Ms. M and I have been friends for fifteen years now. We are firm believers in the adage that some of the best things in life are free. While many of our adventures have had a price tag attached – like meeting up in Paris! – most of our favorite moments together have been free.
Now that is not to say that all our freebies have turned out well. Then again, like my plastic bag traveling memory, some of the monumental fails are still fond memories because we shared them together.
As a frequent user of Goldstar, the discount ticket purchasing site, I often receive notices for free passes. My favorite “it’s so bad it’s good” adventure was a few years ago around Halloween and involved free tickets to a theatre production that was near our homes. It was billed as a series of vignettes that were Halloween themed.
We were so excited to visit a new theatre and see a new production company. Once the curtain raised, the excitement diminished quickly. There were half a dozen people on stage and only one who could act.
Just before intermission they performed Poe’s “The Raven”. It was the main billing on the ticket, and I’d been really looking forward to it. The puppet that they used during that scene was the best part of the whole production!
At intermission we left. We felt bad because the audience was so small, but we couldn’t sacrifice any more of our lives to these free tickets. Over the years we have spent more time discussing that performance than we did sitting in it. It was worth it for that if nothing else.
That is not to say that all our free adventures turn out poorly. Most are wonderful in their own right.
Recently we went to go see a movie at our brand new downtown public library. The facility is spectacular, we enjoyed looking around, and they had free parking in the underground garage – so vital in that part of town.
The movie was one neither of us had ever heard of, Stuck in Love.
Both Jennifer Connelly and Greg Kinnear have aged so well and were joined by a great younger supporting cast. We both found the evening to be a delight.
In what free activities have you participated lately? or What other actors impress you by how well they have aged?