Why procrastinating is a good thing:
My Film Producer class tomorrow has been cancelled (I'm not upset, it sucks anyway) and I hadn't yet begun the assignment and was really dreading getting it done tonight. But now, I don't have to! AND! Instead of having a three-hour class tomorrow afternoon, I can do something for myself.
If you said "taking a pilgrimage to Winter Park to see Letters of Iwo Jima and Pan's Labyrinth," you are absolutely correct!
It's beautiful. I'll get off class at 1:20, get back to my apartment by 2. Get my car and grab something quick to eat for lunch on the way to Winter Park Regal. Letters begins at 2:55 (I should arrive 10-15 minute before it begins) and runs 2h21. Taking into account previews, but subtracting time for end credits, I should be ready for a next movie between 5:20 and 5:30. Low, and behold! Pan's Labyrinth begins at 5:25. Now, it is unclear yet if I will be hopping, or go out, buy a new ticket and come in again. I'm thinking the latter. I tend to hop into the bigger films that don't need my money, and besides...I'm getting too old for the anxiety it causes. I'll be honest and suck it up. What's another $7?
So what will I be doing for the rest of my evening, since I have no assignment to complete? Well, I have some TiVo'ed shows to catch up on (Digging For the Truth, Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Brothers & Sisters), not to mention my newly arrived Extras and MI-5. Plus, I have The Godfather and When Do We Eat? from Netflix.
I am at no lack for visual entertainment. Which really is my life. I guess it makes sense...film major, and all. With an art history minor, no less. Slacker, or research?
So I frequent Regal theaters and I'm a Regal Crown Club member. It's really the best thing ever. For every 40 points, I get a free popcorn, free drink, or free movie ticket. I have also received a Sour Patch Kids candy for $1, but that's not one of the usual rewards, and I'm not entirely sure how to get that again...because it was awesome. Oh, and Tuesdays are automatically free popcorn days, but I don't eat popcorn.
Anyway, I checked online and I have 198 points. Now, that didn't seem like a lot to me...surely I must be at more like 400. However, every point is a dollar spent, so I've spent $198 on movies at Regal theaters. And I tend to frequent matinees far more than evening shows, so it's only $7 a movie. And, obviously, that doesn't include the movies that I've hopped into.
Oh, and did I mention I've only been a Crown Club member since June 2006?
For those of you counting, it's about 28 movies that I've paid for at Regal cinemas (I do see many movies at the Beacon by my mom's house), in 7 months.
Tomorrow will be another 14 points (actually, they cap it at 12 points per day)...but that means at the 200 marker, I get a free soda! And I'll be 30 points away from a free movie ticket!
Sometimes I wonder how they make money with me getting all these rewards. And then I realize that I spend a crap load on movies (and occasionally concessions). I deserve these rewards!
*Note: I am also a big proponent of the Best Buy Reward Zone. Though that costs $10 per year, whereas the Regal Crown Club is free. But if you are a frequent customer, they wave the yearly fee (as they have for me the past two years).
Alright, this is going to be my last post for a bit, I swear.
Netflix has a totally wicked new feature: Instant Watching.
On a Windows XP computer, one can download and watch movies instantly, at no additional charge and at no detriment to the movies in your queue. If you have the 3-at-a-time program and have all 3 at home, you can still instantly watch any of the many available for download.
There is a cap, of course. Every month, you get 1 hour of instant viewing time for every dollar you spend on the program. For example, the 3-at-a-time program is $17.99 a month, so you get 18 hours of instant viewing for that month. That's probably a little under 9 movies (depending on length) without waiting for shipping.
And for my program (I'm currently at 6 discs at a time), I'd get 36 hours of instant watching time per month (18 additional movies)!
The catch so far?
I don't have a Windows XP-compatible computer.
And though their online library is extensive, it's not all inclusive...yet.
I am looking into Boot Camp for my Mac, though I think it would have to go on my new laptop...which doesn't have the same kind of hard drive space as my desktop, but it's got a better processor.