most of my classmates/friends have taken vacations this winter break. whistler, tahoe, socal, east coast destinations. i wouldn't mind getting out of fog city. most of this break has been a malaise of holiday crowds, long working hours and rain. so much rain. but, the stories are still coming. like this past christmas.
i spent the holiday nestled inside my apartment camped out by the heater watching a lot of law and order svu. (and reading). but, on christmas day, i decided to treat myself to a movie. so, i purchased a ticket online to les miserables playing at the independent theater about fourteen blocks away. i start walking to the theater in my rain gear and notice as i approach that there is a line around the building to get in. good thing i pre-bought my ticket, i think. but quickly find out that the line is for everyone, whether you already had a ticket or not. arg.
so, i get in line and a few minutes pass before a woman approaches a man ahead of me in line and asks him something about being in the right place (i'm assuming in reference to the ticket issue). he responds and she get in line behind me. but, a few minutes later returns to the man with her group and tries to ask him something again. at this point, he starts screaming at her to leave him alone and the woman's posse joins in and they are fighting about nothing really of consequence. the women leave again and keep trying to return to the fight, but luckily at this point, the line had progressed indoors.
i finally get in and find a seat in the theater while everyone else gets situated. the movie was supposed to start at 330 and it's 345pm, which is a little odd, but i assume they are trying to let everyone in first. pretty soon one of the two employees working that day comes in to apologize and tell us that the theaters are mis-labeled and we're all in the hobbit instead of les mis. mass stampede.
the other theater is dark because the previews have started and people are scrambling for seats and shouting at their family members and one woman is trying to start a chant to get the lights turned on. but eventually everyone settles and the movie starts.
by the time anne hathaway dies (wishful thinking), i look up to see the film disintegrate on screen like sugar boiling on the stove. and same employee has to come in to tell us that we all have to get raincheck passes for this one. mass stampede.
and everyone is in the lobby to get tickets reissued, but the kid running the counter can't find them, so he is handwriting passes for over 150 people. i walk home in the rain. get soaked. camp out by the heater and watch law and order svu.