Chuck (charlesofcamden) wrote,

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Somebody Else’s Disneyland and Iron Man

I have two brief stories to tell today. What they have in common is that I heard them within 5 minutes time, and they both concern places I’ve also been. Even though they’re not about me and I’m granting anonymity to my sources, these are just too good not to share.

A woman I know went to Disneyland with her 3-year-old and 1-year-old daughters. As they made their way through Downtown Disney, a great long shopping and recreation area, she and her husband pushed their daughters along in a big 2-seat stroller. They bought a few items here and there and made their way from one end to the other. On the way back to their car, she glanced into the stroller and found that her little darlings had been pulling things off shelves along the way and filling the stroller with a wide variety of items. The day’s take included stuffed animals, giant lollipops, and even a wristwatch, among other things. Now of course, her children were far too young to realize that this was not acceptable behavior, but that still didn’t make it right. It must be stated that the parents were utterly mortified at that moment. As to the question, “So what did they do with all that loot?” – well, I see we’re short on time, so I’ll move right along to the next story.

Another woman I know went to see the movie Iron Man a few nights ago. Though the movie has been a big hit, this particular showing was lightly attended – she estimated an audience of about 30. She had gone alone and sat in the center of an otherwise unoccupied row. About halfway through the film, a large man suddenly entered the theater, walked straight to her row, and seated himself right next to her. In fact, he was not only next to her; he showed little regard for her personal space. The woman did not immediately say anything, though the situation was making her very uncomfortable – Who is this guy? Why is he doing this? Who enters in the middle of a movie? Is he some kind of weirdo? How should I handle this?

Several minutes had elapsed by this time. The woman was preparing to get up and move when suddenly there came the sound of another woman snorting laughter from directly behind her. The man turned quickly around to look and immediately stood up – and moved back a row to sit next to his wife! When the movie was over, the three of them turned toward each other and had a good laugh.

I don’t know about you, but that second story is an instant classic in my book!

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