365 Days of Random

Random musings about nothing at all

Dinner and a Movie

That’s the plan for tonight. My BF and I are heading into Shirlington for dinner and then a little indi film action (not yet sure which of two movie options). On a hot and steamy night in DC it seems like just the perfect thing to do. Good food, a cold and refreshing beer and a (hopefully) good flick. I think we’re going to leave as soon as he’s ready so I need to make today’s post pretty quick.

Today was a good day, I got to sleep in this morning. After a late breakfast I went to pick up X and we met Squeaks at the climbing gym. We’d promised X that we’d take her and teach her how to climb. It was so much fun. She was a natural at it. After climbing we went for frozen custard as a treat to celebrate our successful climbs. It was just generally a peaceful and relaxing few hours with two of my favorite girls. We talked, laughed and challenged ourselves with stuff that’s physically difficult and new and interesting. I love doing that and I especially love sharing it with other people.

So, I can’t think of any better way to end the day than spending a super relaxing evening with my BF. It’ll be nice to get out and do something but neither of us were thinking we wanted anything super taxing and going someplace that would equal more than one or two drinks was at the bottom of the list of options for  this evening. We have a rather early morning (9am start to our softball tourney) and most of our day tomorrow will be spent outside in the sun and heat. It’ll be fun, but not exactly what you want to be doing if you’ve been up late running around, partying, drinking, dancing or anything else that takes any significant amount of energy.

Dinner and a Movie is a perfect ‘date night’. We can talk about pretty much anything so dinner is full of good conversation, not to mention the good food and beer. It’s a chance to people watch a little bit and tell stories and laugh and enjoy each other’s company. Then the movie is just a great place to unwind and chill out for a little while after dinner. It also (at least for us) provides a great deal of conversation AFTER the movie is over because we like to talk about how good (or bad) the movie was and what we liked or didn’t like about it… like I said, we can talk about just about anything for a long time 🙂 It helps that we both just generally love movies.

So, that’s about all the time I have for tonight. And honestly, what else is there to say really about dinner and a movie – unless you’re on that TBS Weekend TV Show where they turn a regular movie into a ‘cooking show’ and pair some ‘themed’ dinner recipe with whatever movie they’ve chosen to play… now that I think about it the show may not even be on anymore… I hope that everyone is enjoying their Saturday night. I am off to Dinner and a Movie with my favorite movie going partner in crime.

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July 30, 2011 Posted by | Food, Movies, People Watching | , , , | Leave a comment

End to an Era..

Went to see Harry Potter Friday night. It was kinda cool to get to go with one of the members of what we’ve lovingly referred to as the “Harry Potter Crew” for the last few years. She and I were among the group not able to go see it while we were in Vegas a couple of weeks ago and so we decided to go see it at the last minute Friday night.

It was a very good conclusion to the series. It wasn’t as “epic” or “blockbuster” as I may have expected but it was (for the most part) quite true to the book and was an admirable conclusion. I think they got the main point of the story across although part of me wonders why they really needed to do an entire 8th movie for it. I think fans would have been ok with a longer 7th film and they could still have shown most of what they did in this one. All that said though… I still loved it. It was a story that I followed and loved for many many years. And the crew that dedicated so much time and energy to the making of these movies deserve true props for their dedication to the heart of the story that is Harry Potter.

It’s sad to think that there will be no more books and no more movies in the Harry Potter franchise. I think that they COULD make a few more movies… a “next generation” kind of thing but I really don’t think they should. I think they would be better served to let a good thing continue to be a good thing and to just enjoy how wonderful JK Rowlings characters and storyline have been. After all, it captured the hearts and minds of MILLIONS of people… I think if they tried to continue the series just for the sake of making more money off of it, it would fail miserably and that would disappoint the myriad of Harry Potter fans across the globe.

I fell in love with these books over Christmas one year… I’d gotten a gift set of the first three books for Christmas (because I’ve just always been a fan of great stories and had heard wonderful things about them). I read the first three books and 1/2 of the fourth book in the week that I was home on vacation. I was hooked from about 30 pages into the first book. They blew me away. I waited patiently every year for the new book to be released. More than once I ‘pre-ordered’ it so that I’d be sure I had it in the first week it was released. Two of the books have been released since I moved to DC 5 years ago…. and I’ve actually gone home to Canada to make sure that I could purchase the British Editions (to complete my set) instead of just getting the book. I did mistakenly purchase the American edition of the “Order of the Phoenix” and have in on my shelf…but the minute I realized my error I also purchased the British edition. Partially to complete my set in the same style and format… but mostly because I like the un-edited style in which JK Rowling wrote the stories… complete with all the british slang and cultural references.

It’s been a great ride… and year after year of great stories. They are stories that I know without a doubt I will read to my own children. They are books that I will keep forever …. movies too. As I said, it’s sad to think there will be no more chapters in the saga of Harry Potter but I can’t think of a better conclusion to a wonderful decade of story telling. Hats off to both JK Rowling for spinning such a wonderful yarn and to Warner Brothers for executing it with the utmost respect to the story.

July 24, 2011 Posted by | Movies | , | Leave a comment