Dear Mike & Liza,
My favorite book of all time is the Hobbit. I have read it every year since I was ten years old… sometimes twice a year. (I’d tell you how many times, but then you could do the math and figure out how old I really am.) I have several collector’s editions of the book and wish I could afford a first edition. I can hardly wait until the movie comes out on December 14. I want to go see The Hobbit the first night the movie comes out. My husband does not read fiction, especially fantasy. He has never read the Hobbit. He always used to say he would just wait until the movie came out which he thought would never happen. Then Peter Jackson had a vision, and the future of bad Hobbit movies changed. My husband does not want to go the first night the movie is out. He thinks it will be way too crowded. He wants to wait until his birthday, December 21–a WHOLE WEEK later, the darkest day of the year (the winter solstice), and possibly the end of the world according to the Mayan calendar. I don’t want to take the chance of missing what will probably become my favorite movie of all time just to wait for his birthday if the world is going to end that day. We can do something else that is special on his birthday…perhaps a marshmallow roast.
Help us make the call.