Saturday, June 14, 2008


I played hookey last week.

One night I said to Pat "I'm playing hookey tomorrow. I will not be around from 11 to 2". Generally, I don't think it is fair for me to play hookey when he is going to work and slaving at the ad agency; but I had (genuinely) no choice.

As a child, my first love was Speed Racer. I'd been made aware of the new, live action, film version months ago and had been gearing up to see it and it had been out for a few weeks and I hadn't gone. It didn't seem to be doing too well because other movies had by passed it and I was checking MovieFone and found that it was leaving town. I was not ABOUT to miss seeing it. So I made that choice. I was going to betray the true love of my adult life and go spend three hours of the true love of my childhood. I put all my own work aside and went to the first showing of SPEED RACER at the Loews Lincoln Square. It was on the IMAX! I even cheated on my guru, my trainer, and I had movie popcorn. It's bad enough that popcorn is so full of bad carbs but MOVIE popcorn is over run with salt. Uh Oh. But it was a sunny summer day at the movies and I was seeing Speed Racer on the IMAX. Popcorn was essential.

After the movie (which I will not review here), I went to the men's room. It was a long movie and I could not leave the theater, even once, to go the the can.

I opened the door and walked in and, immediately, I noticed something odd. There, in the cold and sterile black, white and silver of the men's room, a burst of colour jumped out at me.

I stepped closer.

What is that? I asked myself.

I peered into the darkness.

What on Earth?

What is that doing in the bathroom of the Loews Lincoln Square?

I don't get it.

But I've learned...

In New York..

Anything is possible.


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