Hot summer days are a real treat to be sure. We fill them with beaches, basketball, bike rides, and in my case, hours and hours of all kinds of yard work. The sun on your skin in the heat of the day, whether you're getting a job done or just outside having fun, makes us feel truly alive and its what I miss most when winter comes around. Now while all that's true about the joys of living it up in the summer heat, there is also something totally refreshing about a bit of a break from it as well. After I spend a long day working on my yard, walking the dog or maybe shooting baskets with the kids out in the heat of the sun, I have to say I do get my fill for the day. At that point it always sounds awesome to go inside, take a shower, change clothes and head to a movie. AHHHH! Know what I mean? You've got all your work done, or you're tired from playing, so you get cleaned up and then go relax in the air-conditioned comfort of a movie theater. Your body has had a workout, now give your brain some entertainment, right? Take a load off, sit back, relax, eat some popcorn, have a soda and watch a story unfold right before your eyes. For me its a full sensory experience and so different from being out in the sun that it feels like you're treating your body to the other side. Luckily there are great movie theaters in Greater Lansing. So you should really check them out. Over on the south side of Lansing is Celebration Cinema. They also boast an IMAX screen which is crazy if you've ever seen that, and the theater is surrounded by all kinds of restaurants should you want to grab a bite before or after. Then over near Eastwood Towne Center is NCG Cinema, which is also an awesome place to escape to a movie. This is an up-and-coming area of town, full of lots of new restaurants and businesses. Take some time and check that out. For a movie experience that is really unique, check out Studio C in Okemos. You have to see it for yourself, but let me just say this - you get a really comfy seat and you can have a full blown meal and a beer as you watch the movie. Whoa... I know. Like I said - see it for yourself, very cool concept.
So sure, we love to play all day under the hot summer sun, but man, there is something so great about being done with the sun for the day, cleaning up and escaping to the dark cool confines of the movies. Its like getting the best of both worlds. See you at the movies!