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Saturday night. I'm home alone. Jim had arranged to have someone pick him up so I could have the car and go to the Serenity screening here in town. It started at 7 so I figured that if I left home by 6 there would be no problems. It's only about a 10 minute drive, but I don't like to rush.

I was writing this afternoon, my Summer of Giles story, and lost track of time. At about five after six I noticed the clock and shut down the computer. A quick change of clothes, wash the face, brush the teeth, comb the hair and I was on my way out the door.

The phone rang.

We have caller ID and I saw that it was my Mom. Instead of letting the voice mail get it, I answered. After all, you never know when it might be something important. No, she just wanted to talk. So I was trying to keep the impatience from my voice while I was pacing the kitchen and watching the clock. I told Mom about Jim's accident last week, and that we were now a one car family, and then I lied. (Colleen or Loretta, if you read this don't you DARE tell Mom about this part, okay?) I told her I was going to a meeting of my writers group and that someone was picking me up. I promised to call her tomorrow, which I will. I zoomed out the door. It was now 6:25.

Not having been to this theater for a while (it's an independent and doesn't show mainstream movies) I didn't know if they took plastic, so I went to the nearest bank machine for cash.

The machine was empty. NO MONEY.

I had to drive around and look for anther bank machine. Found one, got the cash, and off to the theater. Pulled in, not too many people standing out front (it's now 6:45) so I figure that people are all ready inside finding seats and so forth. I find a parking spot fairly easily and go in. There are about seven people ahead of me in line. (By the way, they didn't take plastic, cash only).

The line is moving, slowly, when suddenly I hear "WHAT?" from the guy two people ahead of me.

They were sold out.


Two people in front of me.

So, if I had paid attention to the time and gotten out of the house when I intended to, or if I let the voice mail get it instead of answering the phone, or if the bank machine hadn't been empty, I would have seen Serenity and Buffy at the movies tonight. Instead I came home, gave Jim the car, called for a pizza and pigged out while watching my Serenity DVD.



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Jun. 25th, 2006 06:36 am (UTC)
That totally sucks. I'd been thinking about heading down for that, but totally forgot about it. (I have issues that way.) Still, it sounded like a lot of fun. I'm bummed out for you.
Jun. 25th, 2006 11:38 am (UTC)
It's been a bummer week for me too!
I won't tell.
I on the other hand was all set for Pat to leave today for boot camp, had this little scenario plan in my head. You know, hug him, cry, hug him somemore. But his recruiter called him Monday, while I was at work and asked him if he wanted to leave early. He of course said yes. Then called me at work and told me he was being picked up at 3 pm. I left work at two and spent a little time with him before the recruiter picked him up. Then I packed a bag for me and Den and headed to Indy and spent a little more time there with him. He flew out sometime Tuesday from Indy and called my cell when he got to San Diego. I haven't heard from him since.
Family Reunion today. Den and Denny both work so I'm the only one of us going.
Jun. 25th, 2006 12:39 pm (UTC)
That sucks! *hugs you*

I'll get writing on the C4 sequel today, got totally inspired and Buffy and Xander will be all about teh sex and then maybe I can get Giles and Willow to cooperate.

Hope that makes you feel better.
Jun. 25th, 2006 01:45 pm (UTC)
Sorry, my attitude is the opposite. Perhaps because I just recently LOST my Mom.

It hurts to miss a pleasure, but instead of a sad memory in the future, you will always know that you gave your Mom some precious time with her daughter.

Treasure the moments you have with her. I would give almost everything I possess to have one more day with mine.

Jun. 25th, 2006 03:31 pm (UTC)
They didn't even do standing room only? Jesus, what kind of a theater is this?

Major-league bummer, babe.
Jun. 25th, 2006 05:48 pm (UTC)
How thoroughly dissappointing!!
I nearly went to the showing here in Pasadena but couldn't get any info on whether they were showing Buffy or not, it started at 10 pm, and Pasadena is a minimum 20 min drive without traffic - and who ever heard of no traffic in LA. I just knew that if I went, it'd be sold out by the time I got there. I would have liked to see the movie, but was much more interested in seeing Buffy on the big screen - that sounded awesome! Oh, well.
Sorry you didn't get to go.
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