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Thursday, November 04, 2004

Movie Buddies

I love that so many of my friends have jobs that they love at Google, but one thing makes me sad about it.

Used to, when a big movie came out, we'd all get together and go together en masse. This can turn even the worst movies into some of my favorite evenings. The special case is Star Wars Episode 1. It was a terrible movie, but seeing it at the Grand Lake with 50 of my friends was the best. We danced in the aisles to the sci-fi selections played by the organist. We went out for dinner after the movie. We hashed through the movie. It was a truly great night. I drove all the way from LA for it.

Nowadays, most go on free tickets from Google. Sometimes there's extra tickets and occasionally I get some through the kindness of friends, but even then, it's Google's affair. It's not friends going out together. It's me joining my friends with their coworkers.

I miss going out to the big exciting movies with friends. Tomorrow a bunch of the Googlers are off to The Incredibles. I really want to see this. I'd really love to see it with a gaggle of friends. I just don't think that's going to happen. Oh well. I guess Rick and I will go on Monday night. It's playing down the street from us at the Camera 12 at 7:30. Anybody wanna go with?


  • Wow, that seems pretty unfair. I don't see that Google providing free tix to me, Paul, and Karen can be seen as the reason why 15-30 of our friends aren't having an Incredibles outing.

    For one thing, we found out about this on Wednesday. Whenever we've had group movie outings with friends they're brought up at least a week in advance. For another, each googler only gets one ticket. Unless I scrounged one up for Rachel from a coworker who wasn't going, she can't go either. Couple that with it being Friday Night Waltz tonight and we decided to see it (or another movie TBD) this weekend.

    It hurts that you vented movie frustration my way, on this blog, no less, because I couldn't score you and Rick tickets to see Spiderman II last July (the last Google movie outing).

    It really disappoints me that you're doing it again, when none of our friends made any move to organize a group movie outing, you blame my employee for a lull in your social life when you don't even bother to ask me if I'm going to see the movie with work, much less if I or Rachel would be interested in getting together with friends to see it.

    Googlers go out en masse to see movies because one Googler says 'Hey, this is a cool movie, let's do this!' and then goes through the hoops to get approval and funding from those higher up, they send emails about it, and it happens. If you want a movie night with friends, then organize! I organized the Star Wars ep I outing so many years ago. Me and 4 others waited in line overnight to get the tickets. We worked for it and we made it happen.

    It doesn't happen by lamenting the good old days and settling with 'Oh well, we'll see it Monday. Anyone wanna go with?'

    By Blogger Kevin Fox, at 9:42 AM  

  • typo: employee -> employer

    Also, I'd like to note that each of the three times Google's done this for its employees since I started a year ago (Matrix Revolutions, LOTR:ROTK, Spiderman 2, I've still gone to see the movie with friends. In the case of Return of the King, we saw a midnight screening the night before Google's opening day shindig.

    I can't speak for Karen and Paul, but I feel once again like I'm being blamed for a slight that doesn't even exist.

    By Blogger Kevin Fox, at 10:25 AM  

  • FanBoy & I want to see this too. Several friends are trying for tonight, which may not be an option for us (we're checking into some things). Saturday night after Dicken's workshops seems like a great time, to me, and I would to organize a group movie outing. While I refuse to go to Union City, there is a decent Century theatre in San Leandro and if there is another theatre that is half-way between people, I'd be more than willing to travel.

    By Blogger Zhaneel, at 10:59 AM  

  • Kev - It's a terribly self-centered view of the universe to think that I blame you for Google taking care of its employees. I don't. I just miss the grand movie outings. And humbly, it's my blog, it's my choice to vent about politics or moths or my own pure stupidity . If my joys and sadnesses, whatever their cause, do not belong here, then where do they belong?

    I had a moment of melancholy last night when Paul mentioned he was not going to be at FNW because he was going to the Incredibles with Google. No, I didn't organize a movie outing for this one. (In general, I suspect those sort of outings may be less likely to occur since half those I'd ordinarily go out with are going with Google.) It doesn't make it any less valid to miss those grand movie outings of the past. Life goes on, and I'll be dancing tonight and hopefully going to the movie on Monday or so.

    By Blogger Ammy, at 11:15 AM  

  • Ammy, I didn't say you were blaming me. It seems to me that you're blaming Google as the cause of the absence of big friend movie outings, and I disagree, and since you mention me by name in your post and allow comments on your blog, I didn't feel it was wrong to voice that disagreement.

    It's probable that I'm still ruffled about Spiderman, when I said there was the barest of possibilities that I might be able to get you and Rick tickets if there are any left over, and when it turned out that there weren't you posted on your blog about how there 'must have been some sort of snafu' that resulted in your 'evening plans being shot for the second time in a row.' That made me feel bad, but not as bad as reading you calling me self-centered because I take it personally that you're venting about your Google employee friends being the root cause of your not going to the movies with friends anymore.

    By Blogger Kevin Fox, at 11:35 AM  

  • Okay, sorry if I interpreted the post as a blame thing. I disagreed with the premise, but agree with the gist that we should have more friend outings. Next year is the next Potter film, and SWIII and Cars both come out next year too (and both have released new trailers in the last couple days).

    And, well, we should start planning now for Serenity. I think we should do something the day before, just leading up to it!

    By Blogger Kevin Fox, at 11:59 AM  

  • For the record:

    1) I adore seeing movies with you and Rick. We should do it more often.

    2) Please note that Karen and I are celebrating Crystal's birthday this weekend. As superheroes are one of the mighty cornerstones of our mutual friendship, using our free passes to combine superheroics and a birthday seems like a good idea (of course, I completely recognize that you didn't have this piece of data last night).

    By Blogger Paul, at 1:21 PM  

  • mice and I are relegated to watching only matinees together and not because of the baby either. It's because not only did I fall asleep during that Episode I outing in Oakland, but because I slept through it two more times besides. So, we've agreed not to waste our money by taking me to a movie past 8pm. Sad, huh?

    By Blogger wendy, at 2:45 PM  

  • I'm happy to see the movie tonight or tommorrow night, unfortunately San Jose and Union City are out.
    Century San Leandro would work fine though.

    By Blogger Chris S, at 4:20 PM  

  • Hey Paul - Again, so not bitter about this particular movie. I totally understand. I'm just lamenting an unforseen consequence of everyone having happy jobs at Google.

    And for the rest of you all, there will be a Big Plan for Serenity. Oh yes! There will be!

    By Blogger Ammy, at 7:37 PM  

  • How wonderful it is! Today, I had seen the film - "The Incredibles" this afternoon, my father also had seen this film in this evening. This cartoon movie is powered by Disney-Pixar.
    In this film, I love the people's sensation, scene, bugbears. The scene is so sublime.
    With the great imagination.

    By Blogger Creford, at 5:05 PM  

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