What are you missing with Netflix?
May 7, 2019

Once upon a time I was in a movie theater when partway through the main attraction someone in or near the back row dropped an open box of Jawbreakers. They hit the concrete floor and started rolling, rolling…

It took people a while to figure out what was happening, but after we did? Oh! The laughter. I can still hear it. I can’t remember the last time I walked past the candy display at a theater without thinking about it. Guaranteed giggles, every time.

Which reminds me what a college boyfriend once told me about the film we were about to see, that it reminded him of Jaws. Huh? “That was a movie, too.”

Maybe you had to be there.

I’m glad I was there -- in a theater, that is -- when Darrell and Katie and I saw Beauty and the Beast a couple of years ago. Had we been watching it from home on a streaming service we wouldn’t have been treated to a little kid who couldn’t contain himself. When Gaston fell to his death the kid yelled, “Finally!”

And what’s better than getting a joke a second or two before the rest of the people in a theater, when they suddenly start laughing at (1) getting it themselves, and (2) how hard we were laughing before they realized what was so funny?

One question I never tire of is, “How are you going to contain yourself?” The meanings, they are endless. When it comes to recreation, there’s a lot to be said for being alone (but not really) in a crowd.