Seeing The Princess Bride on the Big Screen. Also, Meeting New People

I just experienced the fulfillment of a childhood dream. You know, an actual recurring dream that I used to have when I was a kid. No joke: every so often I would dream that The Princess Bride (a.k.a. my Favorite Book and Movie of All Time) was set to reappear in the real movie theaters. I used to dream about Newsies reappearing as well [I was a little young to have seen both of them during their first released and heretofore had only ever seen them on video}, in addition to Frank Peretti writing new Copper Kids Adventure books, so that gives you a picture of what a nerdy filmy literary little kid I used to be.

ImageAnyway, tonight one of those dreams actually came true. I saw The Princess Bride at our local movie theater! Cinemark has a series of classic 80s and 90s movies running in January and February on Wednesday nights, and tonight was the Princess Bride night. Two of my girl friends came along and the theater was filled with lots of other girls and guys around our age. Everyone seemed a little giddy. I bet that I’ve seen that movie over 100 times but I had never seen it like THIS. Big Screen on a movie you’ve only ever watched on a tv screen = pure magic. Buttercup, Westley, Inigo…they’re huge! And Fezzik….he honestly does look like an actual giant! The Cliffs of Insanity are More Insane! The Ravine is Extra Steep. The Fire Swamp is Super Scary and the ROUSes are Extra Terrifying. The crowd scenes are Bigger! The Swordfights are more Nerve Wracking! The colors are brighter! And let me tell you, Inigo’s revenge scene…I mean I know what happens because I’ve seen the movie so many times, but there was something about seeing it tonight in the real theater that made me wonder “what’s going to happen THIS time? Is he really going to get the Six Fingered Man this time??”  It was also lots of fun to just gaze around the scenes, soaking in every tiny detail of the set pieces. The vast majority of my Princess Bride viewing happened on my tiny 13-inch dorm room TV, and you don’t pick up a lot of intricacies on a screen that small. But tonight I took long gazes around The Pit of Despair and saw Count Ruegen’s preliminary sketches of The Machine pasted up on the walls. I bet you didn’t notice those in your own viewings, did you? And my word – Princess Buttercup’s costumes are really beautiful.  The best part, though? Seeing Westley’s beautiful bright eyes and sweet handsome face filling up the huge movie screen. Sigh. What a beautiful evening. 


I have also been keeping up with my commitment to meet one new person every day for the next 100 days. After I posted about my project on Monday, things have been far less interesting than they were over the weekend. Monday and Tuesday were mundane workdays and on these ordinary days I don’t typically encounter lots of new people. So on Monday I said hello to two girls on my Zumba class who didn’t seem very excited to meet me in return, and Tuesday I was formally introduced to my young friend M’s boyfriend who I had seen around but never really talked to. Today I set up an exhibit in our historic house and was more in the public eye so I was around more people to potentially meet, and that seems to work well. I met a new guy moving into the men’s dorm on our campus and two new tour guides.  I also kept my appointment to meet G, who is compiling a book about the historic houses in my city. G came over to my office to talk about his chapter on our property, and he brought me a beautiful matted 16×20 B&W photograph as a gift. I love meeting new people who bring me presents! 

100 Days, 100 People

Happy new year! I have some big changes to my blog coming up soon (a new site, probably, and new subjects) so watch for those in the near future. Until then, I have my first personal goal for the year. I want to meet at least one new person every single day for the next 100 days. I was watching that video that has gone viral of the woman who was inspired by the #giveit100 to work out for 100 days in a row, and I wanted to challenge myself to grow in a positive direction too. Political commentators often remark on what the President has done during his/her (eventually within my lifetime a her) first 100 days; it seems like a good amount of time to get something important done.  It’s also been just about 100 days since my Daddy died unexpectedly, and I have been praying about having something new and joyful sprout up in my life to help me gain altitude again.  So,  I decided that I would like to meet at least new person every day for the next 100 days as an antidote for grief and a road to wonder and joy. Here’s about the project, and how you can participate with me:

Q) Why did you decide that you want to meet 100 new people in the next 100 days?

A) Because I would like to more mindful of the people around me in my natural circles of influence, because I want something fun and exciting to look forward to in each day, because I want to increase my number of teammates and friendly faces after a season of terrible loss, and because I’d like to meet some new friends. As an introvert I also need a kick in the pants to say hello to strangers.

Q) What are the guidelines for this challenge?

A) There aren’t many. The person that I meet may be completely new to me, or they may be someone who I see around all the time that I have never actually spoken to or officially swapped names. They might be a new girl at the office or that cashier at the grocery store who always wears Broncos jerseys. They might be friends-of-friends that I meet at concerts or parties. They might be people at the large church that I recently started attending. They might be the homeless guys on the street.  Babies are easy to meet, as a friendly dog owners. The only people who I am NOT looking to meet are those with evil intent towards me or general baddies – no thank you.

Q) How’s it going?

A) I started my 100 days on January 9, 2014. Today I am on Day 5 and it’s going far better than expected! I’ve met friends of friends, the director of a local non-profit who runs music festivals, and new people at work. I even met my pastor (those of you who go to very large churches get that it’s actually pretty common in these large bodies to go years without actually meeting your head pastor).  The web of interconnectedness of even these new people is astonishing me! On Saturday I met P, who works at our local consignment gear store. As it turns out, he knows my friend-of-a-friend J, and told me that he was going to J’s mother’s house that evening for dinner. On Sunday I was surprised to meet J’s mom herself – turns out she works at the other gear store in town. When she told me who she was, I asked her how her dinner with P had gone and she said they had a great time. It’s SO weird to know evening plans for a total stranger’s life! Anyway, I bet that as these 100 days progress that I’ll find even more odd connections between people.

Q) This sounds like fun! How can I participate?

A) Well, you can strive to meet 100 people in 100 days yourself. You can also help me by making connections for me. If you know someone super-awesome who you think I would enjoy meeting, tell me about them. Is your BFF a cool girl you think I’d enjoy being friends with too? Let me know. Do you have a family member who wants to know more about my historic site? Bring them over! Is your mother the funniest person who ever lived? I want to meet her. You get the idea.

I’ll keep you updated on how things are going. So far, as of Day 5, I have met 12 new people. If things keep up at this rate, I should know hundreds of new people by the time the project is over.