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But I want to watch it now!

POSTED: July 19, 2014 9:00 a.m.
Lory Kaun, Joel Samuelson/Barrow County News

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My wife and I love watching movies together.

Okay, so more accurately I enjoy watching movies while she falls asleep on the couch.

It happens. I've grown to accept it.

That being the case, she doesn't really ask to watch a movie very often. It rarely happens at all, in fact, which made it all the more frustrating when she asked to watch one about a month ago.

See, we were watching TV the other day when we caught the 2008 Iron Man right in the middle. She had seen it before, but it had been a while. 

Now I love that movie, so I was really excited when she asked if we could watch it the next night. I, of course ,happily obliged...

That was until I realized that my copy of Iron Man was missing. 

I have no idea where it went or where it is to this day. I bought Iron Man for $5 at Blockbuster not long after it came out, and you still can't buy it in stores for less than $8.99, so I was perturbed.

See, there's no way to know how long Iron Man was missing. There just isn't. I think I remember seeing it on my perfectly alphabetized shelf a few months ago, but I could just be telling myself that story for the sake of comfort. 

Who knows?

I could've lost it in moving. I could've loaned it to someone and forgotten it. I might have even let the dog chew on it one afternoon. 

That last scenario is the least likely, but we'll stick with all possibilities for now.

Until I knew it was missing, it didn't bother me that I couldn't watch it. I hadn't even thought about watching it for the longest time, but now that the option had been taken from me, it was all I could think about.

I really, really wanted to watch Iron Man, and so did my wife. 

She still does. I still do. The need to watch Robert Downey, Jr. in mechanized combat has not yet abated.

Now many of you know what I feel like right now, don't you?

You're eagerly awaiting football season. You want to see how your team does. You want to see if this new college playoff system is going to work like everyone hopes or if it will implode and prove that the NCAA still really doesn't know what they're doing.

Perhaps your team is highly ranked and you want to see if they'll live up to the hype. Perhaps your team is a perennial bottom dweller but you've convinced yourself that this is the year everything changes.

Good luck with that, by the way.

Maybe there is just one particular rivalry game you want sweet, sweet revenge in. I hear you. 

If you're like my wife, you're excited about football season because it means you get to wear your football gear again.

I don't complain. I'm glad she's looking forward to it as much as I am this year.

You see, the moment football season ended last year with Florida State hoisting the crystal football and the first quarter of the Super Bowl was over and we all knew Seattle was going to win, you were fine. 

You had had your fill and you were okay waiting a while.

But now. Oh, now. 

Teams are making roster moves and opening up cap space. The new college football playoff trophy will be revealed soon. 

SEC Media Days were this past week and you got a taste of what football season will be like.

Now, you want your football and you want it bad.

That is the price we pay for being fans, ladies and gentlemen. We get to enjoy a few months of bliss when the sports world is focused on football, but then the game ends and we have to live with recaps and highlights until spring football.

After spring football, we get that little high again where we're okay for a little bit, but it only lasts so long.

In the end, we want the real thing. In just a few short weeks, everyone, you shall have the real thing.

Before too much longer, your wait will be over. 

Until next year.

So spend some time in the next couple weeks enjoying whatever non-sport is on television. Or watch baseball. That's fun, too.

Just get ready, because one truth remains. 

Football season will be gone as soon as it begins, so cherish the days. Cherish each snap of the ball.

Also, if anyone has seen my copy of Iron Man, could you please return it?

I'd really like it back.



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