Monday, January 11, 2010

Avatar Anonymous

Disclaimer: YOGAGALNW is on vacation this week. Posting may be irrelevant and just plain silly with very little at all to do with yoga.

Okay, here goes. I took my daughter and her friend to see Avatar in 3-D yesterday. We left in plenty of time to see a NORMAL movie but apparently the entire world is still bursting out of their houses to see Avatar, so by the time we got there only a few seats were left. In the first row. Literally, the only 3 seats left in the theater.

Now, a normal person would have realized that sitting in the front row of a highly graphic 3-D movie with two 10 year-olds is NOT a good idea. I've never actually been normal. I guess I remember being a kid myself and sitting in the front row of a movie and thinking it was kinda cool. Please keep reminding me I'm 40 and not 14 anymore...

We made it through the preview with my daughter only having her hands over her ears the entire time because of the sound. We managed through the first (totally amazing by the way)15 minutes of the movie only to discover that all 3 of us were nauseous. I mean WAY nauseous. We had to high-tail it out of that movie quicker than you can say barf-bag.

So, I stood up outside long enough to gulp down air and to ask for and receive a refund for the movie. The manager didn't balk at all about the situation. I got the definite feeling that this was happening on a regular basis at this movie or maybe they were simply afraid that I was going to toss my cookies through the little plastic payment slot. Anyway, they couldn't have been nicer about it and I'm very thankful for that.

I managed to drive the kids back to the house where they had fun playing and I fell into bed with dizziness and queasy stomach. Instead of feeling better, I just kept getting worse. It took me 5 hours and a few trips to the smallest room in the house to feel human again. Thank you darling hubby for taking the MUCH more resilient kids out to lunch and then our guest home again.

I think it's hysterical that the movie made me so sick. I can now add this to the LONG list of things that make me sick and not the average person. Along with, driving myself in my car on a windy road, standing on a pier, and watching birds flying by. So, so pitiful! I guess I should just be thankful that standing in tree pose watching the traffic going by DOESN'T make me ill. (I'll likely regret that last statement.)

Anyway, that's my posting for your amusement. I hope it made you laugh a little. Believe me, it really was very funny. I'm thinking of starting a support group for people who can't make it through Avatar without hurling.

Hugs but no hurls to you,



Synergy Girl said...

Oh dear...that makes me sad!! I have walked out on IMAX movies for the same reason, so when going to see this 3D, I made SURE to sit VERY FAR BACK...and it worked!! No nausea!! It was so neat to see it that way...sorry that you got to endure the white throne...AHHH!! Well, even if you don't see it is a fabulous movie..I would definately recommend it...!!

phd in yogurtry said...

So the next time I don't like a movie I can just .... kidding! (not really)

Is Dis Normal or Dysfunctional? said...

What really makes me laugh is that I too get queasy easily. Perhaps, we yogi's need to breathe deeper when watching the paranormal, or driving, or swinging or kayaking in the ocean.

Avatar is the one movie that I didn't go see with my boys. We don't have 3D here in the mountains, that's when it really hits home that I live far away from everything. What good is it to see a 3D movie without the 3D? Come to think of it, that is actually a benefit for the likes of us!

Brenda P. said...

Or...from what I hear, the story is pretty dumb. Maybe your high standards for entertainment reacted so strongly that they had to get you out of that theatre, no matter what.

James Cameron is not known for his storytelling.

All the same, sounds like the back of the room is the way to go.

Anonymous said...

That's too funny!

I'm finding as I get older my stomach is getting less and less resilient. I can't watch 3D on the TV without getting queasy and a headache so I'd better avoid this film. And 3D TVs are the next big thing! Not in mine or your home I guess!


Oh geez...what an experience!

I know my limits well and as far as movie theaters, I'm a strictly near the back kind of girl.

We test things, we try stuff, we learn... :)

Deanna said...

Oh my. If (which I doubt) I go see Avatar, I will make sure to stay to the back. I get car sick too - but only if I'm riding in the back seat. That was sweet of hubby to take over while you retired to the porcelin bowl :)

Emma said...

good to know. was planning on checking it out now that im back in the states. ill make sure to sit waaaay back:)

Rachel said...

Hi Jan, hope you're well. Just wanted to check in as I haven't seen you post for ages!

Take care, Rachel