Alphabetical Movie – The Green Hornet
Geek though I may be, I’m somewhat limited in my knoweledge of classic geek culture. As a result, I approached the recent Green Hornet film unencumbered by anything more than a cursory foreknowledge of the original character.
As a result, I enjoyed the movie enough to purchase it off the bargain shelf from Target. I don’t think it measures up to the truly fantastic 2011 geek properties like Captain America but it makes me laugh.
I’m not, however, going to use this blog post about The Green Hornet to write about the movie. Instead, I’m going to use it to write about dissappointment and loss and living with the choices you make because, you see, this movie is at the center of a really crappy day in 2010. A crappy day that was entirely my own fault.
For several years now, I’ve attended a movie festival in Austin, Texas called Butt-Numb-a-Thon. Most people reading my blog know of this festival but a few don’t so here’s the brief on the event.
For several years now (twelve and counting to be exact), Harry Knowles of Ain’t it Cool News has held a 24 hour film marathon to celebrate his birthday. I’ve been fortunate enough to have attended every one of these events except the first and the twelfth.
I couldn’t go to the first one because it didn’t occur to me that I could. I couldn’t go to the twelfth because I was an idiot.
My band, The Dregs, has been doing a christmas show for the last several years and 2010 was no exception. When we sat down to book the dates for 2010, I did what I always do and figured I knew my calendar well enough to plan around personal conflicts.
Somehow, I failed to plan for Butt-Numb-a-Thon and I booked a show for the same night that the event would take place.
I reiterate that the event takes place in Austin, Texas and I don’t live in Austin.
When I realized my mistake, it was far too late to alter show dates and I’m a professional. When I commit to a performance date, I’m going to be there. Especially if the only reason I can give to miss the performance is that I really would rather be in Texas watching movies.
I considered a lot of crazy plans. I even considered taking a red eye flight following the show so I could catch the last eight hours of the marathon. As it was, I was left with the bitter truth that I’d fucked up and I wasn’t going to be able to go.
That sucked a lot. But it was going to suck worse.
Butt-Numb-a-thon 2010 began on December 11th. I’ll remember that date for a long time.
For those who don’t live in Minnesota, the 11th of December marked one of the worst blizzards we’ve had in my lifetime. Nearly two feet of new snow fell that day and the practical result was this: the show was cancelled.
So now, I was missing Butt-numb-a-Thon, which is one of my favorite events of the year and the reason I was missing the event had been cancelled.
Now let’s be clear, I resisted cancelling the show. I kept saying “the show must go on” and “it’s just snow” and said it would happen if I had to do it myself and I was performing for three people.
I was, in short, a raging pain in the ass because the weather had fucked with the only reason I wasn’t in Austin.
Thing is, it was nobody’s fault by my own.
I could have looked at my calendar more carfully when the initial schedule was made and I would have realized that weekend wasn’t going to work.
I could have noticed the conflict early enough to possibly re-schedule the show.
I certainly could have adjusted my attitude to recognize that snowstorms happen and you have to be responsible enough to cancel a show when getting there puts the lives of your cast and audience at risk.
Instead, I was a raging pain in the ass.
I’m not writing this as some sort of mea culpa for the way I behaved to people that day. I recognized I was being a jackass and apologized for it that day.
I’m writing it more to observe that we all make choices in life and frequently, those choices aren’t good ones.
Making a bad choice is really only a problem when you fail to learn and grow from it.
This year, I made sure that our Christmas shows didn’t conflict with Butt-Numb-a-Thon. You see? I can be taught.
And why did I tell this story?
Because one of the films that played at Butt-Numb-a-Thon in 2010 was The Green Hornet.