Saturday, February 14, 2009

I've Heard of People Like This...

OK, I gotta tell you guys this story:

Nick and I had our Valentine's date last night, and we headed down to the cheap theater that is at the other end of town. We decided to see Quantum of Solace, the James Bond movie. Got our tickets and headed into the theater. It was about 1/3 full and we got seats in the middle of the 6th row or so. So far so good. We had just sat down when a middle-aged man walked down the row and leaned right up into my face.

"You have the best seats in the place, good for you. But, I'm passionate about Bond, so...."

He then plopped himself down in the seat right next to me, draping his arm in his huge down coat across the armrest and halfway across my shoulder.

I turned to Nick and said, "Scoot down a couple seats." Then I decided that wasn't far enough from this character, and moved on the other side of Nick. I was now one seat from the end of the row. The guy, when he saw all of this, said, "COOL!!" And moved down two more seats to be right in the middle of the theater. There was one seat between him and Nick.

When the movie started, the guy proceeded to offer a complete running commentary of the movie, at times pointing at the screen, with an extended arm, to his date. Whenever someone was asked what they'd like to drink, he recited it from memory. When one of the good guys dies in the arms of Bond, he audibly wept. At the end of fight scenes, he offered, "Ow!"

I've heard of people like this, but never experienced it. So my question is, how do people get like that? Is he all there? Does he have some sort of mental disorder? Does he just not care anything about movie etiquette? Is he just oblivious and has no idea he's rude? At the very least he kept his voice down (mostly), but I'm willing to bet the only reason somebody didn't complain was we were at the $1.50 theater...


  1. Oh, goodness, what a character! I don't think I've ever been around someone like that. I can't tell you how they get like that. If I'd been there, I'd have been as baffled as you! I do admire for having the courage to move. I think I would have been afraid to offend him. ;)

    All told, I hope you had a good date. ;)

    Love, Wardeh

  2. I can picture all this happening and you rolling your eyes. I can not believe that guy. That's just too much. Honestly, he's gotta be a little crazy.

  3. Glad you were able to get out on the town last night. Too bad you were stuck next to someone with WAY too much time on his I think I too would have been afraid of offending him and simply suffered through my $1.50 movie without saying anything. Good for you.

  4. Oh man...I hope that he was just oblivious and not intentionally obnoxious. I do think there are those that just don't have a clue. What a bust.