Tuesday, August 24, 2010

People Are Talking!

This past weekend I took my 13 year old daughter and her friend to the movie theater to see Vampires Suck, a parody of Twilight, the latest-craze motion picture and book series. I couldn't bring myself to see the Vampire movie with 150 giggling teens, so I went to the new Angelina Jolie spy thriller, Salt, which began 20 minutes after the girls' flick.

Katie and her friend joined the Vampires' line and I queued up in the Salt line, 30 feet away from the girls.  And that's when I became an eavesdropper par excellence. 

'Isn't that the music teacher, Mrs. Murray's daughter?' the woman in front of me in the Salt line loudly asked her companion. 'Yes it is. I remember when they brought her here from Japan.' 'You mean China.' 'That's right, China.' 'She's very pretty.' 'Yes, she is. It's a shame about her dad.' 'Her dad? What happened?' 'He got some strange form of cancer or a brain tumor or something. I think he died last year. He was a lot older than her.' 'Oh, that is so sad. I hope that they are doing okay. You want some popcorn?'

'Excuse me' the first woman said to me,  'Would you save our place so that we can go to the concession line?' 'You bet!' The ladies returned just as the Vampire line started to move.

So many things were racing through my mind. The little devil on my shoulder said 'Have fun with this!' but the angel said 'Let it go!' As it turned out, I didn't have an opportunity to play any tricks.

As Katie moved passed me in her line, she said 'See you after the movie, Daddy!' 

I thoroughly enjoyed watching the ladies' faces  morph to brilliant shades of embarrassed crimson. Not another word was shared and they sat very far away from me during the movie.  

For the record, Karen and I are the same age and I don't have a brain tumor. I think.



Karen said...

Oh, that's the greatest story, ever.

Sandy said...

Rumors of your death have been greatly exaggerated it seems... so glad your daughter had a chance to set them straight!

Lorna said...

So many inappropiate comments ran through my mind when I read your post..... like we say over here maybe you looked "like death warmed up." lol.

Sean Murray said...

Hi Karen, Sandy & Lorna (and Micky)! Yes, like Twain, the rumors of my demise were untrue - thank goodness! I thought of so many fun things to say to them, but Kate's "See you after the movies, Daddy!' probably saved me from making a fool out of myself! Be well! Sean

tim's wife said...

Wow, I am wincing from here. It made me think of that Twain quote too. Boy, I have heard some foot in the mouth
stories before (some are my own) but this one takes the cake. At least they showed compassion, and said your daughter is pretty.They sure won't forget that faux pas.

John said...

Yeah, yeah... But how was the movie?

Sean Murray said...

Hey, John: Thanks for dropping in.

'Salt' was actually pretty good.

I can be tough on movies because I think about the cinematography, why they shot the scene the way they did, the lighting, the dialogue, the musical score, the art direction, etc. ad nauseum.

I'm a show producer/writer/director and I've had to think about those kinds of things for 25 years. BUT I can suspend that and enjoy a good flick, too.

Salt was better than the reviews said it would be. 3 1/2 stars out of 4!

Be well, John!