Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Movie Madness

*Two posts in ONE day?

Both of my kids are home sick today with the 'Creeping Crud' head cold, which has been running rampant in these parts. I'm crossing my fingers I'm not next.

ANYway, I had this bright idea... I thought, "What a perfect day to watch 'The 6th Sense' together." We'd been talking about the movie recently, which they've never seen... And since it's nearly Halloween, I figured it was a perfect day to lay low, fix a crock-pot meal and watch a primo psychologic
al thriller.

Since neither myself OR my kids really enjoy being scared, obviously, the best time to watch a scary movie, has to be the middle of the day. I was willing to bet we could all handle that kind of scary... And since I've seen '6th Sense' a few times, I'd know when to point out the parts it's best to cover your eyes, or at least watch between spread fingers. See, I wasn't kidding when I said we're all horror movie wusses.

To carry out our day of comfort food and video fun, I put together a grocery list and headed to the grocers closest to Blockbuster. I haven't walked into a Blockbuster in at least a year and a half but man, THEY DON'T HAVE CRAP!
Or to put it more accurately... All they had was CRAP!

I walked in, searched high and low on every shelf and not wanting to inter
rupt the phone conversation the employee at the front desk was busy with... I searched... and I Searched... and I SEARCHED! Finally I approached Mr. Blockbuster Employee, who I'm sure had abso-freakin'-lutely nothing better to do than chat on the phone because I was probably the first customer to enter the shop since the conception of Net-Flix.

Long story short... BLOCKBUSTER didn't have 'The 6th Sense'?????????? Are you freakin' kidding me? They had 'Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang' (Old movie about a car... NOT Porno,
Jon!) but NOT 'The 6th Sense'... And it wasn't like they didn't have it because someone had rented it... They just DIDN'T HAVE IT!? So I left the shop so the employee could get back to his 'important' phone conversation.

Since the 'Wal-Mart Super-Store' is just across the highway from Blockbuster, I decided I'd just spend a couple extra bucks and BUY the movie there. I declined the sticker the 'Wal-Mart' greeter offered me at the front door, but I did manage to give her a little smile and say Hi. I immediately wound my way to the very back of the store to locate the video, buy it and get home.

Because a trip to the 'Wal-Mart wouldn't be complete without extra aggravation, there was a guy at the $13 rack of videos blocking my view. Gratefully, when he realized this, he apologized and stepped aside. I asked him if he'd happened to see '6th Sense' anywhere on the rack... Nope! So I wound my way over to a display emblazoned with the title 'Halloween Movies'... '6th Sense' there?... You'd think, but you'd be wrong!

At this point I broke down and decided to ask an employee for assistance, which at Wal-Mart likely involves trying to converse with someone who has a favorite seat at the back of th
e 'short bus.' Never one to disappoint, 'Wal-mart' came through with employees 'Brenda' a massive girl, who I'm quite sure had at least one parent related to Mr. Ed... & 'Dillon' a guy with a ring through his nose, huge holes in both ears and an vacant expression on his face, thereby cementing the impression that the holes in his face and ears were equal to the hole in his head.

Brenda & Dillon attempted to help me find the movie. I say 'Attempted' because they pretty much looked at each other and said in unison, "I don't know?, I don't think we have it?, Have you seen it? Do you think we have it?" Dillon looked on the shelf I had recently spent the last 15 min. scouring and then said (and I'll never forgive him for this), "You know, we DID have a few copies that I threw in the $5 bin last week, so they'd be in there, probably somewhere in the middle." I looked over at the $5 bin of videos... It was absolutely overflowing with crap-ass movies, but at this point I was on a mission!

I had a brief flash of gullible when I thought Dillon was following me over to the $5 bin to help look, but I laugh at myself now for even considering the idea.
I'll spare you the gory details of my 40 min. search through video hell... I'm sure you've already guessed it WASN'T in the bin... Because, If it was there, I'd be sitting on the couch between my two sick kids, with fingers laced across my eyes, watching Cole's breath hang in the frigid air.

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Blogger Katy said...

You're a better Mom than me, I wouldn't set foot in Wal-Mart if it was the last store on earth. (Actually I probably would but since there is a Target super close to me I don't have to test this particular vow of mine)

And I love LOVE that movie. Are you signing up for netflix as we speak?

3:29 PM, October 29, 2008  
Blogger EmBee said...

Hi Katy,

Um yeah, I'd like to chock it all up to being a 'Really Great Mom'... Truth is, just like you I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that movie too... And No, I wouldn't set foot in the Wal-Mart if the closest Target wasn't 25 miles away (freakin' Target!)... As for Net-Flix, in my original draft of the post I addressed the fact that I'm not a Net-Flix member because when I want a movie, I want it now AND my actual movie viewing time equals roughly 1 every 3-6 months... Therefore Net-Flix would just end up a hole to throw money into and I already have enough of those!

7:38 PM, October 29, 2008  

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