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[IrishElk] The Man at the Back

Postby irishelk » Mon Dec 09, 2019 3:35 pm

Wei went online to buy a single ticket for a movie he didn't particularly want to see at a theater that wasn't the closest to him. He pre-purchased a ticket for the back row, though he usually likes sitting in the front and there were plenty of seats available there. He attended alone and sat in the selected seat through the entire movie. Why?
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Re: [IrishElk] The Man at the Back

Postby trebor » Mon Dec 09, 2019 6:55 pm

Is he doing/planning to do something illegal? Unethical? Was he spying on anyone? Are other patrons relevant? Relevant what movie it is? Or the genre? Time of year relevant? Time period relevant otherwise? Is there anything unusual about the theatre? Is it a drive-in? (I don’t know if you purchase a spot for those.) 3-D movies relevant? IMAX?

Had he recently sustained an injury that made watching from up close difficult for him? Was watching this movie research for something?
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Re: [IrishElk] The Man at the Back

Postby WiZ » Mon Dec 09, 2019 7:46 pm

Hi, IrishElk!

Is it relevant that he bought the ticket online, rather than at the front counter? Does he do anything else relevant online? Is he trying to establish an alibi? Does he want or expect to be able to exit the theatre quickly or discreetly? Does this theatre visit form part of a relevant series of events that day? Did he have a relevant change of plans at any point?

Does he actually watch the film, or pay any real attention to it? Is he obligated to do this? Is this part of his work or voluntary work?
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Re: [IrishElk] The Man at the Back

Postby irishelk » Wed Dec 11, 2019 5:32 pm

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Is he doing/planning to do something illegal? No. Unethical? Arguabbly. Was he spying on anyone? No. Are other patrons relevant? Yes. Relevant what movie it is? Not specifically. Or the genre? Yes. Time of year relevant? Yes. Time period relevant otherwise? Assume modern. Is there anything unusual about the theatre? Is it a drive-in? (I don’t know if you purchase a spot for those.) 3-D movies relevant? IMAX? No to rest.

Had he recently sustained an injury that made watching from up close difficult for him? No. Was watching this movie research for something? No.


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Hi, IrishElk! Hi! The semester is almost over, so I can poke my head above ground a little. ^^

Is it relevant that he bought the ticket online, rather than at the front counter? Not really, but probably suits his purposes better. Does he do anything else relevant online? No. Is he trying to establish an alibi? No. Does he want or expect to be able to exit the theatre quickly or discreetly? Not relevantly. Does this theatre visit form part of a relevant series of events that day? No. Did he have a relevant change of plans at any point? No.

Does he actually watch the film, or pay any real attention to it? Irr. Is he obligated to do this? Yope. Is this part of his work No. or voluntary work? In a vague ish-y way you could call it this.
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Re: [IrishElk] The Man at the Back

Postby trebor » Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:54 pm

Is it Christmastime? The fall? Summer? Spring? Is the movie a sci-fi? Fantasy? Rom-com? Feel-good sort of thing? Comedy? Drama? Horror? Thriller? Documentary? Biopic?

Is Wei’s name a clue? Does this take place in Asia? Relevant? Chinese New Year pertinent here?

Were there other people watching the movie at the same time? Was the theatre completely empty? Is Wei somehow involved in the movie?
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Re: [IrishElk] The Man at the Back

Postby Earnest » Thu Dec 12, 2019 3:06 pm

Did he book just one seat? Did he expect to be alone? Had he not bought it online would he have selected the ticket as he did in the statement? Did he pay for the ticket? The standard price? Did someone notice his presence (e.g. a good strategy to approach...someone alone seing a movie, maybe a cultural one)? Would someone have noticed his absence? Did he enjoy the movie? Was the theater the only place in which he was able to do so.ething relevant? Something not considered strange? Did he know who made the movie? Relevant his work?

Were all the "bad things" listed in the statement a value added for him (e.g. the more distant the theater the better, the more distant to his tastes the movie the better?) Did he want to go far from home? Relevant the scheduled time of the movie? Evening? Night? Afternoon?

