bird flu halloween costume

I wanted to write about Rove, Scooter, Cheney and Judy tonight… but I’ve got a comic to do… so, instead, I’ll just mention this one quick thought…. I’m thinking now that it might be a good idea to dress Clementine as “The Bird Flu” for Halloween (in order to help raise awareness), if it can be done tastefully. And, I’m wondering what exactly that might look like. I guess the easiest thing to do would be to have her surrounded by dead birds, maybe dragging them behind her on pieces of string, or spinning around her on pieces of wire. And maybe she could occasionally throw handfuls of bird feces in people’s eyes (in order to help stimulate discussion about the flu’s transmission). If you have other ideas, leave a note.

(note 1: The image, of “Doktor Schnabel von Rom” (“Doctor Beak from Rome”) circa 1656, comes courtesy of our friend, and Ypsilanti expatriot, Hillary Cherry.)

(note 2: My next favorite idea is to have her dress up like a very unhappy Dick Cheney in an orange jumpsuit.)

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  1. Tony Buttons
    Posted October 18, 2005 at 9:34 am | Permalink

    Perhaps you could dress like a sick bird, and tote the baby along with you, like the virus.

  2. Teddy Glass
    Posted October 18, 2005 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    Last night on the Daily Show they had a piece on the Avian Flu and they made it sound like just another Y2K-type thing being hyped by the media. It was disappointing. I wish that they would have taken it more seriously.

  3. mark
    Posted October 18, 2005 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    Maybe throwing bird feces into the eyes of unsuspecting trick-or-treaters is a bit extreme, but I think we all need to do our part to keep up the post-Katrina pressure on our elected officials so that they have a plan if and when something like a bird flu pandemic does happen. Maybe the doubters are right, and maybe, given modern medicine, it would never approach the size and scope of the 1918 outbreak, even if human-to-human transmission became widespread, but I don’t think we can afford to take that risk. Most experts seem to feel that another pandemic will happen.

    And complicating things just a wee bit is the fact that researchers just posted the complete gemone of the 1918 virus (which claimed up to 50 million lives before being put to rest) to the web, where it’s available to anyone.

  4. Posted October 18, 2005 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    I’m going to get some Peeps this year and slip a note in each one that says “Welcome to the wonderful world of the Avian Flu!!!”

  5. mark
    Posted October 18, 2005 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    Maybe paiting little x’s over the eyes of each Peep with frosting or something, and including a note saying, “Ask your Mommy about the flu.”

  6. Posted October 31, 2005 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    This is strange. Our daughter is named Clementine. We dressed her up as the bird flu…

  7. Teddy Glass
    Posted October 31, 2005 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    You are the most hardcore Single White Female-style stalker ever! That’s so cool. You even married an asian woman. No one has dedication like that anymore.

  8. mark
    Posted October 31, 2005 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    Your baby even looks like mine, MCNB. That’s weird…. What’s your daughter’s birthday? If it’s the same as my Clementine, I’m going to call the press.

  9. EGNB
    Posted November 1, 2005 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    This is MCNB’s wife. Our Clementine was born 7/24 of this year, and it looks like my Chinese genes dominated on the hair color.
    I came across your blog after we did our Halloween thing, and I thought that my dear hubby had started a blog in stealth, because he’d threatened to do so. But things weren’t quite right… I was confused. You might be the Bizarro world version of us. Or vice versa.

  10. mark
    Posted November 1, 2005 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    Our Clementine was born 7/11/04, so we’ve got a year head-start on you… If you need any advice just let us know.

    As for genes, I was prepared for her to have black hair, but I guess my Scandanavian genes somehow were able to outsmart the Chinese ones.

    If you and your husband do start that blog, let me know. I’d like to check it out.

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