A Facebook friend from Pakistan asked if the maker of ‘Innocence of Muslims’ was going to be arrested. As lousy as the trailer for the alleged film is, and at this point we don’t know if anything but the trailer actually exists, we have freedom of speech here in America. I explained to him that protecting speech we don’t like is as important as protecting speech we do like.
When there is a finite number of items to be purchased and when arriving early insures a better seat at a concert or movie, then getting lined up makes more sense. But when Apple releases an new iPhone or Springsteen releases a new album or a new Harry Potter book comes out, why line up for hours or days to get one? Won’t they make more? Will those items disappear from the stores never to be restocked?
I don’t understand needing to be one of the first to have some product when you could easily go to the store a week after the product is released and get it. No need to miss several days of work or, at least, several hours of sleep.
Ok, all that said about lining up, I told the story of how my friend Greg and I skipped the first part of the school day to watch ‘Return Of The Jedi’ the day it opened in the theaters. We were seniors in high school and the year was winding down, so our moms said it was ok. My mom even let us use her car.
Interestingly enough, there was no line of people having waited for days. Greg and I just walked up, got our tickets, and enjoyed the show.
Movie Recommendation (TV edition): The Wire (2002 – 2008)
Second ad break bumpers: ‘You Know Better Than I Know‘ by Pete Shelley & ‘Sign O The Times‘ by Prince
Closing song: ‘Angler’s Treble Hook’ by $5 Fiddle