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October 9th, 2005
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A man that likes stop motion animation, whether it be clay, plasticine, or models, should learn that seeing a movie during matinee hours will involve sharing a theatre with children.

And if that same man has little patience for ill-behaved children, that man should probably consider taking in the full-priced evening showing.


Still, Wallace and Gromit did not disappoint.

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From:celisnebula
Date:October 10th, 2005 04:05 am (UTC)
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*chuckles*

I almost feel sorry for you -- almost.

It's the combination of the excitment over seeing a movie coupled with sugar from all those nasty little over priced sweets, sickeningly greasy popcorn, and caffine laced soda. Which is why I, and brat boy, do not go to the movies unless it is early on a weekday (usually after school) or a midnight movie on Friday or Saturday night, which brat boy takes a nap before going to.
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From:celisnebula
Date:October 10th, 2005 04:07 am (UTC)
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And you'll find, once you're a parent, you are somewhat tolerant of those things... at least when it comes from your brat-child.
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From:tsmaster
Date:October 10th, 2005 04:48 am (UTC)
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Perhaps.

I wonder if I was brought up in an absurdly strict household, or if things have changed in the past thirty years. Probably both.

Seems like if I ever get to have kids, I'd make sure they could sit in their seat and be quiet through the length of a movie before I took them out in public.


And really, that's not the thing that bugged me most.

I got to the theatre first, before the prior showing had let out. I waited for the ushers to clean the auditorium, and I proceeded to my favorite seat. It's not crucial that I sit in that seat, but hey, I got their first, there's a seat where I can put my feet up on a railing, I like that, so I took the seat.

After the lights went down, a group of 6+ people were trying to find somewhere to sit together. They proceeded to sit 4 on one side of me and 2 on the other side. Of course, they'd rather sit together. A mother-type-figure, after everyone had more or less figured out where they were going to sit down, asked me if it would be possible for me to trade with them. "Sure," says I, feeling cornered. If I don't agree, I'm the asshole, and I don't really want to be sitting amongst that sort of bad vibes in addition to squirmy kids. I was able to find a nearby seat without difficulty, but (clearly) it continues to bug me.

If you're in a big group, and you'd like to sit together, show up in time to find your seats.


And if you're a cranky old man, try to find shows that aren't mobbed with kids. Hint: Sunday afternoon, opening weekend is likely to have kids.
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From:celisnebula
Date:October 10th, 2005 05:01 am (UTC)
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Seems like if I ever get to have kids, I'd make sure they could sit in their seat and be quiet through the length of a movie before I took them out in public.

Good luck on the quite part, my ten year old (who definitely knows better) sometimes gets so excited he has to say something to me. Which is why, even though I hate those seats, we always sit in the very first row – hardly anyone ever sits near us, so I needn’t worry that he’ll bother someone if he does forget to use a proper whisper.

If you're in a big group, and you'd like to sit together, show up in time to find your seats.

Oh yeah I so agree… I try to be there at least a good 10-15 minutes before any movie starts, though usually we’re about 20. I make sure my kid has had a bathroom break and has more than enough stuff to get him through at least 2 hours, cause I hate when people walk around after a movie’s started. It’s even worse when you’re in a seat, and then they want you to get up. I figure, if I can make it to the theatre on time and make sure my kid doesn’t do the annoy bit – they can darn well do the same.

Far as parenting goes, I think today is so much more… permissive than it was when you and I were kids. I remember getting my butt warmed on more than one occasion for not having the proper attitude or respect. Nowadays… it seems as if it’s the kids who demand respect and the parents bend over backwards for them.

And don’t call yourself a cranky old man – I have the feeling your roughly around the same age as I am, and there ain’t no way in hell that I’m old, so therefore you’re not old either.


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From:tsmaster
Date:October 10th, 2005 05:08 am (UTC)
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there ain’t no way in hell that I’m old

Of course not. :)

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From:celisnebula
Date:October 10th, 2005 05:16 am (UTC)
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Of course not. :)

All I have to say to you is:


I notice that's a non-committal agreement if I ever saw one.
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From:tsmaster
Date:October 10th, 2005 05:21 am (UTC)
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No, that's me being sincere. I can do non-committal, but that costs extra.
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From:celisnebula
Date:October 10th, 2005 05:24 am (UTC)
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LOL... that's a relief to know. I'd hate to think I was positively ancient at 31.
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