a slice of calm

I saw Minions: The Rise of Gru last weekend and it was one of the most comforting things I’ve done in two years. It was at a local CinéBistro. I was with loved ones. We were greeted in the most royal fashion by a line up of about eight servers, hands folded in front of their bodies and fully at attention, as we and the other guests walked into the theater. This is the second time I’ve walked into a theater since 2019. The last time was Top Gun (and that was amazing). We found our seats and a royal attendant came right after we sat to inform us of the process of ordering, how they bring everything out until the movie starts, and that you must go to the bar during the show if you want more drinks.

We ordered everything at once. The popcorn comes with free refills and they will bring out two enormous white, angular bowls at once if you choose to order the refill. They even have popcorn pedestals they bring out and place ceremoniously in front of you. I ordered the Chicken BLT sandwich and fries – truffled, of course – and Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, the most refreshing summer libation. I can’t forget the two sides of BBQ sauce, my favorite condiment.

They brought out the wine within a few minutes and the other drinks for those in my group. The staff worked together as a well-oiled machine, continually checking on us throughout the 30 minutes before the show and delivering food here and there. The food came quickly and I was pleasantly surprised at how nice the plating was … for a movie theater.

Once the lights went down, we were all cozy in our oversized chairs, good food within reach, and at ease with the luxury of shutting out the chaos of the real world for a couple hours. The entire experience felt like a warm hug.

You might want to say “But, Channing, I see Thor on the movie screen”. Well, I took that sweet shot of the Thor trailer because I know you like eye candy. I hope you have something like a warm hug in your life right now. xoxo

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  1. I love it and I love the warm hug!!! Don’t forget next week, Tuesday, we get to give each other hugs! ❤️🥳🎉🎂

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. Wow, you’re back! FIRST, I have to say for 2 minutes I read it as A SLICE OF CLAM (no joke). I’ve never seen food look like that at a movie theatre. I just watched AVENGERS END GAME and that’s why I thought Thor was present. Minions bring joy. Hope you post more often when you feel it.

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