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I really loathe discussing my affinity for all things fall because it is such a hackneyed blog topic. Between the listicles, tweets, and memes, talking about how much you love fall is like saying you like water or Coca-Cola classic.
We get it – fall is awesome. So my deepest apologies for starting the latest installment of SMBB this way. But I have to do it to you guys – we are in it right now. It’s peak fall at the moment and I can’t lie to you- I’m enjoying the hell out of it.
The leaves are crunchy, the sky is permanently gray (at least up here in the midwest), and people are busting out their best LL Bean sweaters and pairing them with goose down vests and super fly Barbour jackets. And this weekend – this one we’re in the midst of right now – might be the most fall weekend of all the fall weekends. We’ve had it circled on our calendars for months now for one reason and one reason only: Halloween, baby. Spooky season.
We go through this charade every single year right around this time because Halloween doesn’t always fall on a weekend. This year it’s on a Wednesday so naturally we’ve got two camps: people saying next weekend is the weekend and people saying this weekend is it. I’m firmly in the latter camp. As soon as November hits I’m in full on Christmas mode but that is a story for another blog. Last night and today will be the only two days I’m dressing up and that’s final.
I’ve been trying to lobby Congress for years now to enact a law that makes every Halloween fall on a Friday, but that repeated request has fallen deaf ears. So until that happens we’re stuck asking all of our friends whether next weekend is the weekend to dress up or if this is it.
That’s not what I’m here to talk to you about, though. If you were like me, you celebrated at a Halloween themed party or bar last night. I wore the puffy shirt from that infamous episode of Seinfeld. My costume crushed and everyone had a grand old time. Drinks were drunk, jokes were told, and candy was eaten.
Tonight I have to do it all over again inside of a cramped apartment with a bunch of really good friends. It’s going to be a sweaty, drunken mess and I’m amped for it but right now I”m struggling.
My head feels like it’s going to explode and I think the coffee I’m sipping is actually hurting more than it’s helping. But since I have 12 hours until I have to put my costume back on and start drinking again I’m not too worried about it. In fact I have a nice little day mapped out for myself.
Once I finish up this blog, I’m going to cook breakfast – two eggs over easy with some white toast, a glass of OJ (extra pulp), and a bowl of Chobani.
Following that, I’m going to queue up a movie I’ve been meaning to re-watch for a long, long time. You may have heard of it. It’s called Saving Private Ryan. An absolute classic. One of the best movies ever made with an ensemble cast for the ages.
But why this movie, you ask? Other than the fact that it’s one of my favorites, Saving Private Ryan also boasts a runtime of two hours and fifty minutes. That’s a whopper of a movie and the runtime is partially why I selected it.
It’s absolutely perfect for a hungover day like today. I know there’s football on all afternoon but my team sucks ass and I’d rather watch an entertaining movie than watch my favorite team in the universe punt the ball 15 times over the course of four quarters.
In times like this when the sky is overcast and it’s chilly outside; when the heat has been turned on and you’re huddled up under a blanket on the couch; when you’ve got a coffee, a large ice water, a Gatorade, and maybe even a recovery beer in front of you, there is no better way to spend an afternoon than vegging out with an obnoxiously long movie that you love.
On days like today I embrace the fact that I Have one of those category 5 hangovers where I get greasy takeout food and toss on a movie that takes you for a fucking ride. Movies other than Saving Private Ryan perfect for a day like this that come to mind are any one of the films from the LOTR trilogy.
Also Avatar, anything from Tarantino or Scorsese, and The Dark Knight Rises. All of these will do just fine, and if you fall asleep who cares? You’ve seen ’em a million times and you can pick up from virtually any scene without missing a beat.
If you’re not interested in watching football today and you’re struggling like me, get a takeout order on the books and pop in a movie with a runtime over two and a half hours long. It’ll be the best decision you make all afternoon. Enjoy the day..
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