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September 13, 2006

Watching TV with TiVo, and Not Going to Ohio.

By: The Dude on the Right
With my new TiVo, and now that I have, hopefully, most of the TV recording options I should need, I have to now readjust how I actually watch TV to make it more efficient, as well as get shit done.  I realized these things yesterday during the premier of "Dancing With the Stars" and the almost finale of "Rockstar: Supernova," especially when my main computer's UPS decided to take a crap and I tried to figure our how to get my PC up and running again (you never have enough three-prong extension cords when you need them), yet still watching TV shows, when I could have put off the latter, especially since I HAVE MY NEW TIVO.  I'm such an idiot sometimes.  The important thing I forgot is the ease, if you are watching a recorded show, to skip the commercials (sorry advertisers).  As such I was finding myself still switching between shows during the commercials, then getting wrapped up into one show, then another, and missing stuff.  I make my life so complicated sometimes, and I'm working on getting my new TV viewing schedules straight, but now I've complicated my head even a little more, thanks, to of all things, a movie called "Artie Lange's Beer League," starring, well, Artie Lange,  a movie I was looking forward to seeing, hopefully in the theater.

How can a movie create a dilemma and make my life complicated?  It's because I'm mental I tell you.  Here's the deal.  "Beer League" is a smaller budget movie, opening this coming weekend in only three cities - New York, Philadelphia, and Cleveland.  Sure, you might say "What the hell kind of limited release is that?  I get New York City, but Philadelphia and Cleveland?"  The movie studio, and I guess Artie and his people, figured that these are markets that strongly support Artie Lange and could give the movie a strong opening, especially in terms of dollars per screening.  So, "Beer League" doesn't open at a Chicago movie house, at least right now, which would take me, tops, and hour-ish to get to.  In any case, if I want to see the movie this weekend I either have to hop on a plane to Philly and hope our character artist, Archie Tect, could pick me up at the airport and get me to the movie on time, or drive some 360 miles to see the movie scheduled to play at a movie theater some 15 minutes from my parents' house.  Here-in lies my dilemma (and Mom, if you are reading this, I apologize to you right now).

For a couple of minutes I thought of making this Saturday a day trip to Ohio, to, of all things, see "Beer League."  Fine, I'm crazy like that.  As it shows right now, there is a 2:30 afternoon showing that would work into the planning.  I would leave early on Saturday morning, getting into the area around 1PM, giving me a cushion if the Ohio drivers still haven't learned how to drive on a three-lane highway.  I could catch the movie, it would end around 4PM.  Two choices:  Stopping in to see the parents before the movie if traffic is light, maybe catching some lunch before the movie;  Stopping in to see the parents after the movie and then heading back to my dude-pad after maybe catching an early dinner.  Sounds simple enough, and I know my parents would like to see me, and maybe not so much my Dad, but Mom would think I was nuts, for driving 6 hours to see a movie, spend more time with Artie Lange on a screen than with her at home, and then heading back to my dude-pad back in Illinois the same day.  Mothers don't always understand wacky behavior, and she really doesn't like me driving at night.

Thankfully for me, and maybe sadly for my Mom, I think, at least right now, that rationality has set in, thanks to seeing one of those MasterCard commercials.  It sort of turned into this for a one-day trip to Ohio to see "Artie Lange's Beer League.":

    Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois Tollway/Turnpike fees:   $17.80
    Fuel for 720 miles on the road:                              $95.00
    Food:                                                                    $15.00
    Movie ticket:                                                         $  7.00
    Cost to see Beer League:                                     $134.80

    Price to hear my Mom say I spent $135
    to see Artie Lange instead of her:        Not worth: $135.00

Sorry Artie, I guess I have to hope your film does well enough in New York, Philly, and the home of the Michael Stanley Band, so that it opens a little wider, or I'll at least get the DVD, because I can't justify $135.00 to see your movie, especially when it will incur the guilt of Mom.  Being of Catholic upbringing, I think you understand.

That's it for this one!  I'm The Dude on the Right!!  L8R!!!

Posted by Rightdude at September 13, 2006 9:04 PM


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