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Off the Record

Even though most are feeling the woes of the economy, it tends to baffle me that recent movies are still breaking box-office records.

It seems as a majority we are content with going without some luxuries but still refusing to give up others. Some will go without air conditioning during hot summer weather and leave the heater as low as possible during the chilly winter months. But during these economic struggles I still see movie theaters, caf├ęs and bars full of people. Now, probably not as much as local business owners would like, but one would think those luxuries and mini getaways would suffer more severely than they are in the present state of the economy.

This past weekend, theater box offices raked in $222,302,339 in total gross revenue. That's according to boxofficemojo.com.

The new Twilight release contributed to nearly half that total number, $130,122,261 to be exact. That means we either have serious die-hard fans, or we are in need of a two-hour escape.

However, I think these small getaways are just what the doctor ordered. If you're anything like me, the money is getting tighter and the free time is getting smaller. The walls of my home are looking smaller every day as my pocketbook thins out. But if I can save up a few bucks, escape the house for a few hours and head to the local cinema or go out on the town with my friends, all seems to be well. Not to say someone should do anything above their means but a little getaway might be worth $20.

But when I just can't afford the luxuries in life, I still find a way to "getaway."

Perhaps I'll take a walk or put in an old favorite flick. Just remember, taking time for you might be more important now, than ever before. Happy Thanksgiving!

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