Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Bone To Be Wild

Happy Halloween Everyone!

My littlest brother went to school this morning wearing a beanie, a cape, one boxing glove, and part of a Grinch costume. The only thought my Mom had as she watched him walk out the door was, "Please God don't let him get beat up."

Last night Hoop and I drove around for three hours picking up pieces for our costumes and ingredients to make popcorn balls. Braving the crowds of irritated parents and kids the night before Halloween is not something I would recommend for the faint of heart. "You can either be a fairy or a hippie!" I heard one Mom snap to her angry little boy. "I want to be a pirate!" He wailed in response. "Well you should have thought about that last week before they ran out of everything."

Two hours later I was feeling much the same as that frustrated Mom had. "Can we go home now?!" I begged Hoop as he dug through a bin of multicolored hair spray. "I need a can of red." After everything had finally been found and bought we piled into the car to go home. "So where exactly are we going?" Hoop asked. I thought over the many bars in the area, surely one of them would be having a costume party. "I don't know. Where do you want to go?" Hoop thought for a minute. "Well the Shores have a much better neighborhood. The houses are closer together, and-" Then it dawned on me...

"Wait. Are we going trick-or-treating?" "Isn't that what you had in mind?" I burst into laughter. No wonder it had been so difficult convincing him to dress up! "Aren't we too old?!" Hoop shrugged. "Do you really think they'll turn us down?" So there you have it. For the first time in ten years I may be going trick-or-treating tonight. I dug around all morning looking for a kid I could borrow. But none could be found on such short notice. Maybe we can just follow behind some cute little family. I hope we don't get egged.

Daily Hoop Conversation:
Tink: Look! *Points to an advertisement on the side of a Winnebago*
Hoop: "Costumes, Masks and More."
Tink: We could stop there.
Hoop: No, I don't think so.
Tink: Why not? It doesn't hurt to check it out.
Hoop: I am NOT shopping in a Winnebago. I mean, how much stuff could they possibly have in there?
Tink: *Cracks up*
Hoop: What in the hell is so funny?

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Sorry for the late posting. I'm a bit frazzled this week. So instead of giving you the whole weekend recap in one lump, I'm going to save my sanity and post it in bite sizes.

Friday: Hoop and I drove down to Ormond Beach to meet up with some of his family from Tennessee. His Dad, Nash's little boy, Nana, and Nana's husband were all camped out at a cousin's house for the night. We arrived at (what appeared to be) a quaint country home, nestled in the middle of nowhere. There were horses out back, massive Oak trees in front, and ten large dogs running through the yard. I imagined I'd be happy in a place like that...

...until Bee, Hoop's Dad's cousin, informed us that she was being held hostage by a band of wild Rednecks. These particular country folk liked to get drunk and run down the road at night shooting things. One time they crashed a party she was throwing, just because she hadn't invited them. "I knew something was up as soon as I opened the door. There were five or six of them dirty little hicks, all carrying guns!"

"You didn't invite us, so we're gonna shoot the first person we see!" One of the Rednecks had yelled from the doorway. Apparently they couldn't count, otherwise Bee would have been the "first" person they saw. She must have realized this too. Because instead of getting scared, she simply slammed the door in their faces. This is the part of the story where I would have called the cops. But not her. She went back to her party, enjoyed herself, and then put her house up for sale the next day.

Have a spooktacular evening.

17 Comments:

At 31 October, 2006, Anonymous TB said...

I hope you guys have a blast! Take pictures too, I have to see this.

 
At 31 October, 2006, Blogger Mike Y said...

Too, too funny ;) I cannot believe you're going trick or treating. LOL! That's great. I would certainly give you guys some candy, just for the effort.

I hope you guys have a great time. And don't get stressed out.

 
At 31 October, 2006, Blogger Newt said...

Trick or Treat away my friend! In Minnesota I give candy to every brave soul that is willing to be out in the sub zero temps. Beer for the adults and chocolate for the kids. It works quite well. Ok, we don't really give away beer, but for a moment there I almost got you to come Trick or Treat at my house didn't I????

 
At 31 October, 2006, Blogger graymama said...

Happy Halloween!

 
At 31 October, 2006, Blogger Chelle Y. said...

Have a great time! Hey, last year I went "trick-or-treating" with the kids. The people just looked at me funny, then threw the candy in my bag. Like I said on my post, it's amazing what you can get away with when you are on a motor scooter. :)

 
At 31 October, 2006, Blogger Lucia said...

Whatever you wind up doing, have a great time!

 
At 31 October, 2006, Blogger Jay said...

I think we'd all really love to see pics of the costumes you guys come up with. And, trick or treating? I would definately try to find some kids and pretend your with them. Of course, the kids will probably tell on you. hahaha

Gun totin' rednecks. See my town and yours have something in common.

 
At 31 October, 2006, Blogger Gracey said...

I wish I had the guts to go trick or treating, but I'm definitely afraid of getting egged by someone. :) I hope you post some pics of your costumes too!

 
At 31 October, 2006, Blogger eric said...

my boy told me he was ready to stop tonight, and i kept saying how about just these two more over here?

a lady said, "you've got a lot of candy there." she heard him tell me not to make him do any more. we were the last ones on the street.

i don't have to borrow them. they're mine.

e+

 
At 31 October, 2006, Blogger gawilli said...

You could have come to our house...we have plenty of candy and we take all comers! Happy Halloween!

 
At 31 October, 2006, Blogger EE said...

OMG I hope you guys take pictures!!! And hey, *I'd* give you guys candy. I would!

 
At 01 November, 2006, Blogger Rock said...

Love this new look Tink - it rocks. Happy happy H!

 
At 01 November, 2006, Blogger Arabella said...

So, what did you go as??? Did you get a good haul???

 
At 01 November, 2006, Blogger Jess Riley said...

Can't wait for the Trick-or-treating recap!!! *praying there will be accompanying photos*

Also, the conversation between angry mom and son in the costume aisle: hilarious.

 
At 01 November, 2006, Anonymous Lily said...

OK, I had to catch up on Tink because I've been busy with Halloween. With all my kids, there was just a lot going on. I'm never sorry to see it end though! At one party, we won the biggest pumpkin I have ever seen in the flesh so to speak...and none of us had the heart to cut it. I hope you had fun.

I always dress up, and if there's no place to hellraise I find one. I usually have a party too. Why the hell not?

I'm a bit tired of my rednecks too, although none have tried to shoot me yet. But hubby's answer is Florida? WTF? Snow burnout can make a couple desperate I guess.
I think its refreshing to see a gal in love. I often relate to your sense of connection. My hubby was worth the wait and it feels good to have somebody who is a friend and gets you. Very important. I wish many of my friends felt that way, it seems that all we do soemtimes is listen to couples bitch about each other and how little the other does or what the other does wrong... like they freaking hate each other or something.

 
At 03 November, 2006, Blogger Rock said...

As Jerry Seinfeld said, "But I don't want to be a Pirate!"

 
At 03 November, 2006, Blogger Chris said...

*makes mental note to stay far away from stores on October 30*

 

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