Words Unsaid: 10 Years Since High School

In less than a week it will be 10 years since I graduated from my suburban Connecticut high school. 10 years since we threw our caps in the air. No shade, but I don’t miss it. I flew off that football field like an eagle after the ceremony. Adulthood’s fun. I’m not a millionaire, and bills suck, but I’m still enjoying adulthood way more than teenhood. I think that means I did this growing up thing right. Anyways, here’s my letter of words unsaid. Oh the memories, and lack of proper punctuation because things are more raw that way.

To that couple who took away the shortcut to my 11th grade science class, because they chose to make out in it. I really think we could have worked something out. I didn’t mind that you were slammed up against the lockers in an empty side hallway. I just wanted a shorter route to class. There were over 2000 kids moving around the halls and I was so excited to find a vacant place where I wasn’t smushed. The private air was nice too. I wasn’t judging you guys, but I could tell you were nervous about people coming, mostly because one of you said “Someone’s coming.” I stayed on the main path to class after that day. I missed my shortcut for weeks after that. Also, I bet you guys broke up. It’s the teenage thing to do.

To anyone who ever hosted an assembly at my school. I love you. Because of you we got out of class and I learned not to do drugs. Thanks.

To the kids that randomly did a flash mob one day in the cafeteria. That was awesome and I wish that happened like once a week.

To the building itself. Why did some of the classrooms not have windows?

To the cafeteria food. I miss the quesidillas. I actually found where to order them and considered buying a case. Then some schools donated them to the homeless shelter I work at, so we were reunited there during meals and snack time.

To my math and science classes. Not the teachers, the actual subject. I still hate you, and after college I never needed you.

To the items in the lost and found bin. Did you miss the teenagers you belonged to? Did you feel put in the corner? Did anyone ask you to dance? Did they claim you as their belongings? Or did you just get dumped into the dumpster?

To the senior lounge. You were a glorified cafeteria and nothing more.

To the old auditorium that was there for most of my high school years. You had a lot of heart and ugly orange chairs.

To the new auditorium that was finished during my senior year. Well, at least I got to meet you. It would have been nice if you were around during my freshman year.

To the printer I almost killed because I was printing invitations that were very busy. Sorry! I didn’t think about how much ink would be needed per page.

All in all I survived high school. It was just a phase in my life. It’s not even weird that it’s been 10 years. Because of all the time that’s past I even got to make this post! I’m like old now, but honestly being 28 is great. To all my high school memories. I’m glad you are just memories now.

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Galentine’s/Bromance-tine’s Movies

It’s a little late to post this as I type away in a small Connecticut city, but it is still Galentine’s Day. You might already have plans, since it the night of Galentine’s Day, like right now. So a movie recommendation might have to wait. You can watch these movies anytime though. It doesn’t matter if you’re single or not, friendships matter. Here’s my list of movies covering friendship that can be watched on Galentine’s Day. I couldn’t find a guy equivalent of this girls day, but obviously guy friendships matter too. So Bromance-tine’s are a thing. This list included movies that somehow cover friendship dynamics. Sequels are listed together since they are part of the same movie world.

1 Waiting to Exhale (1995)
Just a classic feel good friendship story about women who support each other.

2 The Brothers (2001)
While the movie is from 2001, it still holds up as a very modern look at male friendships.

3 Now and Then (1995)
This movie is a strong girlhood film, and it would be great if there were more like it. It’s our version of the many guy films where boys grow into men that still have each other’s backs. Set mostly during childhood the girls deal with everything from red rover to romance, death and grieving, and life.

4 The Sandlot (1993)
This movie is just a childhood staple. I think we all wanted to find our own sandlot.

5 The Wood (1999)
Three friends go from middle school to adulthood, and deal with everything from crime to romance to getting your suit cleaned before the wedding.

6 Dope (2015)
If your friend is in trouble you stand by them, even if it means going up against drug dealers.

7 Stand by Me (1986)
Four boys with very different backgrounds are somehow friends. The film deals with coming of age, thinking about how friendships will go in the future, abuse, bullies, and staying by our friends side.

8 Boyz n the Hood (1991)
The film covers multiple topics. The friendship between our main character and his childhood friends is one of them. We see how different moments effect children’s lives as they grow up, and how friendships change from childhood to the teen years.

9 Rookie of the Year (1993)
During this film where a boy becomes pro baseball player we see a riff between him and his friends as they feel he is forgetting about them. Now the kid prodigy has to learn how to balance it all.

