As some of you know, I have a ridiculously cute nephew named Toots McGee. Now Toots has a little brother, Tooter McGruder.
They live about 40 minutes away from me and are awesome.
I drove down there yesterday to take Toots to a place called Jumpin' Jammin' (shhh, don't tell my Strike Captain). Toots and I had been to this particular establishment before and we had a great time. It's an indoor playground that has a bunch of stuff for kids to "jump" and "jam" on - like slides and trampolines, etc.
The problem is, Toots cannot play by himself. Nor does he wish to play with other kids (he takes after his mom). Nope, he will only do things if he has adult company. If you say no, he will very politely yet sternly say, "you can do it, Irwin!". And believe me, you have to do it.
Thus, I have to maneuver my size 34! body through playgrounds built for 3 year olds. They say that playing one game in the NFL is the equivalent of getting into a major car accident. Well, I like to think 2 hours at Jumpin' Jammin' is the equivalent of at least a minor fender bender.
Anyway, Toots and my favorite thing at this place is an American Gladiator style arena they have built where kids can shoot very soft balls out of air cannons. In the middle of the pit is a big machine that acts like a volcano. The balls get accumulated in this contraption and every 5 minutes a button on it lights up. When a kid hits the button it makes a very loud noise and the balls shoot out of the top and rain down. It is great.
The best part about it is that every time this happens, it scares the shit out of Toots. Even though he's usually the one pressing the button! It's like he wants to be scared shitless - which may explain the success of every horror movie that gets released.
Okay. Since blogger has introduced an "add video" button I've wanted to put something on. Well finally I have some video. Here is Toots freaking out as the volcano explodes. I assure you, he had done this 10 times in a row (we're pretty sure he has OCD) before this particular incident. Yet his fear level remains the same.