I didn’t originally plan to see the new Star Wars movie on Thursday. Don’t mistake me. I’m a big Star Wars fan, but I thought that there would only be midnight showings on Thursday. I have a Monday through Friday job, and I wasn’t up to staying out until 3am, and then having to get up at 5:30am to get ready for work. If I had done that, I would have arrived to my job resembling a barrow wight. Only a large, strong cup of Turkish coffee is the known cure for the viral strain of barrow wight. However, a friend of mine notified me that the theaters in the area were showing Star Wars at about 7:30pm that night.
Score! Well…at least until I tried to get tickets. All of the showings in Sacramento from about 7:30pm until about midnight were already sold out.
(insert Eeyore sigh here)
Not so fast! I work in El Dorado Hills, which is just east of Sacramento. There is a Regal Cinema in El Dorado Hills. After leaving work on Thursday, I went to the theatre to find the Star Wars lines had already begun. Of course many of the would-be Star Wars viewing padawans were in costume. It’s Star Wars. I saw Attack of the Clones in a small town in West Texas, and people there were in costume. It comes with the territory. Upon seeing the droves of my fellow, costumed fans, I thought that it would be sold out there to. As I approached the ticket counter I saw that they not only were showing Star Wars at 7pm, that they were not sold out.
When it was my turn at the counter I asked for a ticket for the Star Wars showing at 7pm. The girl behind the glass looked at me and said, “Well, it’s 97% full. Are you sure?”
“It’s a brand new Star Wars movie,” I replied. “It’s going to be full until the next century.”
The ticket girl just rolled her eyes at me before thrusting the ticket in my hand. Why would she try to dissuade me like that? My hypothesis was that she was trying to use her official, inside position within the theatre establishment to procure tickets for herself and her friends, and didn’t like it when us pesky, nerdy customers came to her theatre demanding Star Wars tickets. On opening day! Can you believe our nerve! Hmmph!
Or the ticket girl actually worked within the Clandestine Services of the CIA, and a high-level contact was supposed to meet them inside a Star Wars showing at that very theatre, at that very showing. What better way to discuss spy business without any eavesdropping than during the showing of a new Star Wars film? No one would even notice. There could be a porno being filmed right there while Star Wars was showing, and someone would complain about too many boobies blocking their view of light saber duels and Han Solo.
But then again, I could just have an overactive sense of wonderment (writer).
I’m not going to spoil the movie for anyone, but I will say this. Star Wars: The Force Awakens was fucking amazing! It was honestly one of the best of the franchise. I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Return of the Jedi, but the new film was up there. Go see it. Right now. Yes, you.
As you may have gathered, this is my first post in several months. I’ve updated the look, shaken off the spider webs, and even changed one of the pages. I added a “Creative Endeavors” page. This is to highlight and track the progress of the various projects I’m working on, mainly books and music. I’ll be posting here much more often, as well as completing my first book…finally. Until then, enjoy your holidays. As for me, I’m going to be watching the Christmas classic, Die Hard.