7 Quick Takes – Volume 8 (Films About Ghosts)

— 1 —

The big news is that K started her job. It is technically a part-time position, but it’s over 30 hours per week. Seeing that at least one commenter knows where we live, I will not comment as to the details of the job, except that it is in her field and doesn’t pay too badly. Now that we are paying Catholic school tuition, it helps to have a second income.

— 2 —

The children have their second four day weekend in two weeks. The first one was a weather day we didn’t use followed by Presidents Day. This is for a diocesan teacher conference. So we’ve had to stay busy.

We are fortunate that both of our jobs are flexible. I can work from home if I need to and K’s job is very flexible about when she puts in her hours. Some things are more important than money, and flexibility is HUGE.

— 3 —

Yesterday was a good day. A former client informed me that the woman who had falsely accused him of a crime and falsely accused me of misconduct had been arrested on charges of embezzlement and obtaining property by false pretenses.

If you live a life of dishonesty, eventually it will catch up with you.

— 4 —

The Pope resigned yesterday.

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It’s gonna be OK.

— 5 —

So, who will be the next Pope? The guys at Busted Halo have created a tournament bracket for the Vatican’s March Madness.

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Much like the real NCAA men’s basketball tournament, my top choice did a one-and-done.

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How could you go wrong with Catholicism Wow! and the Buddy Christ?

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The Church doesn’t know what it is missing!

— 6 —

The Paulists (who would totally be into Catholicism Wow!) were largely responsible for my “formation”. As were Kevin Smith movies.

But now the Paulists have left and the theater where I watched so many of those movies (and worked for a summer) is closed.

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The Astro III in “better days”. Now it’s closed and boarded up.

The Astro III was a horrible, dated movie theater. It smelled like 35 years worth of stale popcorn, spilled soda, and who knows what else. Sometimes the projector would break, leading to impromptu “intermissions” while they fixed it. The seats were wobbly and the floors were sticky.

But it was the best damn movie theater ever. They got movies that wouldn’t come to anywhere else in the area, including Kevin Smith movies, although it was usually a couple weeks after release. I remember seeing Chasing Amy, Dogma, and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back there. Admission was only $1.00 growing up, although it had increased to $2.00 by the time the picture was taken. The Astro III was a night of cheap entertainment. The theaters were always packed and they more than made up for the low admission price at the concession stand.

The theater was always very profitable, but the lease expired a few years ago. The owners wanted to develop the property into condos, but then the market crashed. It’s still standing, but is now borded up and vacant.

And the price of a memory is the memory of the sorrow it brings.

— 7 —

And then there is that strange moment when you are searching for pictures to put in your blog post when find that girl that you used to sit next to in homeroom and haven’t seen in over 15 years has a hobby taking pictures of movie theaters. Lots of pictures of movie theaters.

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