Afternoon viewing of the Hobbit shut down by Draco?

Drove out to cinema only to find it closed today. This is pretty lame; we’d have gone to school in this twenty years ago.

View from our back porch.

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~ by Servetus on December 20, 2012.

64 Responses to “Afternoon viewing of the Hobbit shut down by Draco?”

  1. Ooh lovely perfect snow – there’s something so nice about unadulterated snow!

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  2. Whaaaat! Did someone forget that this is Wisconsin? It snows here sometimes! I remember tunneling through giant drifts to get to school “back in the day”. Safety schmafety ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Yeah, the stuff my folks let us drive through to get to school back in the day …

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      • I drove a white Gremlin…I looked like a snowball bursting through drifts – it was AWESOME. (I will never let me kids do that) We lived on a country road that was left to the county to plow…low priority…super fun teenage driving!

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        • Did you have to put on your own chains or did you have snow tires?

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          • Snow tires? They make snow tires? LOL…I never saw chains on tires until I lived in Arizona – (south rim of Grand Canyon) I just had regular old radials…hence the spectacular donuts one could do in abandoned parking lots…allegedly!

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            • Thirty-five years ago, I learned that I’d be the one lying in the snow with my fingers reaching into the wheel wells to fasten the chains in place. Argh. A little later, I was thrilled to get a rental car for a business trip that came with studded tires.

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            • My dad made me do that. We drove out to the big parking lot of the Shopko in the middle of the night during a snowstorm or in the early morning and he’d make me gun it, slam on the breaks, and steer.

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              • I might have spun my car into the concrete post of a light pole at Hardees doing something like that…Gremlins were very front heavy (8 cylinder engine) with a light back end…perfect for donuts.

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                • I don’t live where it snows a lot but I always heard if you have 4 wheel drive you don’t need snow tires/chains. We had a Ford Escort and you could get around any time it snowed. Also good for donuts in pastures.

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                  • My dad has 4WD on the truck the snowplow’s attached to, but I always had 2 wheel drive and no snow-tires. It’s okay — although I wouldn’t drive through snowdrifts above the wheel of the car, unlike obscura ๐Ÿ™‚

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                    • I would be horrified if my kids do half of the things I did as a kid (I rarely got caught either) — beware the shy, quiet, smart kid – they are capable of all sorts of benign malfeasance and smart enough to make up reasonable excuses for it. (Sound like anyone we know?)

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                    • **smirks wickedly at certain memories**

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                  • Too funny…my next car after the beloved Gremlin had to be put to rest following an unfortunate “cruisin’ the avenue” accident that was totally not my fault (really – I was sandwiched in between a ’69 Impala and a station wagon) was a tomato red Escort that braved the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in a freak fall blizzard!

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                    • That I was not allowed to do and actually did not do. There was a pretty strict sociability line, though, between where I grew up and where you did.

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                    • I wasn’t technically allowed to do it either…it was the first night of summer vacation after graduation – the first and last time I did it. This one was not explainable.

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                    • Wow, you really were a wild one….that’s scary just thinking about it. I’ll always say they stopped making Ford Escorts because they were just too good. We had the first and last ones made and both were great cars. Re shy, quiet types: nobody ever even assumed we were up to something. I think my mother was just relieved I could take care of myself without getting into trouble – unlike my 3 brothers who were always causing her grief just being boys.

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                    • I think the deal was that the quiet smart types were smart enough to figure out most of the time which trouble was worth it and which was not. I only messed up really badly on that calculation once or twice.

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                    • I had a select few spectacular incidents interspersed by YEARS of exemplary behavior – compared to my sister, I was a saint ๐Ÿ™‚ (she always got caught – raging Leo)

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    • I don’t remember anyone cancelling engineering meetings in Wisconsin or Michigan when there was this much snow or even an ice storm. TH is much more important.

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  3. I know it is a pain but it does look lovely, we just seem to have torrential rain that is continually falling.

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    • I sort of asked for this (it was pouring rain earlier this week), so I’m not complaining except that I don’t get to go to the cinema again today, first world problems!

      Hope it stops raining there soon.

