Archive | October, 2013

Halloween with Big Ben

31 Oct

After nine hours of frothing milk and running tables, I was able to muster enough strength to bike home. The London air was crisp and cool, with a slight warmth as if a lingering summer heat had got lost in autumn. And as I heard the dead leaves crunch under the pressure of my worn twenty-two inch rubber tube, I couldn’t help but reminisce over some past great Halloweens!

A Dominic made Latté at Euphorium Bakery!

A Dominic made Latté at Euphorium Bakery!

The holiday had always been one of my favourites but trying to narrow down the main reason why had always been like trying to find a bag of mini skittles in a post November 11th Halloween stash! One reason was that I feel that most of mankind is kind of strange on the inside, but every day we try to pretend that we’re normal and just like everyone else, except on Halloween. It is one of those few times when we embrace those wacky tendencies and allow each other to wear them on our sleeves and our faces, literally. Frankly if it had been socially acceptable I think I would have worn a cape and and cave man joe wig to school  every single day until recently.

But my love for this pagan inspired festival ran deeper than that, and it wasn’t until my bike ride home today that it finally hit me. In this day and age that we know what our third cousin’s baby in Australia looks like via the digital world, yet we don’t even know the first name of a single one of our neighbours, Halloween is a dying a refuge. A way to tell kids to not be afraid and meet our fellow community members. Sure we’re dressed up like circus freaks but at least we’re proud of it.

More and more with e-mail and digital communication, we are becoming afraid of actual contact and conversations. When’s the last time you called a friend just to say “Hey what’s up?” And it’s even worse when it comes to strangers; when working in sales I was shocked at how many people were simply socially averse to just picking up the phone even when calling a supplier… someone who was paid to listen and respond to us. It was shocking!

So get on your capes and rubber noses, and let’s remember the basis and heart of our communities: people! Let’s talk to our neighbours and all look like fools while we do it! Even here in London kids are playing trick or treat, But let’s really trick people and keep on building even past October 31st, that would be the real treat!

Keep safe and cool!

DD

PS. YES the picture featured is a Latté I made at work for come clients, I called it the Hallocino! 😀

Slice of Life: 3

21 Oct

My latest comic in the Slice of Life Series, Hope you enjoy!

An original wholesome comic, by Dominic Durocher. Please do not use without written permission.

An original wholesome comic, by Dominic Durocher. Please do not use without written permission.