WAG --> did he purchase just one ticket since the second one was for his little daughter who did not pay for her age? And they went to see Frozen 2 which he did not like.
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Re: [IrishElk] The Man at the Back

Postby irishelk » Fri Dec 13, 2019 12:09 am

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Is it Christmastime? The fall? Summer? Spring? Not to all, in fact! Is the movie a sci-fi? Fantasy? Rom-com? This. Feel-good sort of thing? Likely this. Comedy? Drama? Horror? Thriller? Documentary? Biopic?

Is Wei’s name a clue? Yes. Does this take place in Asia? Yes, Japan. Relevant? Somewhat; it's based on real events. Chinese New Year pertinent here? No.

Were there other people watching the movie at the same time? Yes. Was the theatre completely empty? No. Is Wei somehow involved in the movie? No.


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Did he book just one seat? Yes. Did he expect to be alone? Yes. Had he not bought it online would he have selected the ticket as he did in the statement? Yes. Did he pay for the ticket? The standard price? Yes. Did someone notice his presence Yesish. (e.g. a good strategy to approach...someone alone seing a movie, maybe a cultural one)? Not like this. Would someone have noticed his absence? Possibly, largely irr Did he enjoy the movie? Irr. Was the theater the only place in which he was able to do so.ething relevant? Noish. Something not considered strange? No. Did he know who made the movie? No/irr. Relevant his work? No.

Were all the "bad things" listed in the statement a value added for him (e.g. the more distant the theater the better, the more distant to his tastes the movie the better?) No. Did he want to go far from home? No. Relevant the scheduled time of the movie? Evening? This, slightly relevant. Night? Afternoon?

WAG --> did he purchase just one ticket since the second one was for his little daughter who did not pay for her age? And they went to see Frozen 2 which he did not like. No, but great WAG.
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Re: [IrishElk] The Man at the Back

Postby Earnest » Fri Dec 13, 2019 7:56 am

Was him a spy? Did he follow someone? Counting of places booked relevant? Security exits relevant? Exits in general? Is japanese royal (imperial I would say) family relevant? (E.g. citizens were forced either to watch the movie or to go out from their houses?) Did he rather watch the movie than stay home? Had he got the possibility to simply stay home? To go somewhere else than the theather? To watch another movie?

Did he watch the entire movie? Did he sleep? Did he look at someone else? Relevant how much the movie lasted? Was he homeless? Relevant rules in japan? Freee meals inside theater? Wheather conditions relevant? Was the thater a normal theather in town? Was the movie projected in all japan? Just in such theather? Relevant?

Period of the Year: as far as I have understood it was neither winter nor fall, summer or spring right? Was it the 29th of February? Was it his birthday? Valentine's day? The midnight between one Year and another one? Year's eve? Chinese Year's eve? is it a relevant period in gregorian calendar? In chinese (or japanese) calendar? Is it the celebration of something relevant? Was he interested in what happened before the movie? After? Relevant who was present at the movie? Many people? People in general? Fampus persons? Was him a teacher and needed to watch out the children of his class? Was the theather close to something relevant? E.g. close to his place of work? Did he pre book the ticket a lot of time before? Months? Weeks? Days? Hours? Minutes? Seconds? Did he expect many people to go and watch the movie? Can we assume that he went to the theather directly from his house (and not for instance from a place in the nearby)? Was he hiding? Would someone not expect that he went to see such a movie? Relevant?
Was it the first time that such kind of movies had been projected in a Japanese theater?
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Re: [IrishElk] The Man at the Back

Postby irishelk » Sat Dec 14, 2019 4:56 pm

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Was him a spy? Did he follow someone? Counting of places booked relevant? Security exits relevant? Exits in general? Is japanese royal (imperial I would say) family relevant? (E.g. citizens were forced either to watch the movie or to go out from their houses?) No to all. Did he rather watch the movie than stay home? Had he got the possibility to simply stay home? To go somewhere else than the theather? To watch another movie? Yes to all--he was not forced to go, but had a definite reason for going.

Did he watch the entire movie? Did he sleep? Irr, possibly. Did he look at someone else? Not relevantly. Relevant how much the movie lasted? No. Was he homeless? Relevant rules in japan? Freee meals inside theater? Wheather conditions relevant? No/irr to these. Was the thater a normal theather in town? Yes. Was the movie projected in all japan? Just in such theather? Relevant? Irr.

