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A “Must See” Movie

A lazy weekend. After all the fruit adventures on Friday, I did almost nothing on Saturday.  I didn’t even watch fireworks. There are so many fires in the area, it just didn’t seem right. 

One thing I did do was trim back the neighbor’s bush. As you can see in the picture, its leaves blocked the sprinkler. I just went out there with pruning shears and hacked away. Ugly, but hopefully the burnt grass will be rejuvenated with a bit of water. Sunday morning, daughter and I usually meet for breakfast downtown. She was supposed to run with friends, so we decided to meet in the afternoon and see a movie. 

I had a Groupon for movie, unlimited popcorn, and drinks for two at a funky independent theater that is across the street from the vegan place we usually eat at. 

This theater is tiny; maybe seats 50 people. They serve drinks in glass glasses and popcorn in metal mixing bowls. Best popcorn ever!!

We went to see Love and Mercy, a true story about Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys.   My daughter was the youngest person there. Everyone else was in their 60s-70s. You know, people who grew up worshipping the Beach  Boys. 

An excellent movie and I didn’t even notice it was 2 hours long. Even my 20-something daughter enjoyed it. 

After the movie, we jay-walked across the street for a late lunch. As always, it was exceptional. 

We both got no-bake cookies for later. Mine was 2/3 gone before I even got home. Oats, raisins, peanuts, sunflower seeds, and chocolate. Absolutely the best no-bake I ever had.  Vegan, gluten-free.   

And that’s my exciting 4th of July. I am guessing most everyone else had more excitement than I did. Good on you!!


What’s Growing

Here is a little update via pictures of what’s growing in the yard. 

   Can you tell I like day lilies?

And here is how my big tomato plant is doing. The leaves are a bit wilty due to the heat. I try to hand water it twice a day.   And I also have a lone cherry tomato plant. It too is coming along nicely.  Look at those potential little gems.   It’s going to be super hot this weekend –in the triple digits–so I am moving the tomato plants into the shade for a couple of days. They too deserve a break from the sun. 

And here is the final growing report.   

 Yes, an evergreen tree–with requisite pine cone–has just sprouted on my daughter’s forearm. Quite lovely!

Stay cool!

Movie Day

I met some friends downtown today for our Movie Sunday. We are trying to all get together at least once a month for a movie and a long lunch for chit-chat.

Today, we saw The Imitation Game with Sherlock himself, Benedict Cumberbatch (sheesh, did I spell it correctly?). The movie is based on the true story of Alan Turing and how he and a small group of mathematicians cracked the Nazi enigma code during World War II. Historians say that cracking that code let to winning the war some two years early and saving about 41 million lives.

The following is an image of the real Alan Turing (left) and Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing (right). The resemblance alone should make you want to see the movie.
The movie captured my attention. Unfortunately there is a disturbing ending. I am now interested in Alan Turing’s full story and am seeking a good book to read about him.

On a lighter note, I had to chuckle when I went to the restroom at the movie theater. The following sign was on a stall door.
I heard a little girl, maybe 10 years old, ask what did that mean. Have I now gotten so old that a well-know expression (at least to me) has lost its meaning, memories, and history? What will today’s generation have as something similar?

Thank You Neighbor!

I am fairly certain my neighbor won’t be reading this, but then again, I am not sure it was my neighbor whom I am thanking.

Let me start at the beginning. Yesterday was the first significant snow of the season. And it wasn’t all that much — maybe 4 inches. But it was enough to have to shovel. This is the back yard (prettier view than the driveway).
Since it was snowing, then raining, then snowing all day, I decided to wait until it was done before I bundled up to shovel my driveway. Thus I read and napped away most of the day.

I looked outside to check on snow activity. Not only had it stopped, but my driveway was clear! Someone — I am assuming it was one of my neighbors — had snowblowed the driveway.

I think it was my new neighbors — four young men who moved in next door in August. I have chatted with them a few times; they seem extremely nice.

So thank you whoever did this good deed. There are good people in the world and apparently one of them lives in my neighborhood.

Watch it Wednesday – Mrs. Claus vs. Mary Poppins

I came across this video that is fairly clever and funny — but there are some naughty words; you have been warned.

Sunni Sends

My daughter is a rock climber. They speak a different language. Apparently when she stayed at my house over the Thanksgiving holiday, she gave Sunni some pointers on climbing.

Here is Sunni attempting and achieving success in climbing to the top of the empty quilt ladder. Doesn’t she look extremely pleased with herself!
Here are some climbing terms Sunni mentioned.

  • problem. The route or path used to finish a climb. This term is used in bouldering, while route is used in roped climbing.
  • send. A shortened form of ascend. Meaning to complete a route or problem.
  • redpoint. To complete a climb after previously unsuccessful attempts.
  • flash. A successful send on the first attempt of a problem.
  • bail. To leave a climb.

So, you should now know what this means:

Sunni fell and bailed; she did not flash this problem. However, she finally redpointed.

The Big Read – DONE

Whew, I just finished the big read, Ken Follett’s Century Trilogy. It took almost 8 weeks to finish all three books. (And I read a small book in the middle of the big read because — well, because. )
Reading the third book, Edge of Eternity, brought back so many memories.

  • Cuban missile crisis. I was in grade school and remember the air siren drills.
  • Kennedy assassination. Middle school ran the radio over the school intercom. I remember watching live TV news and seeing Lee Harvey Oswald shot. And the sad sad funeral.
  • Vietnam. So many high school friends and family served in Vietnam. When would it end?
  • Dr. Martin Luther King assassination when I was in high school.
  • Bobby Kennedy assassination shortly after that, in June 1968. What was happening?
  • President Richard Nixon. Agnew, Watergate, CREEP (committee to re-elect the president), 18 minutes, resignation.

There were many more, but the above list struck home. I wonder what will be the defining memories for my daughter?

Anyway, I highly recommend the Century Trilogy. A good read for the upcoming winter months.