Sunday, June 29, 2008

I may be the only one out there, but I was bored and a bit insulted....

So after a rather long, uneventful week (for the girls that is...I was planted in my office working diligently as I try to get my arms around my new job...) we decided to treat the girls to a hamburger and a movie yesterday. We chose this cute new hamburger "joint" right next to the new San Tan Theater simply because it was next to the theater and we didn't want to take the chance of being stuck in the front row of the ever awaited WALL.E. The hamburger was descent, Jessica gobbled up her peanut butter and jelly sandwich (yes...she gets taken out to eat and this 5yr old orders a P & J). Greg finishing first, graciously stood in line and got us a prime location in the theater as me and the girls window shopped until it was time for the movie. With our pre-bought candy in hand (yes, I'm a smuggler...can't bring myself to pay those prices) we anxiously sat through all the previews and a very cute "short". Finally the feature begins and wouldn't you know it...there's a power outage and everything goes pitch black. They turn on the generator powered lights and instruct us to stay in our seats and wait. A few of us decided to go ahead and make one last dash to the restroom while there was a window....we did NOT want to take the chance of missing any of the feature once it started back up. It was less than 10 mins of waiting before the power was back up and the event that we had worked up all day for was before our eyes again.

I often get razzed by Rachel for falling asleep during movies. This time when she asked me if I thought if I was going to make it through...I informed her that I only fall asleep if I'm over tired or I'm bored with the movie. About half way through, Greg leans over and asks me if I'm drifting off...and I told him no, but only because I'm annoyed. If it weren't for that fact...I'd certainly be enjoying the dark, cool, quiet opportunity to catch some zzzzzzz's.

I may be the only one out there, but I was bored and annoyed by this waste of film. I think Rachel was would have been better as a "short". It was 2 llloooonnngggg hours of this admittedly adorable robot, but the message was WAY over done and frankly I was insulted. Don't get me wrong...I'm all for being responsible for our environment, for being conservative with our resources, for recycling and not wasting, but this was over kill. I also found it highly hypocritical of the film makers to so boldly bash consumerism when the Disney store down the block was literally sold out of their WALL.E paraphernalia.

As you can tell...this struck a nerve and for those of you who know how opinionated my husband is, can probably imagine how this movie sparked conversations that lasted through out the drive home and the rest of the evening. Although I do believe that as a person who is blessed to be on this earth at this time, it's my duty to be responsible and take care of this beautiful planet...but this movie if anything turned me more against that industries ranting and raving than otherwise.

The one bright point that came of this whole topic is how grateful I am for my job. Where did that light bulb come from? Of course coinciding with the topic of the movie, gas prices were brought in to the conversation (as it is in most conversations these days)...I suddenly realized how lucky I am to have the job that I have. Besides the fact that I don't really want to work and that I've had to travel more than I care to to right now...I am fortunate enough to have a job that I get to do from the comforts of my own home. I don't have to wake up at the crack of dawn, scramble to figure out what "cuter than someone else's" outfit to wear and best of all...don't have to get in a car and worry if there's enough gas in it to get to work. The thought of having to budget $500 a month for gas these days is overwhelming to me...and I'm soooo grateful that I don't have to!!! That's more money in my pocket to do things like....go to more movies that I actually like.


Amanda said...

Good to know that I should NOT see this movie. I kind of wondered. The previews did not really strike me. I am all about conservation, recycling.. but lets be real. Thanks for the heads up!

Aunt Janet said...

Trust the alders to have an opinion. Hi, I was too hot to finish my work today and Jake and Amanda were blogging this nmornig so I decided to look at what they had done, and saw you name so I chipped in and took a peek. How are you doingl. I miss working because I would take my break and email my bestest friends and hear from them. I am going to have to learn this computer thing So I too can do some chating, talking, and reading. I did do the nod off thing. I thought it was way to long and could have taken a short cut. I am glad we went to a matinee so I just paid the $5 for me and the kids. Please email when you get a chance and let meknow how you are doing and I promise to check your blog to try and keep up. Love ya (always have, always will) Janet