I couldn’t tell you how many movies I’ve seen during my life, probably hundreds of them if not thousands. Sometimes though, I don’t remember much about the movies themselves, but I can recall everything else about that day. Take for instance the 2008 sports comedy “Leatherheads.”
For those who may not remember, “Leatherheads” was directed by George Clooney and the plot focused on the early years of professional American football. The film starred Clooney as Jimmy “Dodge” Connelly, and also featured Renée Zellweger, Jonathan Pryce, and John Krasinski.
Anywho, getting to see “Leatherheads” on the big scree was quite a day for me. You see, by the early days of April of 2008, I was already in the process of moving from Boston to South Carolina. With only a couple of months before the actual move, I spent the first week of April in South Carolina looking at apartments and town houses in the area.
My girlfriend (now wifey) found a couple of places we liked, and put an offer on one place close to everything. But I guess the stress of looking for a place to live got to me, because I suffered from insomnia that entire week. At one point I even said to her “When I get home Sunday morning, I’m sleeping until Tuesday.” Fate however, had other plans.
The night before I flew back to Boston, my good buddy Laneit texted me to let me know Wah Kee would pick me up at Logan. Sounded good to me, because now I wouldn’t have to worry about catching the Logan Express. Anyways, my first flight took off at 5:45 that Sunday morning headed for Detroit. When I landed in the Motor City, Laneit called to let me know plans had changed, and he’d be the one picking me up.
But plans changed again, because when I finally Landed in Boston, I had a text from him telling me he and our friend Ali were coming to get me. I thought Laneit was joking, because surely Ali had better things to do on a Sunday. But no, she really was coming to get me, and we were all going to the movies to see “Leatherheads.”
We had a couple of stops to make however, I dropped off my luggage at my place, then we picked up our friends Boosie and Eric, and then we all had lunch at the Tomato & Cheese Co. By the time we stood in line to buy our movie tickets, I was running on fumes.
By the time Laneit fought me to see who’d sit next to Ali, I was half asleep. By the time Renée Zellweger made out with John Krasinski, I was snoring away. Eric had to jab me in the ribs to wake me up. I was in a daze for the rest of the movie. The only other thing I remember is Jonathan pryce got banned from football for life.
That was the only time I saw this movie, as I didn’t go back to watch the stuff I slept through. At the end of the day, I had traveled a long way to see one crappy football movie called “Leatherheads.”