Friday, June 26, 2009

Using My Old Student ID To Pay Lower Movie Ticket Prices: A Nevin Barich Blog Experience

Earlier tonight, my friend Joe and I went to see Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (Personally, I liked it a lot. Movie critics are haters. I mean, it's Transformers!! You expecting some classic piece of American cinema?). I bought the tickets early to avoid the long lines and when I met up with Joe and handed him his ticket, something caught his eye.

Joe: Hey, these tickets say "student" on them?

Nev: Yeah, I used my student ID from college.

Joe: But you haven't been in college for, like, six years.

OK. First: I haven't been in college for, like, eight years. Second: Joe was missing the point. Movie tickets today are ridiculously expensive. $12-13 to see a film? On top of exorbitant prices for popcorn, nachos, soda and junior mints? We're living in troubled economic times, and the entertainment industry couldn't care less!!

So why shouldn't I use my student ID to save a couple of bucks whenever I attend the cinema?

Now granted: The ID is falling apart, it's been in my wallet since the 1990s and it contains a photo of myself that basically looks nothing like I do today. But so what? Which is the lesser of two evils? Using my student ID to pay less to see a movie even though I'm no longer a student? Or paying a ridiculously high price to see Rambo 4 because of a mere technicality?

Besides: Do we ever really stop becoming students? Do we ever cease to learn? I got the college degree, but that doesn't mean my mind no longer excepts the wisdom known as knowledge.

I will always be a student.

And students deserve lower movie ticket prices.

It aids in the learning process.


And now for this week's:


Last year, I wrote a blog entry about how I secretly yearned for my very own handicapped parking sticker so I can park in such spaces without worrying about looking for an open space. To this day, I still get fan mail on this post. Observe this latest praise (earlier this month) from faithful reader Mandy:

This has to be the single most IGNORANT thing I've ever read! It irrates me that someone so selfish could ever stoop to this kind of thinking! Oh, poor us who aren't disabled, we have to walk a whole 5 minutes, sad. Got news for ya buddy, those who are disabled would LOVE to HAVE to walk 5 minutes! You speak about elderly people, how about the young people who aren't able to walk or have trouble walking? Did you consider them on your careless search to get a handicapped tag for you own selfish pleasure? Yes, I often see handicapped spots open. There are usually 3 or 4 on each side. Parking spots are, what, 8 feet? So you're having to walk a total of 24-32 feet? Are you freaking kidding me?! If I was your mom I would slap you across the face for being so inconsiderate. And the fact that you posted this to a public forum for the world to see as if it's something you're proud of just absolutely blows my mind. I think you are pathetic and that this post is a joke. I'm so sorry that you have to walk a few minutes, wow..that must be absolute torture. Probably a lot like the torture that paras a quads go through when they see you walking by as they are wishing and praying that one day they will be able to walk as well. This just flat pisses me off. You are a careless, worthless, pathetic jerk who so inconsiderate of others' needs that you would rather have someone who cannot physically walk, or has extreme difficulty walking, park in the back just so you can spare yourself a few effortless steps. I hope you never have to know what it's like to be the one actually NEEDING the handicapped spot, but should that day come I hope you at least remember how selfish and lazy you are, and I hope an AB takes the last handicapped spot, leaving you to struggle getting to your destination, if you can even find a spot that allows you to get out of the car.

I heart fan mail. :-) I'm gonna send Mandy an "I love" mug.


Kevin said...

Weren't you with me when I got my picture retaken a couple weeks before I graduated CSUN?


Matt said...

Ha. I do the same thing. And it saved me $200 when I bought my mac PowerBook.

Sanger said...

you should put up your college id photo on your blog. i want to see what you looked like 10 years ago.

Another Suburban Mom said...

You have mugs? What do I have to do to get one?

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