Monday, January 14, 2013
Short Takes, with Palm Trees
-- We did indeed get some snow last night, but just a dusting. I'm sure it will all be gone in a couple of hours. Nothing very dramatic or even photo-worthy.
-- Dave and I went to see "The Master" over the weekend. It was a very slow-paced, strange movie. Dave emerged convinced the whole thing was some kind of dream, a la Bobby on "Dallas." I didn't get that impression. There were some unanswered questions, but then, the writer and director is Paul Thomas Anderson, the same guy who made frogs rain from the sky in "Magnolia." He never explained that either! The cast and the performances were impressive, but I'm not sure I enjoyed the movie as a whole.
-- We also rented "Three Days of the Condor" with Robert Redford, one of my favorite films from the '70s, this weekend. And we began watching "The Killing," which looks like it will be our next series. (Since we can't rent Season 2 of "Homeland"...grrr...)
-- I cut myself on Dave's big kitchen knife last night. I was helping him make macaroni and cheese by cutting the rind off a piece of cheese. Stupidly, I was pulling the knife toward me, and it popped through the rind and into my finger. (This was the knife I just had sharpened.) Fortunately it's not a bad cut and there wasn't much blood, but I had to resort to band-aids.
-- I had a great day yesterday walking up Bayswater Road, along the northern edge of Hyde Park, and along Oxford Street all the way to Tottenham Court Road. I encountered lots of peculiar characters and sights, like an artist selling balmy paintings of beaches and palm trees on a frigid Northern European winter day (above).
-- I just have to point out that I racked up 356 blog posts last year! Since I never post more than once a day, that means I posted just about daily. My best, most consistent year of blogging so far!