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Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Dread Pirate Harrison
So if you follow our Twitter or Tumblr, you have no doubt seen lots of pictures taken at the Alamo Drafthouse here in town.  The beauty of this theater is that they show classic movies all the time.  Since January I have been to see Mean Girls, Moulin Rouge, The Princess Bride, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (I am, I think, Hunter S. Thompson at heart), The Boondock Saints, and Fight Club (don't ask me to talk about it.)   Some of those, like Mean Girls and Princess Bride were quote a longs, and Moulin Rouge was a sing a long.  We got fun props like tiaras (I mean, it's just... plastic) and blow up swords (I'm not left handed either.) to use on cue during the movies.  They do drink specials themed for the night, and everyone has an amazing time.  (For Boondock Saints everyone got cap guns and shot them whenever they shot people in the movie.  I was, like, deaf by the time we left.)
This costs about the same as a regular movie ($9-$12 dollars here, I don't know if it varies from city to  city), and is the only time I've gone to the movie theater since... the last Paranormal Activity came out.  Whenever that was.
Movie theaters are kind of one of my least favorite places.  A) there are often children there, which I generally try to avoid.  B) I have to sit in a seat which was designed for the comfort of someone taller than me, for about 2 hours.  By the second half of a movie my hips and knees are killing me, I have a crick in my neck from that stupid "head rest" (it does not reach my petite head. That's a lie, my head is not petite; I have an extremely jutting occipital shelf, which hurts when I press it against a headrest for long periods of time.  It is a burden, truly.  My life is so hard.)
This is why I am not a huge fan of paying more than $10 for a ticket to a new movie that I may or may not like, and sitting there for 2 hours desperately wishing I could pause the thing and walk around for like 5 minutes just to not want to punch someone in the face.  (This is an even bigger problem if I have to sit next to strangers.)
"A piece for Gretchen Wieners"
So, when my friend showed me the Mean Girls quote a long, I was like, "Cool, I love that movie and I can totes sit through it for the whole time.  Especially at a theater that serves alcohol."  Then we found the Moulin Rouge sing a long, which is both one of my and one of her favorite movies of all time.  We both cried. Multiple times.
That was it, I was hooked.  Here was a theater that showed all my favorite movies, all the movies I quote on probably a regular basis, AND they serve alcohol at the same time.  Did I mention they have a full kitchen?  A DELICIOUS full kitchen.  I highly recommend following the link I included and seeing if there is one in your area.
This is turning more into a rambling endorsement for the theater than it is a blog post*.  Let me see if I can bring it back around.  There are periods of our lives when our diseases and symptoms can make a social life hard.  But this has given me a new way to enjoy life.  And it is true what they say, the more you do the more you will feel like doing.  I recently went to a museum and park here in town.  I've lived here over a year and I'm just now seeing all the things there are to see.  I truly credit the discovery  of these cult classic showings (By the way, they also show Rocky Horror about once a month. No more waiting for Halloween!) with my being able to do simple things like just go to a park and lay in the grass. Or embarrassing my friend by forcing her to  learn how to do bell claps in a public park in front of heavy traffic.  (She did fabulously, I hope she's reading this.)
I'm not saying this theater is the answer for everyone who is having trouble getting out there even when they don't feel 100% (do I hear 30%, anyone?), but it was my answer.  And that means there must be an answer out there for you too.  I would never have guessed that there was a place out there where my ability to speak almost every line of a movie would be embraced. I would never have guessed that I would be there almost every week, and that I would find myself considering going out afterwards (I haven't yet, but I think I'm getting there.) So how do you find your thing?  I don't know. Look at what you love in life, and then try googling that plus the city you live in.  See what comes up.  Maybe there's a weekly meeting for people who once loved making those weird square lanyards at camp while watching Disney movies and want to rekindle the love.  If that's your thing, I don't know that it is, but I'm sure it's SOMEBODY'S thing.
To quote one more movie, which I totally think should be shown in the theater, "Baby steps, Bob."  Find your first baby step.

My Samoan Lawyer has advised me to
commit fully.
See, I totally brought that around.  It was planned from the beginning.

*If the Alamo Drafthouse people are reading this and want to cut some sort of deal, I am totally game.  

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