Friday, April 13, 2012

My "Classic" Movie Education Starts Now

Until I worked in my current office, I had absolutely no clue that I lived under that idiomatic rock. I thought that the things I did were normal and more importantly, that the things I had not done were in no way unusual.

But that all changed the minute I uttered the words "I have never had Chinese food" in conversation at the office one day.

Time stopped, jaws dropped, collective WHATs! were gasped.  And I crawled back under my rock and started redecorating it.

For the record, I really had never had Chinese food. Northern Wisconsin was not exactly filled with diverse cuisine when I was growing up there (it still isn't) and the nearest Chinese food restaurant was at least an hour or two drive away from my hometown. And then when I moved away to college and grad school to cities with Chinese food restaurants, the desire to eat it was never there for me. So I never did.  I have eaten at PF Chang's since that office conversation. While not authentic, I had been told that it is progress.

But the aftermath of the Chinese food confession had nothing on the reaction to what I said when the lunchtime conversation turned to classic movies.

"I have never seen Ghostbusters."

Time stopped, jaws dropped, collective WHATs! were gasped. And I think some people were actually angry.

The looks of judgment I was receiving made me question just how sheltered I was. We had lots of movies growing up; we were one of the few houses in town with cable. I really have no reason for not seeing popular movies.  Though if I had to guess, I was probably reading. I was always reading. Or watching Sixteen Candles or The Cutting Edge, two of my movie classics.

And so began the dissecting of what other classic movies I had not seen. A list was drawn up of all the "classic" movies that I had not seen.

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I have committed to watching one movie a weekend provided that I am not on vacation and, if I am being honest, provided that I don't have something better to do. My first assignment was handed to me yesterday.

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The agreement was in place. And the looks of judgment had started to dissipate a bit.

And then yesterday I uttered the phrase "I have never seen Star Wars."

I really need to keep my mouth shut.

And keep living under my well-decorated, cozy rock.

10 comments:

  1. ok...go rent Back the Future...that is one of mine and Tim's favorite movies ever!!! they don't make movies like that anymore..

    Don't tell mom the babysitters dead - cute....Tommy Boy - hilarious...all the rest...classics!

    And for the record..I have not seen any of the Star Wars movies ever either :-)

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  2. Pretty much every movie on that list is fantastic. I would add "The Great Outdoors" (a John Candy/Dan Aykroyd classic) and "Planes, Trains, & Automobiles" (a John Candy/Steve Martin classic). Out of the list you already have going, The Goonies is my favorite. It's one of those movies that I stop on every time I notice that it's on.

    As far as the Chinese food goes, there are a couple of good & more "authentic" places near where Joe and I live. Maybe when we get you to Annapolis, we can get Chinese food for dinner. :0)

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  3. Jen @ Jen's Favorite CookiesApril 13, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    You really are living under a rock! This list looks like a really fun project to me. My brother once had a list like this, only his was restaurants he had never been to. And most of them were silly things, like Dennys.
    Did you enjoy Ghostbusters? (It was probably a better show 20 years ago!)

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  4. Ive never seen any of those either- a high school boyfriend tre

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  5. Haha, this made me laugh. I felt the same way growing up but in a different reason. We did eventually get satellite and watched newish movies but my parents never watched comedies so I missed out on a lot. People did the same to me when I mentioned I hadn't watched Waynes World and other well known comedies. I've made up for it now though. Your

    Go and get some chinese food down you gal, it's lovely!

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  6. The only movie on your list I am judging you about is Back to the Future... you need to see them all. They are all amazing. You can skip Night at the Roxbury, it is truly a horrible movie. Star Wars are pretty amazing as well.

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  7. I have never seen Star Wars. And I have no intentions of changing that.

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  8. Back to the Future?! Star Wars?! Those you must see. But I had never seen Goonies until earlier this year and apparently that's a classic too.

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  9. The Canton in West Annapolis is our favorite! Take her there!

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  10. Teen Wolf was my favorite movie for years! In 6th grade I taped it off of TV (didn't have cable, so it's the edited version) and watched it every day after school. I knew all of the words. My sister and I still regularly quote it to each other. When I started dating a guy and told him of my love of the movie, he downloaded the soundtrack for me. I had no idea there WAS a soundtrack. So I married him.

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