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It's the Halloween Season...and I will admit, that I'm NOT easily frightened. I can walk through a haunted house without fear (although I can't WAIT to check out Nightmare on 19th Street), and am not impressed by slasher/horror movies.  I'm not sure why...but they just don't get a rise out of me. I enjoy the effort, and the absurdity, but if your goal is to scare the wits out of's not going to happen.


I was walking through the offices here at the Wes Nessman Broadcast Complex and 24 Hour Convenience Store, when I turned a corner that I have navigated hundreds of times. I didn't think twice, and really wasn't paying much attention when I looked up, and was suddenly faced with this...

Image: Lance Ballance-Townsquare Media
Image: Lance Ballance-Townsquare Media

Having not expected anything to be in my path as I strolled through the hallway, I was taken aback and uncharacteristically startled at this looming presence.  I gave a quick "AHHH!" as I stopped short, and then quickly collected myself as I realized that the shadowy figure, was nothing more than a slightly off-center decoration that was (strategically) placed for maximum surprise.

I briefly thought that I had dodged a bullet, in that my embarrassment was my own. However, I heard footsteps to my right, and discovered to my shock that one of my co-workers had seen the whole exchange between myself, and my plastic, decorative foe. I collected myself, and remarked, "Wow, that's like...right in the doorway! I almost ran that over! Good thing I saw it and stopped in time..."

My co-worker looked at me...smirked and said something to the effect of "Yeah...right."...chuckling as they walked away.

My stoic façade had been shattered. I was discovered...and my innermost fears began to manifest themselves as I looked at my Friday the 13th-inspired nemesis. I had been startled. My ruse was exposed.

I am not the face of stone that I thought I was. I can, and will be frightened from time to time, even though I can usually handle any type of adversity with aplomb.  I felt a little embarrassed, as I slinked back to my office...knowing that I was now a mere mortal, with feelings and emotions.

And, my co-workers now think I'm a neo-maxi-zoom-dweebie. Or, they still think that, and always have. Either way...I'm renting "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" tonight. That's more my speed.


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