10 Throw Momma From the Train (1987)
A writing teacher find himself becoming friends with one of his students. The two men then have more on their plates than the teacher bargained for.

11 Charlie’s Angels films
Whether its the one from 2000 or the one from 2019, the story is about three girls getting into action packed adventures. What more could you need? I’m not getting into a debate about which one is better, which is why I just wrote Charlie’s Angels films.

12 Set it Off (1996)
Four women who decide to rob banks, but find themselves questioning how far they can go. An action packed strong female movie.

13 D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996)
In the third installment of the franchise we see the team is split up at an elite prep school. Most of the Ducks are placed on the JV team, while Adam Banks is put on the Varsity team. Now the friendships are strained as the teams have a rivalry.

14 Heavy Weights (1995)
Our main character never fit in because of his weight. At fat camp he finally finds friends, but a crazy new camp owner is destroying everything, so the kids have to work together to stop him.

15 Rounding First (2005)
Three boys in the 80’s who are best friends go on a crazy road trip, only to find that their friendship is more complicated than they thought. Now a secret connection two of the boys didn’t know they had could destroy everything.

16 Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain (1995)
Two girls become friends and deal with issues as childlike as a hunting for treasure to harsher ones like abuse. The film is good for kids, as it teaches them not to believe everything you hear, and you don’t always know what someone’s going through.

17 Dude, Where’s My Car? (2000)
Two friends have to find one guys car, so they backtrack through a crazy night. Just one friend helping the other since no one wants to lose things.

18 Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
Friend roadtrips are fun, even if they are based around fastfood.

19 Mean Girls (2004)
Girls need to stop creating cliques. Plain and simple. We can choose to stick together.

20 Clueless (1995)
Old friends, new friends, frenemies, and Beverly Hills.

21 Mid90s (2018)
A young boy dealing with a tough homelife meets some older kids who teach him how to skate past life’s struggles.

22 Skate Kitchen (2018)
Girls on skateboards who deal with everything from trust, to skating, to romance, to betrayal. This movie was long overdue for anyone who ever picked up a skateboard.

23 It (2017) and It Chapter II (2019)
Some friends fight a monster, then they grow up and fight the monster again. As it should be.

24 The Babysitters Club (1995)
Another childhood girl friendship movie. I hold Now and Then in higher regard, but this film is definitely worth sitting through.

25 The Outsiders (1983)
An intimate look at how young men can care about each other. The teens and young adults deal with class, family, friendship, and grief.

26 Superbad (2007)
The end of high school is bittersweet as two of the three friends find their lives going in different directions.

27 Booksmart (2019)
Two smart teens realize they missed out on partying and try to make up for it in one night.

28 Thirteen (2003)
Every teenage girl who watches this film believes it is her life. Some of the themes will touch every girls adolescence. The in crowd has it’s own problems as we see in this film about two girls learning about what it is to be a teenager.

29 Friday (1995)….and the sequels
In the first film of this classic franchise we follow two young men dealing with life in their neighborhood. At this point everyone has seen this movie, so everyone knows the story and that it is epic. The sequels are hilarious as well.

30 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)
Who knew jeans could be so magical? Four girls deal with summer, jeans, and life.

31 The Craft (1996) and The Craft: Legacy (2020)

The Craft is just one of those films every girl has to see, especially if she doesn’t fit the ideal woman mold. As for the sequel it was actually better than expected.

I really could keep going, but I’d rather stop here and read what films you guys would add to the list. Let me know in the comments below.

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Valentine’s Day Movies

Valentine’s Day is around the corner. Everyone’s thinking about romance and candy that tastes like chalk. As you find something to snack on you’ll probably want a movie to watch too. Here’s my list of 27 films to watch during this lovely time.

  1. Love & Basketball (2000)

A classic hoops and hearts movie for any age. Monica and Quincy go from childhood sweethearts to adults with an on again, off again, relationship. The audience is left hoping that home court points will be scored before it’s too late.

2. About a Boy (2002)

This film is perfect for anyone who loves British stories. Will is a mentor to a kid named Marcus, and Marcus helps Will connect with a single mother.

3. Little Manhattan (2005)

Two kids go to elementary school together in Manhattan, allowing the audience to remember a simpler time. Back when relationships were based on karate kicks and exploring local parks.

