Two and a half months.

80 days to be exact.

We finally went to see Avatar last weekend.

Which sounds unbelievable if you know me - the Uber-Geeky-Sci-Fi-Nerd.

But something was always getting in the way of dedicating three hours to sit in a theatre. The holidays. Extremely cold weather. The Olympics.

At long last, hubby and I got our 3D glasses and along with a nearly full cinema, awaited the first showing Sunday. The movie was, in a word, amazing.

Unfortunately, my experience was hampered by another patron.

First, he took his seat right beside me mere seconds before the movie started.

Then he fidgited about, attempting to remove his jacket whilst balancing a huge bucket of popcorn on his lap. I was certain it was going to spill all over me. I inched as far away as I could for safety's sake, nervously eyeing his mega-drink perched in that tiny cup holder between our seats, as his elbow gently grazed it more than once.

Finally he settled down. Actually, he settled down so well I had to glance his way.

Yep. The unatural angle of his head gave it away even with dark glasses on, I could tell he was sound asleep.

How could someone fall asleep during Avatar? I was trying desperately to absorb every moment of the epic I could, entranced by the effects and tearing up at the story (oh yes, I will admit it).

The guy beside me woke up again, figited and slumped asleep once more.

I kept munching on my popcorn.

This routine went on for over two hours until the credits rolled, the lights went up and the crowd filed out; Sleepy Guy joining their ranks exiting out into the real world.

* Sigh * I want to go back and see Avatar again.

And hubby? Oh yeah, he can come along again too I guess. After all, he hasn't even seen it once yet.

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Swubird said...


We just saw the movie too. And I also had a rough time. The 3-D glasses wouldn't fit over my frames, so I took my glasses off and just used the 3-D's. About an hour into the movie my head was hurting like blazes and every muscle in my upper body was cramped. I finished watching the movie, but I did it without the 3-D affect. Nit quite the same.

Happy trails.

Cupcake Blonde said...

I haven't seen it yet either. Can't scrape up the thirty dollars it would cost us to see it in 3-D. So I will never understand someone who would spend all that money and SLEEP through a movie! It boggles my mind. And of course, he had to sit next to you! I mean, was the theatre full?

Jackie said...

hmmm I would rather be blogging lol

Maureen said...

Aw, that sucks Swubird. Luckily the glasses fit over mine. It only took a few minutes to get used to them; which worried me beforehand. I am very prone to vertigo when watching 3D. This was done so well I was able to watch it all! Not the 3D of the old days, that's for sure.

Vegas Princess: Nope not full. But then again, Sleepy Guy WAS my hubby ;) He can't seem to get through any movie without a nap or two. Even at home.

Ha! Jackie! ;)

Anonymous said...

Nicely-written, didn't even guess where that was going, and I laughed at the end. Good to know I'm not the only one who attends movies with a sleepy-head. :)

ReformingGeek said...

I need to find the 3 hours.

Sleeping Hubby. That's funny.


Heather said...

I can't believe you've made it this long without seeing Avatar!! Wasn't it awesome?? I saw it two weekends in a row and wouldn't mind seeing it again. I'll admit it - I cried at parts. It was just such a great story. LOVED it! Maybe Sleepy Guy should take a nap before you guys go see it again! ;o)

Mandy said...

Ha! Ahahaha! It took me a while to get that one but I did in the end...
Have you changed your layout or your header recently? It looks nice and jazzed up but I am known to be super slow sometimes so perhaps it has been like that all along?

Tara R. said...

Too funny. When we saw Avatar it was very loud. Your Hubby must have been very sleepy to nap through all that.

Brenda Grolle said...

You have a gift, Maureen! Loved the punchline!

I only go to the movies when the Regal Cinemas show the freebies during the summer. Usually we just buy them on DVD when they hit our price point.

Sounds like this movie should go on our must-have list.

Richard said...

Haven't seen it yet, maybe if I wasn't single I'd go see it.

Kate said...

The way the 3d was used in avatar was brilliant and would certainly prevent me from falling asleep. Unfortunately I found the plotting and characters and storyline really dull.

Jaffer said...

Goodness, I have never slept through a movie - especially for one that I paid for.

Heck for $30 I'd slip into another theatre and watch another movie.

oops ! Any AMC/Cineplex employees here ?

Daisy said...

We have to wait until it is on cable to see it...

Irene said...

I haven't seen it and probaly won't. You had to take that guy home with you too, didn't you?

Babs-beetle said...

My sister went to see it and she said it was SO LOUD! I'm surprised anyone could sleep through the noise. Though I guess he's well rehearsed :)

JoJo said...

We can't afford the movies anymore and the other patrons make it so darn miserable. As I always say, the best seat is in your own house.

JulyJeanie said...

Awww, man! I would love to see that movie! I love the kind of movies with all the special effects in them, and like fantasy stuff too! I'll probably have to wait until it comes out on DVD though. Hubby and I cannot afford the high cost of movie theaters these days. Ha! Not to mention the fact that he would not take me anyway!! He's not big on movies period. He'd rather be watching, Nascar, golf, baseball, basketball, hockey, football, or wrestling!! Hmm, actually as long as its a sport, he'd rather watch it! Or, he'd rather be watching the Oldies show's that come on TV at nite, like Nick @ Nite. He's a product of the 50's and 60's, and I think he'd be thrilled to go back in time, LOL. Sometimes I wonder how in the world we ended up together, because we have practically nothing in common! LOL. Great blog! Darn I wish I could go see that! Sighhh. :o(

Alwi in Australia 2006 said...

How FUNNY was that!
That just made my day! Congrats on that funny story and congrats on the opportunity, to see that amazing movie for a second time with the same person! ;)
As I red this post, I was feeling like sitting in the cinema again and absorbing every inch of it. I just wish I could have had more eyes than the two I have to see EVERYTHING! There was so much to see! I cannot believe someone would fall asleep during that movie!
But, somehow my sister in law and her new boyfriend did the same, they fell asleep (which I asume is not the movie's fault - since they are a young couple ;) you know). Anyway, they've missed an AWESOME movie!

Janet said...

lol BTDT -- with my own date, of course!

Jill said...

I do find it hard to believe that I saw Avatar before you did!

I do find it hard to stay awake during movies. Although I saw Alice and Wonderland last week and I only slept through maybe five or ten minutes in the very beginning. It's just that I'm usually moving, moving, moving. If I stop long enough to watch an entire movie, I'm bound to sleep a little. I did manage to stay awake for all of Avatar though.

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Ivy Bliss said...

I thought I was the only one who had that happen during Avitar! A friend of mine and I took in a double feature Friday - Alice and Avitar, and the woman behind me was sleeping. I mean, not sleeping, SNORING. I wanted to go get some JuJu Fruits, chew 'em up and launch at her!
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Camille said...

My hubby, daughter and I went to see it when she was home on spring break. Our movie theatre has an IMAX screen so we saw it on that. Which cost extra. (cost is one reason I don't go to the show that often!) How could your husband have fallen asleep? Got a good laugh at that one. I thought the special effects were simply amazing. Have you heard about 3D television? I'm not sure I'd want to watch everything in 3D.

Deviki @ Viki said...

both me and my sister didn't think avatar was all that great
i mean YES THE VISUAL IS OUT OF THE world 100/100 but the plot was like any other romance movie ....halfway when the love romance was going on i too notice my sister sleeping ....i dunno but the whole story was similar to pocahontas W/O laser guns....don't you think so ?

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