Lastnight Kristy and I scored tickets to the premier of Pirates of the Caribbean – At World’s End which we both have been really looking forward to seeing but unfortunately due to the premier coinciding with the first match of the State of Origin (not to be confused with the State of Oregon) we didn’t end-up making it in time.
We gave ourselves about an hour and a half to get into the city for the movie (a drive which can take 30 – 40 minutes on a quiet day), we added some extra time considering we would be commuting during peak hour, plus some additional time knowing the traffic would be busy since it was game night. We even chose a route that completely bypassed the stadium where the game was being held thinking that it wouldn’t be so busy… but none of that made any difference.
It took us about 2 hours to get there which meant we would have missed the first half of the movie. Given the fact that we had just sat through two hours of traffic (most of which was done in first and second gear), we weren’t just going to turn around, so we ended-up checking-out the reasonably new Brisbane Square, did some window shopping in the mall and then came home.
At the time it wasn’t so bad because it was a nice evening out doing something that we normally wouldn’t do, but today everyone has been talking about the football which has been slowly making more and more frustrated that we missed the premier a great movie simply because of a silly football game.
I suppose one good thing is that QLD won the match which is some (albeit very small) consolation.