Recreating that “Movie” Experience

When it is party time at my house, out comes the popcorn maker. It sits on the built-in soda fountain. When I created my home theater, I went all out. Because I have the facilities, I have movie night several times a month. People beg me to be invited. It is all about the film for me. I have a vast collection including some rare ones that haven’t been seen for a while. People trust my judgement that it will be a good choice. Sometimes, I offer a second feature if we get started in the afternoon. Then there is time for snacks and my famous home-made popcorn. I have learned how to make the best in the neighborhood and to flavor it with everyone’s favorites such as butter, caramel, chocolate, nuts, cotton candy, and peppermint. I take pride in my concoctions and can make a special order to taste. The flavors are lined up in matching canisters, carefully labelled so guests can easily make their choice.

People wonder what is special about my popcorn. Why it tastes so authentic. It has a fresh carnival taste as if you were right there as it were being made from scratch. I thought long and hard how to recreate the real nature of festival popcorn. I wanted to go well beyond what you get at most movie theater chains. The stuff is loaded with chemical-laden butter, which is mostly cholesterol-building oil. I wanted something pure and healthy and arrived at the ultimate solution. I installed a water filtration system after reading about them at Home Water Health. Now everything I make at my soda fountain tastes good. It is as if I gathered the water from a nearby fresh water stream. Why didn’t I think about this before? Now I make coffee for the late nighters, and it tastes great. Pure water is a luxury that we should all have. It isn’t that costly if you look around on Facebook for more info, and you can limit yourself to a modest system. I can see bathing in filtered water and washing my face without splashing it with pollutants. It is one of the newest ways to ensure good health. You can drink it in lieu of expensive bottled water and make up for any outlay of funds. You have to attend to it, but it is well worth the effort.

There are dozens of reputable companies in every area and they advertise on line. They will give you a free estimate and explain how the reverse osmosis process works. You feel you are updating your house and giving it more resale value. For now, it is beneficial to me and serves my guests well. Movie night is always popular, popcorn or not. It wouldn’t be movie night without it so I make sure that plenty is on hand. I have to convince people who grab for a bottle of water to quench their thirst and steer them to the tap. After a little explanation, they get it and I have most of my friends “trained.”

Almost Needed a Life Raft

I pride myself on a superior film collection. Most weekends you will find me in front of my home theater screen watching an old favorite. If you are lucky, you will get invited. I have great equipment and spent whatever was necessary to get quality parts. I researched everything carefully and sought the best prices. Everything is state of the art. A recent occurrence, however, put it all in jeopardy. Water is the enemy of wood and electronics. Don’t let any get near your valuable stuff. There is no remedy or instant solution I know of. The wood may warp or show stains while the equipment goes on the fritz. It is a nightmare situation so check your roof before the next storm. I know this for a fact after having a bit of a home flood for another reason. Rain was not the culprit.

The old water heater in the room adjacent to my home theater broke and leaked big time. I should have bought that tankless model I saw on Water Heater Watch. Because I didn’t, water seeped from its storage area and ran seriously close to my speakers since they are placed on the floor. I rushed to mop up the old-fashioned way. I joked with my friends on Twitter that I had almost needed a life raft. Fortunately, I had a large dry mop and bucket set in the garage. I had the foresight to buy some essential accident clean up supplies a few weeks ago. Take a tip from me and get this stuff. You never know when you will need it.

After ridding the floor of all traces of water, I went into quick action to save the day. I rented some large fans to dry the area more thoroughly and to dissipate any lingering residue. I kept them on for an entire day. Then I had the task of replacing anything that didn’t work. After doing a trial run with all my equipment, and a close-range inspection, I found only a bit of dry wood on the trim of my speakers. I didn’t need to buy new ones, only replace the trim. This wasn’t a major expense for which I was very grateful.

After the flood, if you can call it that (it was more “leakage”), I wanted to celebrate and so I invited some friends over for a new movie viewing. They all came loaded with cases of beer and a few bottles of chilled wine. I provided cheese, crackers, and assorted other snacks. I was indeed a happy camper. It could have been a lot worse. My friends know how I feel and offered appropriate remarks. “You lucked out, dude.” “Not a trace of water!” “Your quick thinking saved the day.” I got the message. I had just missed a major catastrophe. They had all loved the bit about the life raft when I called them, and one joker brought one over to make us smile.