Happy Memorial Day everyone! A sort of sad holiday, to remember all those who lost their lives while fighting wars. I recently saw American Sniper the other day, and that thing was brutal! The opening scene was basically him killing a middle eastern mother and her son. War zones are crazy places. I just hope there is peace in the afterlife. Also Memorial day is important because people should remember that my birthday is tomorrow! Eh, I suppose you don't really have to remember. As you get older, birthdays really do tend to lose their value. I know I'm getting up there because I was thinking of things I'd want as presents, and I immediately thought of pillows and sheets.... what the crap is that?? Why didn't I think of something fun?? Also birthdays are strange because there are too many expectations (kinda like New Years Eve). Last year my birthday was pretty stressful trying to find something to do and get all my friends together. Why can't somebody just throw me a surprise party every once in a while so I don't have to think?! These days for birthdays I usually just try to look fairly presentable and get a bit intoxicated. I TRY not to put too much pressure on it, so we shall see what happens!
One thing I DID do already for an early birthday surprise was drive up to Canada! Niagara Falls to be exact. I actually really love Canada. When I use to live in Detroit, me and my friends would drive over to Windsor because you could drink and go to clubs there when you were 19. So fun! Also, everything over there is so darn spotlessly clean! Seriously, the first 5 minutes of being back in the US, everything just seemed...dirtier. This is also pretty sad, but when thinking of things to do while in Canada, I suggested making a trip to the hospital and dentist to get a check up. Sad but true! I haven't been to the dentist in YEARS. I just keep taking pain pills whenever my wisdom teeth start hurting (they should probably most definitely come out, but it's so expensive! I refuse!).
The news in canada was also pretty interesting. They barely have any terrible news, so they talk about all the terribly bad stuff going on in America. Every once in a while they will throw in some Canadian news like "the prime minister is having his appendix removed today".
Upon heading to Niagara Falls, I tried to recall if I had ever been. I came to the conclusion that I think I DID go, but on the American side...I think. I remember wearing a blue cape to go under the falls. This time, I had a red one (because the Canadian ones are red). Pretty much, I saw those darn falls from every angle possible; the Canadian side, the American side, the river before it drops off, the part where it ends, underneath the falls, in the falls, from the top floor of the hotel I was staying in. Basically I saw it from all viewpoints! Still beautiful from every one. I think I have a new thing for waterfalls now. On the way back to NYC, we stopped to find more waterfalls along the way in the Finger lakes. Everything is so hidden up there! It took a while to find the next waterfall, but it was all very much worth it.
Living in New York City for the past few years, I never even knew about all of the other parts of New York. NYC is literally a SLIVER of what the state has to offer. For all of the hustle and bustle that goes on in the city, upstate sure is serene. It is also kinda scary! Nobody around you for miles. The nearest convenience store isn't around for miles. Phone service is very spotty. But it's really so scenic! And a very nice mini getaway from the noise and people.
For all of those who don't get to travel as much as you like, it's really not THAT difficult to go exploring things that are not too far away at all. Hop on the metro north and take it to a place you've never been before. Tickets are like 20 dollars at MOST. There is no excuse for a mini getaway! America is actually very beautiful (so is Canada!). So is the rest of the world! But just because you can't make it to Monaco 5 times a year, doesn't mean you can't explore your own American back yard.
Check out some of the photos from my trip here, and stay tuned for the video!
p.s. All I really want for my birthday is for people to read my blog! (Or donate if you can so I can get some business cards and upgrade my Vimeo account)
p.p.s. I researched the Canadian government while writing this blog, and ended up in a crazy Wikipedia link black hole. Ended up finding out who established the British Monarchy! (Apparently, his origins are uncertain, as well as his ties, if any , to previous kings. Some random guy just rolled up like, "Bow down b*tches, I'm ya new King!" Bawse.
p.p.p.s. DON'T FORGET MY BIRTHDAY TOMORROW!