me and the wife, hell, we like going out! we just don’t

I GET SEVERAL NEWSLETTERS a day, and if there is some­thing I think of gen­eral in­terest (usu­ally bleeding heart lib­eral pe­ti­tions con­cerning the en­vi­ron­ment, an­i­mals, or in­jus­tice), I share them on my Face­book page (under my name). When I click on over to Face­book, it al­ways takes me di­rectly to my time­line and there I check out the first dozen or so posts from friends. That is my sole in­ter­ac­tion with Face­book.

When I went there ear­lier today, there was a post con­cerning the prob­lems with going to a movie the­ater in 2013, in­cluding the price of tickets and con­ces­sions, rude viewers, etc. So I chimed in and wrote the fol­lowing:

“I am 62 years old, so the prices SEEM too high and few modern movies at­tract me. I re­member going to the­aters in Penn­syl­vania when I was kid; they were old venues, built back in the ’30s. They had class (sorely lacking in the giant plexes) and the seats were more com­fort­able.

With other things going, so is my hearing. But I have still found my­self walking out on movies where the sound—especially in any kind of ac­tion movie—is ex­ces­sively LOUD! Who has NOT heard movies so loud that they bleed through the walls from the ‘the­ater’ next door?

An­other problem: the movies and di­rec­tors that I want to sup­port come and go so fast that I often never even know that they are playing. I don’t know what those of you back east think, but if you don’t catch a Woody Allen movie in its first week in most of the country, you just wait for the DVD.

As for ticket prices: some people make the ar­gu­ment that they haven’t gone up when ad­justed for real life in­fla­tion. Agreed, but that does not take into ac­count the fact that wages for real life workers have NOT fol­lowed that line of in­fla­tion.

In the early 1970s, I could take a girl to the movies, stop at a bar for a drink or two, and tip the bar­tender for less than $10. That was five hours of work at min­imum wage minus taxes.

Such a date today would cost be­tween $50-60 (and more in some places), or the equiv­a­lent of al­most eight or nine hours of work at min­imum wage minus taxes. So, going out IS more ex­pen­sive to many if not most blue collar and ser­vice in­dustry workers.

What makes it worse is that we LIKE going out—we just don’t. And, here in Red­mond, WA, ar­se­w­holes talking loudly or talking on their cells during a movie is so rare as to be a non-issue.”

Berni and I do not have our tele­vi­sion hooked up to any cable ser­vice or pay channel or even to local sta­tions. That is, we don’t “watch TV.” But we do watch a lot of movies, and I like most genres—including chickflicks—while she can watch most films that are not ex­ces­sively vi­o­lent.

We also take rec­om­men­da­tions con­cerning the many ex­cel­lent se­ries that have ap­peared on com­mer­cial tele­vi­sion. We just fin­ished Weeds and need to catch up on The Big Bang Theory and a few others.

We are for­tu­nate here in King County, Wash­ington, to have one of the na­tion’s best li­brary sys­tems, so we get al­most all of pour movies from the li­brary at no cost. Fi­nally, if you want to sug­gest any se­ries of the past few years (we also loved Firefly and Six Feet Under and Lost and Life On Mars) to us, do so in the Com­ments sec­tion below.

Like I said: me and the wife, hell, we like going out! we just don’t …

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