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RIDING SOLO...


The day had been a lousy one. Broken promises and disappointments. Difficult clients and evasive debtors. I was generally in a foul mood. I'd just gotten home and rushed up for a bath and a quick meal. I look at my phone and no missed call, no messages. Totally annoying, I left my phone an hour ago and in my head when I got back to it I would have at least eight missed calls,two texts and six BB messages. But Alas, nothing. Not even one of those annoying messages from my network. I scroll through bbm updates, nothing new or interesting. Yawn. I check my credit balance and I have over 
2k credit on my phone, however I have no one to call. It's barely 6pm and I'm already feeling this way. Suddenly a light bulb goes off in my head and I get a brilliant idea to go see a movie. So I go get dressed. I look in the mirror and I'm "second look worthy". I smile, get into the car and head for The Palms, to see a movie, alone, again! 

       Upstairs, I stand on the cue. It's a Wednesday so it's more crowded than usual. Apparently a lot of people want to take advantage of the cheap tickets. Don't look at me, I'm here purely by coincidence. I go get my popcorn and drinks and then head for the movie room excitedly. About to get to my desired seat, I hear a voice whisper my name. " psst. Thelma! Hi!". It's my former classmate whom I last saw at her wedding nine months ago. We blew customary air kisses and I kept it moving. The movie was a romantic comedy. My absolute favorite. I sat in my seat, happily munching on my popcorn and gulping down my coke. Every five minutes or so I'd go " aawwwwwww" "nooooooo" "yesssssss" "aaaawwwwww" and on and on. Then of course the excited laughter, the clapping of hands (covers face) and the mild sobs... The movie ends and I get up happily, satisfied but with a wistful look on my face (when will that love story be mine) I walk out, alone, as usual, heading for a quick drink at Double Four, where I shall plot the rest of my evening, when I see her, my former classmate. Again she calls my name and I walk over to her, stretching my neck to give Hollywood/Island kisses she suddenly leans back with an alarmed look in her eyes, "You came alone?" She asks incredulously. Here I am, neck stretched forth like a tolotolo. I'm not sure what to say or do. So I compose myself and smile saying yes. Then as though its a little too much for her to take in, she reaches for his hand, like she needs support, he holds her close and its then I notice the bump. "Yes I came alone. There's nothing there nau" I say, trying to convince her, and me. "Babe you're strong o! I could never do that. I can't even trying it". Maybe if she isn't  sporting that cute wedding ring, and the cute husband and the cutest baby bump I won't have feel so affronted, but I do. "I always come to the movies alone. I don't see anything there" I say, really because I know not what else to say, and besides its true. Holding tighter to hubby's hand, with that same incredulous look in her eyes, and a little bit of pity, she nods in understanding but leans back a little, lest I infect her with my .... Whatever. ( I lack words). We say our goodbyes. 
     Suddenly I lose interest in everything. Suddenly I'm tired. Suddenly I'm slipping into depression. I decide to head back home. As I drive home I can't help but wonder, is that how people look at me when I go to see a movie alone? When I laugh during a funny scene do they shake their heads questioningly, wondering what I have to laugh about? Do they sometimes think I came here in hopes of meeting "the one"? (They'd be half right if they did). So many questions. I remember some months back I told someone I was going to the movies and his reply was "Alone? What kind of miserable existence is that?". My friends and I discussed this last week and they agreed I was absolutely bonkers to do that, one went as far as begging me not to do it again, please. 
      I honestly don't see anything wrong in it. Even when I'm in a relationship I occasionally go to the movies alone, there are some movies I know my partner just won't fancy and I don't want to have to lean over every ten minutes and assure him that the movie would soon be over. Is there really anything wrong with it? Have I been embarrassing myself all this time? Do you go to the movies alone? Let's talk. 

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  1. i go to the movies alone when my thoughts are clouded n just need to be alone o. theres nothing wrong in going to see a movie alone jor. once in a while, you need some 'me time"

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  2. I go to the cinema alone oh!!! I LOVE it that way.

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  3. LOL! Thank God! It feels good to know I'm not alone.

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  4. The best way to see ANY movie in my opinion is ALONE!!!! Nobody to lean over continuously to ask, "what are they saying", "so he's dead now abi?", "oh I've seen this movie before, the babe is actually an alien from Planet B-6-12". So puhleeze, if seeing a movie alone is weird, call me Gunzo!!!!!

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    1. Yoko you're sooo right. I went to see Thor last week with someone and I had to explain what was going on every five minutes or so! I almost burst out in tears!

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  5. I see movies alone all the time, it's usually cos I wanna kill time so I don't get into traffic but I also find out that's when I concentrate better. I'm quite impatient with dumb blondes that I have to explain everything to and they still don't get it. It makes me miss more than half of the movie and then I find myself going to buy the DVD so that I can watch it again without the whispers.

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  6. There is nothing with it at all. there's always fun in that hall. even if you went alone thoughtfully you will come out with a smile coz your sorrow will be taken away either by the movie or the atmosphere on the hall. d@kween

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  7. @ Yoko n T: d 2 of u get it! I see movies alone all the time biko! Even when I'm in a relationship. My best time is wen I get 2 be d lone person in d cinema sef. Besides, some people are not movie goers like at all! (My ex 4 1. Guy fell asleep wen I dragged him to watch Law Abiding Citizen!) So wld I miss out on having smthing fun 2 do just cos I get 2 do it alone? Am I a toddler that I hve 2 hve sm1 dre 2 watch me? Can't movies jst be smthing I actually like doing on my own? Besides I'm 1 of those people who actually yell @ d screen on occassion*hides face* Now I can't well do dat n maintain my babe status now can I?

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  8. Told my bf I went for dinner alone and he was like wa (in british accent. Baby how can u...blah blah blah. We really shud be friends dear

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