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Monkeying Around

by Richard

If you live in or near Charlotte, you need to hurry. Monkey Joe’s is having a customer appreciation weekend that ends tonight. We’re talking a good time for all involved.

Monkey Joe’s is a great place for the little dudes. It’s filled to the brim with huge inflatables. I’m not just talking the ordinary type of huge, this is mountainously huge.

When I was on top of one of them, I started to get dizzy and short of breath, it was that big. Of course, the little dudes racing around and past me weren’t having any of those sorts of problems. Maybe that says more about me than about the height, but, well, you know.

Anyway, the good folks at Monkey Joe’s in Pineville (and they are good folks in all senses of the words, but that’s another post) want to let you have a great time. While your little dudes and dudettes are having a great time.

The first nine in line each day will get half off any birthday parties booked that day. In addition, you can get $50 off on any party booked in person for a Monday-Friday and $75 off for a personally booked party that takes place on Saturday of Sunday.Finally, there’ll be an hourly drawing for free stuff, including a free birthday party.

Sounds like a good deal to me.

Check out their website for more details. You really don’t want to miss out on this one.

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Halloween: The Aftermath

Oy, chocolate hangover. I didn’t even know you could get those. Maybe it has more to do with my aging body than the 97 pounds of chocolate and peanut butter and soft squishy things I’m hoping were candy that I consumed. I don’t know, but I’ve certainly got the head and stomach that says I’m paying for all the free stuff we got last night.

Or it could have something to do with my going Trick or Beer-ing last night. Odd to believe, but that really works. On a lark, just to pass the time between stops and between times I snuck off and hid so I could scare my youngest little dude, I rang some doorbells and said, “Trick or beer!” And someone actually gave me a beer. I was so shocked. I almost couldn’t believe it. I figured I’d stop while I was ahead, but it was a nice surprise.

My two oldest little dudes decided they didn’t want to be seen with Mr. Incredible, so they took off with a mutual friend and went on their own. I’m assuming it went well since they returned home unscathed and there were no sirens or flashing lights following them home. Boy, Halloween sure has calmed down since I roamed the streets convinced of my own immortality and invincibility.

My youngest little dude, however, stuck close to dad all night. He was dressed up as some sort of camouflaged, futuristic soldier. I think he picked it because the costume came with a (rubber) knife, a helmet and goggles. Those’ll get some play for the rest of the year. We wandered with several different groups and hit houses for many blocks around. It was another great Halloween.

I hope yours was at least as fun. Or, as Steve Martin once (almost) said, “If you had half as much fun as I did, then I’ve had twice as much fun as you.”

— Richard

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