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A Day At The Movies.

Tony Dickson was a poor man without education. He married a woman of the same standing and through the years they were blessed with 9 children which did not make things any easier.

Then a distant relative died and left him a few thousand Rand. Not enough to change his life permanently but enough to improve things at home a bit.

After long deliberation he decided to take the whole family to the movies as none of them, himself included, had ever been in the movies. So off they went.

He bought 10 tickets – the latest arrival could still go in for free – and forked out enough to buy a color TV. After a while he returned to the ticket office, clearly agitated. He purchased another 10 tickets.

“And tell that guy at the door”, he said, “If he tears my tickets in half again I’m going to knock his block off.”laugh

I would not have found this as funny as I did, was it not that I remembered how upset I was about the torn tickets the first time I went to the movies with my mom and dad. I must have been about 4 at the time and I troubled my dad about it all the time until he took me out to the toilet and explained the process of access control to me.professor

Only then I was subdued. I was really scared that they would throw us out because of the torn tickets.help

I cannot remember anything about the movie other than the blond leading actress. Could it have been Doris Day or Marilyn Monroe? I don’t know; the man at the door made a much bigger impression on me.doh
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Enjoy what is left of this day.wave
We had another sunny day. Two in a row!yay

Comments (56)

Mimi1973
Wow Bob, I'm impressed! You still remember things that happened when you were 4??
wenever
hi Catfoot,,good one. I seen on a show once a man went to a night club and they stamped is wrist with a marker...after the night he went home and would not was his wrist thinking he might get back in free the next night....I wonder if it worked rolling on the floor laughing have a great day my friend cheers
Catfoot
Hi Mimi
Yes, I have a very vivid memory of things that happened much earlier. Like the time when I played with the matches and set fire to the grass fields behind us. And also cutting my 18 months younger brother's hair when he was still sleeping in a cot. I cannot actually remember the cutting part but I remember the spank I got on my bum.
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Catfoot
Hi Wen
I don't think so. I believe they use different colors and you would have to wait a few days before trying to use the same stamp again.
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wenever
thanks for telling me,,,i was thinking about trying it rolling on the floor laughing rolling on the floor laughing rolling on the floor laughing
Catfoot
Wen
At our age I don't think we go to clubs where you get stamps on the wrist.
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velsix
I'm amazed Cat how some of us of mature years can remember things so far back and yet are incapable of remembering why we came into a particular room.
I went to Germany when I was 6 weeks old with my Mum and Dad and I can remember having to lay on a 'Camp-bed' during the day at 'Kindergarten', I could only have been 3/4.
Old memories seem to re-emerge with little effort whilst events during the day disappear so quickly.

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Hi Cat, handshake

yea, nostalgia...i always bought tickets for Marilyn Monroe´s movies ... 10 times at least grin: i am sure it was about the story, but they were more chesty as well.. ::laugh:

hope you are wellwave cheers
Gentlejim
Hi Cat,

You brought back memories when you said you set fire to the grass fields behind you. I had a burn barrel in my backyard. There was about 80 acres of grass behind the yard. One Sunday afternoon, I decided to burn some cardboard in the barrel. I forgot to put the screen over the top. A couple of sparks got out and set the grass on fire. I burned the 80 acres.thumbs down

Needless to say, the fire dept was very unhappy with me and I got fined a couple hundred dollars! moping sigh So we all learn.comfort
Catfoot
Hi Velsix
Never a truer thing said. I have to write things down - and still forget about it, but the things of my childhood are engraved in my memory.
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Catfoot
Hi Boggie.
Was it all different movies or did you watch the same one several times.doh
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Mimi1973
The earliest memory I could recount....yes! I was 6 and didn't get to follow my 14 year-old aunt on her school field trip. I was so angry with her that I took her favourite shirt and slashed it with a pair of scissors!

The punishment that followed suit, I remember until today. My grandpa made me knelt with a cockle shell on each knee. Ouch! Ouch!! He lighted up a joss-stick. I was only allowed to stand after it had finished burning, and it took one hour. grin
Catfoot
Jim,
I don't remember what my mother was doing at the time. My younger brother could not walk yet.

I did not come across the matches by accident. It was put kept out of my reach. I planned to get the matches.

I still remember so well standing on a chair getting to the matches and then striking them in the dry grass. The match burned my fingers and I dropped it and when the grass caught fire I spilled the contents of the box trying to put it out. I can still remember the panic as the matches on the ground caught fire.