4. The Photograph (2019)

Two millennials start a relationship as the woman, Mae looks into her mother’s past. The guy, Michael find himself interested too, as he covers a story for work that intertwines with Mae’s world. Will the past repeat itself? Or will the next generation keep a good thing going? This film moves well between NYC and New Orleans, the present, and the past. It’s a beautiful film for a calm night.

5. Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

Rachel’s life is flipped upside down when she finds out her boyfriend Nick is actually from a rich family in Singapore. There’s trouble in paradise though, as she now has to win over his mother.

6. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008)

If you were an alternative kid in high school this one’s for you.

7. She’s All That (1999)

One superficial bet changes two teenagers lives forever. Well, at least until the end of high school. This film screams late 90’s, and inspired most of the plot of Not Another Teen Movie (2001), so it’s a must watch.

8. Poetic Justice (1993)

Your postal clerk isn’t Tupac, but you wish he was. This film features a small road trip via postal van. So this movie is definitely for anyone who likes quirky moments that are part of a serious love story.

9. Spiderman (2002)

We all know about the kiss by this point, and we will never get tired of it. The rest of the story is good too.

10. Ghost (1990)

If you want to do ceramics after this movie just say dido.

11. Clueless (1995)

You’re totally buggin’ if you don’t want to follow the lives of some kids in Beverly Hills.

12. American Pie (1999).….and the many sequels and spin offs.

I would recommend serving cake during this showing. Just to keep things a little classy.

13. Say Anything (1989)

Size matters. A boom box is much better than a phone or an iPod.

14. Lucas (1986)

One teens quest to win over the girl, and just about everyone else as well. It’s the 80’s so spoiler warning, that epic slow clap.

15. Fever Pitch (2005)

Ben needs to hit a homerun with his new girlfriend Lindsey, but he’s more focused on Red Sox games. I’m a Yankees fan myself, but this movie is great regardless of who you root for.

16. The Love Birds (2020)

We follow the main characters Jibran and Leilani through an extremely quirky love story. This film is a funny adventure with well delivered over the top moments.

17. Love, Guaranteed (2020)

While this film is a little dry at times the plot is extremely modern. Nick is dissatisfied with a dating site so he wants to sue them. This is how he meets Susan, and while feelings are there, everyone’s avoiding the elephant in the room. In an era where human interaction is less common it’s nice to remember how important a physical presence is. As I write this list we are still in a pandemic, so please don’t misunderstand me. Once the pandemic is over we can all go out more. For now stay safe and wear a mask.

18. Juwanna Mann (2002)

In this love triangle, or possibly a love quartet, we see Jamal fall for Michelle. The problem is that Michelle only knows Jamal as Juwanna. This movie is a hilarious mix of basketball, second chances, and love.

19. Career Opportunities (1991)

Who knew Target could be so romantic?

20. Aaron Loves Angela (1975)

Two teenagers fall in love in New York City. The kids have to deal with prejudice, parents, and some dangerous characters.

21. Always Be My Maybe (2019)

Sasha and Marcus were childhood friends, but now that they’re adults they might want something more. This film is an adorable boy next door, girl next door story.

22. East Side Sushi (2014)

Juana starts a new job at a sushi restaurant where she meets Aki. Juana deals with being an outsider in the sushi world, and the feelings she and Aki are developing for each other.

23. What Dreams May Come (1998)

The main character Chris really goes through fire and back for his wife Annie.

24. When Harry Met Sally (1989)

It’s a classic, and almost everyone has seen it at least once, but it never gets old.

25. Continental Divide is a (1981)

A journalist falls in love. It’s much better than how I just described it.

26. Grease (1978)

A high school love story with great musical numbers.

27. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

Another classic everyone has seen, but can always watch again.

I’ll end my list here, even though I could definitely keep going. Let me know if you watch any of these during the Valentine’s Day season. Which movies would you add to the list?

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My Top 25 Christmas Movies, for Now

It’s Christmas Eve, Christmas Eve!
So here’s my top 25 Christmas movies. At least for now, since my list always changes. It might even change after I post this to my blog. I don’t even know how I limited myself to 25 films. There’s just too many to fit on one list. This list includes made for TV specials, theatrical releases, and TV movies. Sequels and remakes have been listed together since they are part of a franchise.

