i put the call out a couple of weeks before halloween this year, hoping that i could get a cadre of goofy super heroes to come out and join my on my annual amazing hip run. in addition, i wanted to get multiple video cameras out there so we could do a good job of documenting the run. each year it seems to get more and more grand. the response was great. i had two additional heroes, repete and e-rod, to join me and four other people to operate cameras [michelle mayhem, andrea apocalypse, molly mischief and shannon shenanigan].
we met up on saturday morning at the beach in corona del mar, geared up and made plans for the run. the general idea was to run up the pacific coast highway through downtown corona del mar and up to the high end shopping mecca of
fascist fashion island. since it was early, i figured most of the shops would be closed and we could run through the open air mall without disturbing anyone and get some fun footage. once our romp at fashion island was done, we’d run back through cdm and finish up at the beach.
we set out and…well, trying to get three goofy, amped super heroes to run together was like wrangling cats. it was hilarious. we were all over the place, running down the street, making loops in parking lots and down the middle of traffic islands. the response from pedestrians and motorists was great. this was the first year that i noticed a large number of motorists taking photos and video with their cell phones. i can only imagine the comical tweets that were flying around that morning.
after a while, we found ourselves at fashion island. all of the gals filming had made it to the mall ahead of us and were ready for us to run through, so rather than circle the mall like we’d planned, we headed on in. no sooner did we hit the parking lot, though, and the fuzz got wind of us. i’m pretty sure they radioed ahead to the mall security to let them know we were inbound.
we ran up the escalator into the mall and started zipping around the fountains and down the various wings of the mall. we didn’t get far before we ran into someone from security who shouted at us to take off our masks. i didn’t hear anything about not running, though, so we kept moving. we took a short break at a cafe to regroup and while we sat there, we were surrounded by security who informed us that there was “no halloween at the mall” and that we should stop “running on the walls”. they were irate and showed no sense of humor. so sad. we contemplated outrunning them, but, i figured a nearly 40 year old superhero with a wife and kid back at home probably shouldn’t tangle with the authorities. i think i’d loose my “go and be goofy” hall pass if i ended up incarcerated for my halloween hijinks.
so, we opted walk out calmly [#ctya!] and only resumed our run once off the fashion island property. really, though, that busted the bubble for me. everything after being kicked out of fashion island was sort of anti-climactic. some people just suck the joy out of you, ya know? BUT! running with goofballs like repete and e-rod made the morning doubly fun and memorable.
that, there, was a long lead in just to give the background for this year’s video of the amazing hip run. enjoy!
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