My eyes barely fluttered open. I was in that state of not quite awakiness where you are aware that it is morning but you’re not quite ready to face it. Slowly the realization that today is Valentine’s Day settles into my brain. I snuggle a little closer to the warm body lying beside me. I open my eyes a little more and smile. He smiles back and has that look. It’s February 14th and he has only ONE thing on his mind:
Today’s the day they are blowing up a high-rise in West Palm Beach on the Intercoastal!
He’s such a ROMANTIC!
“Do you feel like going or do you just want to stay here and watch it on TV?”, he says with that look that pleads, “Don’t deny me this excitement!”
So we got ready and bundled up (Florida style) for the big event. My Harley Stud is very familiar with Palm Beach and knew just the spot that would put us directly across the water from the tower. Armed with coffee in my favorite thermos, my camera, tissues (we both have a cold) and our phones, we made the
what I’m told was four block walk but I could have sworn it was more like 10 blocks – It’s cold and I have the sniffles – to the perfect spot across the Intercoastal waterway from the blasting site.
As we gather with the anxious crowd, I slip my camera out of my pocket only to discover that my battery is dead. Grrrrrrr. “No worries.” says MHS. “We have our phones.” It appears that nothing is going to spoil the “romance” of this very special Valentine date.
Don’t let the grumpy face fool you. He was HAPPY to hold my thermos while I took his picture and he was REALLY HAPPY to be there for the implosion!
The implosion was scheduled for 9am. It didn’t happen at 9am. About that time, MHS asked me if I had video on my phone. I confirmed that I did but I’d never used it and was afraid that I would miss the whole thing while I tried to find it. So there I stood holding my phone up in the air waiting for the big moment. It is surprising to me how heavy a 4.58 oz phone gets when you’re holding it in the air for over five minutes.
I really need to get back to the gym.
Finally the moment arrived. First we saw little puffs of smoke come out of the sides of the building. Then we saw it start to tumble down even before we heard it. It was so cool!
I’ve had a little fun at MHS’s expense here mocking his lack of romance but the truth is: I loved it. Truth be known, there’s a bit of a 12 year old boy living inside of me. I love blowing things up. I love to watch things blow up. I love to shoot things. And occasionally my humor tends to lean toward adolescent boyishness.
After it was all over, I turned to MHS and said, “I got the before and after but I missed the whole tumbling down part. Did you get it?” He said, “I got it on video.”
What the……..! This is a man who asks me to send text messages for him. I’ve taught him everything he knows about how to use his phone. And apparently I’ve done a great job because while I stood there like a fool with my arm up in the air worried that I would miss the big moment, he went right to his video app on his blackberry and recorded the whole thing.
Well, almost the whole thing. It didn’t really happen as fast as it appears in the video. So the best we can’t figure is that he hit the pause by mistake at some point in the process.
Happy Valentine’s Day, Everyone!
MHS and I hope that your HEART DAY goes off with a big BANG!
Smart Mouth Broad