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04:57 pm: All Amazingly Wonderful Things Eventually Come To An End...

For years, we have gone to movies rarely, despite that we love them, because they are so very, very expensive. But, last year, about this time, something amazing happened. John pulled out his wallet to buy the tickets and the man behind the counter said, "Oh, you have a military CAC card! That will be $5.00 each."

So, for $25, less than lunch, we went to the movies! Now, it always worked out to more once we bought the exorbitantly expensive candy and drinks...but still!!!

It went up to $30 when our family increased, but still...what a joy that this activity we all liked, that we could do in all weathers, was one of the few things we could actually afford.

Until this time...

We decided to go see our daughter's favorite actor, Chung Long (Jackie Chan) in the new version of Karate Kid. We were short on funds, so I told the children ahead of time, no candy. It was the first time we planned to go and not buy treats. I hoped The Cherubim would not make a fuss. We got there to find out that A) the $5 ticket had become a $7 ticket...so it now cost $42 for us, and B) the man behind the counter looked John up and down and asked, disbelievingly, "Active military?" 

He insisted the discount was only for active military--a big surprise to us, considering that this was the same theatre where they had told us about the discount to begin with. Because we made a fuss, he gave it to us this time...he did stop and say, "Only one family," though, he didn't go so far, thank god, as insinuating that any particular member might not be of our family.

So...the age of the Wright's Movies out has come to an end. It is again an expensive activity we have to plan for way in advance.  A shame.

Still...fun movie. Nicely crafted. Cleverer than the original in some ways, not quite as spontaneous in others. Overall, enjoyable.



Date:June 13th, 2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
One has to be active military to shop at the base exchanges. The problem is that the military has contractors and civilians working alongside the active military folks. It's hard to exclude those doing the same job. Given that, some places will accept the CAC for discounts. If the discount were meant for war veterans, they'd have to come up with a different ID than a CAC, even for active military.
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Date:June 14th, 2010 12:42 am (UTC)
Not any more; reserve, retired and medically separated are also able to shop at base exchanges.
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Date:June 13th, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
Sorry, Jagi. We pretty much never go to the movies these days. Haven't been for years because there's rarely captioning. Occasionally we two might sneak off for a matinee or a lunch special. Teachers are gifted this time of year with, well, gift cards, so our anniversary lunch at the Olive Garden was subsidized by a caring parent.
Likewise, our awful transmission repair was given a 10 percent educator discount. Go AAMCO, or at least our branch of it. That was about $250 off.
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Date:June 13th, 2010 09:56 pm (UTC)
It's not like we are bereft. There is a theater near here that does $2 movies on Tuesdays...movies that have been out a few months, but still... And we love watching disks at home. Ping-Ping has discovered Redbox and loves it. And we have Netflix.

Plus, a lot of stuff is online now. We can sometimes find English titles subtited in Chinese, which are particularly nice.

But...we do love actually going out to the movies.

We're still hoping to see the Last Airbender movie. We'll save for that one.
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Date:June 14th, 2010 05:28 am (UTC)
I refuse to see that movie on the grounds that the name of the movie is false advertising.

There is no Karate in the movie. The kid is in China, and he is learning Kung Fu. Karate is a distant descendant of Kung Fu, sure. But it's still an inaccurate title.
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Date:June 14th, 2010 01:30 pm (UTC)
I've made the arguement that this movie really would have benefitted from calling itself Kung Fu Kid. Everyone would have understood the homage to the original...but it would have clearly stood on it's own.

By the way, there is Karate in the movie...the boy is trying to learn Karate (from a tape). It's just when he finds a teach, the guys a Shaolin guy, not a Karate guy.

But...yeah, should have been called Kung Fu Kid.

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Date:June 14th, 2010 10:34 pm (UTC)
Somebody posted that in one of the earlier trailers, somebody was taunting the main character (for not knowing what he was doing? Am fuzzy on this) and called him 'karate kid," and that omitting it bugged them because that scene had pretty much been what justified reusing the title.
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Date:June 14th, 2010 08:55 am (UTC)
Call the movie theater and check to see if this is, indeed, the case. The ticket seller may have been in error.

Also, this may not be the case for all movie theaters in your area. Do some calling.
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Date:June 14th, 2010 01:31 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure that guy was the manager. I figure we'll just try it at some other theaters.
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