Last night I went to see Iron Man 2 with some friends from Corning. It was enjoyable, but not worth the $20 that I spent at the theater. Yes, twenty dollars! The mall theater is now charging $9.50 for tickets, and $5.50 for drinks. I bought my ticket, and then one of my friends wanted a drink, so I got one for him and myself (I didn't actually realize they were that expensive until we got to the front of the line, and then I almost felt like throwing up, but it had been a long line, so I went through with it). As soon as I handed them my card I thought "Ahhhh [expletive excluded] I just spent $20!". After that I decided that I will no longer be able to go to the movies as a strictly social event. From now on it will have to be a movie that I am really excited about (which is rare). For $20 though, I could buy two albums on iTunes, four DVD's at Walmart, register two .com domain names on GoDaddy, or play WOW for a month and a half! It's ridiculous that I spent that much money to watch an average movie in an average theater and sip on a Coke!
It ended up being a fun evening though, because afterwords Joe took Chris and I to Denny's and we had a good time. I also got to catch up with some people that I hadn't seen since before I left for Tennessee.
The weather the last couple days has been very winter-like, replete with high winds and snow. On the way back last night, which was sometime after midnight, I was heading through the village of Catan and for some reason felt the urge to take a different route than the one I normally travel. It would have worked fine, except that a road crew was blocking the road right where I was supposed to be getting back to my normal route. They waved me off onto this dirt road, which was blocked in another place and turned into a no-winter-maintenance farm road strewn with debris and giant potholes. I had the vague instinct that it I just kept going in that direction I would hit John Hill Road, which would take me to where I needed to be. I was right, kind of. I did hit John Hill after awhile, but from the opposite direction I thought. It was so dark that I couldn't tell the difference and ended up going all the way back to Catan before I realized my mistake. So after all that, I was right back where I started from. On the bright side, I did travel some back roads that I otherwise might never have seen.