Period of the Year: as far as I have understood it was neither winter nor fall, summer or spring right? No. Was it the 29th of February? Was it his birthday? Valentine's day? This! (Winter but not "Christmastime." :) ) The midnight between one Year and another one? Year's eve? Chinese Year's eve? No to rest.
is it a relevant period in gregorian calendar? In chinese (or japanese) calendar? Is it the celebration of something relevant? Yes--Valentine's Day. Was he interested in what happened before the movie? After? Not really. Relevant who was present at the movie? YES. Many people? Yes. People in general? Specific people. Fampus persons? No.
Was him a teacher and needed to watch out the children of his class? Was the theather close to something relevant? E.g. close to his place of work? No.
Did he pre book the ticket a lot of time before? Months? Weeks? Days? Hours? Minutes? Seconds? Irr, assume a couple days. Did he expect many people to go and watch the movie? Yes. Can we assume that he went to the theather directly from his house (and not for instance from a place in the nearby)? Yes. Was he hiding? No. Would someone not expect that he went to see such a movie? Probably not, but... Relevant? Irr.

Was it the first time that such kind of movies had been projected in a Japanese theater? No.
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Re: [IrishElk] The Man at the Back

Postby trebor » Sat Dec 14, 2019 5:59 pm

Does he have a relevant romantic partner? If so, are they also at the theatre? Is he single? Does he get a benefit from doing this? If so, a financial one? Extra points in a program? Has he traveled far enough from home for Valentine’s that going to his home theatre would be impractical? Is he streaming the movie for someone from the theatre?

I knew I should have been more specific than “Christmastime”...
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Re: [IrishElk] The Man at the Back

Postby irishelk » Sat Dec 14, 2019 7:01 pm

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Does he have a relevant romantic partner? He relevantly does not. If so, are they also at the theatre? Is he single? Yes. Does he get a benefit from doing this? Not really, satisfaction maybe. If so, a financial one? No. Extra points in a program? No. Has he traveled far enough from home for Valentine’s that going to his home theatre would be impractical? No. Is he streaming the movie for someone from the theatre? No.

I knew I should have been more specific than “Christmastime”... Very understandable, though, given when I posted it. I've simply failed to think up a good Christmas puzzle this year. :lol:
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Re: [IrishElk] The Man at the Back

Postby Earnest » Mon Dec 16, 2019 7:48 am

To be sure: can we assume that he did not purchase another ticket at the cinema? That he just bought one ticket in the back row? Relevant the reason why he bought it for the back row? Because he could have kissed someone without being seen? Because it was a more hidden place? Relevant that at the cinema it's usually dark? Relevant promotions/discounts (e.g. at Valentine's day people could purchase one ticket abd take two. Hence by pre-purchasing one ticket he really took 2: one for him and one for the partner?)

Did he look for a romantic partner? Was the movie romantic? Horror? Crime? Historical? Others? Relevant? Did he know someone in the cinema? A girl? Did he have relevantly someone in the near seats? Did he hope so? Relevant his age?

Were other people present single as well? Couples (e.g. since only couples went to the cinema, it was easier to spot that he was single. Or again, since many couples go to the cinema at Valentine's day, maybe his meeting with a girl could have been easily exchanged for a meeting of an old time couple)? People he knew? Was he single from a long time? If not, relevant the reason why he broke up with his girlfriend (assuming that he was heterosexual. Is it relevantly the case?)? Did he pre-purchase 2 tickets but then correct the pre-purchasing to just one ticket? Was he single just according to the law? (E.g. homosexuality was not recognized. Therefore he and his partner had to buy tickets separatedly) Was someone else relevantly aware of his pre-purchase?
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Re: [IrishElk] The Man at the Back

Postby irishelk » Tue Dec 17, 2019 2:12 pm

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To be sure: can we assume that he did not purchase another ticket at the cinema? Yes. That he just bought one ticket in the back row? Yes. Relevant the reason why he bought it for the back row? Yope--just relevant that he picked a particular seat. Because he could have kissed someone without being seen? Because it was a more hidden place? Relevant that at the cinema it's usually dark? Relevant promotions/discounts (e.g. at Valentine's day people could purchase one ticket abd take two. Hence by pre-purchasing one ticket he really took 2: one for him and one for the partner?) No to rest.

