October is my favorite month. I get to wear hoodies, people stop looking at me weird for ordering coffee drinks hot (yes, I know it's 100 degrees outside), and most importantly, it's haunted house season. Every year, I make an enormous spreadsheet of all the haunted houses in the area, when they open, and then we hit up as many as humanly possible. This year, I've got two weddings and a ton of shoots to do. On another note, some months ago, my family and I went to a Can't Stop the Serenity event. You get an automatic 10 bonus points if you already know what that is. See, we're huge nerds for Firefly. Like went to the advanced pre-screening nerdy. Waited in line four hours to get good seats nerdy. Made our own t-shirts nerdy. I can completely understand if you don't want to be my friend anymore.
Anyway, it was a show that lasted less than a season, because everything that I like gets canceled almost immediately. Later, they made a movie out of it called Serenity. Both the show and the movie are fantastically well-written, and you should probably go watch them this instant.
Fangirl swooning aside, every year, around our lovely nation, groups sponsor Can't Stop the Serenity events. It almost always involves screening the movie, some screened Dr. Horrible as a sing-a-long as well. This year's was hosted at The Rex, and we made a stop over at the Pittsburgh Steak Company (also highly recommended). The idea of the thing is that they raise funds for a group called Equality Now, which is an "international human rights organization dedicated to action for the civil, political, economic and social rights of girls and women".
Also, there's swag.
In addition to the cost of admission, they also have some merch for sale (the t-shirt designs were quite good this year), and a raffle for various gift baskets. Miracle of miracles, I actually won something (I never win anything). Here's my haul: