Thursday, March 17, 2011

Day 108 - Today's In-Flight Entertainment

Day 108.

I don't get why some people hate flying so much. Sure, most flights are pretty cramped and congested and airport security can be a hassle sometimes *insert full body scan joke here*, but I don't know--there's still something pretty novel about crossing half of the fucking country in a couple of hours. Plus, I can always catch up on my movies/TV shows, and by that I mean watch Julie & Julia again.

Please return your tray tables to their upright & locked positions
after you have finished your daily viewing of Julie & Julia.

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention--the reason I was flying this morning is that I'm visiting my older brother, Lance, and his fiancée, Maria, in San Francisco this week for spring break. I've only been here a few hours, but so far, I have to say that the West coast is a pretty happening region.

Also, this might have been the first time I watched Julie & Julia in a semi-public place. I usually don't really think that there's anything that strange about a 20-year-old male enjoying an inoffensive female-centric culinary drama when I watch it in the comfort of my own room, but today, I was strangely self-conscious about the whole thing.

I don't know, maybe it had something to do with the fact that immediately after the Captain (whose name was Kirk, by the way. I got a good chuckle out of that.) announced that it was okay to use electronics, I whipped out my laptop and proceeded to reach into my backpack to pull out a Julie & Julia DVD. I didn't realize it until then, but that's pretty weird, right? The idea that some college-aged dude who not only owns his own copy of Julie & Julia, but actually takes it out on airplanes to watch during the flight? It's a rather bizarre image, is it not?

I don't know, maybe I'm just not secure enough in my own convictions. But I will say that I definitely started to feel a little creepy when I covertly snapped a few photos of my laptop.

It did not help that I was taking photos of Amy Adams' cleavage.

It was around then that everyone sitting around me started to shoot me the usual weird looks. And I don't blame them. Like, really--I can just imagine the conversations that took place behind me.
"Why the fuck is that Asian dude watching a DVD of Julie & Julia on a plane? And on top of that, why does he look so uncomfortable and unpleasant? He is visibly fidgeting around and clearly not enjoying the film--I don't get it, why doesn't he watch something else? Why doesn't he just sleep through the flight like a regular person? What a peculiar sight. Oh yeah, and now he's taking some pictures of his laptop as he is watching the movie. That's not abnormal behavior at all. I sure hope he isn't a terrorist. Shit, did I just say 'terrorist' on a plane?" 
So yeah, these are the things that consume my life. And yes, I could always sleep through flights like a normal person, but then I'd miss out on the complimentary half-a-can-of-Sprite and packets of individually wrapped pretzels that they hand out. And Goddammit, I fully expect to get what I pay for.

I didn't actually take this photo.
The other passengers were weirded out by me enough as it was.

Julie & Julia Quote of the Day: "She's dating this rich guy who owns a plane.


  1. You're in the bay area? I'm spending my spring break at school. (blasted thesis!!) There should be a meet-up of bay area readers... Because if the two of us meet, it will be kind of creepy... maybe. We could view Julie and Julia together! In the group setting...

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  4. I see a "sibling viewing" of J & J in the near future.

  5. Watching J&J in a new time zone. Have you ever thought about finding a person who hasn't seen the movie and watching with them? You can watch their reaction to certain scenes and report.

  6. Welcome to the Bay Area. And enjoy the rain that's supposed to be nonstop for the next ten or so days.

    Oh, and I love your blog, yadda yadda yadda.

  7. Yo', LD...

    Would it make you feel better to know that I'm reading this in the middle of a hotel lobby/dining area, and I'm getting a lot of strange looks, too?

    (Seriously, some elderly fella just walked over to me and asked what show I'm watching because "The picture never changes"...WTF?)

    I know how you feel. Nothing ever makes me feel as self-conscious about what I write until I'm in public and people are "peeking" over my rude is that?!?!

    But you know what? We gots to work through that 'cuz the show must go on!!!

    Happy West's a different life out there (lived there for 2 years)...