Did he look for a romantic partner? No. Was the movie romantic? Yes. Horror? Crime? Historical? Others? Relevant? Yes. Did he know someone in the cinema? Noish. A girl? No. Did he have relevantly someone in the near seats? There were relevant people nearby, yes. Did he hope so? Yes. Relevant his age? No.

Were other people present single as well? Yes. Couples (e.g. since only couples went to the cinema, it was easier to spot that he was single. Or again, since many couples go to the cinema at Valentine's day, maybe his meeting with a girl could have been easily exchanged for a meeting of an old time couple)? No. People he knew? Noish. Was he single from a long time? Yes. If not, relevant the reason why he broke up with his girlfriend? (assuming that he was heterosexual. Is it relevantly the case?) Not strictly relevant, but he's likely heterosexual. Did he pre-purchase 2 tickets but then correct the pre-purchasing to just one ticket? No. Was he single just according to the law? (E.g. homosexuality was not recognized. Therefore he and his partner had to buy tickets separatedly) No. Was someone else relevantly aware of his pre-purchase? Yes.
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Re: [IrishElk] The Man at the Back

Postby Earnest » Tue Dec 17, 2019 4:36 pm

Did his ex girlfriend know about the pre purchase? Nimber of free spots relevant? Did he want that it seemed that he found a new girlfriend?
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Re: [IrishElk] The Man at the Back

Postby irishelk » Wed Dec 18, 2019 12:46 pm

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Did his ex girlfriend know about the pre purchase? No, no specific ex relevant.
Number of free spots relevant? Somewhat, think along these lines. Did he want that it seemed that he found a new girlfriend? No.
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Re: [IrishElk] The Man at the Back

Postby Balin » Wed Dec 18, 2019 1:13 pm

Did he want someone (someone relevant?) to sit near him? To sit next to him? To know he was at the cinema?
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Re: [IrishElk] The Man at the Back

Postby Earnest » Thu Dec 19, 2019 9:16 am

To be sure: He attended alone and sat in the selected seat through the entire movie --> does it mean that he watched the entire movie without sleeping/kissing someone else/playing with the phone/doing something different than watching the movie?

Was someone else relevantly aware of his pre-purchase? Yes. --> was the someone single as well? did the the someone also pre-purchase a ticket? Next to him? Someone he knew? A girl? Relevant? A costumer? Did they know each other? Did the someone know about his pre-purchase when looking at the internet? Did they previously talk to each other?

Were other people present single as well? Yes.--> everyone? Just a few persons? were they looking for a romantic partner relevantly? Could he relevantly be exchanged for one of them?

WAG --> was he making a service to someone? e.g. he substituted someone else at the cinema/ was the driver of someone at the cinema? Or maybe: is something illegal going on: e.g. he knew that many single people on Valentine's Day would have gone to the cinema. Hence he expected that someone would have approached him. With this excuse he could have entered the someone's home...
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Re: [IrishElk] The Man at the Back

Postby irishelk » Fri Dec 20, 2019 5:53 pm

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Did he want someone (someone relevant?) to sit near him? Yesish, want or at least expect. To sit next to him? NO. To know he was at the cinema? Noish.


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To be sure: He attended alone and sat in the selected seat through the entire movie --> does it mean that he watched the entire movie without sleeping/kissing someone else/playing with the phone/doing something different than watching the movie? He may have done things other than watching the movie, as long as they were solitary (i.e. phone/sleeping yes, kissing no).

Was someone else relevantly aware of his pre-purchase? Yes. --> was the someone single as well? Yes. did the the someone also pre-purchase a ticket? Yes. Next to him? No. Someone he knew? No or not relevantly. A girl? No. Relevant? Somewhat, yes. A costumer? No. Did they know each other? Possibly, not really relevant--they are aware of each other. Did the someone know about his pre-purchase when looking at the internet? Yes. Did they previously talk to each other? Probably at least once.

Were other people present single as well? Yes.--> everyone? Yes, or almost everyone. Just a few persons? were they looking for a romantic partner relevantly? Relevantly no. Could he relevantly be exchanged for one of them? Not sure what you mean--like, could one of them be the subject of the puzzle instead? Sure.

