By Larry Betts
For anyone that knows me, I get excited about very few things. I enjoy time with my child, and nothing replaces her. I dig time with my friends, but I’m always laid back, always just there to have a good time and joke. I just don’t get excited.
That being said, I’m wicked stoked about the new Hunger Games movie coming out, Mockingjay, Part 1. For the most part, I have avoided the movies that have caused a teen craze. I’ve seen some Harry Potter, and refuse to catch even the slightest glimpse of the Twilight series. I thought The Maze Runner is OK. I haven’t seen anything from the Divergent series, but plan on it. But everything about #OurLeaderTheMockingjay has me acting like a teenage girl. Hell, I’m even building a web page, on the back end of my site, which has no value whatsoever, so I can ramble on about how much I enjoy The Hunger Games.
A quick history of how I was even introduced to The Hunger Games is as Follows. I don’t watch much TV and until recently, I didn’t watch many movies, either. I’m very busy, though apparently not busy enough to keep me from doing this. But Catching Fire was about to come out in theaters, and one of my friends suggested I take her to go see it. So, I ran out to watch the first one, as I hadn’t even seen it yet. How am I supposed to watch the sequel without watching the first?
I didn’t get to watch it with her. But after watching the first, I still wanted to see the second. I was intrigued because in addition to the obvious “we’re oppressed and shall rise up from it” aspect of the movie, there’s the whole part where Gale is - in my mind - bashing the whole concept of reality television, which I abhor. I ended up getting to see it with another friend, though. The friend that I saw it with was far more attractive than my first option, so it didn’t hurt my feelings too bad.
Once I saw the first two movies, I had to read the books. As I mentioned above, I’m busy. That means I don’t get much reading done either. But I bought and finished all three books within about two weeks. Some of you, I’m sure, are reading this and not at all impressed with that much time to read a book, but believe me, I did well.
Ever since then I’ve been practically binging on The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. They’re the movies I fall asleep too. I have the benefit of being able to work from home, and usually have one of them playing in the background while I work. That brings us to today, October 2, 2014. We’re at this moment just over 49 days away from seeing Mockingjay Part 1 hit the theaters, and I can’t wait! Yes! I’m hitting the midnight matinee, which I’m sure will be happening for this flick. Yes, I’ll go alone, if no one else can go. I have at least one other tentative guest, but I’m trying to get her to come to Ohio from North Carolina. That doesn’t seem likely, to come that far to watch a movie, does it?
I hate to use the word “obsessed,” but I believe I may be close to that. If you’re also close to obsessed, or completely obsessed, or would otherwise like to share your story about #OurLeaderTheMockingjay, feel free to comment below.
Thanks for Reading!
Larry P. Betts
Owner, One-Stop Computer Services