I cannot remember if I was punished but I do know it was a helluva thing to get the fire out. Everybody in the neighborhood ran with buckets of water to stop it.
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Zeurich
teddybear teddybear teddybear yay yay
Catfoot
Mimi
My parents believed in a hiding but we were never punished in anger. We often got a few spanks on the bum.
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Catfoot
Hi Zeurich
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Although you & I may not go clubbing anymore I see on FB today an old school friend & his wife have just flown out to Ibiza to do just that cheering banana laugh Apparently it's where they met so dancing at 5am is romantic for them, hope they packed the defibrillator uh oh laugh rolling on the floor laughing beer
bhadra
interesting story. wave so you remembered that man at the door. perhaps, he was better than that movie. rolling on the floor laughing
wallops1964
I have so many memories of my childhood and all good ones but not sure which is my first.. but I do remember them tearing the tickets in half in our picture houses too.
Love to hear about all yours memories... takes us on a trip down memory lane yay grin
Catfoot
Hi Zi
Flying to Ibiza sounds interesting enough without having to lose sleep at 5 am. It would be about enough to cause cardiac arrest. That is my best sleeping time.
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Welela
HI Catfoot, I am to warm to make any sense in the comment section today, so I just wanted to say hello, and leave it.... yay teddybear hug
Catfoot
Hi Badra,
Very possible. He represented a real threat to me and seen in the light that the movies in SA at the time was strictly English. A language I only mastered almost 20 years later. Not that it would have mattered. Even if it was in my mother's tongue, the guy at the door had my attention.
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Catfoot
Hi Wallops,
Yes, I can recall many snippets out my childhood but have difficulty in getting the sequence right. The only reason why I know this incident was the last of the three I mentioned, is that the other two incidents happened before we relocated to Cape Town while this happened in Cape Town.
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Catfoot
Hi Wel
You are indeed lucky to be so warm. We he two consecutive sunny days now but when the sun sets, it is cold. I'm sitting with a thick windbreaker and a duvet over my legs. It is getting chilly. We had a bit of snow on Table Mountain last week and that is rare.
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bhadra
Hi Cat
How do you feel about that movie? Do you want to watch that movie again? Have you ever wanted to know what had happened in that movie? cheers
val53
Hi Cat, enjoyed your blog and reading all the comments. I can also recall quite a few things of way back then, but forget things that happened just earlier in the day, or find my wallet in the fridge, after looking for it for a while.banana banana banana
Catfoot
Hi Bhadra
I do not have the foggiest notion what it was all about. I phoned my father about an hour ago and he recalls the incident but cannot recall the movie. He recons I was closer to 5 at the time but agrees that it could not have been later than 1957. We were not yet in our new house - that I grew up in - which was completed in November 1957.

Do I wish to see the movie again? I probably have. I spent a lot of time in the movie houses when I was a child and those older movies were regular features.dunno
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Catfoot
Hi Val
Ja, it seems to be a problem with our age to forget the recent things. What's the name of that disease again?
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wenever
old timer ..did i spell it right, i don't remember rolling on the floor laughing
Catfoot
Spell what right, Wen?

I cannot remember the initial task.
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bhadra
Hi Cat
Why I asked. It was because when I was very young, I had watched many movies. At that time I only understood visual. But when i grew up, i wanted to watch some movies, of which visual made impact on me.
I did not know the names of those movies, either. I had strong desire to know what had happened on those movies. A year earlier, I happened to find a movie. When I watched, i could not express what i felt. Might be it was heaven. rolling on the floor laughing After that i had no desire to watch any movie for several months. I was fully satisfied with movies.laugh May be it is also applied to you.
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Catfoot
Bhadra,
I'm not a big movie fan and have not been in a cinema for probably 20 years or more but I still watch an old classic B & W from time to time when the opportunity arises. Many times I am surprised how little I understood of it when I was a child. The language was a real problem.
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Allia1
Lovely blog, lots of great memories from childhood, but everyone else have covered my sentiments. Thanks for sharing
bhadra
Hi Cat,
True, the language was the problem. But, we could not understand many aspects because of being a child. Apart from the language, there are cultural, historical, etc. aspects that we might not have any idea. That also makes difference. I was watching sixties movies and had not clue at that time. Even though many movies had less dialogs.cheers
Catfoot
Hi Allia
I'm glad you enjoyed it. So many small things in you childhood leave a lasting impression on you. I can now understand how a traumatic experience can scar a child for life.
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Angelpepper
Bob;
...............rolling on the floor laughing
You and that men, didn't know what the half ticket means. dang!uh oh
Catfoot
Yes Bhadra
Even now that I have mastered the language, very often I don't understand the humor of other cultures and have discovered that my humor is not always appreciated by some cultures. Things we find funny in SA is not funny to them at all.
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Catfoot
Hi Angel
I was 4 or 5 and it was my first outing to the movies. My father gave the tickets to me to give to the man and there he comes tearing the tickets. Of course I was upset. I mean, how could he? It was OUR tickets and my father paid for them.
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Angelpepper
laugh Bob;
In the usa! We share our tickets with the people who work there.
It is called..." Pay it forward! or a random act of kindness "...rolling on the floor laughing
handshake Cat,,,

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