1 Home Alone (1990) & Home Alone 2 (1992)
2 The Night They Saved Christmas (1984)
3 It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
4 Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)
5 Jingle Jangle (2020)
6 The Santa Clause (1994) & The Santa Clause 2 (2002)
7 The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
8 Christmas with the Kranks (2004)
9 Prancer (1989)
10 Office Christmas Party (2016)
11 A Bad Moms Christmas (2017)
12 Friday After Next (2002)
13 Black Christmas (1974) & (2019)
14 This Christmas (2007)
15 Die Hard (1988)
16 The Ghost Who Walks (2019) (Netflix 2020)
17 Rudolf (1964) (Honestly anything with Rudolf counts though)
18 The Grinch (1966) & (2000) & (2018)
19 Annabelle’s Wish (1997)
20 Must Be Santa (1999)
21 Babes in Toyland (1986)
22 Little Drummer Boy (1968)
23 The Christmas Chronicles (2018)
24 Miracle on 34th Street (1947) & (1994)
25 A Christmas Story (1983)

Tell me in the comments if you’ve watched any of these films. Which ones would make your list? At least at this moment.

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That Kind of Misty Green


Shelton, CT. May 2020.

As a kid our imaginations let us slip into places so far away, that it’s odd that we’d even dream to go there. Parts of the earth farther than a train ride away. However, when we conduct our brains a certain way, the possibilities of where we can go seem endless.

I was walking home from work on one of those misty mornings. The kind where the rain just passed, and you’re left in a daze.  The green in the trees no longer resembled typical Connecticut trees, full of that Tri-State area vibrancy. The kind the movies make a point to capture every time they want to show how grand New England can be for nature watchers.

I could have been in a rain forest for all anyone knew. As long as I ignored the concrete I was walking on. As long as I kept looking up, and of course around in case a car came through from the main street, I was 7 again, dreaming I was somewhere else.


Central Park Zoo. October 2018.

I’ve never been to anything close to a rain forest, unless you count that first indoor area at the Central Park Zoo. The one that’s hot with all the birds and other creatures. By the end you’re drenched in sweat, and you just want to go to the other indoor area that’s cool inside, and then you get to look through the glass and see where the penguins live.

At 27 I still only know as much as the internet can tell me about an actual rain forest, so it seems strange my imagination let me pretend I was in one. I’m not complaining though. I didn’t need to go there for real, I just needed to escape for a moment.


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The Small Things During Social Distance


For years now I’ve passed the small Tide from the travel section. It’s better to buy the regular size, but it’s just so cute. I want one just because it’s adorable. That’s it. I know it’s a stereotype for girls to love cute things, but you only live once, so I carried that travel size bottle to the check out line with pride. I spent my money shamelessly, and made that  Tide bottle mine.

Every time my wallet told me not to buy this product I listened, but then this pandemic hit. I was traveling around the Connecticut valley. That part of Ansonia and Derby where you can’t remember which store is in which town, so you just call it Ansonia-Derby. At least that’s what I do as a Shelton resident. I was on the hunt for paper towel and a few other things. Target was out, and I was completely fine because I know there’s worse things in life. I continued to move through the aisles. This had been my biggest day out in awhile so I wanted to soak it all up. Eventually I landed in the travel section, with my eyes catching sight of that small Tide bottle, and all it’s 10 ounce glory. I made the decision then. I can’t spend my money on much else right now, so this Tide bottle had to be mine. I know I sound basic. I’m not fighting it. At least I feel fulfilled. That’s not even a joke. That’s a real social distancing life.


My story borders the line between funny and poor taste. People are actually getting sick and dying, yet I have chosen to fill your time with the tale of an average woman seeking Tide. A snapshot from the crazy life of Katelyn, that is stuck between my need to be sarcastic, and a hard place. That hard place being the part where I know a lot of people are sick, running out of money, and feeling like they’re in a scary Sci-fy movie. Although that last part would be better, because at least you know when the scary part of the movie ends.

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As I settle into my seat, I’m as excited as I would be if this was my first time seeing the movie, but myself and the movie goers around me have all seen it a hundred times. Today’s feature presentation is a rerelease.

While I was born in 1993, rereleases have allowed me to see some of the top films of previous decades on the silver screen. ET: The Extra Terrestrial (1982), Halloween (1978), The Shining (1980), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), The Breakfast Club (1985), Easy Rider (1969), To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), and Jaws (1975), Sleepaway Camp (1983), and Friday the 13th (1980).
It’s fitting that I enjoy classic films reentering the big screen because my first movie was a rerelease. I was 5, and The Little Mermaid had been put back in theaters. Years later a middle school teacher told my class about seeing it as a young child. The math didn’t add up, and a conversation with my Mom lead to the shocking truth that The Little Mermaid is actually from 1989. It was a film older than myself, but in a theater it had seemed brand new.

