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Operation Bucket List - Halloween Homework

“What you know you can’t explain, but you feel it. You’ve felt it your entire life, that there’s something wrong with the world. You don’t know what it is, but it’s there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad”.

This year is the year.

“Dress up as Trinity from the Matrix for Halloween” has been on my bucket list for at least ten years. Few perfectly logical questions arise: “Why Trinity?”, and “Why haven’t you done it before?”.

The answers are: “I don’t know”, and “I have no idea”.

I have learned not to question certain things over the years – and bucket list items are firmly in that category. Some races call to me, some countries make more sense than others, some people are meant to enter my life, while others move to a parallel universe.

The best answer I have come up with so far is: “I don’t know, but it feels right”. For a cerebral overthinker like myself, “feels right” is a rare enough occurrence worth listening to.

Trinity from the Matrix reminds of Sarah Connor from Terminator 2 – a sidekick to the central male character with love for large guns – not exactly the female heroine that appeals to me on a personal level, but there is something about her.

Last time I dressed up for Halloween, it was as Tomb Raider. I do not dress up often, but when I do, it’s the attention to detail that matters. I spent hours looking for a turquoise tank top of JUST the right hue, and went out of my way to get brown contact lenses. My lips were oversized thanks to generous outlining and nude lipstick, and there were not enough socks in my household to recreate Lara’s bosom. I did my best, and spent the rest of the night incredibly distracted by the grotesque mounds on my front that kept getting into my line of vision.

My Trinity stint comes complete with a haircut and a dye job. Because why wear a wig, if you can go all out?

Watching the original Matrix this past weekend, I made few realizations:

1. Keanu Reeves is ridiculously sweet/cute in this film. Like your friend’s son kind of cute – bare faced and lanky. Except, Keanu was 35 when the movie was made. I don’t know what the hell kind of youth potion he has been drinking then, but hell, it’s working.

2. The Matrix is almost 20 years old. If you are in your mid-30s, re-read this for a moment, and marvel at your own oldness. This essentially means two things – I am wearing a “retro” costume, and not a single child I give candy to will know who the hell I am dressed as. It will be entertaining to hear them guessing though. Have there been any black leather clad female characters in the last couple of years or so?

Oh, and does this look like the kind of shoe Trinity would wear?

Yes. Yes, it does.

Hugs, SOLO


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