October 31st, 2012
I love Halloween, it’s easily a top-five holiday in my book. So when we came out with a customized RoughRiders Jack-O’Lantern stencil on the team website, I was totally ready to do our entire office a favor by making one for all to enjoy. The only problem? It’s been an embarrassingly long time since I’ve actually carved a pumpkin. I enlisted the help of Alex Yocum-Beeman, our Graphic Design Coordinator and creator of the ‘Riders pumpkin stencil, to provide the critical support I would need to create a masterpiece. Alex had just come off a weekend of pumpkin carving with her husband, so her skills were undeniably sharp, whereas mine were as dull as the scooper used to gut the seasonal fruit. (And yes, I did have to look up if was actually a fruit. It just doesn’t seem right for some reason.)
Our journey began with a trip to the pumpkin patch on Preston Road in Frisco. The supply had been somewhat depleted, making attention to detail for the right pumpkin imperative.
Outside of baseball season, fall is the best season.
After countless minutes of searching (actually it was more like five), the lucky pumpkin was selected.
Believe it or not (and I couldn’t believe it), but we do not keep pumpkin carving tools on hand in the offices at Dr Pepper Ballpark. So we had to drop a Lincoln at Walgreen’s for some state-of-the-art equipment.
Figuring our co-workers would not be too thrilled with the sights (and smells, more importantly) of carving a pumpkin, AYB and I opted to take our task outside into one of the picnic areas of the ballpark.
After cutting off the top and scraping around inside…
… it was time to pull out its guts.
Once we got the innards removed and the stencil taped on, the carving began.
The pattern looks simple enough, but those holes in the “R’s” and the gap between them were a little tricky.
Once we got the bulk of the pattern cut, we cleaned up some of the details.
After the carving was all done, we took it for a candlelit test-drive.
In comparison with the real deal, our Jack-O’-Lantern acquits itself nicely. A job well-done if I do say so myself.
I’m not sure how many awards our humble little RoughRiders pumpkin will receive, but in the end it came out looking pretty good. A big thanks to AYB for all of her important contributions. If anyone out there is making a RoughRiders pumpkin themselves, shoot a photo and e-mail it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy Halloween everybody!
– Alex V.