Elizabeth Weintraub • Sacramento Real Estate Agent: The Man Who Killed Don Quixote at DoCo Sacramento

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote at DoCo Sacramento

As luck would have it, or perhaps we should call it fate, we did not get to see The Man Who Killed Don Quixote at the DoCo theater in Sacramento last night. This is a movie that took Terry Gilliam (Monty Python) 30 years to produce. While filming on set, there were wars and floods going on that prevented finishing the picture. Well known actors, including Johnny Depp, came and went. Finally, Gilliam finished the film, but he could not find financial support to release the film. Somehow, he got a promotion to show the film one night only nationwide. Last night at 7 PM. Starring Adam Driver.

My husband was intent on viewing this movie. Why do I want to go, I asked? To see a movie by a person I don't particularly enjoy (not a big Monty Python fan like he), about a person I don't give a crap about, and in particular a movie that nobody in his or her right mind wants to back financially? But then what the hey. My husband is usually right (except when he's wrong) and maybe I would like the movie. So I bought tickets. Even offered to pay for dinner.

After all, I still had a gift certificate for The Red Rabbit that I received with no address or way to thank the people who sent it. We used part of it last year, but there was still more than $100 on the gift certificate. Even with a Manhattan, mac-n-cheese and haberno shrimp tacos on my side of the bill, we couldn't use up the money. Our waitress said there was still $39 left on the gift certificate, so I gave it to her as a tip. Oh, no, she says, this is too much money.

Just take it. Be happy!

We jump in the car and head across town. I tried to explain that my husband should take the freeway, but no, he decided it was a straight shot down L Street and he would drive the two miles in that direction. Somethings you don't argue about after you've been married for 20 years, and routes are one of those things. Especially when you're not the one driving. Of course, we hit tremendous traffic. Cars backed up, honking, women dressed like hookers. What's going on?

Oh, yes, it was PINK at the Golden 1 Center. Which explains why women filled all the bars and restaurants. It was a bit eerie, no men in sight. We ended up parking about 6 blocks away to save my husband's sanity, and I had to walk in the brisk wind to the theater, when I would have preferred covered parking but that's the price I pay for matrimonial bliss.

Once inside the theater, the ticket machine was not reading bar codes correctly, so we had to stand in another line to get my phone manually scanned for entrance.  But finally, we found our way to our seats. Assigned seats. That reclined. Not all the way so you can go to sleep, though. Rats.

We sat in those seats for 45 minutes before somebody came out. "It's not any one person's fault," the theater guy explained, even though it probably was one person's fault. They just didn't know which person yet. Apparently, Fathom Events had been contacted to help download the film but it could take another 30 to 45 minutes before it was fixed, said theater guy. Which meant it could be another hour. The film is also 133 minutes. By now, it was almost 8 PM.

Did they ever show the movie? We don't know. They gave us a refund and we left. There were only a few dozen people in the theater anyway. And that's the story of The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Just wasn't meant to be.

On a better note, you can read more about my partner's episode with a blackout last night in our personal blog today at this link: How Successful Sacramento Realtors Roll With the Flow.

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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At least someone had a good evening. The waitress. Very Don Quixote like to give a $39 tip.

Posted by Joseph Domino 480-390-6011, Real Estate Made Easy (HomeSmart) 6 months ago

Joseph Domino 480-390-6011 Ha, ha, ha, yes, you are correct, the waitress did enjoy a very good evening and, although I wasn't aware of in the moment it happened, you are also correct, that was very Don Quixote-like to give her that money. In retrospect, I could have given the card to somebody else on my team but that restaurant is close to my old office and we don't work there anymore.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) 6 months ago

Hello Elizabeth - so it seems that both you and JaCi were kinda chasing windmills of sorts last night.  And you were so excited to see that movie too(not).  One has to wonder why Sacramento was chosen for its only showing(could it have been a collaborative effort between the two Adams:  Mr Driver and Mr. Weintraub?).  Some coincidences need explaining but in this case - I think maybe another Manhattan might make for a better story.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 6 months ago

Hi Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, being prepared pays off. What are the odds of losing power when you have work to do? Well, it happens and I know the feeling. 
You made that waitress very happy, it was a successful night for her.

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) 6 months ago

Michael Jacobs It was showing nationwide last night and only last night, so not just in Sacramento.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) 6 months ago

Beth Atalay It happens from time to time in Sacramento that we lose power, too. I just use my phone as a hotspot and go somewhere where I can plug it in.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) 6 months ago

Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1% Your evening, sadly, was rather Pythonesque.

Posted by Lauren Williams, CPO, Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes (Casual Uncluttering LLC) 6 months ago

With the story of your theater experience and the power outage, I ran to check my ephemeris to see what the planets were doing.  I thought there was a good chance that astrologically, Mercury was retrograde, but no, it isn't. When Mercury is retrograde there can be technology, communication and mechanical breakdowns.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 6 months ago

Good morning Elizabeth. I would have left as well. Nothing is worth waiting that lonf for.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 6 months ago

We saw Terry interviewed on Jimmy Fallon last night. While we are both Monty Python fans, not sure if we'll venture to the big screen to see this one. 

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) 6 months ago

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