WAG --> was he making a service to someone? e.g. he substituted someone else at the cinema/ was the driver of someone at the cinema? No. Or maybe: is something illegal going on: No. e.g. he knew that many single people on Valentine's Day would have gone to the cinema. Hence he expected that someone would have approached him. With this excuse he could have entered the someone's home...
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Re: [IrishElk] The Man at the Back

Postby Earnest » Sat Dec 21, 2019 8:42 am

Honor relevant? Religion/culture? Were they single by choice? Because they follow a religion/culture? Because they were widowed? Maybe they had relevant social problems?

Relation of the two: relatives? Friends? Collegues? Costumer and employee? Brothers? Father and son? Master and apprentice? Doctor and patient? None of them? Others? Prisoner and guard? Victim and murderer?

Did he want someone to sit: in front of him? Behind him? In the side row? In the next row? In a relevant row? Did he immediately recognize the someone? Did he see the someone? Would the puzzle work had the someone arrived later? Not arrived at all at the cinema? Had someone else seat at the seat number where the someone should have seat? Did the two eventually meet/talk? In secret? Did the two communicate? See each other? Seat number relevant? His seat number? The seat number of the someone? The position of the one w.r.t. the other?

War relevant? gathering people relevant? Did they talk to each other to establish the place where to meet? The seat number? Did they fight to each other? Convey something? Make a decision together? Did they have to talk to each other? See each other? Do something together? Were the two somehow "forced" to be together? Would the puzzle work had the theater been close to our hero's home? Had the movie been something he liked? Did the someone wait for the end of the movie? Left the cinema relevantly before? Did the someone like the movie? Can we assume the same hero's condition for the someone (far theater, did not like the movie,...)? If not, relevantly? Was he forced to go? Because our hero went? Was our hero forced to go? Because the someone went?

Did everyone wait for someone as well? Did everyone like the movie? Want to see the movie? Did the movie last a relevant amount of time?
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Re: [IrishElk] The Man at the Back

Postby irishelk » Sat Dec 21, 2019 3:01 pm

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Honor relevant? No. Religion/culture? Culture vaguely. Were they single by choice? No. Because they follow a religion/culture? Because they were widowed? Maybe they had relevant social problems? No to rest.

Relation of the two: FA. relatives? Friends? Collegues? Costumer and employee? Brothers? Father and son? Master and apprentice? Doctor and patient? None of them? Others? Prisoner and guard? Victim and murderer? They are not relevantly related in any of these ways. They are aware of each other and may have spoken before.

Did he want someone to sit: in front of him? No. Behind him? No. In the side row? Yesish. In the next row? Yes. In a relevant row? Noish. Did he immediately recognize the someone? He probably knew who they were immediately. Did he see the someone? Yes. Would the puzzle work had the someone arrived later? Yes. Not arrived at all at the cinema? The puzzle would still work, but what they're doing woudn't. Had someone else seat at the seat number where the someone should have seat? Yes, everyone sat in the seats they purchased.
Did the two eventually meet/talk? In secret? Did the two communicate? See each other? To all--not relevantly, but possibly.
Seat number relevant? His seat number? The seat number of the someone? No. The position of the one w.r.t. the other? Yes, FA still present.

War relevant? No. gathering people relevant? Vaguely, yes. Did they talk to each other to establish the place where to meet? If they spoke before hand, it would be for this. The seat number? They might have established this too.
Did they fight to each other? No. Convey something? Only very vaguely. Make a decision together? At some point a decision was made. Did they have to talk to each other? No. See each other? No. Do something together? Yesish--they did do something together, they weren't forced to. Were the two somehow "forced" to be together? No, FA. Would the puzzle work had the theater been close to our hero's home? Yes. Had the movie been something he liked? Yes. Did the someone wait for the end of the movie? Yes. Left the cinema relevantly before? No. Did the someone like the movie? Irr. Can we assume the same hero's condition for the someone (far theater, did not like the movie,...)? Yes, FA lurking. If not, relevantly? Was he forced to go? No, FA. Because our hero went? Was our hero forced to go? Because the someone went? No one was "forced," but the decision was made as a group, so it was expected that each would go.

Did everyone wait for someone as well? I'll just clear up the FA, because it's partly my fault in answering: someone=everyone. There isn't one other "someone," there are many other "someones."

Did everyone like the movie? Irr, probably not. Want to see the movie? No. Did the movie last a relevant amount of time? No.