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  4. It’s starting tonight in Ontario. Only, it comes with the added bonus of freezing rain…

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  5. Soooo jealous. We could use some of that cool stuff Downunder at the moment. Or even some nice, soaking rain. Isn’t our earth a beautiful, wondrous place? Curse those Mayans!

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  6. Looks lovely, then again that is what I always say when you don’t have to leave the house. ๐Ÿ˜‰ My opinion on snow usually manages to change once I have to venture out. At least it isn’t sleet.

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  7. How middle “East Coast” the Midwest has become–a few inches of snow equals Armaggeddon. (I’m a Mid-Atlantic girl so I know snow wimpiness when I see it.) At least you have a pretty backdrop to imagine Thorin standing with flowing locks in the middle of the swirling snow (just like the 3d poster).

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    • I know what you mean – born and raised in Wisconsin (drifts over my head, yada yada) I could not believe the chaos in Philadelphia every time it snowed – I swear they close the airport at a first sign of a flake.

      This particular snowfall is a bear because it’s just barely freezing so the snow is really wet and heavy – couldn’t use the snowblower – ergh. It is really pretty when it sticks on the trees (until the branches break off and come through the window anyway ๐Ÿ™‚ )

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      • yeah, the fir trees really look like they are suffering. I don’t know if there’s anything to be done, though.

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        • Hope it doesn’t freeze hard…unless you’re up to go out and shake them all ๐Ÿ™‚

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          • I’ve been looking out the window and wondering whether I should do that now. However, I am not going to be the force of proactivity on this.

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            • If the forecast is correct, the wind should take care of it anyway…straight out of the north – brrr. Perfect holiday weather for upper Midwest- 50 degree Christmas makes me twitchy ๐Ÿ™‚

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          • I remember tree limbs exploding when the sap froze. Be careful out there!

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            • I’m kinda hoping the wind picks up. I say kinda b/c it will get a lot colder. I’m also a big concerned about how the gutters might take this. OTOH I just got some cute pics of the snowfort my nieces built today ๐Ÿ™‚

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              • Are there daring young men who will go up on a ladder and clear the gutters for a fee and a couple of mugs of hot chocolate? I’d love to see pictures of the snow fort if you’re okay with sharing them.

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  8. Freezing cold here, but no snow where I am yet. The ski resorts near Granada have plenty, though.

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  9. Understood. I hope your nieces have a great time playing in the snow.

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  10. How beautiful,Servetus!
    Here is cold outside, frosty wind reveals charming souvenirs (neighbour’s dogs loves our lawn;))
    PS: Cars?…tires?.. what are you talking about?! …I WALKED to school…in a ski suit ๐Ÿ˜€

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  11. We got the same storm here in Nebraska. The view out my back door is just like yours,serv, except I have the neighbors snowman instead of a fort. Stay warm!

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  12. Lovely!!! Living in Ireland, I miss the snow so much! Wrap up warm and enjoy, Servetus!
    Going to see The Hobbit again this afternoon, and I am already giddy with excitement! I hope I will see many new things upon “second sight”.

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    • I’m going to try again today. Hope you love it!

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      • I loved it, second time ’round, but found the Bag End scene even linger than at first viewing. Being done with all the action stuff, I was able to concentrate on Thorin more and found him much more majestic, arrogant and contradictory than before. Which is good – the character is a bit of a mystery, in the book, too, where you want to like him, this dispossessed noble prince, but are distracted into disliking by the occasional arrogance. I more than ever think that the film should be called “Thorin. Leader of the Dwarves” rather than the Hobbit.

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        • I’ve had the experience that things that annoyed me a little on first viewing annoyed me even more on repeated viewings — to the extent that I had to say, I’m going to stop even looking at Freeman when he’s not in a scene with Armitage.

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  13. Well at least Christmas will be pretty, although prettier if you saw the movie- close up of those big baby blues in 3D- to die for!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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  14. OK, it did hit here. Still snowing. Just like the winters we used to have way back when, before Global Warming and Ninjas and Ninjos. And before agressive SUVs and 4X4s, tailgating, passing on the right, and cutting off the humble ordinary car. Chains! Not even snow tires can beat chains! (I’d have the chains equipped with long sharp spikes, to put paid to the SUVs and 4X4s. Well, just a little Bond-girl revenge fantasy…)

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