“Thanks for the warning”, Chase responds, with a sly grin, every time someone announces they are leaving the room, but will be coming back soon. This is often followed up with his trademark observation – “fabulous”. In a place where everyone takes great pride in their word play skills, Chase is always happy to engage in any witty repartee.
Halloween is Chase’s favorite season, yes, for him it is not one single day, but a month-long celebration of all things dark, evil, and scary. He specializes in spooking his friends at DRC and making particularly bad puns, repeatedly. His entire collection of Halloween decorations resided at DRC for the month of October - with plastic rats (which squeaked), skeleton garlands, fake spider webs, and Styrofoam tombstones lining the stairway. This morning (two weeks after Halloween), he was wearing a half mask from his Halloween costume, along with his customary leather jacket, black hoodie, and dark sunglasses, when I met him at the St Lawrence County bus which he rides from Gouverneur, every day. When I asked why, he said, “I wanted to see how people on the bus would react.”