Cold, Covered in Paint, And Crawling Through Mud… Now That’s A Date!


Arm By Paint Ball

Arm By Paint Ball


It pretty much goes without saying that our idea of a fun date doesn’t exactly line up with your typical internet dating site “What’s Your Idea of a Fun Date” response. Therefore, it shouldn’t shock you that we were completely amped about spending 5 hours in 40 degree weather, covered in mud & paint, crawling through the woods in Roanoke, TX at DFW Adventure Park.

This place is in the middle of


Paintball Adventure Course

Paintball Adventure Course


nowhere (we passed a house with a cow in the front yard) and is huge. They have about 20 paint ball courses, a Moto Cross course, and zip lining. It’s not your typical throw up a few inflatables or barriers and call it a day type of place. Many of the courses involve water, bridges, forest, and buildings.

We had a blast! The funniest part of the entire day was that we decided to go eat at a restaurant immediately after paintball with no wardrobe change or shower. That was very amusing to say the least :).

Enjoy the videos! In order: (1)Interviews — just Ab and I discussing our mad paintball skills. (2) The Action — paint ball action video (3) The Wardrobe Change — J might have gotten a little cold punked out and went and bought some camo… Not saying it’s true but there’s this ugly rumor floating around.

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Off to a Rocky Start

Dallas Rock Indoor Rock Climbing

Actual Good Indoor Rock Climbers

Saturday, Ab and I decided to go indoor rock climbing at Dallas Rocks . I had heard that it was really good for bouldering — not that I have ANY competency in bouldering. That’s just what I heard. (I didn’t want you to have any misconceptions there :)) The facility had plenty of space and well laid out. However, you might not want to go on a Saturday. They were having a birthday party (or several) with about a kajillion (what do you mean that’s not a real number?) kids which meant our instruction was a bit rushed and a few parts left out. We didn’t learn until we were leaving that the colored tape designated paths up the wall that range from 5.5 (easy) to 5.xx (yeah right buddy). Oh well we will leverage that little nugget of knowledge next time.

Rock climbing is one of those things that looks really fun and is packed with mental and physical challenges. There’s just one teeny tiny problem.. It’s hard as hell. We are never ones to pass up a challenge, so we got outfitted with harness, shoes and a shared bag of chalk. It cost about $49.00 for three people (my oldest son was with us).

We tried top roping and free climbing (bouldering) walls since you have to have a special certification to do lead climbing (not that there was any chance what so ever that I was going to attempt lead climbing).

I can’t by any stretch of the imagination say we have any level of expertise at climbing, but it was fun. We’re going to do it again. It seems like something we should be better at. Maybe next time we should splurge for a lesson.

Coming Up Next…

Urban Dare

Urban Dare

Ab and I are competing the the Urban Dare adventure race on 12/12 in Ft.Worth. Urban Dare is a race involving physical or mental dares, trivia, and photos. 2 person teams try to solve clues and be the first to finish. An example clue from the DC race:

 He settled a dispute over this moniker in an eight-hour shooting match with William Comstock. You’ll need to be a good shot, too. Visit his place and throw a bull’s-eye to move on. This dare does not open until 11:30. Plan your course accordingly.

The course is usually 5 to 7 miles and has a 5 hour time limit. You can not drive or bike to find the check points –  you have to walk, run, or use public transportation (yeah, okay). You can use mobile devices.

If you are in DFW on 12/12 come cheer us on. You know how I feel about winning — It’s how you play the game & whether you win or lose — don’t get it twisted lol.


Rock On!

Ab likes heavy metal. If you have read other posts on this blog this should come as no shock to you. So now that you’ve come to terms with the obvious, “What black people listen to heavy metal?” question, let’s move on. We decided

Double Wide

Double Wide

 to check out a local metal band at Double Wide near downtown Dallas the day before Halloween. It’s kind of a dive bar with an eccletic sense of style. Double Wide has weekly concerts that cost $5.00 and make a stiff drink at the bar. It’s definitely not a polished pretty people kind of place.

Blood on the Moors was playing. We had a blast (in spite of the Springsteen cover band that played first).

I definitely recommend a visit to this spot for anyone that loves eccletic experiences and getting away from the normal pick up spots.


Ab and I Rocking Out


Blood on The Moors

A Cutting Edge Date

Outside Cutting Edge Haunted House

Outside Cutting Edge Haunted House

Ok ok ok I admit it… I’m cheesy. I like corny SyFy channel movies and silly jokes. I love Halloween and haunted houses. Luckily, the DFW metroplex is filled with haunted houses including what Guiness has called the world’s biggest — Cutting Edge in Ft.Worth.

The line for the place was literally 2 hours long, so Ab spluged an extra $10.00 for the speed pass (love you babe!) bringing the total to $38.50 per person.. The speed pass was so worth it. You get to walk to the front of the line right past all of the mere mortals 🙂 I’m thinking this thing better stupid freaking awesome for that price.

I couldn’t take pictures or video because no purses are allowed inside. To say the place is huge is an understatement. 


Cutting Edge Monster

 The effects are good. The layout and attention to detail is better than I’ve seen. You’ll read all kinds of posts about what so cool about the place but here’s what you want to consider:

  • It’s super dark. You can’t really see all of the effects because it is SOOOOOOOOO dark.
  • Pee before you go in. It’s a long walk. Enough said.
  • Don’t go during a peak hour. You’ll be so close to the people in front of you that the startle factor will be ruined. You’ll see everything that’s about to happen.
  • Buy the speed pass
  • They should have invested in smells. I always thinks haunted houses that use smells effectively are somehow scarier. Temperature adjustments help too.

