Posted in Books, Film, Food & Drink, Tennis

Making a List

Stuff I’ve done lately:

1. Watched Crash – only it was David Cronenberg’s Crash and not Paul Haggis’ Crash Ugh.  Who needs that much dysfunction?  Besides, the movie had very little structure, it was just an endless loop–a conflagration of sex and violence.  Still have Haggis’ Crash waiting in the wings…thanks to Netflix.

2. Watched a lot of tennis at the Pacific Life Open.  One of the most fun matches was Knowles and Nestor vs. Bjorkman and Mirnyi.  Knowles plays World Team Tennis in Sacramento, and a bunch of fans came down to give “Knowlesy” support.  We also walked right by Rod Laver…a nice sighting for any devoted tennis fan.

3. Started to read Kindred by Octavia Butler, the current pick for the City of Pasadena’s One City One Story program.  My book club is talking about it tonight…I won’t finish by then, but it is a good read.

4. I balanced the checkbook.  Someone’s got to care about the checkbook…it might as well be me.  Balancing my checkbook feels like my secret revenge–or perhaps it is just recovery–from all those math classes I really sucked at.  Ha ha, teacher I can balance my checkbook.  To the penny!

5. I walked three miles this morning.  The best thing about that is that I can spend the rest of today saying, “I walked three miles this morning” to myself whenever anything goes wrong.

Finally, a Random Observation:

Everyone complains about the price of gas, but has anyone besides me wondered why milk is more expensive than gas–even now?


Posted in Food & Drink, Travel

Miss Perception

So there I am in line at the movie theatre in Beaverton, Oregon.  The sign at the box office telling what movies are showing is handwritten because the theatre is one of the very few remaining independently owned theatres.  The place is low budget and low tech.  So on the handwritten sign it says “No one under 21 admitted.”  And I’m thinking, “No one under 21 admitted to see Walk the Line?  What kind of conservative Christians do we have here?  Wow!”  I plunked down my whopping $3.75 for the film and headed for the concession stand.  It’s looking good–they have popcorn, they have pizza.  They have wine and beer!  Ah ha!  That’s why the no one under 21…duh.  Urban Oregon = a pretty nice civilization.  I was able to sip Deschutes Brewing Company’s Mirror Pond Pale Ale while watching Joaquin and Reese be Johnny and June.

Reese was good, but I would have given the Oscar to Felicity Huffman or Dame Judy.  The latter gives quite a compelling performance in Mrs. Henderson Presents…really lights up the screen.  And oh my, her costumes were delicious.

Back to civilization: Why isn’t there a movie theatre in Los Angeles that serves wine and beer?  Or is there and I just don’t know about it?