Corpse Bride


I'll give you three guesses who lives in a market that gets limited release films and, as a consequence, has a chance to see The Corpse Bride today while the rest of you wait like schmucks until next week. Here's a hint: It's me.

I have a decently sized gap between my Legal Writing course (gets out at 10) and my Civil Procedure (starts at 1:30). There's a showing at the Lincoln Center Loews Cineplex at 11, so I should be able to go to class, get down there with plenty of time, watch it, and get back for lecture. This is assuming the subways decide to cooperate.

On a more bitchy note, movies in New York are expensive. The lowest price I've seen is $10.25. Also, no student discounts (which isn't too unsurprising) and, more to the point, no matinees. It costs $10.25 whether you're seeing the movie at 8 PM or 11 AM. And this is a universal thing. Haven't New York theaters heard of Price Discrimination? Theaters elsewhere don't give matinee and student discounts out of the goodness of their collective hearts; it's because the discounts make up for the loss in per-unit revenue by bringing in enough more people to compensate for it. Now, not bothering makes sense if your theater's full for every screening, but I've been to some first-run screenings around here and, frankly, they're just as crowded as anywhere else in the country. So what gives?


How did that go?

Pretty well, actually. I managed to get done with time to buy my sister a birthday present, get back to Columbia, mail her present, grab lunch from the fast-food Indian Burrito place (Roti Roll) and get to class just before the professor started. It required some mad dashing at points, but it worked out in the end, and I even managed to eat my lunch before he finished his impromptu remarks upon his time in the Navy.

I'll post a movie review shortly; for now I'm making your brownie recipe and I need to make sure I don't let the topping boil.

Speaking of, is Arrow Root the root from which Root Beer derives its rooty name? Because the topping mixture has a distinctly rootbeery taste to it.

That's a question that it's never occurred to me to ask. The only thing I know about arrowroot is that it is indeed the same substance from which teething biscuits are made, but having not tasted such biscuits in 22 years I can't tell you if it imparts a rootbeery flavor there as well.

Ooh. Ugh. I just went and dipped my finger in the arrowroot and tasted it, and I can tell you it doesn't taste like anything but gross. Root beer, on the other hand, generally tastes like wintergreen and spice, and is delicious. There is strange taste magic afoot here, Professor.

Perhaps I'm crazy. Upon looking it up (thanks, Google!), I have discovered that Wintergreen is the primary flavoring element of root beer, and arrowroot is nowhere to be found in it.

Interestingly, prior to 1960 root beer was made with an herb called sassafrass. The FDA put a stop to this when it outlawed sassafrass as a carcinogen. This makes me really want to throw my health to the wind and find a bottle of illegal sassafrass root beer, perhaps served in some shady underground root beer speakeasy, where the long arm of Johnny FDA does not reach.

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