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Hunger Games Premiere

For a long time I resisted reading the Hunger Games books. All my friends at work talked about them and got the advanced reading copies and went to midnight releases for the books. But not me, I held out.

Finally, once they were all making plans to go opening night of the movie I felt left out enough to read them. I read the first one in two days, read the second one a week later in two days, and read the third one a few days after that in two days.

I really liked them. And, luckily for me, I only had to wait a week or so after finishing the last one for the movie to come out!

We bought tickets, about a month in advance, for an 8:30pm show. We headed over to the theater around 5:30, got there a little after 6, and were the 4th or 5th group of people in line. Erica and I went to get food from Lenny’s and then we came back, ate, and waited around.

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They finally let us into the theater right around 8. You had to show your ticket outside and then again inside. My friend Matt did one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen and SPRINTED up the escalator, around people, to get into the theater to get us the perfect seats. One minute he was there and one minute he was gone. I’m pretty sure he would win the Hunger Games.

We got perfect seats (thanks Matt!) in the middle of the theater, went to the bathroom and grabbed popcorn, and then waited. Like I predicted the large, large, large majority of people there were in their 20’s and 30’s. Once the movie started people were really respectful.

I loved the movie. I thought what they decided to include/exclude/add was pretty perfect. And I thought all the performances were great, especially Stanley Tucci and Elizabeth Banks. I’m super excited to see how they make the other two books into movies.

After the movie we went to grab drinks at a generic Mexican bar by Penn Station to talk about the movie. It was a pretty lame bar, but a very good night.

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Orchid Show

Today Amy and I headed up to the New York Botanical Garden to see the Orchid Show.

It’s a long trip up to the Bronx, and it was extra long since the D train wasn’t running below Herald Square. Even though several people tried to convince us not to get on the train, we made it up there.

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Luckily one of Amy’s friends lives in the Bronx and was heading into the City to visit her so after getting Mister Softee we caught a ride home with him.

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