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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