On Saturday we went to The Big City. Amongst our stops was a viewing of Cars 2 and shopping at Costco. I witnessed only slightly more tantrums at the movie than at Costco. Costco is a hub of grumpiness. Are these people grumpy regardless of where they shop, or are they perfectly pleasant until they step into the store? Attention people who hate Costco: DO NOT GO TO COSTCO. A good deal on a wheel of cheese as big as your head, is not WORTH LOOKING LIKE A SULKY BABY IN PUBLIC!
I like Costco. That's not to say it's a perfect shopping experience. I won't buy pants because they don't have change rooms.The bottleneck at the tills is always annoying. It's frustrating that things are never in the same aisle twice. There is always some woman having a weirdly intense and slightly inappropriate cellphone conversation in the book section. On Saturday, a woman thumbed through cookbooks while offering her friend Oprah-worthy platitudes in a too loud voice. "No, you are different now. You have changed. You have grown. For. The. Better." But I put up with these minor annoyances because I like their fresh produce, cheap DVDs, and wheels of cheese the size of my head.
As for Cars 2, the boys loved it. I liked it, which is saying something since I'm not in general a fan of Pixar parables. I'm sure there are lazy parents out there who think it's great to outsource the teaching of principles and values to a multinational corporations. However, I'm more than comfortable doing that myself. I wish Pixar would ease up on the moralistic themes, especially when they sacrifice entertainment value and plot points in order to soft-sell their corporation's politically-correct, pro-nostalgia agenda. I don't think it was a good as Blu, but it didn't suck nearly as long or as hard as Wall-E or Toy Story 3.
At nine and seven, my boys were some of the older kids in the audience, but were the perfect age to appreciate the rather complicated plot. Another benefit of their age, was that we did not have to leave the theatre for multiple bathroom stops, unlike most other patrons. The volume was LOUD, which was okay since Zarf and I were coughing quite a bit. This also helped drown out the sound of screaming children and parents (myself included) reading the subtitles to their kids.
To wrap up this rather-soggy Canada Day long weekend, we went paddling today with another family. It makes me feel very Canadian whenever we canoe, and today even more so.
And speaking of wrapping things up ... I'm off to bed.