The Halloween Parade 2023

The bear is a surprise. Possibly to the bear herself judging by the way she sprints and cavorts around the road. Now you understand why barriers were put up along the route. But as you watch this car-sized omnivore tumble with the broken grace of the narcotically enhanced, you find yourself wishing the fences were much, much taller. There’s a pair of guys following the bear, one clutching a ruined hand, the other nursing a broken heart. The guy with the bad hand makes eye contact, mouths ‘It’s cool.’ And you buy into it. You also don’t breathe out until the bear passes.

PseudoPod 836 (full transcript; annotated version)