Superhero battle flattens wallet and Cleveland streets

Posted in Mom Stuff
by Jennifer

It was a blockbuster last weekend in the Webb household.

Ever since we visited the set a couple of times while “The Avengers” was being filmed in Cleveland, our kids have been clamoring to see the movie.

And on Sunday, our calendar cleared — just barely — to allow a window for all of us to be in the same place at the same time to see the finally movie.

So off we went, directly from church, to see the 1:20 p.m. show at Medina’s Regal Cinemas. This allowed just enough time to hurry back home after the movie let out to meet up with our neighbors for a cookout.

The rushed schedule meant that our Sunday lunch would be popcorn and drinks at the theater. We wanted to hit a matinee and had two free passes in hopes to keep the costs down some.

In spite of this, five tickets, seven drinks and a large tub of popcorn later, our wallet was still $71 lighter. Yikes! That hurt more than a punch from the Hulk.

The movie was fun, and we especially enjoyed the banter between the superheroes. We got free refills on the popcorn so everyone ate about as many kernels as their tummies could handle. I mean, it was lunch after all. [Bad mother!]

At two hours and 20 minutes, the movie was a bit long for our 4-year-old son, who — after polishing off much of his drink before he accidentally dropped the cup on the floor — had to go to the potty five times. We ended up improvising the final two times and, ahem, creatively recycled his cup. Don’t judge us! It’s not every day you get to watch the big city to the North get bashed, smashed and destroyed on the big screen.

In what can only be best described as a moment of insanity, my husband agreed to “ride” along with our oldest daughters that same evening as they took her Jeep to the Blue Sky drive-in in Wadsworth. The double-feature bill had “Battleship” (which my husband absolutely loved as he is a sucker for those epic summer disaster flicks) and “Dark Shadows.”

Ironically, the reason for going to the drive-in was because the girls wanted to see “Dark Shadows,” but it was the second show, and about 20 minutes into it, the girls were sawing logs in the back of the Jeep. So my husband toughed it out in a soccer chair nearby and watched it alone.

The price for this snoozefest for the girls — and my husband, who actually watched both movies — $18.

So, I guess I know where we will be headed this summer to see “Batman” when it comes out next month.

I just have to remember to bring the bug spray and a comfy pillow.

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