Archive for December, 2007


Cedar Park Cinemark Theater Considered Obsolete

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

I’ve always been a big movie fan. Like many Americans I’ve attended movie theaters less frequently in the last few years compared to the past, and that was before I got my new HDTV. I have the standard complaints, too many lame movies, ticket prices too high, theaters not pleasant, it’ll be on Netflix in a few months.

Still, I like an occasion big screen movie, especially action movies like Transformers. I’ve found that in our area the best theater is Cinemark’s Tinsel Town in Pflugerville. It’s a large facility, with goodsized screens, comfortable chairs, and excellent audio and visual systems.

I also like Alamo Draft House. The technical quality isn’t as good as Tinseltown, but the Draft House delivers an overall pleasant experience that is fun and gives value for the money.

I live in north Austin, so I was glad to hear that Cinemark theaters had opened a new movie theater in nearby Cedar Park.

I was able to get a date tonight so we decided to see Charlie Wilson’s War at the new theater.

The movie itself was excellent, but the Cedar Park Cinemark is an obsolete facility even though it’s been open only a few weeks. This place was a throwback to the cramped little mall theaters like Austin’s long gone Northcross 6.

There was a long line it the crowded lobby to get to the single employee taking tickets for 12 screens.

Theater 9, where we saw our movie, was long and narrow. The screen was not large at all. The projection quality was low, the screen being dim and the image noisy. The sound (no Dolby or THX certifications) was OK, but no better than I have at home.

They have 12 screens yet only two 3 hole restrooms. Ladies, go before you get there because there is usually a line outside the ladies room.

The movie was great, but the experience was not worth anything like $8.50 a person for the ticket plus five dollar popcorn. Not when I have a lazy boy in front of an HDTV with a good sound system at home.

I still like to go to the movies, but I’m never going back to this theater again. Theater owners need to provide a quality experience, they need to earn the premium we pay to see movies before Netflix gets them.

It is as if the Cinemark designers were living in some kind of time warp into the past. Hey Cinemark, it’s not 1970 any more! You movie house is NOT the only place we can go to see a movie! What Cinemark offers in Cedar Park would be marginal as a dollar house.

In no way does this facility earn a premium price. I predict that when the Cedar Park Cinemark theater closes the management will blame ‘piracy’. It’s not piracy you tools, it’s your own incompetence!


I have to say it Rob, it sucks to be you ( at least on that one day)

Monday, December 24th, 2007

For a while I’ve been following the blog of a USAF navigator who morphed into a regional airline pilot. To be honest, I’ve occasionally felt a little envy since he gets to fly for a living.

But on one particular day, it really sucked to be Rob.


None of my wives or daughters are like this

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

But I’m told there are women out there to which these words have overloaded meanings:

1. Fine: This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up.

2. Five Minutes: If she is getting dressed, this means a half an hour. Five minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given five more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house.

3. [silence]: This is the calm before the storm. This means something, and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with nothing usually end in fine.

4. Go Ahead: This is a dare, not permission. Don’t Do It!

5. Loud Sigh: This is not actually a word, but is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A loud sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you about nothing. (Refer back to #3 for the meaning of nothing.)

6. That’s Okay: This is one of the most dangerous statements a women can make to a man. That’s okay means she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.

7. Thanks: A woman is thanking you, do not question, or faint. Just say you’re welcome.

8. Whatever: Is a women’s way of saying F@#$ YOU!

9. Don’t worry about it, I’ll do it : Another dangerous statement, meaning this is something that a woman has told a man to do several times, but is now doing herself. This will later result in a man asking ‘What’s wrong?’ For the woman’s response refer to #3.


I’ve Been Everywhere

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

I’m not a big country and western fan, but I got a huge kick out of this:


News You Won’t See on PBS/NBC/CNN/ABC/CBS:

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

Iraqi oil exceeds pre-war output

Iraqi oil production is above the levels seen before the US-led invasion of the country in 2003, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

The IEA said Iraqi crude production is now running at 2.3 million barrels per day, compared with 1.9 million barrels at the start of this year.

It puts the rise down to the improving security situation in Iraq, especially in the north of the country