as autumn (slowly, thank you) begins to fall over the countryside here in upstate new york, the night air much chillier, the trees painted overnight with wide broad brush-strokes of gold and crimson, something inside me begins to conjure images of pumpkins and goblins and skeletons and ghosts.
and i wanna be scared.
my 11 year old nephew not so much.
his older sister is now big into horror movies, whatever she can talk her parents into letting her see (only going on 14 herself), but they have (foolishly) pointed her in my direction--and my discretion (?!)--and so we've been watching some pretty good stuff recently!
oh, nothing TOO bad. nothing reprehensible. she claims that she doesn't get nightmares, but i don't want her to start 'cause of me!
my nephew, though, knows his limits, knows what he DOESN'T like, and being scared is def on that list.
and so it was that i tentatively took him into the recently opened (and soon to be closed) spirit of halloween store that opened up just across the river, and pointed out the really scary masks and decorations that i dreamed of filling my house with.* bug-eyed ghouls that shudder and shake, upside-down hanging vampire bats, a green-eyed goat demon mask--there was a lot that you could scare people with.
my nephew looked, said, "yeah, cool", to placate his uncle todd, but soon steered me over toward the fake mustache, sideburns, and chest hair that he wanted to complete his 70's disco costume to which he's added to a little bit each year over the past three.
people are always amazed at how alike he and i are--we love the same music, same jokes, same everything, it seems...
that "likes to be scared" gene just hasn't kicked in yet.
but when it DOES...
so, do YOU like to be scared?
got a story about it?
about being scared as a kid?
by a movie? or an older brother or sister?
a creepy neighbor?
the answers to your
"five for friday"
1. forrest gump, the green mile, mission to mars
2. child's play, murder in the first, lord of the rings:the two towers
3. the ice storm, pleasantville, the contender
4. platoon, any given sunday, identity
john c. mcginley
5. signs, the village, lady in the water
m. night shyamalan
that's it for me!
enjoy your colombus day cake!
smell ya later!
*yes, i ended a sentence with a preposition.
so what, bitch.