I Should Really Get Out More Often or Should I?

Saturday was date night per se. We drove up PCH through Laguna Beach for dinner at Modo Mio. The sunset was gorgeous after a crystal clear day reaching into the high 70’s. This is an unexpected little jewel of a restaurant in the Crystal Cove center between Laguna and Newport Beach. The food is very good and it’s nice to know you can still get cozy ambiance with table linens and an entre under $20.
This makes me want to get out more often.We then continued up PCH to Newport to the Big Newport theater. What makes it ‘big’? The main theater holds 1,108 and is not the typical stadium seating. The floor gradually inclines and the screen is huge – 40′ x 80′, the largest on the west coast, so the website says. The room is cavernous and unexpected and is a real treat to watch a movie in this setting.

We had just come from another screening room, still quite impressive with a big screen albeit with less seating, having seen True Grit (recommended) and we thought we’d hit the late night showing of The King’s Speech. Mr. PM and I were numbers 3 and 4 to sit down. Then it happened ~ numbers 5 and 6 sat right in front of us!! Come on! They had 1,104 other seats to chose from! Both Mr. PM and I burst out laughing and the guy asked us if we would like them to move. I was dumb struck. First, from the obvious and second, that if he had to ask wasn’t that a clue he could be more considerate without our prompting? For some reason, I think I was still in shock from his audacity, I told him if we needed to move we would. Mr. PM was more tolerant (and taller) than I and of course I couldn’t let this go. I was comically ticked that there were over 1,100 seats to chose from and he and his date chose the only 2 that would obscure our view. We moved over about 4 seats to the left. About 10 minutes later another couple sat in front of us – again! There were still over a thousand seats to chose from. What were the odds? We then moved over to the far right of the original screen blockers and I put my bag in the seat in front of us just in case until the movie got started. In total there were only about 20 people in the theater when the movie began.
It’s moments like these that makes me wonder why I go out.
It’s Colin Firth’s acting that makes me happy I did.