Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Going to the movies ... (#1) ...

It's been a long time since I've been out to see a movie.

The last time I went to a movie theater was with my significant other. I have an awful time remembering titles and names, so I'll briefly describe it for you. Maybe you'll know which one I'm talking about.

It stars Clint Eastwood, and it's the one where he works with this young gal who wants to box. It has a really poignant ending. That must have been three years ago.

A few years before that, I paid to see "A Beautiful Mind" and fell asleep right in the middle of the story ... woke up just in time to view the credits.

I love movies (well, some movies -- guess I should qualify that), but you're not available to drive customers if you do that, and there's enough forced 'down time' in the taxicab business as it is without you adding to it.

On the upside, tho, cab drivers make their own hours, and that's a definite plus ... you can choose when to go see your movie and avoid the long lines that sometimes occur during prime time showings.

Since September, I've had a lot of free time. It's been wonderful! I'll have to do a post to tell you what all I've been doing since then, but that's another topic entirely. I'll get back to movies.

Yes, I've been watching some movies on television. Commercial breaks, while they can be irritating if that's all you're doing is watching the movie, are quite useful for getting up and putting more ice in your glass, going to the bathroom, making a quick phone call, and taking out the trash (just to name a few). Now, PBS and TBN have no commercial breaks, so I must allow for that in my schedule.

If I'm feeling really tired, I hit the pillow and hope to catch whatever it was I was watching another time. Meanwhile, I haven't thrown perfectly good money away only to fall asleep in a theater!

One other very clear memory of my public movie-going experiences from when I was a cab driver sticks out in my mind.

There I was, really enjoying the movie (and not falling asleep in the middle of it), when someone's cell phone began ringing. Isn't that irritating? I mean, why take a cell phone into the theater with you, anyway? Right??

The sound continued. I thought, "Why the devil doesn't that person answer his phone? It's interfering with all of our enjoyment. How inconsiderate!"

FINally, I realized that it was my cell phone!! I had inadvertently left it in my shirt pocket when I'd left the car and gone in to see the movie. Is that mortifying, or is that mortifying?? (!!)

Meanwhile, for Christmas this past year, I received a delightful gift from my granddaughter ... a coupon worth two admissions to a movie with just the two of us. I haven't cashed it in yet, but intend to very soon.

1 comment:

Tammy said...

I thought of you and your post last night. lol

I took Eric to see National Treasure 2 and actually DOUBLE CHECKED that I had my cell phone turned off. :)