Now, try not to be jealous, but here it is.
I have a home theater.
I know, I know. My book hasn’t even hit the shelves yet and already I’m acting very Hollywood, home theater and all. What can I say? State-of-the-art sound system, huge flat screen, plush velvet sofas and a fully-stocked mini bar and kitchenette. Every movie you could possibly ever want, right at your fingertips.
Okay, okay! So I’m in la-la-land. Our home “theater” isn’t exactly state-of-the-art. Or plush. Or fully stocked. It’s a $99 24-inch RCA color TV that weighs a ton, connected with a 2-in-1 VCR/DVD combo player that we got from Costco. Our movie collection consists mostly of Blue’s Clue’s (“Do you see a clue?”), Barbie adventures (“I want to grow up to be a princess!”), and a dated copy of Caddyshack (“Be the ball.”). We get our movies from the library for $1. We don’t have a mini bar; we don’t even have microwave popcorn. Nachos? Fuhgetaboutit.
Our theater seats consist of a polished rattan couch with fading palm tree print cushions, a rocking chair, and the floor. What’s found beneath the seats are your usual suspects: coins, paper clips, a missing princess slipper, bits of rice cake (my daughter … busted! She’s not allowed to eat in the living room), a dust bunny or two. Why should I travel 45 minutes to the nearest theater and pay $8 to deal with someone else’s dirt? I’ve got my own here, and it’s free!
Still, I miss the occasional movie in a movie theater. Movies have always been a great way to jump start my writing, so I will continue to dream of the ultimate home theater, plush velvet sofas and all … someday. In the meantime, I’m just going to have to make do without movie theaters, home theaters, Netflix or TIVO. I don’t even have cable. But I’ve got Blue’s Clues and Barbie for inspiration … what else do I need?
What movies are stocked in your home theater?
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