I don't go to the movies by myself if I can help it. But I really wanted to see Coraline again while it's still in 3D, and Andrew apparently thinks once is enough. So I hit the Early Bird matinee at 11am today. I didn't leave a lot of time beforehand since the theater is only 5 minutes away, and besides finding parking, I didn't expect it to take long to get my ticket and into the theater on a Friday morning.
But I was wrong. There were 3 lines of people waiting to buy tickets, and the theater I was in had a good 25+ people in it. But what really struck me was the large group of older folks giddy to see "Madea Goes to Jail". No, I'm not kidding. And it was a large group - 20, maybe more? And as I strode alone past the concession stand, my coffee mug hidden in my purse (the only reason to carry a purse to the movies, really), I couldn't help but think, that's what I want to be when I grow up.
I want to be the person who gets a group of friends together and hits the Early Bird matinee prices (on top of Senior discounts!) the day a new movie comes out. Movies are fun, and chomping popcorn, candy, and slurping a soda with friends is the best way to enjoy them. So kudos to them, for taking advantage of what most of us young folks don't get to enjoy while we're slaving away at work or in classes all day.
Note: I know, I was off of school for the day, and I'm speaking more about those people in the daily 9-5 grind (which is never actually 9 till 5), which I am more than familiar with, and not all that excited to go back to - the money and stability and working, sure, that's good stuff. The hours? Not so great. Tangent done...