Wednesday, January 28, 2009

On Movie Times and Sushi

Well last night didn't turn out quite as planned. Was scheduled to go and watch Revolutionary Road with J9-double0blonde and Squeak. But because of the way I was feeling I didn't think I'd be up for it. Well let me be more honest here. Generally Varen's alarm has been going off at 5am. Mine goes off again at 5:40am and I'm out of bed by 6am. It's so I can get to work by 7am and be out of here at 15h30. I'm on a different schedule to most people, and I like it. I get to mostly miss the terrible Joburg traffic and I get to spend the afternoon in the sun with my bunnies (if the cloud cover ever let's it actually shine thru these days!). Lately I've been going swimming at the gym after work, but I'm still home by 5pm. All of this means I go to bed at 21h30, I know, how very school-going-child of me. But I'd rather get my work day out of the way and enjoy the sunshine of free afternoons ... to be honest, mostly I enjoy not wasting 2 hours of my day in traffic.

Yesterday the movie was starting at 19h45. When did movies get so late?! We still say the 5 o'clock or 7 o'clock show, but it never really starts then. So I worked out that actually, it's the trailers that start at 19h45, they'll go on for, say, half an hour (!) and then your 1 hour 57 minute movie starts. Throw in an almost half hour drive home (from anywhere in Joburg basically) and it's coming on 23h00. And sadly one doesn't fall instantly asleep when one arrives home. So if I'm lucky I'm asleep by 23h30 ... all to be woken by a 5am alarm. I don't think so. Maybe I'm getting old, and maybe it's just my schedule, but I have realised that I am no longer interested (able?) in movie-going during the week ... unless any of you are up for a 5pm show?:) I probably would've gone if it was a Thursday night tho ;)

Varen was supposed to go climbing, but he wasn't in the mood for that either. So we headed to F!sh for half-price Tuesday sushi (I have had a real craving!). Sadly I have nothing good to say. I've sworn off my old favourite, Sakura, because they started seriously padding their California Rolls & Fashion Sandwiches with rice ... well oh my, you have never seen sushi padded with rice as at F!sh's half-price Tuesday sushi-go-round (have never eaten their sushi before so can't speak for how their normal sushi is?). But the place was pretty packed, even at 6pm. Seriously, does no one have sushi-standards anymore? Plus, I must've seen the same things going round-and-round-and-round. They didn't bother to make anything very interesting at all! I will so not be going back to F!sh for this!

And another thing, obviously the mass of people there last night is just an indication of how desperate people are for "cheap" sushi. What I can't work out is why sushi is so expensive. It's not cause of the ingredients (for the most part) and it can't be the chef's skill ... anyone who's made sushi at home will know both of these things! The problem I find (why I don't just make it myself at home) is that you always end up making more than you can eat (even if there are 6 of you!) and sushi is not made to survive the night, it's gotta be eaten fresh! Sigh. It's times like this that I just feel everyone is out to screw everyone else, to charge as much as they can and not provide.

Anyway, I am thankfully feeling much better this morning and am even able to breathe easily ;) It's the small things. Oh, and while I was typing this I got the best surprise! I just got an email from Peter Church. Okay, that may not seem so exciting to any of you, but let me explain: His email was short and just said he'd voted for me in the 2009 Bloggies and he loved my Dark Video review. How cool is that?!? See, it really is the small things :)


Anonymous said...

Hey, I'm always up for a 5 pm show - hit me up next time why don't you?! I work till just after 4 pm so I can be at Greenstone in time. :)

Tamara said...

I too will only do 5pm (more like 5.45pm) movies on week nights. And I don't even have the excuse of waking up that early - I just like to have time to unwind before I go to sleep, rather than getting home after 10.30pm and having to rush to make the next day's lunch, sort out my work stuff and get to bed.

Laura said...

I so agree with working those times! Since I moved offices I am now back to 8-4 purely cos its further and I cant drop the kids off earlier than 7! I MISS that 45 min I gained in the afternoon!

LOL weekday anything is tiring for me so I try not do it too much!!!

phillygirl said...

@jane - awesome to know ... although I have *no* idea what the traffic from me to Grrenstone would be like, probably okay if I'm early :) Will keep you posted!

@tamara - well then you can join SleepyJane & I one day ;)

@laura - the day feels so much fuller when you actually spend your afternoon doing what you want instead of working, doesn't it?!

Louisa said...

I'm glad you're feeling better - sorry they messed up your food. I couldn't be bothered about sushi one way or another. I can't imagine going somewhere to have rice padded sushi on top of that!

Ps! I can't believe how early you go to bed. :-O

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