The whole of life is just like watching a film. Only it’s as though you always get in ten minutes after the big picture has started, and no-one will tell you the plot, so you have to work it out all yourself from the clues.
~ Terry Pratchett, Moving Pictures
Well. M and I have been out on a small adventure, one that lasted a little longer than expected. On Saturday morning, we threw our overnight bag into the car and drove to the home of some friends who live in the Washington, D.C. area. We had tickets to see the film Interstellar at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum’s IMAX theater. We had lunch with our friends (who put out a great spread), and then we all hopped on the Metro (train) to go into D.C.
We all enjoyed the film, and part of the fun was critiquing the movie with our friends who see a lot of films and are part of a cinema club where, every few weeks, they watch a film (usually from an independent filmmaker), listen to a guest speaker, and then discuss the film. We picked up Indian food for dinner, and went back to their house to enjoy some good food and great conversation. It was an excellent night.
The plan for Sunday was to go to the cinema club with our friends to see While We’re Young, have lunch, and then head back to the ranch. The drive (home) is about three hours from where our friends live. One thing we didn’t factor in, because no one was paying attention (actually I thought M had checked the forecast and he thought I had checked it), was the weather. Our friend B warned us soon after our arrival that winter weather was expected the next day, and he was right. We woke up on Sunday morning to find it snowing.
It didn’t take long to figure out that it was unlikely we’d be going home on Sunday. We did go to the theater to see the film which I thought was quite good, and certainly entertaining. The best part was listening to the guest speaker, NPR movie critic Bob Mendello, and the discussion after the movie because they pointed out things I missed or didn’t connect, and quite a few folks there know a thing or two about movies, the director of the film, and the actors.
By the time we got to the theater, the snow was changing to ice pellets. By the time we left the theater, the sidewalk was icy, and the trees and cars were coated with ice. Fortunately, the roads were well salted and we were able to get back to our friends’ place safe and sound where we enjoyed an afternoon and evening of good food and great company. In fact, we also enjoyed another film in their “home theater” (a room in the basement with a projector, a screen, and tons of electronic equipment because B is very into electronic equipment). B had just gotten the recently released on DVD and Blu-Ray Birdman. The film won several Academy Awards (including Best Picture).
All in all, it was a fun weekend, and I exceeded my goal (see 15 Things) to see at least one film in a theater this year. M and I are usually lucky if we manage to see one film in a theater. Having seen two in one weekend at theaters, we’re ahead of the game. AND we saw three good films.
We stayed the night, and waited for things to thaw before leaving this morning. I’m glad we waited. There was a lot of ice on the trees this morning, and I don’t think it would have been much fun on the highways yesterday afternoon and evening.
The squirrel in the images, by the way, had his “door” shut this morning. He draped a leaf across the opening in the tree.
That’s about it from the Wabi-Sabi Ranch. We arrived home this afternoon. It’s a beautiful day on the Eastern Shore. Sunny, and in the 40’s. I’m going out for a walk as soon as I finish here. As much as I enjoyed the films and the time sitting around with friends, my body is badly in need of some movement. A good walk will feel good. I’ll meet you on the dock for sunset. It’s at 5:57 PM, but you’ll want to be there around 5:30 or so. We should enjoy this weather while we can. Cold weather, in the form of more ice, is returning tomorrow.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂
Today’s joys: An extra evening and morning with good friends; arriving home safe and sound; a chance to shop for some much-needed items on the way home, items we can’t get over here on the peninsula; an excellent lunch; spending time with the kitties who were happy to see us.