Last night I went with Laney to see Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which we both found particularly entertaining, yet in several ways a bit problematic. I tried to get to the heart of that in my review, which I'm sure is the sort of review that fans the fires of people complaining that I spend a lot of time shitting on movies and still giving them a B+. But you know, whatever. I stand by the grade, and I feel I made a compelling case for giving it in spite of its relative flaws. The acting alone made it worth seeing, honestly. I just wish the script had been a bit better, more conscientiously polished.
I walked home before that, and Shobhit wasn't yet home from work; I had all of 15 minutes to slap together a sandwich -- which was rather tasty actually -- together before leaving again. I met Laney at Light Rail, and we rode the train back again after the movie was over. It was past 9:00 by that point, and the showtime was 6:30 -- but the movie is slightly over two hours and there were several trailers.
Laney let the concession person talk her into a large popcorn so she demanded I share the popcorn with her. Well all right, then, fine! I also took a Zevia Cherry Cola soda with me and two shots of rum to pour into it, just hoping the movie would be engaging enough to keep me awake. It absolutely was, which is another thing that very much reflects well on it.
And then today -- just now, in fact -- I just got back from lunch with Karen down at the Six-Seven Restaurant at the Edgewater Hotel. I was kind of hoping for splitting the truffle macaroni & cheese, which we haven't done in a few lunches now, but she said she couldn't take that much cheese today. Instead we split the flatbread. It's just as well, given the volume of food about to be consumed tomorrow for Thanksgiving; it resulted not only a much cheaper than usual lunch, but a far lighter than usual lunch as well.
We had lovely, lively conversation as usual. We even managed to make it almost the entire hour without mentioning the president -- but, then he had to come up in conversation right before we left. Damn it!
The weather is odd today. Very warm -- 63° as I type this, which is 14° above normal. I was walking back, not needing to use the umbrella I'd brought, an thinking about how the pea coat I wore today was really much heavier than I needed. I'm probably going to get a bit sweaty walking home after work this evening, but, oh well.
Now it's time to get back to work. It's been rather quiet at work all week, because it's the time of year when most office staff volunteers to help out at the stores -- something I've now spent 16 Thanksgivings managing to get out of. For a few years they actually were trying to say it was compulsory for everyone to work at least one shift at a store one of the three days before Thanksgiving, but I always still got out of it, citing work with pending deadlines -- usually a legitimate excuse, actually. It's less legitimate these days, since automation has made my job so much easier. That said, Noah did say a few weeks ago that they always need me here, especially when both he and Scott are out of the office. Office staff is still needed for store support and to respond to customer inquiries. So that's my story and I'm sticking to it! It's a story that works.
[posted 1:24 pm]