that we separate ourselves from our neighbors, and the attitude that a woman's style of dress makes them less of a person and more of an object IS harmful to ALL of us.
If you haven't already, visit the Topfree Equal Rights Association for news concerning the movement, and plenty of great information for why allowing men to be topless in public while restricting women is hurtful and dangerous to our society.
Don't forget that in many great civilizations of the past, public partial nudity was normal, and full nudity was freely accepted. Clothing was donned to show wealth, class, or status and protect from the elements; modesty is a modern concept.
Don't chimp, use the histogram in bright conditions or bracket. And don't forget to always look behind you.