At last… it’s October!! Yay!! 🙂
Or… as all my regular Gentle Visitors know, it’s their Movie-lovin’ Catgirl’s favorite month for all things spooky and fun. So… by now of course, my goofy lil’ brain is bubbling away with possibilities for just exactly what sort of hi-jinx a grown-up girl like me can still get away with and still be considered all mature and responsible.
Awwww!! Who am I kidding! This kitten can’t wait to get silly and play dress-up with her sweetie and friends, even if it is for “One Night Only”. Also… as is my tradition, October brings my usual effort to increase my postings with even more Reviews of the creepy horror movies I love to share. We’ve already gotten off to a start with one for the Spanish film, “La Herencia Valdemar”, and you can expect one for it’s sequel within the next couple of days.
What else is going on with me? Well you know the drill by now…. Yes, it’s time to “Read On” and find out!!
My costume choice this year….
As always, I’ve taken a somewhat intuitive approach to this one. My crazy way of just letting ideas creep up on me and just instinctively knowing what’s “right” for me always brings a smile to Carolyn’s face when she’s confronted by seeing it in action. For her… any decision she makes is the result of a considerable period of thought… always carefully weighing the pros and cons… before finally figuring out what she wants to do. Me… I’m completely different. I’ve always just “winged it”…. going with my gut instinct on most things making my choices in an instant…. little decisions… big important ones… I’ve always accepted that it’s just a part of the crazy way I’m made. Thank goodness, my decisions are usually good ones. (I remind her whenever she’s reluctant to accept some instant decision of mine as a smart one, that our very relationship was mostly the result of a snap decision on my part to accept her feelings for me and spontaneously make love with her our first time… That usually shuts her up and reminds her that “Miyuki probably knows best”… 😉 )
Anyway…. this year, as always, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do until a number of seemingly unrelated things popped up and gave me another of those moments of instant clarity. The first… encountering that wonderfully cute lil’ animated short “Kung Fu Cooking Girls” a few weeks back and being reminded of lil’ Miyuki’s fascination with Kung-Fu movies and her secret desire to learn the deadly arts of the Warrior for herself. (Although I didn’t realize it at that particular moment… one of the characters in it even sported the distinctive element of my eventual choice…. but more on that in a moment…)
Then… completely by co-incidence, another of the Bloggers I read, Midaeval Maiden, published a post on her Blog entitled “Fascination With The Art Of War”. (Pssstt!! Check it out…. especially if you too have secret Martial desires hidden away beneath your own very modern exterior…) Your Favorite lil’ Catgirl’s memories were stirred to remember something I’d almost forgotten…. that grown up Miyuki still wanted to be a Wuxia heroine even now… and that, hidden away in my closet like an embarrassing secret…. and something I hadn’t thought about in years… I actually have a sword.
Yes…. I really do have a sword. Not one of those stupid fake prop swords that you might expect a cosplay fan like myself to own… but a real honest-to-goodness high carbon spring steel wickedly sharp double edged Chinese Jian Dao. Beautiful, deadly, and just the sort of thing one of those Wuxia heroines I so envied as a lil’ girl would have carried to smite Evil Villains and restore Justice and Honor. It was expensively purchased back in college (Yes, yes… also on a whim…. remember I tend to do things that way… Hehehe!!) during a short period when I studied Tai Chi and wanted to learn the sword routines that went with my particular version of that art. (Oh… who the heck am I fooling…. At a supposedly mature 20 years of age, I secretly wanted to be able to kick butt and swish it around like that goofy “Star Wars Kid” and his lightsabre…. Except that inherently paranoid lil me never got up the courage to make one of those embarrassing YouTube videos, thank goodness… 😉 ) I’ve even managed to find a picture out there on the Internet to show you of the very sword I own… silver phoenix hilt and all. Surprisingly, it’s wasn’t made in China as I’ve believed all these years but in Toledo, Spain… so apparently it’s a “half-breed” just like lil’ ol’ me…. and somehow even knowing that makes it seem all that much more “perfect” 😉
Combine this with Carolyn’s desire to find us another evening activity to participate in now that our belly dancing classes are finishing up and it got me to thinking about Martial Arts all over again. So… one trip to the closet later, and I rescued that sword from it’s hibernation behind boxes of old clothes and junk from my college days. It was still carefully wrapped in it’s scabbard inside a silicon impregnated gun sock… the blade still spotlessly rust free, perfectly preserved by the layer of mineral oil I’d applied before putting it away nearly a decade and a half ago. Now here’s the eerie part of my story that lets this wee kitten know someone is trying to tell me something important…..
Alone in the apartment one afternoon a day or so ago… (Yes… one doesn’t dig out her sword while her sweetie is about just in case she’ll laugh and shake her head in that way that makes all these old dreams seem silly… She wouldn’t mean to hurt me, but it would still crush the heart of the silly lil’ kitten still hiding deep inside to have somebody laugh at my most precious memories even in fun….) I brought it to the living room and took it out. Just to check it, mind you…. OK, OK… and also to look in the full length mirror on the bathroom door and see just what I’d look like holding it… when what should come on the TV I’d left on by complete co-incidence? The Wuxia romance film “Bride With White Hair” one of my favorite old films from HK’s Golden era of the 90’s. She’s an absolutely iconic character… and she’s been done lots of times over the years in other films and TV series as well.
BAM!!! It hit me right then…. all these things shifting into place like puzzle pieces forming a picture in my mind with crystal clarity. The perfect Halloween costume choice for me this year… my own interpretation of “The Bride With White Hair”. And…. for Carolyn… something her very blonde, very sporty and athletic Caucasian self will be perfect for: Cammy from the video fighting game “Street Fighter”. Heck…. I even still have the scarlet beret we used two Halloweens ago when she dressed up as the evil Star Trek “Mirror Universe” Yeoman Rand. Change the beret badge, find a camouflage one piece swimsuit and some other stuff and she’ll be perfect!! What a pair we’ll make!
Hmmmm? I wonder if Sam and her guy will want to get in on this? Can’t wait to ask her. We’re lookin’ at a fun month’s worth of costuming for this for certain!! I’m already surfing the internet for my inspiration….
And also…. given that this sort of “Omen” has to be more important than just a fun thing to do for Halloween…. (Me? Superstitiously believing in Omens? Yes… also one of my quirks….) I’ve decided it’s time to dabble in trying to fulfill those old dreams and actually give Martial Arts a shot. Not certain yet whether that will take the form of more Tai Chi classes or if I’m actually ready for something more physical, but if Carolyn is game for it, I’m ready to stop feeling silly about wanting something like this for myself and just plain going for it. All that remains is to find us classes….. and one of our local colleges or the Health Club ought to be able to point us in the right direction.
So…. watch out world, ready or not…. Kung Fu Miyuki, “Wuxia Princess With Cat Ears” is coming your way!! “Meow, meow for now!!”
And… for those of you with Kung Fu dreams of your own… I leave you with a lil’ video to get you in the “Spirit of the Sword” your own self….