Boom Boxes and Pimp Hats

So I've had some hopes recently that have sort of been dashed as far as my current life goes. My grad school plans are underway and I'm very excited for that, but I guess I feel like I've been lacking in other departments. It's hard for me to be myself and really get to know people if I'm really into them so I feel like it's a difficult process to let someone see the real me and be interested.

One thing in particular happened today that was sort of a nail in the coffin, if you will, to any chances I'd fostered with a certain someone. I was so flustered. I came home after a long day of filming for our next DC show and decided to watch Say Anything. I'd never seen it before but I was in an 80's movie mood so I watched it. It was after watching this movie that I realized I want someone I'm interested in who wants me as much as Lloyd Dobbler wanted Diane Court. Someone will get to know the real me and be genuinely fascinated. It just hasn't happened yet.

So I was a little blue this evening and started ranting to my roommate about my recently failed attempt at an awesome relationship. I half-jokingly shouted, "All I want is a boy to stand outside my window with a boombox!" Then my roommate Heather came back to our room and said, "Whit, Matt's here." So I went out to our living room and Matt was there. Decked. Out. He'd just gotten out of a murder mystery dinner at his work so he was in a tuxedo holding some branches for me from a bush outside. It almost felt like an 80's movie. (: So we went out, he in his tux, me in my sweats, and started driving. I asked where we were going and he said it was a surprise. We went toward Orem and I asked excitedly, "Are we going to Savers?!" He laughed and said, "Are you excited because you'll fit in there?" (:

Well, we ended up going to the Nickelcade! I'd never been. So we got in, paid for $5.00's worth of nickels, and looked at what we could do. We played Skeeball, Ninja Turtles, and Simpsons. Then we saw this "Price is Right"-esque wheel you could spin for tickets. It had boxes for 10, 15, 40, 75, and 100 tickets. There was one small line for 1,000 tickets surrounded by blocks of 4 tickets too.

We came to it and figured, why not? It cost 8 nickels which was hefty, but we had plenty. So we put one nickel in and the wheel started spinning. We thought we set it off so we hit the lever and it stopped on 75. We were super excited but then realized that was an automated demo. We still had to put in 7 more nickels. So we put them in and pushed on the lever to spin it. We watched it slow down and it was nearing the 1,000! It stopped right between the line and the 4 tickets. We were like, "Oh! So close." Then the screen started flashing, "You Win!" And the number 1,000 started counting down as tickets poured out the machine!!! We looked at the screen and the tickets and Matt screamed and picked me up, spinning me around! We were both so surprised and excited and euphoric! It was fantastic! People were staring and taking pictures, they couldn't believe it. Someone asked, "How long have you been playing this to get 1,000?" We responded, "Just once!" And they couldn't believe it.

So we looked at the prize wall to see what we could get for 1,000 tickets. We saw two pimp hats lined with fur that were 650 tickets each. We only needed 300 more tickets so we played more games and got $3.00's worth more nickels and finally got 1,375 tickets in total. We got two money pimp hats--one with white fur and one with black-- then we rode home with the windows down, blasting, "The Club Can't Handle Me." (:

I've learned tonight that I may not have John Cusack playing songs outside my window, but I have a pimp hat with dollar bills on it that will always remind me I have the best friends and family in my life already.

Love to all,


The Thornocks said…
You know, the problem with movies is that they suck you in and make you feel like that is what real life is. We all want a Lloyd Dobbler or a Mr. Darcy, but the reality is that those are just characters in a story made up to pull at our girlish heartstrings. You will find someone who adores you and everything about you. They may not shout their love from the rooftops, or ride off with you into the sunset, but they will make you feel special and loved in their own way.

You are right, though. You've got good friends and family who love you and know how amazing you are.
Natalie said…
Nothing about that story surprised me one bit. DC friends are the best. :) Love you Whit!

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