Friday, November 9, 2012

I Blame the Children











Our quick-fire Trifextra challenge: Andy Rooney created something called “The 50-50-90 rule: anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.”  We want you to give us your own probability equation.  Use whichever numbers suit you, and make it about whatever you like, but give us something to think about.  In 33 words, of course. 



I Blame the Children



Level of anticipation toward a relaxing Friday movie night: 100%.

Chances of it really happening: 30%.

If it actually happens, odds of booze accompaniment: 100%.

Probability of watching movie in its entirety: 0%.















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As you can see, I fell in the 70% again, but I blame it on #NaBloPoMo tonight.  I can't remember the last movie I saw where I can tell you the ending on first viewing. 




32 comments:

  1. Heh heh, very good. Question: who gets the booze?

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    1. Why, I get the booze, of course! Relaxing = movie + a glass of wine, except I seem to let relaxing go a bit too far. zzzzzzz. Thanks, lumdog!

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  2. I can never see a whole movie either! Actually, I can hardly write a whole comment - the baby is calling...

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    1. Libby, it used to be the babies that were the interruptions. I guess I found a new way to interrupt my movies. :)

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  3. I hate seeing movies partially through. And I YEARN to see one on opening night again.

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    1. Jessie, I cannot remember the last movie I saw one on opening night. I'm guessing at least a decade ago! We usually finish the movie at another sitting, but it's so much less satisfying...

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  4. My wife and I always get to watch an entire movie. It may take 3 hours to watch a 90 minute movie, but dammit! we're determined!

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    1. Good for you, Eric! There've been times when my eyelids just won't listen to me. I guess it also depends on how good the movie is, too. Some we don't even bother finishing, which is sad.

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  5. I love movies especially comfy on the couch with my hubby and sipping a nice red. Sometimes we end up finishing the movie in the mornin. Fun Fridays!

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    1. Gina, yes, Fridays are the best! I dig your equation: comfy + couch + movie + wine + hubby = great Friday nights. I can always try again next Friday. ;)

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  6. I watch movies in parts these days, watching some 5 minutes today and some 5 minutes the other day. The best part is I remember the time stamps or otherwise I would never be able to finish them :)

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    1. Ruby, sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. Or else it'd never happen! We try to watch some movies Friday nights, whether we finish or not, or else we'd never watch any movies at all! Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. This is my sister and her husband, and they only have 1 child. It takes them 3 nights to make it through a movie, if they get there at all. This is a good one - very relatable.

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    1. I'm glad to know that I'm not alone, Stephanie! It's quite comforting to hear that other parents are in the same boat. Thank you!

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  8. So incredibly true! Every word of it! My wife and I read this together and laughed out loud.....and then, sighed, shook our heads and returned to making supper for our two girls, aged 6 and 3. It is a Saturday night but, one of us will probably fall asleep on the couch early.......all because of the kids!

    Very good writing. Very accurate mirror on many of our lives.

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    1. Thank you so much, Tom! Our kids are 9 and 5, so while they are not "young" children anymore, they still take so much out of us daily. We look forward to our weekend reprieve, but many times to no avail. If by some chance we actually get through a movie, we definitely pay for it the next day. Sigh. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  9. If I want to see a movie in its entirety I have to be up very late and make sure everyone's asleep. Since I value my sleep that doesn't happen very often!!! :)

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    1. No, it doesn't happen very often here, either. We try, because movies are enjoyable quite often, but sleep is always so enticing. Ah, the lives of parents! Thanks, Susi!

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  10. Are you just using the movie as an excuse to sit back on the couch and the booze?

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    1. Oh, you saw right through me, ElGuapo! My hubs is the one into the movies (he does all the selecting and queuing), and I just want my booze. Gimme a glass of wine and he can pick any movie he wants. Win-win. :)

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  11. Maybe you should factor in a babysitter or sleepover at a friend's house? :D

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    1. Good suggestions, Draug, but that's not gonna fly with my kids! I wish it were that easy. But truthfully, movies are really just a bonus these days. 'Tis the joys of parenthood. :)

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  12. I would be blaming my kids too. This is exactly how it would happen in my house.

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    1. Thanks, Bo! I like how we collectively "blame" our children with a big "wink" on our resigned faces. This NaBloPoMo is not helping my Fridays, either. Sigh.

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  13. You used the word booze and you got that percentage correct. Good 33.

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    1. Yes, there are times when I skip the movie and go straight to the booze. A glass of red wine is good for the heart, right? :) Thanks, Lance!

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  14. Hahaha! I have a few movies I bought 3 years ago at an after Thanksgiving sale. They are still in the cellophane wrapper because time is always an issue. Unless it's a PG movie, we'd have to stay up too late to finish it. Oh well. It's not all bad :)

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    1. Exactly--too late! My old body can't handle it anymore! It's not all bad because I don't really know what I'm missing, huh? Thanks, Janna!

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  15. I've started a rule that movies must be watched over at least a two-night stint. Otherwise: No chance.

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    1. Yup. That seems to be how it goes these days. Two nights, or seven. Thanks, Trifecta!

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  16. Oh my god, I can't remember the last time we watched a movie in one sitting. Not because the kids are needy, but because the parents are exhausted. The only thing keeping me awake right now is the laptop on my knees. Oh, and the half-finished glass of wine in my hand.

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    1. That's exactly it! I'm so tired after the kids go to bed that I can't hold my eyelids up--literally! It's not like I need any help from the wine, but who can say no to a nice Friday night red? Thanks, Christine! :)

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