Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The 'Ol Bait and Switch

My wife and I have a Netflix subscription, and pretty much take turns picking movies out to watch. I remember looking at our preference list and seeing that my wife added "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest."

At work today, she sent me an e-mail asking me if I wanted to watch "my girl Keira" (Knightley) tonight. I replied and said fine, since I didn't think the first Pirates of the Caribbean was all that bad.

After she put my daughter to bed, I made some popcorn, grabbed a soda, and settled in for some Skeleton Pirate action. At the beginning of the movie, it was just Keira walking around in this house full of little girls that were giggling. I kept waiting for skeletons to jump out and grab her. After about 5 minutes, I kept waiting for things to pick up. I looked at my wife and asked her if "her boy Orlando" (Bloom) was in this. She looked puzzled and said no. After a few more minutes, I realized - she got Pride and Prejudice, not Pirates of the Caribbean. And I was locked in - no escape for two long hours of this nonsense.

I suppose it could have been worse, but I clearly was the victim of the old "bait and switch" technique. In the future, boys - ask for details. As revenge, I at least get to post a picture.