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    Friday, July 28, 2006
    Because I Refuse To Act My Age
    Just because I turned 26 yesterday was clearly no reason to act like it. The Twin's surpise outing? A trip to Coney Island!! After lamenting earlier in the week that batting cages in the NYC area are a scarce, The Twin took it upon himself to bring me to the closest one. Well, I don't know if it's the closest, but it's DEFINITELY the most fun.

    That's right, last night we took a trip out to Coney Island. And though neither of us fared very well with the "medium" speed on the batting cages (and we were both college athletes, God that's sad) hitting the crap out of the ball on the slow speed was extremely satisfying. And there's just something about doing things that I associate with being a kid that I really love to do on my birthday. 26? Bah! I'm playing some skee ball. Grown up? Who cares, bring on the mini-golf! Slower metabolism now that I'm older? Yeah whatever, hand me that corndog!

    It was a freaking blast people. An absolute freaking blast.

    edit: damn, I knew I forgot something ... photo credit goes to The Twin. At one point in the night I handed him my camera and told him to take a picture. "Of what?" "The pretty!" I'm such an ass. That's on par with someone handing me a piece of paper and telling me to write something nice :)

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    posted by FINY @ Friday, July 28, 2006  
    • At 7/28/2006, Blogger Itchy said…

      Sounds like a great time. I love fun times like that. And in my opinion, age appropriate as well. I plan to visit Busch Gardens and have a corn dog or two on mine, and I'm a few years older than you.

      Keep the party going, Finy!!!

    • At 7/28/2006, Blogger Esther said…

      That sounds like so much fun. And whoever said you need to act your age is an idiot. There's nothing wrong with batting cages, Coney Island or junk food.

    • At 7/28/2006, Anonymous doctorsquared said…

      What a great birthday outing! Glad you had fun :).

    • At 7/28/2006, Blogger MK said…

      no photo credit. how you feeling today. my shoulders are effen killing me. not to mention the elbow.

    • At 7/28/2006, Blogger kate.d. said…

      skeeball is hands down the best arcade game ever. if i'm ever rich and eccentric, i will have a skeeball machine in my house.

    • At 7/28/2006, Blogger Miss Browneyedgirlie said…

      Skee ball rocks! I used to play that all the time when I was little - Chuck E. Cheese was my venue of choice.

      Never been to Coney Island, but it sounds (and looks) like you had a blast!

      I'm glad.

      And I agree with everyone else - being in your mid (or late) 20s (or even early 30s, for that matter) does NOT mean you should abandon food on a stick, batting cages, amusement park rides, and fun games like skee ball.

      It's what keeps us young - or at least that's what I tell myself :)

    • At 7/29/2006, Anonymous Darren said…

      I'd probably miss on the slow speed

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