My plan for yesterday came together beautifully!
Yes, I feared that going out of the neighborhood to a movie theater that is not near any restaurants might make the whole experience less than enjoyable.
I was wrong!
I stopped at a restaurant along the way (Chili’s), where the server was wonderful about customizing my salad. Their menu selection was a huge salad…so, instead, she fixed up a small salad with grilled chicken and dressing on the side (See the photo above).
At the theater, I found another surprise. I hadn’t been to this theater in years (two or three?), and now they have seat selection, wide aisles, and reclining seats. Yes, many theaters are changing over, but I expected my neighborhood one to change before others.
The movie. Wow! Sam Elliott did not disappoint, and what could have been a morose story about an aging actor (Lee Hayden) who hasn’t done anything memorable in years…turned into a musing journey, with humorous moments, and flashbacks to the past that unfolded in a surreal kind of kaleidoscope.
The film revealed a lovely setting on the California coast line and a home that overlooks it all…and a few views of the city (LA, probably).
I always enjoy Laura Prepon (from OITNB), with her snarky wit, and it was great to catch a glimpse of Katharine Ross (from The Graduate) as the ex-wife. Krysten Ritter (from Breaking Bad, etc.) was perfect as the disillusioned daughter who has felt abandoned by her father, and is now reluctant to reconnect.
A Sundance movie…that explains a lot about how enjoyable it was, IMO. Anything with Redford’s prints on it can’t be disappointing.
So after a wonderfully delightful day, I went home to watch several episodes of Offspring, Season 6. With a quirky dysfunctional family, this Australian show has been addictive for me since its beginning.
What does your week hold for you? Just to tempt you, here’s the dessert I had yesterday…after my salad. I took the Debbie Macomber book along, as my Kindle power needed charging…and I didn’t have time to do it before I left.