This is my first Thursday Rundown I have ever written in the city of Boston. First time for everything I guess! Here we go with this week’s five random topics…
Day at the Farm – Last Saturday, Sidney and I took our niece and nephew to Thompson Farm in Conway for a fun autumn/Halloween activity. We went through a corn maze, jumped on inflatables, fed animals on a hay ride, picked out pumpkins, and much more. It was a very warm 80 degree day so it maybe didn’t feel quite like fall but the activities and the farm’s backdrop helped to equalize the weather factor just a bit.
Great Halloween Costumes – I have to give it to my sister and niece for dressing up in some pretty creative and cute Halloween costumes. My sister dressed up as the (Wo)Man in the Yellow Hat while Mikayla dressed up as Curious George. They looked great! The only disappointment was that when it was all said and done, the mother-daughter duo did not win their Halloween costume contest.
My 2016 Halloween – Speaking of Halloween, my October 31 this year was pretty low key. I went over to my in-laws and helped pass candy out to trick-or-treaters. Over the past 10 years or so I tended to celebrate Halloween in an adult way, so it was a little different this year. However, it was a nice change. Staying home with my wife and her family was really relaxing and fun. I think I will remember the drive that night from my house to my in-laws for a long time. It was just like the scene out of Hocus Pocus. The streets were covered with kids in costumes running from house to house, families sat in lawn chairs out in their driveways, and many houses were decked out in Halloween decorations. A typical two minute drive instead took 10 but it was well worth it.
Boston – Last night after the first day of the Higher Ed Social Media Strategies Summit concluded (#SMSSummit), some of the conference attendees, myself included, explored Boston a bit. We ate at a restaurant called the Barking Crab and then we took in the city’s skyline from the famous Longfellow Bridge. It was nice to hang out with people in my industry outside of the conference context while at the same time checking out the sights of one of our country’s greatest cities.
From The Archives – I have a few options for those who want to read what I wrote on November 3 in the past. If you go back a year, I spoke out against the practice of shaming trick-or-treaters who might appear to be of advancing age. In 2014, I enjoyed telling my experience of feeling just like a Sportscenter anchor as I did a top ten countdown for my monthly segment on our Coastal Carolina University television show Coastal Now. Then, three years ago on this very date in 2013, I wrote about a $16.99 monthly scam I was suckered into. As always, feel free to read what you wish.
Tomorrow I come back to Myrtle Beach. I am very excited to see my wife and enjoy the weekend with her. Until then, I have one last night here in Boston to admire this beautiful city. Don’t Blink.