Great round of questions.
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Re: [IrishElk] The Man at the Back

Postby Earnest » Sat Dec 21, 2019 3:25 pm

Ohh I see. So...flash mob relevant? Did they want the seat to be totally full? No empty place? Did they want to save the theather from demolition?

Did they made the decision to gather all together at the theather? Did they want to make a point? Would the seats have otherwise been empty had they not been booked by them? Or would someone else have booked them? Would the movie have been projected? Was it the last day/first day of the teather's activity? An anniversary? Was the movie in program? Did they relevantly belong to a social group/category?
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Re: [IrishElk] The Man at the Back

Postby irishelk » Sun Dec 22, 2019 6:12 pm

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Ohh I see. So...flash mob relevant? I wouldn't call it that exactly, but very OTRT. Did they want the seat to be totally full? No empty place? Not exactly, but very close. Did they want to save the theather from demolition? No.

Did they made the decision to gather all together at the theather? Yes. Did they want to make a point? Yesish. Would the seats have otherwise been empty had they not been booked by them? No. Or would someone else have booked them? Likely yes. Would the movie have been projected? Yes. Was it the last day/first day of the teather's activity? No. An anniversary? No. Was the movie in program? Not sure what you mean? Did they relevantly belong to a social group/category? Yes, for SVV.
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Re: [IrishElk] The Man at the Back

Postby irishelk » Fri Jan 03, 2020 12:18 pm

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Wei has purchased a ticket on Valentine's day to a romantic movie. He is single. He expected to be, and was, alone throughout the movie. It doesn't matter if he watched the film, looked at his phone, slept, etc. There are other relevant single people in the theater. He does not relevantly know them, but may have spoken to them once or twice in the past, and made the plan to be at the theater with them. He expected these people to sit near him, but not next to him. They are sort of/kind of making a point.

This is based on real events that happened in Japan.
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Re: [IrishElk] The Man at the Back

Postby Earnest » Sat Jan 04, 2020 11:08 am

He knew that they were all single right? Did the theater owner expect them to book many places in the theater? Were there also other people not relecantly part of the group that wanted to make the point? Did they want to protest against someone? Against the status quo? Against cultural habits? Was Valentine's day usually celebrated in Japan? Relevant? Did he want someone to sit next to him? He wanted empty places? (E.g. solitude) otger people (not part of the group) did he want one sit to be empty on his right and one place on his left? (E.g. to separate couples?) More than one?

Is the point they want to make about? The movies? Valentine's day? Couples? Did they want to simply occupy sits in the theater? Avoid pre booking? Buy tickets in the theaters? Was it the only theater in which such an "event" happened?
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Re: [IrishElk] The Man at the Back

Postby GalFisk » Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:15 am

Is he part of a group of single people all doing the same thing? Did they book every other seat, so no couples could and sit together? Are they protesting something that couples do during romantic movies? Are they protesting the movie itself? Something the movie theater does? Does this happen only in one movie theater, during one viewing? Does it happen in more than one movie theater?
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Re: [IrishElk] The Man at the Back

Postby irishelk » Fri Jan 10, 2020 12:18 pm

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He knew that they were all single right? Yes. Did the theater owner expect them to book many places in the theater? No. Were there also other people not relecantly part of the group that wanted to make the point? In fact, there are other participants elsewhere, but not relevant to this. Did they want to protest against someone? Against the status quo? Against cultural habits? Was Valentine's day usually celebrated in Japan? Relevant? Did he want someone to sit next to him? He wanted empty places? Yep. (E.g. solitude) otger people (not part of the group) did he want one sit to be empty on his right and one place on his left? (E.g. to separate couples?) You got it!

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Is he part of a group of single people all doing the same thing? Did they book every other seat, so no couples could and sit together? Exactly. Are they protesting something that couples do during romantic movies? Are they protesting the movie itself? Something the movie theater does? Does this happen only in one movie theater, during one viewing? Does it happen in more than one movie theater? Yep!

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In Japan, Valentine's Day is a big celebration, but it has also become common for single people (mostly men) to protest the couples-focused holiday, and interfere with traditions. One year, a large group of men planned a sit-in of movie theaters playing romantic films, where they each pre-purchased spots one seat away from every other guy, in a chessboard pattern throughout every theater; that way, no couples could go see a movie and sit next to each other. Wei is one of these protesters, doing his part. A little mean-spirited, but pretty clever.

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