I didn't want to see Spiderman on the 4th of July. With a forecast in the triple digits and everyone here still recovering from vacation, no one wanted to do anything that involved actual energy.
A movie in an air conditioned theater seemed like a good choice.
Then it came time to pick a movie.
You should know that my family isn't great at making choices. We go back and forth and finally I just jump in a make a decision. Usually it's a decision that benefits me.
This time, however, I went with majority. I didn't particuarly want to see Spiderman. I'm not a fan of comic book movies normally anyway. It had just been released and it would be crowded.
Mykiah doesn't really like going to the movie theater. The smell of popcorn nauseates her. She wanted to see only Madagascar or Spiderman.
So rather than throw a fit, I decided that of those two options, Spiderman was the better choice.
First, it is really well acted. Andrew Garfield does an exceptional job of portraying Peter Parker as more than just a hero. I've enjoyed Emma Stone ever since Crazy Stupid Love (if you haven't seen it, do it... and that's coming from someone who doesn't like romantic comedies).
I managed to follow the plot even though I barely know who the major players are in the whole Spiderman world.
But hey, I did just ride the Spiderman ride at Islands of Adventure. As I told my kids, "This one time -- a few days ago -- I rode this Spiderman ride and it moved and Spiderman jumped on our car and told us stuff and we got splashed with water. And then I closed my eyes because I'm afraid of heights and it felt like we were on top of a skyscraper." And then I told them, "This one time I was in a store at Islands of Adventure and there was a Spiderman statue in the store. And then the statue moved and I got scared. It was really Spiderman. Really really."
So there's two stories about our vacation and one about a great movie. If it's going to be triple digits where you are -- or even if you're lucky and it's not -- go see a movie this weekend. You owe it to yourself to escape for awhile.