Ok, we’re almost to October and it’s been awhile since my last blog update. So I’m going to make up for that a little bit, starting now with the announcement of a month long blog “feature.” I suppose I could try and come up with a catchy name for it. Wait a minute… I can’t. Oh well, setting aside the branded “title” of the next few blogs here’s what my idea is.
I love October. I like fall, football, hockey (Thunder even if no NHL because of a *#&%!^@ lockout,) and Halloween. Plus my birthday is in October as well. New seasons of television are kicking off, Oscar type movies are replacing the bad action and weak comedies of the "not good enough for Summer" movie season, and in the world of video games the pre-Christmas big game rollouts get started. Plus I’m a guy that can’t stand the summer 90 and 100 plus degree heat. October seems to be the one whole month with weather I just love.
I can’t think of anything bad about October. And so to honor what I consider to be the greatest month in the Gregorian calendar… I will celebrate October with weekly blog updates in the theme of the month’s premier holiday.
Columbus Day! Wait, that’s not right…
Halloween is my favorite holiday. I don’t feel obligated to spend huge amounts of money buying gifts for others; a bag of candy or 2 for the kids is good enough. Costume parties can be loads of fun. And the best thing… it’s all about having fun and getting and giving good scares.
Now some people don’t like to be scared, but if done in good fun I think it’s great. The bodies’ fear response is a quick rush of adrenaline, a short increase of heart rate, and a feeling of heightened senses. I know it sounds weird, but it can feel GOOD to be afraid. There’s something that a lot of people don’t know about me, I suffer from what can be a fairly crippling phobia. The reason most people don’t realize I have this phobia is that I often engage in activities that bring me face to face with the very thing that sends me into panic. The reason that I do is that I’m a little addicted to the adrenaline rush that being in a prolonged state of panic brings with it.
I know, that sounds pretty screwed up. And that’s fair, I won’t disagree with that. And yes, as a matter of fact I did not say WHAT phobia I have. A: I don’t want anyone to be able to use that knowledge against me; and B: I actually get a lot of amusement out of the realization that the average person standing next to me has NO IDEA that I could be so afraid at that moment that it’s all I can do to not scream and run away.
It’s funnier than it sounds like it would be, trust me.
Other than that one thing (and probably because of my “odd” reaction to it) very little can actually scare me. And so when something like a movie or video game actually CAN scare me… I LOVE it. And so in October I will highlight some entertainment that has brought me a good scare or two. Be warned… it takes quite a lot to REALLY scare me. Don’t get me wrong, I jump at the “sudden scare” moment the same as everyone else. But that’s just kind of “meh.” True horror is so much better than that. It’s the realization that you’re trapped in a nightmare, and you can’t wake up. It’s the movie you CAN’T stop watching (or the book you can’t put down) because you need to see the end or you will never get to sleep.
And for those of you who want to play along at home… I’ll preview each thing I’m going to review in the preceding entry. I’m almost sure I didn’t say that right… but you get the idea, don’t you? I’ll give you a chance to take a look at whatever I’ll be talking about before each entry. Or you can wait and see what I have to say about it before giving it a chance or not. I won’t guarantee you will like everything on my list. But I will say there’s a fairly good chance you’ll enjoy a good scare or two with each.