last night i went to the movies after work.
i like to think i live on the edge.
it was cheap night tuesday.
which meant less than $5 admission.
i was thrilled.
i went to see shutter island with leonardo di caprio.
well not WITH him of course, but believe me, if he'd asked, i would have.
i really liked this movie.
it kept me on the edge of my seat for over 2 hrs.
except for one point where the suspense built and built and then
at the top of my voice and my popcorn went in several directions at once.
mostly on the head of the man in front.
THAT could have been embarrassing but luckily everyone else jumped at the same time so there was a lot of popcorn flying about.
before the movie i went for a bit of retail therapy with my friend from work and then we went for something to eat.
just to a dept. store restaurant in the mall where we work.
i have to tell you about a life changing experience.
a life defining moment in fact.
they had a 'senior's menu'.
for "55 and up."
$6 including beverage and a dessert.
i realized something right there and then.
that it all came down to the choices on that menu.
pick from the main menu for regular people and pay full price
pick from the little insert 'seniors' menu',
my heart beat a little faster.
i think i heard a violin start to play.
was it TIME?
am i really THERE now?
when did it come to THIS?
will life as i know it ever be the same if i go there?
does this mean bifocals on a chain, comfy shoes, dentures, bright cardies and high waisted elastic pants?
people speaking louder and more slowly when i'm around?
and my kids and grandkids slowly shaking their heads and exchanging knowing looks as i fail to grasp the concept of things.
i was sweating.
you know what happened right?
Leo Di Caprio came storming in yelling,
'NO-O-O CLIPPY! DON'T! DON'T DO IT! COME BACK!"
alas, not quite.
i held the menu and pointed to the selection on the seniors menu when the waitress came to take my order.
yes, it was a picture menu.
i felt sad!
i was at once demoralized, humbled, AGED and yet, strangely elated.
the whole night cost me under $20.
"now get outta my way sonny."