A Trip to Paris

I love the internet.  I love that I can find any answer to any question at any time.  If I can’t find the answer, I am not asking the right question.

Although I love the internet, I am not a gamer. I don’t play any internet games at all. No Angry Birds, no Solitaire, no Farmville, but I love a good app.  (that’s Phone Applications for you non-app users) I have found there are certain apps that just make my life easier and more fun.

My first favorite app is Flixster.  Not only does it have a super cute popcorn bucket as it’s widget, but it is extremely helpful in finding movies, locations, and times.  I also really like that they use the Rotten Tomatoes reviews.  I used this all the time while Kate was at practice and I had to find something to do for 4 hours.

My second favorite app, that I didn’t need until I lived near a train, is …the Qikride app. (I like it and it doesn’t even follow the Qu rule) It lets you know exactly what time the trains are running.  It will tell you that you have “17 minutes until your train leaves!” or you can plan ahead for the next day.  I originally got this for Patrick so he would never miss the train home, but I think I like it more than he does.

Using this app, my friend Trudy, and I actually took the train from the Wheaton downtown station to the Wheaton College Avenue station once just because I was too tired to walk back from the Farmer’s Market.  Yes, it took 1 minute, but we didn’t sweat. Never mind that that particular day the train was 18 minutes late so it actually took 19 minutes to get home and we probably could have walked in less time, but that is besides the point…and we were carrying corn.

So tonight, equipped with my favorite app and my second favorite app, I ventured out.  Kate had a back to school dance so I figured I had time and Sadie needed a break from me.

I had a 3 minute train ride to Glen Ellyn.  Whew!  Are we there yet???  The Glen Art Theater was my destination.   It is an artsy theater that shows only 4 movies.  It is reeeeally old.  Here is some historical info on it if you are into that kind of stuff.  http://www.glenarttheater.com/History.htm

This is how far away the theater is when you get off the train.

This is how cute it is up close.

This is how the ticket booth still looks.

Due to my train schedule, I picked the most convenient movie based on time. I also picked the one I knew no one else in my family would want to see.  86% of Flixsters liked it and 92% of Critics liked it so I figured it should be worth the $7.  It was really kind of quirky, but I couldn’t help liking it.  It is about an engaged couple, who have different approaches to what they want from life.  Gil (Owen Wilson) wants to live in Paris and loves anything vintage and nostalgic. His fiance’, (Rachel McAdams) just wants to live in Malibu.  At midnight each night while on a walk, Gil is able to transport himself back to the 1920′s and meet all of the famous creative genius’s of that time.  Like I said, quirky, but beautiful and seemed like the perfect movie to watch in an old theater that also just happened to be built in the 20′s.

So I may not have gone to Paris tonight, per se, but it really was a fun little trip.  The first of many I hope to share with you.  ….. now I really, really, really want to go to Paris.

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