How To Feel Old Without Really Trying

February 24th, 2005 · 2 Comments
by Booksquare

We continue to listen to Stephen King on our iPod…he’s discussing his love of fifties-era film. Horror film, specifically. Perhaps this was on our mind yesterday when we were puzzling through an accounting conundrum. Hmm, not quite true. The accounting was quite clear — it was the explanation from the tech guy that required us to print an email and draw a diagram. Even then, we were quite convinced either our understanding of the English language was off, or he was contradicting himself.

To make a long story short, the problem related to old-time serials — the short films shown before the main feature (once upon a time). Once we grasped the problem, we realized the tech dude had the English problem, not us. In our excitement (because great discoveries must be shared!), we explained the issue. To which we received this reply: “They didn’t always show commercials before movies?”

Yes, writing for the new generation can be a true challenge.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • Susan Gable // Feb 24, 2005 at 10:33 am

    I don’t mind the still images on the screen. However, I HATE the actual “commercials.” I feel like I have paid for the “honor” of being subjected to ads. UGH! Show me the movie trailors! That’s what I want to see before the main feature. I love the previews.

    You mean to tell me this tech didn’t remember when they didn’t have commercials in the theater? What was he, like, 12? (G)

  • booksquare // Feb 24, 2005 at 1:14 pm

    I am numb to most advertising, but when I see a commercial in the theater, I get irritated. I don’t like to pay to see commercials (and, frankly, I wish they’d add a bit more variety to the slides; I get bored easily, and I’m chronically early).

    No, the tech didn’t remember. As I’m sure you know, I don’t remember, personally . Far too young. Way too young. Only know about this stuff from sitting at the mother’s knee. As I have a particular war with this dude, it was a bit of pleasure to prove his assertion wrong.