One of the pleasures of living in a small town is that things get done a bit differently from the big smoke. Take a simple thing like going to the movies. Oddly, we hardly ever went to the movies when we lived in Canberra. Down here there is a charming local cinema – you can see images and read about it here.
We get all the latest releases, just maybe a week or two behind the city cinemas. On Monday we decided to go and see Men in Black 3 – yes, escapist nonsense, but now that we are retired, our time is our own, and we can do whatever we feel like, when we feel like it! Alas that morning didn’t work out so well – there was one other couple waiting for the 10.30 session, but apparently, there was a technical glitch – the lady behind the counter kept telling us that ‘they are upstairs pressing buttons’. “They” presumably were the technical gurus. She kept repeating this mantra, but alas, no amount of button pressing did the trick. Never mind, we are retired now, so we can just come back another time.
So back we went today, to find a sign on the door that there had been a power failure and one of the two cinema screens was out of action. We weren’t sure if that meant our movie wasn’t going to be shown, so we went in and a gentleman told us he thought things were now fixed, but they were just testing, and what movie did we want to see?
We told him MIB3, and he said, no worries, we need to test it, so we’ll put that on for you and you can tell us if everything is alright. We went to purchase our tickets, but he said not to bother, until we were sure all was well – we could pay on the way out if everything was okay. So we took our seats – just the two of us – and after a few minor technical glitches – including being shown a trailer for a movie which looked very blurry – someone popped in with glasses and said you need to put these on, its in 3D – we said no thanks, we don’t like 3D – so he said, no problem, I’ll pop up and put the 2D version on for you.
And he did. And we watched the movie – just the two of us. And we paid on the way out. Now that wouldn’t happen in the city.