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Carol Perkins: Seeing a movie with friends

It was to have been a perfect Saturday. Missed meet-up spoiled it.
Next earlier Carol Perkins column: Carol Perkins: Longing for the times of innocence

By Carol Perkins

A day out of the house; that's what I needed. Get my nails done; have a pedicure; go shopping and then to a movie. What a perfect Saturday!

I was at the Nail Salon by eleven and finished by one thirty. Three hours before the movie, so I went to store number one: piddled around and bought some throw rugs. Store number two: piddle around and bought ink for my printer. Store number three: piddled around and bought a box of flower bulbs that may be dried out. Finally, at four o'clock I had had enough piddling, so I went to the theater.

In the meantime, I texted a Glasgow friend to see if she wanted to see Mama Mia (sequel). When I didn't hear from her, I assumed she wasn't near her phone. When I approach the entrance, I glance over at the marquee to look at the times; something made me feel a little off-kilter. I asked for my ticket and the young man said, "You know it started at 3:30?" I put my head on the counter in a sigh. "I thought I read online 4:30." That could have been in Glasgow, Scotland! "Is there anything to see right now?" I could have gone to an action thriller or to a Disney that had been running for ten minutes. "Just give me a bag of popcorn and I'll go sit in the car." He looked at me a bit awkwardly and asked if I wanted butter.

I took my unbuttered popcorn to my car and ate as if a movie were in front of me. My phone jingled. "Just got your message. I'm here now." I replied that I had missed the time so just cancel our outing. She said, "Where are you?" I told her. "I'm here," she wrote again. I thought she meant she was "here" at home, so I replied, "OK." What I didn't know was "I'm here," meant she was in the parking lot looking for me. She said later that she was going to get some popcorn and sit with me. In a few minutes, I went home.

The next day at church my friend said, "I never did find you." I didn't know she had been looking, but she said had driven around the parking lot looking for a white car. I drive a gray one. "I forgot what color your car was. Didn't you have a white one?" I had one two cars before this one.

After church Sunday, I announced that I was going to go back to the theater to see the movie and if anyone wanted to join me be there at 4:15. I had popcorn in hand when five of my friends showed up. I was glad I had missed the movie the day before because enjoying a movie with friends is much more fun than going alone.

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