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Shobhit and I did something socially last night that was a bit new: for the first time, after a few months of considering it but never quite getting there, we went down to the condo complex's biweekly "Action Movie Night" in the small movie theatre we have. It's hosted by a guy named Tony, who we only just learned has lived literally in the unit right next to ours on the fourth floor of the East building, since 2011. He also heads the Social Committee on the Board, so we heard him talk briefly at the HOA Annual Meeting earlier this month, but we didn't realize how close his unit was to ours. He and his wife are right on the other side of the west wall of our living room.

There is a plastic slot on the wall in our elevators now, for notices, and it's only been within the past few months that one advertising these "Action Movie Nights" have been posted there. So, it felt like a fairly new thing to us. Turns out, as we learned last night, the only thing new about it is their extending it to invite the rest of the condo complex -- apparently it started as just a personal "Guys Movie Night" with Tony and some friends of his who don't even live in the building. In fact, last night, there were three such people there: two friends and a guy who was apparently his cousin.

I can't remember any of their names. Besides Shobhit and me, there was just one other guy there from the building, an Asian guy whose name I also can't remember. He works for Microsoft so he and Shobhit had a bit to talk about.

We were asked to bring some beer so Shobhit brought a six-pack of Dos Equis; he made us our own dinner of quesdadillas (quite tasty too) to eat before going down, figuring whatever food might be provided would likely have meat. There was a pizza with half of it vegetarian, but Shobhit wouldn't eat that just because their slices touched slices with meat on it. I don't really get that and I would have eaten a vegetarian slice, but for the fact that I was already rather full from dinner.

I guess this movie night has evolved in a couple of ways. It originally started as movies to watch with Tony and his friends without wives or girlfriends -- action or other types of movies their partners would not tend to be interested in. So, Tony referred to when Action Movie Night was originally called "No Partners Movie Night," or something like that, but then they decided to change the name to make it broader and more welcoming. In any case, Shobhit and I may have been the first gay people in attendance, and God knows I was the girliest person there. That doesn't mean I don't enjoy action movies per se.

In fact, Tony's cousin was the designated person to choose what movie to watch, and he brought three choices for us to vote on: Hell or High Water (which I would have preferred); 3:10 to Yuma; or Aliens. About half of us voted for Aliens, which was what Shobhit voted for. I love that movie, but I just watched the entire original four-movie series with Laney less than a year ago, in that very theatre. But, whatever. It was fine.

Tony made two batches of popcorn. He said they had never run out of popcorn before, but I guess he underestimated Shobhit's and my appetite for popcorn. (We each shared only two small bags of it anyway; it's not like we hogged it all.) Aliens is a long movie, two hours and 37 minutes, and it took a while before it was even started. I nodded off a few times, I have to admit. But, I'm glad we went, and we likely will again.

The calendar event on the condo complex's website even includes a link to a full list of the movies this group has watched, dating all the way back to fall 2012. They told us the size of the group has varied, as small as Tony and just one friend, or in some cases actually filling all the seats in that 14-seat theatre. Last night was mid-range, with half the seats filled: seven of us. I was mildly amused that Shobhit and I were the only two people sitting in seats right next to each other. To be fair, when I'm in there with, say, just Laney, we always sit at least a couple seats away from each other too.

Oh! That list does serve also to remind me of people's names. The other Braeburn resident's name is Joe, which I remember because he said he had brought Source Code once, and there's his name next to that title. I suppose the other three guys must have been . . . well, I actually don't know. There were the two friends and the cousin, and there are more than just three other names on that log.

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There's not much else for me to tell you, since we had just about 90 minutes to finish preparing and then eating dinner before we went downstairs for that movie, and when it was done, I went pretty much right to bed.

Anything interesting happen so far today? Not really. No, I take that back: Kibby said something really nice to me this morning. We were sort of reminiscing about the years we've both worked here -- she was hired in May and I was hired in August of 2002. And at one point she said, "Well, I've enjoyed working with you these fifteen years." I was almost taken aback. "Well, thank you," I said. "The feeling is mutual!"

There has been a pretty good amount of turnover in that time, which now that I think about it is to be expected. Fifteen years is a pretty long time. In fact, and I don't think I realized this until now, Kibby is one of only three people still in the Merchandising Department who were also in it when I was first hired. The other two are Joe, the Produce Merchandiser; and Jeff, the Beer and Wine Merchandiser. The twenty other people now in the department all either started working here or came to the department from some other part of the company after both Kibby and I started. A few of them have been here many years, to be sure, but only two of them have been here longer than Kibby or I have.

I talked a fair amount about the job security I feel here, and have felt for a long time. How rare that is for many people is not lost on me. I feel grateful for this job on a constant basis. This amazing new location as of last year is really just icing on the cake.

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