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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Screeching Tires and Elephants

December 28, 2017

Day 30 - After managing to first visit the Queensbay Mall a few weeks ago, I wasn't sure whether we'd have the need to visit again. We have never been fans of mega-malls nor the concept of shopping as a form of entertainment. However, we do like movies and after looking online, we decided that the biggest mall on the island offers the closest venue for cinemas.

December 28, 2017

We left a bit early for the 11:30 am matinée of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. As it was the early show the price for each ticket came to a bit less than $US 2.10. After making the purchase, we had to walk around a bit before Cinema #4 was ready. I stopped in an optical shop as I think I could use a new set of glasses. Progressive, photochromic lenses cost hundreds of dollars whenever purchased. Eyewear, however, seems at least 30% cheaper here than what I'd be able to get at home.

December 28, 2017

When walking away from the ticket counter I apparently dropped them. When we returned for seating I couldn't find the small pieces of paper. I had the receipt but not the two, small tickets. Fortunately, I must have looked panicked as a fellow asked if I'd lost something. He had returned the tickets to a ticket window and I was able to retrieve them. Imagine me suggesting to Jay that I must have given them to him!

We liked the movie. Carrie Fisher as her daughter's stand-in sort of made me a little queasy, but in general I thought everything fit. Crystal wolves and little birds with big eyes should soon be big sellers in toy departments around the world.

Oh, and on Facebook, I mentioned about occasionally hearing the sound of TIE fighters during the 40 years since the original Star Wars. You see that film was released the summer of our high school graduation. The sound as they rip through the near vacuum of space is memorable (and impossible). After a little searching on the Internet tonight, I found that it was audio mixed from the sound of cars on wet pavement and charging elephants. How cool is that?


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