No Cell Phones, No Bathroom Breaks; Now Enjoy the Show

Putting Up With Morons &
Other Thoughts On
Movie Etiquette

Loving the Cubs... and other problems I have Mark Grissom beaverdamusa.comI am the type of person that is easily distracted.

For example, when I am sitting in church listening to the Pastor bring forth the message and someone gets up and walks out, I totally lose focus of the sermon due to the fact I have to watch that person leave the sanctuary. Then I have to guess why it is they are rude enough to get up and walk out during the most important time of the service.

Another example: I could never stay focused in school. I was constantly being distracted by other students, noise coming from the hallway, or I would just sit there and start daydreaming about things in general. I would tell you that is why my grades were no better than a C average or maybe even, on rare occasions, a B minus.

I have always had a difficult time when it comes to “blocking” things out of my mind, and being able to concentrate on what is important at that particular time.

I am not sure if it is hereditary, or it is just me. Either way… definitely have a problem when it comes to staying focused!

The No. 1 distraction I have almost causes me to lose my salvation, sanctification and any “grace” that may dwell inside of me. (My best friend Dr. Jay McCluskey, pastor of North Cleveland Baptist Church in Cleveland, says, “It’s all about Grace.”  I agree… I just do not have much.)

That would be individuals who talk, kick the back of my chair, use their cell phones, or get up and go to the bathroom during the show at the movie theater!

Most of the time, when I am privileged to go to a movie, it is a rare occasion that I may have an evening off and possibly have a date that night. (There are also times that I go by myself due to the fact I am not real good at relationships.) I just want to go to the movies, buy my ticket, get my popcorn and diet drink and go in and enjoy the movie. Is that really asking too much?

It always amazes me why people have to carry on a conversation during a movie. Those same individuals usually sit around me for some reason. The entire theater can be empty, and yet the “talkers” will sit right by me!

And then there are the “morons” who feel like they have to kick the back of my chair during the entire movie. (I use the term “moron” in the most Christian manner possible.) Is there some reason why you cannot just keep your feet to yourself? Do you people not know how rude that is to kick the back of somebodies chair?

! Can you not go to the movies and, for the total of maybe one hour and forty-five minutes, not have to check your texts or Facebook page? Do you not understand that phone is very bright and causes a huge distraction from the movie? I want to grab the cell phones out of their hands and throw them as hard as I can!

Last but not least!

Please do me and everyone else a favor before entering the theater.  Stop at the bathroom and take care of your business before the movie starts! Is that asking too much? I don’t think so. And if you have some kind of bladder trouble, please sit down in the front on the end of the aisle. It will not be as noticeable when you get up four times during the show to go relieve yourself!

As a child, I was taught before you go into the sanctuary for church you go to the bathroom first. You NEVER think of getting up and walking out during the worship service or the message! You just “held it” until the last AMEN!

Trust me, there were many Sundays where I would pray my father would end his sermon very quickly!!

Until next time…”GO CUBS!”

Happy New Year, Everyone!

About Mark Grissom

Mark was born on the north side of Chicago in 1964. Raised a Cubs fan by his dad, he never had a chance in life. He moved to Cleveland, Tennessee, in 1988. While he lives closer to Atlanta now, he will never be able to leave the religion of "Cubbie Nation." Baptized as a Cubs fan at the age of five, he has no choice but to live the remainder of his life here on earth in mediocrity at its best!

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