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Theater bans babies after 6 pm

Albuquerque theater bans babies from certain shows after 6 pm

This is interesting for several reasons. Does it mean that, after all the hand-wringing at the Oscars, movie theater owners are desperate enough for business that they're willing to exclude customers that they perceive to be a noise risk in order to retain the business of the quieter majority? Does it mean that they've simply given up on a mannerly society -- that they risk a noisier scene by asking an audience member to refrain from conversation until the movie is over than they do if they simply ban certain patrons entirely?

As for the parents, is it really that impossible to find a trustworthy babysitter? I'm not being insolent: it's a sincere question. I did plenty of babysitting when I was a teenager, and my rates were extremely reasonable.


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Mar. 10th, 2006 10:13 pm (UTC)
I know parents who are absolute freaks about babystting. I went to a Christmas party two months after F. was born and Jim's coworker asked me, looking sympathetic, "Is this your first time away from her?" I was puzzled. Not go out once in the two months of newborn hell? Are you kidding? Apparently they didn't separate from their daughter till she was 6 mo old.

Sometimes it's hard to find a teenager. I only know of my dad's girlfriend's daughter, (who have babysat before) but before then I simply didn't know anyone. I guess I could ask some church kids but we go to church in Chapel hill and live in the neighboring town, so I don't know if they'll want to drive all that way. (We use kind and understanding friends for sitting duties)

Now I just ramble. But yeah, people are more uptight about it than you'd expect.
Mar. 11th, 2006 05:09 am (UTC)
Well, we're weird in that we don't take him to movies unless they are ones we are taking him to for him to see (ie, we don't take him just so we can go).

As for the babysitting? I have to say where I live, yes, it's a problem. I don't know any teenagers less than 30 minutes away. I have no regular babysitter and believe you me, I wish I did because there are times I'd like to go out with Hub alone.
Mar. 15th, 2006 01:57 am (UTC)
Actually, finding a trustworthy babysitter can be like organizing the Normandy Beach invasion. I think it's due to how many of us live these days, especially in urban areas.

Often, young families like ours live several states away from extended family that might serve as babysitters. Here in D.C. some families in our neighborhood formed a babysitting cooperative that operated on points (babysit to get points, get a babysitter to spend points), communicated mostly online and held monthly social events for all the families. We joined when Parker was born. It was a lifesaver. We could count on being able to get a babysitter and go out at least once a month.

Our neighborhood to be has a cooperative that's been continuously operating for 30 years, and we plan to join it. But right now we're bewteen babysitters. And we did manage to go out one evening after we hired a babysitter via a nanny service. We also reconnected with a single mom from our old co-op and now trade freebies with her.

All that said, though, I wouldn't dream of taking Parker to a movie theater, and he's three years old. Taking an infant is out of the question, with all the waking up, crying, needing a diaper change, etc. We probably wouldn't actually see the movie anwyay.
Mar. 15th, 2006 02:49 am (UTC)
Re: Well....
I think the babysitting cooperative sounds like an inspired idea!

I definitely hear you about the issue of living in urban areas. A lot of us just don't make the effort to know our neighbors, truth be told. I don't know if it's fear that they'll be freaks or think that we are, feel that we'll feel some sense of obligation, or just simply precious little darned time in today's working world. Possibly some combination, or none of the above. I'm sure there are different answers for different situations.

For what it is worth, I never, ever had any doubts about what fine parents y'all would be. :) I know that Parker will never go out without an umbrella. *winks*
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