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Ben, bikes, boats and Biscayne

9 Apr

I have yet to fully recover, but I figured there was a group of people out there waiting to hear all about the fabulous weekend Addam and I had with his little brother, Ben.

Ben got in Wednesday afternoon, making it ridiculously difficult for me to concentrate on the interviews I had to conduct before calling it a wrap on my work day. I did my best to stay focused, and Ben picked me up as soon as I finished up. At that point we had a few hours to kill before Addam got off work, but we decided to go for a swim in South Beach rather than hurry home.

It was the perfect afternoon for swimming and the first time I’d been in water since the new year. Ben was amazed by how blue the water was and kept saying that it was the only time he’d swam in an ocean so clear, but I couldn’t believe the waves. Addam and I must have been catching the tide at the wrong time, because any other time we’ve been they have been pretty weak. That day, however, they were making me their lap dog. The waves tossed me all over the ocean, and by the end of an hour I was pretty worn out.

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Halloween hikes and hauntings

31 Oct

Happy Halloween, everyone!  I hope your holiday was as enjoyable as mine.

I slept most of yesterday away, so when Addam asked me if I wanted to go up to Oleta River State Park and hit up some of the bike trails, I agreed.  Even though I usually don’t like mountain biking, I thought any exercise would be better than none at all.

I had a really good time, but I am worn out!

After stopping for a quick lunch of Subway and Wendy’s, we took the bus up to the park, which was about eight miles away.  Once there we got our helmets, filled our tires up with air and started biking through the woods.  We went on about three trails, but Addam went down this big jump a few times.  I refrained, because I didn’t want to ruin the holiday by breaking my neck.

We were at the park for a couple of hours, and even though I was obviously no where near as experienced as Addam, I feel like I did a pretty good job.  I only took one spill, and that was just because I couldn’t manage pushing myself and my bike up this big incline.  No biggie.

After we had finished up with the trails, we headed back to the apartment.  We decided to bike instead of taking the bus.  At this point I was pretty tired, but it wasn’t too bad.  After a few hours of mountain biking the sidewalk felt like a cool down.

Biking home also allowed us to stop at this spot behind Addam’s work that he’s been meaning to show me.  He goes there on his breaks to eat his lunch and feed the raccoons.  There were a ton of them!  And the best part was they were all so incredibly friendly.  They were so sweet that I begged Addam to buy me a cookie from Subway so I could feed them.  (They live behind this Chinese restaurant and get fed whenever the shop is open, but it’s closed Sundays.  The little things were starving!  We had to help.)

Subway was out of peanut butter cookies, which Addam said was their favorite, so I got oatmeal raisin, which didn’t seem to bother them one bit.  They loved the treat so much that a few of them were literally taking pieces from my hands before I could drop it off to them.  I was more scared than they were!  It was incredible.  I could have sat there feeding them all day.  I felt like the raccoon whisperer.

Addam and I got home and showered up.  He’s playing some music and making some food, and we’re both getting ready to head to the theater.  In celebration of Halloween, which has always been one of my favorite holidays, we’re seeing Saw 3D, and I can’t wait! I love being scared.  We’ve seen the first four in the series, and then kind of forgot about it for awhile. We’re hoping the 3D effects will help make this one just as good as the first, which is by far the best in the franchise.  It’s all about the ending, and Saw I had an amazing one.  I’ll make sure to update you guys on what I thought of it tomorrow night.

In the meantime — my top five favorite movies to watch on a Halloween night (in no particular order):

1.  The Rocky Horror Picture Show, 1975:  I love it, I love it, I love it.  And who wouldn’t love a sweet transvestite from transsexual Transylvania?  I found this one in high school, and I really don’t know what I did on Oct. 31 before I did.  Nothing beats dressing up in drag, heading to the theater and throwing some toast on a Halloween night.  It may not be scary, but it definitely makes for a good time.  If you haven’t seen it, come see me.  I’ll change your world.

2. Children of the Corn, 1984:  Do I even need to explain this one?  It was made before I was even born, but come on, could the premise get any creepier?  A town of blood-lusting children who have murdered every adult in the area in the observance of some satanic, cult like religion?  There are so many angry kids in the world — could you imagine what would happen if they all turned against us?  Scary stuff.  A tad campy, but definitely bone chilling.

3. Hocus Pocus, 1993:  An oldie but a goodie.  I’ve been watching this movie since I was about seven years old, and some of the happiest moments of my childhood involved playing this on the school playground with my friend Courtney. In it, the Sanderson sisters, sentenced to die in Salem, Massachusetts 300 years ago, are back to capture eternal youth by sucking the souls of children.  And all because a “virgin lit the candle.”  I can’t do it justice.  If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and rent it.  If nothing else, you can enjoy the comedic genius that is Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker.

4. Halloween, 1978:  Come on, could I leave this one out?  Mike Myers has made Halloween famous and deserves to make any top five list.  To quote IMDb, “A psychotic murderer institutionalized since childhood escapes on a mindless rampage while his doctor chases him through the streets.”  Can you think of a better plot for a scary Halloween night?  One look into the stone cold dead stare of Mr. Myers and you wouldn’t think so.

5.  The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 1974:  This is one of the few movies that actually terrifies me.  But let’s face it, there isn’t anything much scarier than a family of cannibals who capture college students looking for a good time in the middle of nowhere.  Add chainsaws to the mix and the first time you see it you won’t sleep well for a week.  It’s an old one, and I love the gritty, rawness of the footage.  You almost feel as though you’re watching a home video of real events.  A lot of people love the remake that was released in 2003.  It’s not bad.  You’ll definitely jump in your seat.  But, in my opinion, nothing will ever come close to touching the original.  If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.

That’s it for tonight, folks.  I’m running late for my movie, but feel free to comment with your favorite Halloween haunts.  I love checking out films that I’ve never seen before.  And I love scary movies!

“Witch and ghost make merry on this last of dear October’s days.” — Author Unknown