On Tuesday we had the bright idea of taking a trip to the cinema. Had this involved Mrs P I dare say the planning would have been more precise but as it was just me and son and daughter things were rather vague.
The plan was to go to the Trafford Centre, have a bite to eat at Yo Sushi then head to the cinema to watch Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Simple enough you would think except that the decision was made just an hour before the film was due to start. Even so, we decided to give it a go guessing that it would take twenty minutes or so to drive there and, assuming there was no queue at Yo Sushi, then we should just make it to the film before the ads and trailers ended.
Except we had forgotten about the lure of the sales. The traffic to the motorway was heavy enough but when we got to the Trafford Centre itself we entered the Car Park of the Damned. The normally empty overflow car parks were full which was a bad sign and there were hundreds of cars driving aimlessly about the place in the forlorn hope of spotting a parking space.
It became clear that we would not manage get something to eat and reach the cinema in time and Ms P busied herself on her iPhone to come up with a Plan B which was to see the new Star Wars film instead as it had a later start time. Which would have been a good plan except that we have more chance of discovering the Grand Unified Theory than an empty parking spot so we decided to leave.
The problem with the Trafford Centre is that once you enter there is no turning back. You have to drive around endless byroads and roundabouts to find you way to exit which took us another twenty minutes. And while we did so, Ms P worked on Plan C which was to drive all the way back and on to Cinema World in Ashton where the new Star Wars film was due to start at 15:10.
The car park there was crowded but we managed to find a space without too much trouble and had time to scoff a burger a Five Guys and get to the cinema as the show was about to start. Replete, we queued to get our tickets only to be told that it was sold out.
We almost gave up at this point as the next showing wasn’t until 16:30 but we Parrots are nothing if not determined and came up with Plan D. We spotted that Fantastic Beasts was due at 16:10 so we bought tickets for that instead and had an hour to kill.
The problem is, there isn’t much to do at these out-of-town leisure centres except eat and we’d already done that so it was a case of kicking our heels until we eventually sat down to the film armed with various flavours of ice-cream.
Having very little knowledge of the Harry Potter genre I wasn’t sure what to expect but I did enjoy Fantastic Beasts. But as I sat there I made a mental note to plan better for next Christmas. Either that or make sure that Mrs P is in charge.