Luckily, I took a closer look.
To my surprise it contained two numbered tickets with Becky and my name on the back for the Arizona premiere of Twilight. We were told to keep the event confidential until after it had occurred...and that formal attire was recommended.
So, tonight Becky and I got all gussied up and went out for a delightful evening (see Becky's review here). We ran into a bunch of our old Glendale friends from back in the day when Stephenie and Poncho were both our friends and neighbors (same Ward. I served in the YM with Poncho).
It was really fun to see a couple hundred people in the theater all decked out in their finery. They even had a red carpet leading into the theater. At the door they gave us a bunch of gift cards to redeem at the concession stand (p.s., I learned that it is pretty easy to blow $30 bucks at a concession stand). Once inside, Stephanie was there to greet everyone and take pictures. She immediately ran up and gave Becky a really big hug as soon as she saw her.
As far as I know we were among the earliest audiences in the world to see this show (the Hollywood premiere and press screening, before us). It was only Pancho's second time, after the Hollywood premiere. It was their son Gabe's first time.
My review: I can't possible review this film objectively. I suppose my super abbreviated review is that it was better than I expected it would be AND that it was more faithful to the book than I thought it would be. But this is where it is hard to be objective: because it was pretty faithful to the book, I know that I was mentally filling in any blanks that the film mayhave left out. For example, when the waitress is serving Bella and Edward in the restaurant, I'm mentally filling in the dialogue that is going on in her head that Edward is hearing...but the film never shows this or tell us that it is happening. I just know it from the book.
So, if you liked the book, I think you will like the film. If you haven't read the book, I don't know how you will like it...that is the part I can't be objective about. I can't un-know what I know about the story.
We talked to Stephenie and Poncho after the showing, congratulated them and thanked them again for the invite. I also told Stephenie that whatever hand she had in the soundtrack, that I liked it a lot.
Look for Stephenie's brief cameo in one of the diner scenes. She's sitting a her laptop writing and orders a veggie burger. Our audience got a big kick out of that scene.
All in all, a very fun evening.
To any of our other current of future famous friends...please invite us to your premieres as well!
P.S. Last week I think we broke some kind of Stephenie Meyer reading record in my household. I was reading "The Host", Becky was reading "Breaking Dawn", Madison re-read "Twilight" and then read "Midnight Sun", and Savanna re-read "New Moon" and "Eclipse" and "Midnight Sun". Crazy!
SEVEN years ago (soon after the 9-11 attacks, and the same day that the U.S. started the war in Afghanistan) President Hinckley gave a talk entitled, “The Times in Which We Live” in which he referenced Pharaoh’s Dream. You remember, Donny Osmond sang about it…the one that talks about SEVEN years of plenty followed by SEVEN years of famine.
I noticed that Elder Packer also referenced Pharaoh’s Dream in the Arizona state-wide stake conferences a couple of weeks ago.
Article II of the U.S. Constitution states:
No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.
So, I guess that means the balls in my court now.
Credit goes to Emily for reminding me of this forgotten bit of civics…if only I had remembered earlier! Perhaps I could have been the one announcing who my new White House chief of staff would be this week!
I was feeling pretty smug on Tuesday, since I had thrown a fairly substantial pile of coinage into the market on Monday.
Wednesday and Thursday haven’t been as much fun.
My last foray into non-401k investing – March 2000, 100% internet stocks – was a complete disaster (the portfolio lost over 90% of its value). So, if I offer you any investing advice, like this, you can simply respond, “Thanks, but no thanks”.
I have only done a few races in the past year (Desert Grande twice, Mesa Turkey Trot 10k, & Payson Sprint Triathlon), but this is the first one where I haven't felt like I was going to die before I made it to the finish line. The 2008 Turkey Trot is in a few weeks and then Ragnar in February.
I just wish I could go faster...
Feather in the Wind is a great song. Becky and I had the pleasure of hosting Mindy and her husband Ryan while they were in town. Great people. We had a really good time getting to know them better.
And that is Jacob petting an 18 foot long python. The owner said they're deadly to humans at 9 feet and beyond. This thing was ridiculously large!
* Amazing that an otherwise deadly animal can be rendered harmless with $0.25 worth of black electrical tape.