At one showing of Willy Wonka the crowd was leaving the theater, and a little girl was telling her Mom she thought they would make a sequel. Her Mom seemed a little shocked for a moment, and then preceded to explain, “This is a very old movie.” It’s nice to see the next generation connects so much with the classics, despite everyone saying they can’t picture a world without the latest gadget.
I have my current favorites, as well as classics. I don’t wish us back into a different time, because it wasn’t even my time, and I know things have gotten a lot better for various groups of people. I do however think certain films hold up enough to be shown outside of the home, on the big screen, for future generations to fall in love with them again.



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The Semi Tourist


Fifth Ave outside the New York Public Library. December 2018.

Metro North’s glide from Bridgeport to Grand Central is a simple one for me and my one drawstring bag. My 90 minute trip doesn’t feel so long as I sight see out the small train window.

Manhattan is something I enjoy as a semi tourist. The self imposed label for those of us visiting New York from Connecticut. Just close enough to pretend you’re a real New Yorker for the day. Our accents don’t stick out like the ones from down south, out west, England, Australia, or any other place that involves a plane ride, and those trendy travel backpacks that hold “liters” worth of stuff. It’s why real tourists, the ones who paid their dues between travel, multiple nights in a hotel room, and signing up for those bus tours sometimes ask us for directions. We get really excited to explain the grid system we’ve come to love when following the city’s streets. For a moment, as we wear all black because a YouTube video told us that is what New Yorkers do, we get to pretend were home.

I have my favorite sights to see as the train first enters Manhattan. That one brownstone way uptown that lets me know I can enter tourist mode. It’s the equivalent of an adult telling a child, “We’re here,” on vacation. Then there’s soccer field that always has a game going. The field is one soccer game big, but space is limited. We’re officially not in the suburbs anymore. These aren’t the things you would use to sell New York to a tourist, but I can go regularly, so I take solace in the things that real New Yorkers have and the attractions tourists enjoy alike.


Ice skating in Rockefeller Center. December 2018.

My phone has enough tourist photos so I quickly make my way from the crowded train platform into the main area of the terminal, and out the door that leads to 42nd Street. Connecticut is the preppy part of the tri-state area but you wouldn’t know it as I wear my hoodies and skateboard style sneakers. The slimmer ones, not the chunky ones myself and fellow millennial’s wanted in 2005. I would look like a normal chill New Yorker if I could just stop looking up. Real New Yorkers look forward.

The largest component of my day in New York will be walking. I’ll walk with my dollar slice of pizza, I’ll walk through Times Square, and I’ll walk through Central Park, and so on. I could take a subway for a break, but I’m a cheapskate so I will avoid that metro card fee like pedestrians avoid the pigeons that line the sidewalks. Burning calories also inspires me to walk. There’s a McDonalds everywhere, and I will be stopping at at least one.


The New York Public Library. December 2018.

The best days feature a lengthy visit to the New York Public Library. As I turn out of Byrant Park and past the lions I feel at home. I’m one of those proud to be a nerd types so the library is always the place to be.

With a deep breath I eventually decide to leave. Back into Grand Central I go. Inside the train the announcements play, telling people to keep their bags off the seat and listing the stops. Myself and other passengers have to accept that we’re actually going home now. We’re not the New Yorkers we can easily pretend to be. As I begin to pass through Westport and the Fairfield stops I slip into my Connecticut vibe again. Suburban chic one day, city dweller another. Somewhere between being a fake New Yorker and proud nutmegger the term semi tourist defines me.


The walk back into Grand Central. December 2018.


-Katelyn Avery

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The Convention Fix

As a high schooler I always wanted to attend Comic Con’s like my friends, but I’m actually grateful I didn’t become a convention goer until my twenties. It’s the appreciation I have for the whole experience as an adult that makes conventions better.

Some of my high school friends have dropped off from the scene, while some attend one or two. It was the summer after college for me, when I first attended a convention. I was 23, and my twin sister and I fell in love with the whole ConnectiCon world. It was also a nice reunion with my college friends. I went to CCSU in New Britain, CT, and most of my friends were from that end of the state. Going up and down the escalators were many of my old classmates. I also caught up with college friends outside of the convention, which topped the whole long weekend.

