Dino Drac After Dark

2021 Holiday Season: Week 1!

I hope everyone had a nice transition from Halloween into the HOLIDAY SEASON — if you’re ready for it, that is!

I’ve been taking it slow myself. Giving myself a moment to survey the landscape and figure out what I wanna do, both on the site and IRL.

For me, it kinda needs to be a low maintenance holiday season, so I’m gonna apply the same take-it-as-it-comes attitude to November and December that I did during September and October.

On the site front, I gathered up all of the Christmassy VHS tapes I’d purchased in the last year or so, and I’ve been mining them for old TV commercials and more. I’m glad I remembered to check, because I had some heavy hitters in this VHS batch. You’ll see some of those goodies very soon!

For tonight, here’s a wonderful compilation of Thanksgiving-themed TV commercials from the ‘80s. This isn’t one of my comps, but it really grabbed me. Such a fun mix of holiday and “general” TV spots from that decade. Should put you in a good mood!

I’ll be back next week w/ some new stuff. Working the kinks out of a few videos and articles, and of course we have the podcast on the horizon, too. For now, here’s your first free-for-all thread of the 2021 holiday season. Talk about whatever!

Halloween 2021: Week 8!

Well, we’re entering the FINAL WEEK of the 2021 Halloween season! I hope you’ve all had a great one so far, and I hope it sticks the landing for ya this week!

It’s been a massively different sort of season for me, for many reasons, but I’ve enjoyed myself. Very happy that I got so many videos done this year, as not doing that has been my biggest regret with the last several Countdowns.

I’m mostly just happy that I avoided the weird depression that I always seem to fall into during October. Gonna be real, I had to fight it off here and there, but at least it was a successful fight! In prior years, I got so rocked during October that I couldn’t wait for it to be over just so I could “wipe the slate.” Not this year, yay!

Another plus has been a sincere attempt to live in the moment, which isn’t always easy for me. I’m often either stuck in the past or obsessed with the future. This season, I kicked that habit. It’s been nice to revel in the many awesome things Halloween has to offer, whether it’s a cold drive at night or some dumb new candy at CVS.

Living in the moment also meant that I didn’t get ahead of myself with the next holiday season, like I usually do. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll hit the ground running come November 1st, but I’m glad to let Halloween have its proper sendoff, both in public and private!

Next week will be a busy one. The must-dos include one more video and this month’s big podcast. I’d also like to get another edition of 2021’s Best Halloween Junk Food on the site, but we’ll see how well I manage my time.

This is your free-for-all thread for WEEK 8 of the 2021 Halloween season. I haven’t decided if I’ll post another thread next Friday, since by then there will only be three days left before 10/31. We’ll see.

For now, chat about whatever, and enjoy what’s left of the season!

Halloween 2021: Week 7!

Welcome to WEEK 7 of the 2021 Halloween season!

What a whirlwind these last few days have been. I really wanted to get a new video onto the site, but between the podcast bonus show and especially the Funpacks, responsibilities had to come first. (With the new USPS delays, it’s super important that I get this month’s boxes out in a timely fashion!)

The good news is that after this weekend, I’ll be (mostly) free and clear for the remainder of the season. Gonna be a crazy two weeks, as I’m aiming to do three videos in that timeframe, and we still have our regular podcast to do, too!

For the moment, though, I’m just about to close up shop for the night, and if I think I have enough left in me, I’m gonna throw on Halloween Kills. I figure I better do it now before social media manages to spoil every last moment of the film.

This is your free-for-all thread for the week. Talk about whatever ya want! For background noise, up above is a playlist stuffed with old horror movie trailers. Everything from The Evil Dead to They Live!

Halloween 2021: Week 6!

Welcome to WEEK 6 of the 2021 Halloween season. As I mentioned in an After Dark comment last night, one thing I’ve really loved about this season is the lack of “lows.”

I’ve been at this for a loooong time, and usually there’s a severe dip in enthusiasm between late September and early October. This year, that doesn’t seem to be the case — the excitement level is still very high, across the board. Ya love to see it!

I’m dedicating my weekend to catching up and cleaning up. On the fun side, that means hitting a bunch of restaurant-style places to try their Halloween offerings before I lose my chance. On the not-so-fun side, it also means spending five hours clutching a bottle of Windex.

This is your free-for-all thread for WEEK 6. Talk about whatever you want, all week long.

For background noise, I put together a YouTube playlist featuring a whole bunch of spooky-themed music videos. It’ll keep you busy for a long while. Have fun!