Thursday, November 01, 2007

Halloween From Both Sides

I had been planning this costume for a few months, and when Phil Lesh announced he was playing a show on Halloween, I knew this would be the ideal show for it. I spent 6 weeks growing a beard for this occasion, which was not really a chore for me, as I am a direct genetic descendant from neanderthals; hence, my love of meat and natural fur coat.

Okay, so this is nothing out of the ordinary...

Yes, Brian, we've seen that side of you, too...


You would not believe how many people didn't even notice. Granted, Halloween in New York is kind of redundant because we all see freaks on a daily basis, but unless you were looking at me head-on, you probably wouldn't realize that you were looking at two different people.

This costume fulfilled a life-long desire to walk the streets with half a beard. Now I have essentially run out of facial hair styles to try. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

During the concert, I would be dancing next to people, and they'd have no idea. If they were on my right, they just thought I was another Deadhead. If they were on my left, they just thought I was some tool who came straight from work. Then I would turn around and blow their mind. A lot of people were very confused.

However, I must have had at least 10 different guys come up to me and say, "I get it. You're me! I understand how it is!" Obviously, there are many business folk who live the secret life of a Deadhead.

As an added touch, I only wore deodorant on my left side.

I never really came up with a name for this costume, aside from calling myself a "Split Personality." Seeing as how this was a jamband show, some ideas I had were:

"Two Souls in Communion"
"Two Versions of Me"
"Evolution of the Species"
"Blue State/Red State"
"Good vs. Evil"
"Andy Cahn vs. Mitch Cahn"

Oh yeah, I only shaved half my neck.


NotoriousEAG said...


"Dead Head sticker on a Cadillac"

Jessica said...

Brilliant. But I hope you took the time to shave the rest of your neck today.


Adam said...

So you toked joints out of the right side of your mouth and snorted coke out of your left nostril, right?

Anonymous said...

my friend sent me this and i had a earth shattering giggle.
good for you!
hope you loved the show.
i went to phil in glens fall and tray played all night.
going again on 11/11 at nokia.
i often wonder why most people only dress up for halloween and purim. in my circle of friends, we costume as much as possible
long live your creativity and freedom.
are you a gemini?

Abby Scott said...

Oh my god.

That is the best thing I've ever seen. I'm pissed I was asleep when you came in on Wed.

Brian Ferdman said...

I'm a Pisces, so the whole duality thing is applicable.

captjojo said...

saw one of these on my way to the post office and thought of you...

don't know, have you ever done the sanders?

Darren said...

Nice one Brian. That's hysterical, the guys who identified coming up to you!

I hope you continued to shave when it was over as well...

CW said...

Prep School Hippie, or Hip School Preppie - I can't decide!