Down & Dirty



Aug. 9, 2008

To help get through the grind of camp, I would like to share with ya'll a particularly funny story from the summer. If everyone hasn't heard by now, the next installment of the Batman franchise was released this summer, The Dark Knight. It was by all means a blockbuster and was well worth the wait. A couple of us on the team had gone to see the other superhero movies of the summer, Hulk and Iron Man, but The Dark Knight was the one we were all waiting for.

Around two weeks before the opening night, the chatter began about what the plans would be for the premier. Word got around that there would be a special advance ticket give away for a Wednesday midnight premier at an outdoor store in Metarie. No purchase was necessary to receive the tickets so, in our opinion, it was a steal. The time frame to receive the tickets was in between 12-6 p.m. on the Sunday before the movie. We arrived at the store around 11:15 a.m. awaiting our destiny and were greeted by a line of about 100. Long story short, by 11:55 a.m. all the tickets were gone with only 60-70 in total given out. We, however, would not be denied and we immediately went to the theater and purchased the tickets for the midnight showing on Thursday. This was a gutsy move looking back because the movie was two and a half hours plus previews. We would get home no earlier than 3am if done and had 6 a.m. workouts in the morning - a small price to pay in our opinions.

The first part of the plan was now set. All we needed now were costumes. If anyone has ever attended a premier for a blockbuster movie, you obviously notice the fanatics dressed the part. We may be fans, but my no means are true fanatics. Either way, we decided it would only be right to dress up for the event in order to fit in. In total, we had a great showing for the movie with three of us going as Batman, one going as the Riddler, and another going as one of the Joker's henchmen. Two others tagged along with very weak excuses for costumes.

Our plan was actually spoiled when we arrived. We got to the ticket booth only to find that no one else had dressed up. This was a major mistake in planning because rumor has it that at one of the other theaters in the city, many we dressed the part. It was a valiant effort which fell short indeed. On the positive side the movie was awesome, we had a great time (even though some wouldn't take their masks off until the lights went out because they were ashamed who might see them - cough, cough...Troy), and we were productive at workouts.

I will keep the names of the others involved in the story secret. Like true superheroes, their identities are sacred.

Thanks again for reading and be sure to tune back in for more.

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