Staying home just ‘shaded’ it

Stuart Barber.
Stuart Barber.

Over the years a night out at the pictures has always been pretty high up the list of things to do when it comes to keeping Mrs B a contented lady.

We don’t go every week obviously, but, when we do, I try to make it a bit special because, for me, going to the movies is more than just seeing the latest blockbuster on the big screen.

For example, we don’t just arrive a few minutes before ‘curtain up’, grab a bucket of popcorn and couple of large low-cal cokes and settle into two seats front and centre to enjoy the show.

Rather, on a Friday, if there is time, we head for a favourite eatery for a relaxing drink and meal ahead of the main event, a key part of ‘the weekend starts here and now’ plan to banish the Monday to Friday blues. If time is tight, we take in the film first and grab a bite on the way home and, as a ‘Plan B’, that works pretty well for us too.

Of course it is always important the film we are out to see adds to the experience of the whole evening. Back in the day there always seemed to be a choice of ‘rom com’ or thriller we would both enjoy - but not so much nowadays.

Take last week for example. On Valentine’s Day the much hyped ‘50 Shades of Grey’ was the four-reeler tipped to draw the crowds. After reading the reviews following the world premier, but knowing the book had been read by my better half, I had the excuses not to go ready should the suggestion be made we should pop along.

Fortunately, the subject never came up and she didn’t even say she would go with a girlfriend! Possible row avoided, I invested the money saved in an excellent meal for two on the Saturday night and watched a DVD of her choosing instead. Sorted!