If you are in DFW the place is definitely worth a visit. I mean it’s the biggest haunted house in the world – that designation alone makes it some place you have to stop by.

How About A Little Weekend Get Away Babe? Part 1

Catch Up: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 

So, I was sitting in my living room Saturday and I call Abdul. I swear to God this is how the conversation went:

J: “What are you doing?”

Ab: “Why?”

J: “Just asking? I want to go out of town next weekend. I need a little get away.”

Ab: “Where do you want to go?”

J:”How about Costa Rica?”

Ab:”Costa Rica?”



J:”I want to go rafting.”

Ab:”You can’t swim.”

J:”So… You want to go?”

Ab: “Yeah. Sounds fun.”

(by the way he can’t swim either).

I got the tickets from Travelocity (6 hour layover in Mexico City — who cares we are going). I picked some adventures, arranged care for the kiddos and marked the time off in outlook. It’s was on!

Ab and J at DFW

Ab and J at DFW

Abdul was out of town on business in Chicago until the day before we were to fly out so I had to do his shopping: XXL grey shirts, cargo shorts (they had to be camoflouge) — do you have any idea how hard this is in winter? , shades, hiking boots… etc… etc… etc.. Boy I’m really racking up the good girlfriend points 🙂
I also find out that the car company I had arranged for at the airport was closed when our flight arrived. After a brief panic, I learned there is a national cab company in Costa Rica that would wisk us to our hotel for $20.00.
 We were both up until 4am trying to pack and get everything ready.We look pretty hot working on 2 hours of sleep.

Ab Adventure Sleeping

Ab Adventure Sleeping

Up next… travel.


Weekend Get Away Part 3: Accomodations

Catch Up: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Santo Tomas Photos  | Pacuare Photos

We arrived in Costa Rica at about 11pm local time on Thursday 10/01 . The plan was to spend the first night (Thursday) in the City. Friday night in the Jungle. Saturday back in the City and fly out at 6am Sunday morning back to Dallas.

Sounds like a plan. Let’s do this! 


Costa Rican Taxi

Costa Rican Taxi

The trusty red official Costa Rican taxis were at the airport waiting to take us to the hotel.  The ride to the hotel was something like the start of a gore movie. I fully expected this dude to turn into a random garage and go Tourista or Hostile on us at any second.  But luckily, we arrived safely. (You probably already figured that out since I’m writing this blog entry.)

I’m not really a fan of luxury hotels.  I can stay inDallas for that. If there is a hut, camp site, local family or other off the wall place for me to sleep — I’m in.

While in San Jose we stayed in Hotel Santo Tomas . My research (you can call one internet search research right?) indicated it was cheap and safe which were pretty much the only criteria I had for housing in the city. We snapped a few pictures that I think say way more than those photo shopped travel site examples :).


The Hood Around Santo Tomas

The Hood Around Santo Tomas

When we arrived at the hotel, local square in the middle of downtown San Jose a hooker and a street kid greeted us before the hotel manager could come out.

 The hotel was inside of a gate system to keep some of the neighborhood flavor out I suppose. We didn’t mind at all. As long as there was a bed and a shower we were good. We checked in using an actual check-in book which I dutiful wrote my name in using my best 4th grade handwriting skills. We received a room key (not card.. an actual key) and went across the hotel up some uncovered stairs to our room. I’m thinking accessibility wasn’t a core consideration during the construction process.

This is Where the Magic Happens

This is Where the Magic Happens

The room was simple and clean. The bed was firm. The TV included a channel called the Golden network which Ab informs me was free soft porn — awesome. What more could you ask for? Nothing I say. Nothing 🙂

Because we arrived so late Thursday we really didn’t have a chance to see anything. However, on the trip back (Saturday night) we were lucky enough to get drunk drinking Costa Rican sugar cane liquour with complete strangers and meet Ted who was apparently in Costa

Where We Met Ted the Nudist

Where We Met Ted the Nudist

 Rica to visit a nudist resort. We did not ask him this… He eagerly volunteered the information… Here’s to you Ted where ever you are. I swear you can’t make this stuff up. We also used that little metal shed in the back of the picture to the right to try to dry our soaking wet rafting clothes before the return trip home.

Friday and Saturday we stayed in the rain forest to raft and zip line in the middle of nowhere on the Pacuare river. More on that later. I found an eco-lodge online (again with EXTENSIVE research) called the Pacuare Jungle Lodge. You can’t drive there. It requires a two hour drive out of the city and about 2 hours of rafting to get to. There is no electricity. You eat what’s rafted in. Sounds excellent right? It so was! It was a complete Swiss Family Robison setup. We took a lot of photos of the place since it’s not the sort of thing you see every day.

Our Little Jungle Hut

Our Little Jungle Hut

We rented one of the smaller huts. It had a bed, bathroom with a shower (solar heated water) and a couch. The windows were screened to keep out bugs and there was a mosquito net over the bed.

Jungle Magic

Jungle Magic

Ab and J Fresh Off the Raft

Ab and J Fresh Off the Raft