In anticipation of the film Keeping Up With the Joneses, starring Jon Hamm, Isla Fisher, and Zach Galifianakis, I participated in an adult spy camp. Because the storyline of the film centers on espionage and government spies, this was a natural fit. And why not pretend to be a spy for a day? The activities included indoor skydiving, professional dart throwing, and an art of seduction cooking class. And it was more fun than I thought it would be.
I have always been afraid of going skydiving. I almost went during the weekend of my twenty-first birthday because it was one of those “why not?” moments. I ultimately chickened out and didn’t go, so I was excited to have the opportunity to do it. This time it seemed a little safer but at the same time, still exciting.
When I first arrived, I saw the wind tunnel and as my turn was approaching, I got more and more nervous. But finally, my excitement eventually took over and I was ready to try it. I put on my suit, goggles and helmet and was ready to go! Once I started floating, it felt so different than I thought it would. I had to straighten my legs and just relax. And then I couldn’t stop smiling. The best part about the indoor skydiving experience was the second time I got to go because I flew to the top of the tunnel. I would absolutely go indoor skydiving again, without a doubt.
After our morning skydiving, we traveled to Residuals Bar in Studio City. When we arrived, we met up with professional dart throwers. Yes, really. They taught us everything from proper positioning when throwing a dart, to how far our arms should extend when letting go, and landing said dart. I ended up making two bulls eyes (hooray!) which was shocking since I am usually terrible at throwing darts! But I have to say, I am now prepared to show off my dart throwing skills at any bar.
Finally to round out our “adult spy camp” day, we traveled to our Art of Seduction cooking class. We learned how to make a delicious squash risotto with Chef Saviero Posarelli. He served us the risotto in tiny pumpkins and I must say, it was some of the best risotto I have tasted. I am definitely going to attempt to recreate this at home. We also learned how to make a yummy squash salad that I am still thinking about. Overall, it was a fun filled day and made me want to relive my summer camp days for a moment! And remember to go see Keeping Up With the Joneses out in theaters October 21st.
Written by Alexa Furr