in a sentimental mood

Despite my complaining about the holiday season – pretty much the only time of the year where I feel like the Jewish minority that I am – the one thing I do enjoy about any impending Christmas celebration is the reminder that New Year’s Eve will soon be upon us. I don’t know why… Perhaps it’s a means to achieving the "rebirth" that is apparently inherent in Scorpio’s (or so says my better half’s crazy Zodiac book). Stars and planetary alignment aside, I will admit that I do always look forward to the sensation of tabula rasa that accompanies the first day of a new year.

Since the start of 2007, I have been trying to embrace opportunities for doing more outside of my normal winter routine of "wake up, go to work, come home, eat dinner, watch TV and work some more." So today, at the end of another arduous week, I was pleasantly surprised to find two movies playing back-to-back at the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse that I’d been meaning to see – but never got around to. Yeah, I know that watching movies is barely a stone’s throw from watching TV – but at least it’s outside the house, right? Plus there’s food I didn’t cook and beer served in pitchers to be had!

Figuring that there must be at least a few of my friends and coworkers feeling the same need to get out – a simple text message was sent out to the masses at 5:00 PM:

"We’re doing back-to-back movies at the Drafthouse if you are interested – 7:30 Little Miss Sunshine and 9:50 Stranger Than Fiction – come to one or both."

Despite the half-hour of self-loathing I went through as I was "that guy" saving almost an entire row of seats in the theatre – I was pleased to note during my wait that the Drafthouse seems to have cleaned itself up a bit. New to me are the Wine Tasting’s hosted Friday nights in association with the Washington Wine Academy, accompanied by a soothing, live jazz guitarist’s performance. It also seemed a lot less smoky – to the point where I thought maybe they had banned it – but the smoke from a a few cigarettes drifting about during the film dashed that hope. And while the food was still "good enough," there seemed to be a lot more options available. As always the beer was nice and cold.

I left the theatre at midnight feeling a deep sense of calm contentment. And as one of us bought the obligatory late-night Slurpee, I wondered if it was because this was the first time I ever watched two movies in a row at the Drafthouse (and bonus – got to eavesdrop on the servers during their behind the scenes clean up effort – apparently they all really hate Lisa Loeb’s Stay). Maybe it was because each movie seemed to express the importance loved ones play in our lives – the meaning they give to it – and I was surrounded by friends and holding my wife’s hand nearly the entire time. Or perhaps it was the fact I finished an entire pitcher of Yuengling by myself over the course of the evening….

Whatever the reason – it’s a feeling I think we could all stand to experience more regularly. Perhaps the path I took this evening will work for you – in which case you better hurry up and mimic because they are only playing these films back-to-back until next Wednesday. Or maybe you prefer some other kind of weekend excitement. Whatever you choose, just be sure to bring along the people you love and care about, because I guarantee it will make it that much better.

2 Comments so far

  1. MBFan#2 (unregistered) on January 6th, 2007 @ 4:20 am

    A fellow night owl…yes, posting at 2am, though to be not asleep when you don’t have to be up must make one crazy…esp. since one’s been up since 7AM…

  2. smouie kablooie (unregistered) on January 6th, 2007 @ 12:39 pm

    Nah – not crazy. I love being up late – it comes naturally to me. When I was growing up I used to read books under the covers with a flashlight till all ends of the night.

    Plus my better half likes to sleep in on the weekends – and it’s really hard for me to get more than 8 hours – so by staying up late (last night I was up till 4 too hah!) she gets to sleep in till noonish.

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