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I went to the movies for the first time in a while last week to see the last Harry Potter release. I’m one of those people who go so infrequently that I enjoy sitting through the previews as I don’t get them anywhere else. We have no cable and no broadcast television, so everything we watch is via Netflix, Hulu or Zune, and we pretty much rely on recommendations of friends. So, here we were, sitting in the theater getting the run down of what’s coming to the big screen. Time and time again I thought, “Hey, I might like to see that.” And, to my horror, almost every offering ended with a declaration that it would be in 3-D.

I hate 3D movies. Hate them. Hate them. Hate them. They are nothing but a headache inducing two hours to my brain. If they offer the movie in regular good-old-fashioned 2-D, I’ll pick it any time.

Anyone else remember going to the eye doctor as a child and having them hold up a picture of a spider that is supposed to make you jump and startle? For me, it looked like a couple of squished flat blurry spiders. That’s right, I don’t actually have depth perception that works all that well. I didn’t jump, even though my mom screamed. I was just confused. After some time on a patch and various glasses, I’m to the point where I can see stairs and make general safety judgements as I drive etc. Skiing has always been a bad idea, and it’s just recently that I’ve become comfortable climbing rocks and relying on a better sense of balance and overall health to feel confident with jumping over small chasms.

Not seeing the world exactly the way other see it isn’t really a disability–I’ve adjusted, and I can’t quite explain how my vision would be different from that of others. I know that it is but can’t erm…see it from any other perspective really. I sometimes miss when reaching for things, and I have a hard time catching balls. Don’t even get me started on the excruciating days in PE when I was asked to try to hit a ball with a bat or a racket. There’s no small wonder why I picked swimming as my sport of choice.

When I put a pair of 3D glasses over my glasses or over my contacts, I see blurry movement in shades of blue or red, depending on the moment. It flashes back and forth between colors as my eyes work to make sense of what is before me. As I try to focus and work at seeing anything, I get a headache. I took off the 3-D glasses in one movie and found it wasn’t any worse or better with the glasses on. The only difference was that I could see the colors of the movie better.

I know most people enjoy the whole 3-D experience. The gasps of surprise and awe usually clue me in that something must have come flying out of the screen, but I’m usually left sitting there speculating about what, exactly, others are seeing. I’ll wait to get most of the movies later and watch them on my home screen. It’s just disappointing to get excited over a preview and bummed all in the space of about thirty seconds.

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