November 1st 2004 Halloween Shenanigans

How many of you went trick-or-treating on Halloween? I sure didn’t. No, instead I stayed in and had a relatively quiet weekend… Okay, that’s not exactly true. I had more of a party-filled weekend, including a wonderful birthday party for Jess and Ryan, two of the residents of Vedder 2 NW, in Hulley House. But that is not the focus of storytime today. No, the focus of storytime involves one man, a second-story window, and a superhero.

Evidently, “Cooper” a resident of Vedder 2 SW, found himself in a horrible predicament Saturday night. You see, he arrived back at Vedder Hall only to realize that neither he nor any of the friends he was with had a key to get back into the residence hall. Cooper decided to do what any rational person would do—enter Vedder Hall through the second-floor window above the entrance to the southwest wing.

Before I go any further, allow me to briefly describe the environs Cooper found himself in. The entrance to Vedder Hall is formed by a set of concrete steps and a metal railing on each side. Cooper decided to climb up onto the railing, then onto a small ledge above the entranceway and below the window. Unfortunately, at this point, he had one foot on the rail and one foot on the ledge, and was in no position to open the window. His friends encouraged him to use the light above the entrance door as a foothold. Cooper complied. At this point, his position in space was relatively stable, but that was about to take a turn for the worse.

Cooper managed to open the window, but then the completely thinkable happened—his foot slipped. Without any handholds, Cooper pitched back and began to fall head-first towards the concrete steps below.

Is this where the story ends? Not hardly. For Cooper had a friend waiting for him. The unnamed friend managed to catch Cooper under the armpits. This did not stop the fall, but it allowed Cooper’s feet to hit first, at which point both individuals collapsed to the ground. Cooper had banged his leg off the railing on the way down, but was otherwise unscathed.

Here’s the kicker: the young man who caught Cooper was dressed as Superman!

Coincidence? I think not. Superman walks amongst us. The only thing that could’ve been better is if Spiderman had been there, so he could’ve just shot Cooper with a web and held him against the wall.

Anyway, that is, unfortunately, the best Halloween story I have. Vedder 2 NW was trashed with cake and fake blood Saturday night, but I didn’t get a chance to take pictures before it was cleaned up. However, Halloween was, overall, a pretty exciting time. Hopefully it will come again next year, too.