Conventions aren’t perfect, but honestly the imperfections don’t bother me. Maybe it’s because I’m an adult, and we all need an escape from that adult place.

As an east coaster I spend most of my convention time in my home state of Connecticut, Rhode Island, and in New York. I’ve branched out well past one convention in the past two years as well. So far it’s been ComiCONN when it was in Hartford, and then later at Foxwoods, ConnectiCon, Big Apple Comic-Con, Rhode Island Comic Con, Liberty Anime, and TerrifiCon. There was also a Comic Con night at a Sound Tigers Hockey game in Bridgeport, CT. Mixing hockey and conventioning was the best decision ever by the way.

I never get enough for my convention fix though. Now my season kicks off with Big Apple Comic Con, and then I can’t wait to get to the next convention. There’s a bit of a gap from late spring to summer, when my list of conventions starts up again, and part of that is because I can only attend so many conventions. Dishing out money on the metro north, greyhound bus, peter pan bus, or amtrak, and hotels can be a bit tough, but every dime I save toward expressing my ultimate nerdness is worth it. My sister and I regret nothing, and are pretty good at conventioning on a moderate budget. The trips can’t be recreated any other way. We’ve even taken our parents a long for a few. My Mom’s more of a convention goer than my Dad though. At TerrifiCon he didn’t recognize someone was from Game Thrones, and my sister had to explain that his autograph area wasn’t the information desk. You can’t get that story anywhere else. Also, to be fair to my Dad only my sister watches that show in our family.

My sister wears costumes and I wear “nerd shirts.” Although my sister still thinks we should be The Shining twins. Back to the Future, and The Breakfast Club are some of my favorite graphics to break out. You can’t attend a convention incorrectly. Unless you sneak in without paying, or you’re one of those weird people who says perverted things to cosplayers. Then you are trash, but beyond that almost everything is acceptable. Some people volunteer as staff, some people work at the convention centers, some people cosplay, and some people wear nerd shirts. Some people also come as media guests, artists, or vendors. Shout out to them for making the days fun. Honestly though you could wear a full on business suit, or sweats and sneakers, and no one could stop you. Comic Con’s are a place to release your inner nerd, and take a backseat to the whole adulting thing. The cons, are just fun.

-614 words

-Katelyn Avery





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Movies and Mozzarella Sticks

Like any normal person I wouldn’t throw $12 in the trash, so I didn’t, but I did accidentally throw it on the movie theater floor.

I was with my twin sister at a local movie theater here in southern Connecticut, catching a double feature. The theater I was at isn’t really near anything fun, so I didn’t want to just go in for one movie. Transformers: The Last Knight, and 47 Meters Down, were some of the films playing, and I wanted to see both. With my offer to pay for the movie tickets on the table, my sister Jen accepted my invitation, and we headed to the local Bow Tie movie theater. I would like to note that we bought tickets for both films. Movie hopping isn’t cool guys.

After seeing Transformers, and then chilling in the lobby for a bit, I needed snacks for the next film. I got my popcorn refill (this theater does refills for a large tub), ordered two orders of mozzarella sticks, and a drink. Sometime during the wait I had mentioned to Jen that she might have to help me carry my food. I had paid for her movie ticket after all, so it was only fair. She said, “Alright,” completely happy to help out, but somehow, I completely forgot the plan, and put the mozzarella sticks in a drink section of the disposable tray I was using. We made it all the way to the theater door without incident, and were about to be the first ones in. A movie theater employee was leaving the room. He had clearly just cleaned the area, and that is when my mozzarella sticks fell to the floor. Both orders. All ten mozzarella sticks, and the sauce packets. Thankfully the sauce was sealed tight.

The movie theater employee guy didn’t bat an eye, and said it was alright, and that he would clean it up. I tried to insist that I would, only for him to insist he would. Finally, I said “Dude, I feel so bad.” He laughed, and again insisted. I just let it go, and went into the theater with my sister. I felt a cross of sadness, and content. Nothing bad had happened. I knew spilling my mozzarella sticks was the best representation of a first world problem, as I had money for more food, and still had popcorn. I felt bad for making the movie theater employees job just a little bit more extra, but I have cleaned spills at both my homeless shelter job, and seafood department job. So much worse has happened at both, so I like to believe he felt the same way.

Inside the theater the lights eventually dimmed, and we listened to that message about silencing our phones. I’m sure the movie would have been more enjoyable with mozzarella sticks, but at least my sister gave me a couple of her fries.

-Katelyn Avery

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