I went to the movies on a cold afternoon to see “Up In the Air”, and not just because George Clooney is in it. No, that was just a bonus, but I did really want to see it because of all the Oscar buzz. Both my dad and my ex-husband traveled for business and I was curious to see how true the movie was to the lifestyle of a road warrior (aka sales). I grabbed a small bag of popcorn and took a seat on the aisle just before the lame trailers started. Usually I love the trailers, but every movie preview they showed looked awful.
Just as I was in my zone, a lady in a heavy coat and large, elf-like hat, toddled across the aisle below me and plopped herself unceremoniously onto a gentleman’s coat. He tried to gently tug it from under her, but she did nothing to help him with this task. Ironically, once he had wrestled it free, she popped up and decided to come sit next to me, stepping on both of my feet without a word. Oookay. A few minutes later a much older gentleman, walking slowly and with great purpose, was escorted into the theatre by an usher and up the stairs closest to me. The foot stomper next to me began waving frantically to apparently get his attention, but did not get up. Was it a date? It bothered me slightly that this poor man needed an escort into the theater to even find this odd woman. How he got to the theater at all was actually a bit more concerning. I moved to the aisle until the man settled in and offered to sit an empty seat a row ahead of them. This wasn’t because I was super nice. No, in all honesty my feet hurt from his friend and I was trying to protect my toes.
So, once again, I settled in and got ready to watch the movie. The two women seated in front of me talked throughout the first twenty minutes of the movie. The man next to me needed to blow his nose loudly and often. And the couple behind me? Unwrapped candy throughout the whole first hour and she “whispered” to him to explain what was happening. ARGGGHHHH!! I would have gotten up and moved, but where? I was beyond annoyed. When the lights came on in the theater after the movie ended, I looked around to see I was the only person under 60 in the theater. WTH? I missed so much of the dialogue, I almost need to go see it again. Maybe I will just wait until it comes out on video. I can always shush the dog with a treat.
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