As per usual with most major holidays, Katie and I spent the weekend with two different families, Saturday night with mine and Sunday afternoon with her's.
No, this is not going to be a recap of all the events that went on at both celebrations. Actually, it's more of a decrying of a family tradition whose time has passed. Sadly, too.
The Easter Egg Hunt.
For years, we've been doing Easter Egg Hunts with Katie's family simply because there were young kids around that enjoyed being a part of such a vaunted event. Some of us adult-like people would hide the eggs in the yard and then let the younger ones go find them. They would then be treated to a bag full of chocolate and, perhaps, money.
However, I think it may be time to officially kill this tradition. At least until new "young-uns" are brought into the fold.
You see, currently, the youngest of the bunch is E, and he's 12 or 13 right now. At yesterday's celebration, not only was it a struggle to get some of us off our butts to go hide the eggs, but we also had to "wait until the end of the inning" of the Cubs-Brewers game and then pick E up by the collar of his shirt to make him go out and find them. Then, when we realized he was pretty much the only one taking part, all of us 20- and 30-somethings had to go out and search for the eggs as well just to make it look good.
And we were the ones that hid them in the first place.
So somebody tell me how wrong that is? Time to kill it, you think? Yeah, I do too.
But at least Katie and I found four bucks. That's my allowance for the week, baby!
Got a meme for you in the extended post, BTW...
I stole this from *lynne*.
THE MOVIE MEME
1. Name a movie that you have seen more than 10 times.
Way too many to list. All the original Star Wars films, the Indiana Jones series, the original Die Hard, Robocop, The Untouchables, Real Genius, Ghostbusters, Tombstone, and dozens more.
2. Name a movie that you've seen multiple times in the theater.
13 Going on 30 with Katie. She worships the movie so we saw it twice. She may have even gone back for a third viewing with a friend when I was working. Not sure, though.
3. Name an actor that would make you more inclined to see a movie.
Morgan Freeman. Ever since The Shawshank Redemption, I've been hooked. Also Don Cheadle whom I believe to be one of Hollywood’s most talented and underappreciated actors.
4. Name an actor that would make you less likely to see a movie.
Jack Black and Cameron Diaz. Yet I enjoyed Holiday. Go fig.
5. Name a movie that you can and do quote from.
Real Genius, Ghostbusters, and Tombstone. Almost sickening levels of quotation.
6. Name a movie musical that you know all of the lyrics to all of the songs.
None really. Although I do know nearly all the lyrics to Rent, but I've never seen the movie version. Just the theatrical version twice.
7. Name a movie that you have been known to sing along with.
Ghostbusters. Yes, I loved that soundtrack.
8. Name a movie that you would recommend everyone see.
Little Miss Sunshine. And I was so disappointed to hear both my parents disliked it.
9. Name a movie that you own.
Some might ask, “what doesn’t he own?” But we have been trying to cut down on the quantity lately. I think we just sold off about 80 DVDs and have completely liquefied our VHS collection.
10. Name an actor that launched his/her entertainment career in another medium but who has surprised you with his/her acting chops.
I know it was just a bit part, but I loved Bob Barker in Happy Gilmore. I think it was more his 1-2 combo than his acting chops, though.
11. Have you ever seen a movie in a drive-in? If so, what?
Many. But the most recent was a bit more than a decade ago and was a double feature of Independence Day and Eraser.
12. Ever made out in a movie?
Not that I recall.
13. Name a movie that you keep meaning to see but just haven’t yet gotten around to it.
North by Northwest. And me being a Hitchcock fan. How sad is that? Odd thing is I have rented it and just never had time to actually watch it before it was due back.
14. Ever walked out of a movie?
One of my own accord, Oliver Stone's The Doors. When I was a kid, my parents decided to leave a flick in the middle that we all went to. Some post-apocalyptic movie that came out in the early 80s. I think it was called The Comet or Night of the Comet, perhaps?
15. Name a movie that made you cry in the theater.
There are a couple but I can't think of them at the moment. Wait! I remember. It was The Family Stone.
16. What’s the last movie you saw in the theater?
Blades of Glory a couple weekends ago. Decently funny. Better than I expected, but not by much.
17. What’s your favorite/preferred genre of movie?
It was once action/adventure. But that genre has become so watered down and generic that it is now just sad. So, maybe comedy? Everyone can use a good laugh.
18. What’s the first movie you remember seeing in the theater?
Star Wars in '79 during one of the many, many rereleases.
19. What movie do you wish you had never seen?
There are quite a few of these as well. Blair Witch Project comes to mind. So does The Village.
20. What is the weirdest movie you enjoyed?
Napoleon Dynamite. I'm still not sure why I liked it.
21. What is the scariest movie you've seen?
The Exorcist: The Version You've Never Seen. I don’t care how old that movie is, it is still light years better than what currently passes as horror like The Ring. What a joke.
22. What is the funniest movie you've seen?
Real Genius. I love that movie and relate to it like few others. No, not because I created a laser or anything. Although that could’ve been a fun science project. I’m also a big fan of Fletch. Fan-friggin’-tastic film.