Friday, 31 October 2014

Friendship Reports: Skins, Memories & Hallowe'en

Dear Readers,

As some of you may know, this week has been half term, at least it has been for some. As strange as it sounds, I don't actually like these little holiday's very much, they break my usual routine, and mean that I have to find something else to occupy my time with. Thus this has been a week almost completely void of excitement.

So what have I been doing this past week? Well, the truth is I've been doing next to nothing, I've had myself locked in my room watching Kerrang TV online. The main times I left has been to deliver papers in the morning (because I still do that). However, on Monday I bought myself a drum kit, it requires a few replacement parts, and of course, a double bass pedal, but other than that it's in a pretty good shape, it's just dirty.

That drum kit now resides in Nathan's attic, the plan was to set it up in his garage ready for band practice sessions, but unfortunately there is still half a motorbike in the way of where the drums were going to be placed, and now we have to wait for an undisclosed amount of time before we can set it up. This gives me time to get the replacement parts.

I was actually quite surprised after buying that kit, when I found out that some parts needed to be replaced (mainly the snare stand) I searched for the parts online and found them to be more expensive than I expected, Thankfully, they're not so expensive as to cause a bit of a problem for us, but it will mean that there won't be a crash cymbal for a while.

So with that bit over, I'd like to talk about memories, because I have had old memories randomly return to me from various weird triggers, such as a road sign and a bag of mint imperials. I for one find it really strange and quite entertaining how mundane things, like those mentioned, can bring back old memories.

I also find it quite annoying, because usually that mundane item brings back an unpleasant memory, and in the case of those mint imperials, it was an unpleasant memory, and it killed the mood, it would have made me feel quite sad and down, but I thankfully had Ash around, so he kept me entertained and smiling.

Now onto my favourite time of the year, Hallowe'en, and despite what the red squiggly line is telling me, there is an apostrophe in Hallowe'en, after all it's a shorthand way of saying All Hallows Eve. Anyway, today is supposed to be the day when me and Nathan have a massive jamming session in the garage, I don't think our drummer Phil will be joining us though, since I don't think our kit is in a usable condition, it might be still be usable even though some pieces need replacing.

So why is Hallowe'en my favourite time of the year? Well it's simply because I love horror, I'm in a very loud band that plays a genre of music we call Horror Grunge (it's a strange fusion of Black Metal, Power Metal and Grunge with Horror themed lyrics), I love reading horror fiction (like Stephen King novels) and I love horror films.

So do you guys like Hallowe'en? Tell me all about it in the comments below.

- George "Kitty" Booth

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