For most of my adult life, I’ve had a hangup about going to restaurants and movie theaters by myself. I used to travel for work and I would always either order room service or hit a drive through for meals, neither of which was all that healthy, but meh 20’s. Two years ago I ended up going to see the Avengers by myself, and it was amazing. I mean both the movie and the watching experience.

Having a wife and two young kids means I’m never really alone anymore. Of course, I have time to write and play games late at night, but it’s not quite the same when I know there’s a two year old sleeping five feet away as part of my brain is apparently always listening for noises from either kids’ room. So going to a theater completely alone and not having to worry about anyone else for a few hours, is a great guilt-free break from family life.

Sidestory: Sitting in the theater Friday night for the 10:15 pm show and I can’t help but overhear the two kids (high school? no idea, they all look like baby’s to me now) talking about how they can’t believe they’re at the movies so early. I guess they didn’t have to get up at 7:30 am to give their dog thyroid and heart medications or take their kids to swimming lessons a 9 am.

GROOT! Day 4 of Blaugust

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