The above photo was taken from Cindy Sue Goertz-Truman's Facebook profile pic. Seemed very appropriate for today.
It also seemed appropriate because at the end of this week, this year, the neighborhood bar and grill where my critique group has met for the last three years is closing. The Pearl Street Grill is being shuttered so the owners can refashion it into what I'm sure they hope will be a more profitable venture--an upscale restaurant situated smack between Sushi Den and India's Pearl. So gone will be the comfortable, atmospheric, friendly place with a great staff and great food. And now comes the bitterest cut of all--having to start all over again to find a spot that will let us sit in a corner for two or three hours, eating, drinking and talking about things not often spoken of in public--how to dispose of a body, how to kill vampires and werewolves, how best to write a sex scene, how many ways the word "fuck" can be used in a sentence. (I think I won that one--if you've seen Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Lisbeth has a t-shirt that reads: Fuck off you fucking fuck.)
So, I guess the moral is, the tide bringeth and the tide taketh away.
RIP Pearl Street Grill
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I didn't get very far in my movie-going quest this week. Only saw two flicks so far, MI, which I give 3 1/2 stars (out of 5). There were some good stunts and plenty of action, but breaking a hole in the window at the top of a 130 floor sky scraper has got to result in something more than a gently hair lifting breeze. Dubai is very impressive, though.
The second is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo--4 stars and will probably rate higher when I can HEAR the dialogue. Too much background noise and music (except at the beginning when Led Zep's Immigrant Song is played while the credits roll-rock on!) But it was a splendid adaptation. Craig and Mara gave top notch performances.
One of the treats of movie-going for me is always watching previews. This one in particular looks very good:
I may have shared this before, but it's worth a second look.
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So here we are at the end of another year. Time for reflection, for cleaning out the closets, for setting new goals. I don't make resolutions. They become just another weight to haul around. Instead, I take stock. Of what I accomplished this year, of what I didn't and why. And I look at the beginning of every new year as just that...a beginning. A clean slate. A chance to start again and get it right.
That's what I wish for you. A clean slate. A vast horizon of possibilities. New beginnings.
Hey, Jeanne, did you see the Swedish version of Girl with Dragon Tattoo? If so, how do you think they compare? Did you read the books? What did you think? I just finished reading The Snowman by Jo Nesbo, another scandinavian author. He might be even more awesome than Stieg Larsson! Have you read him? Happy New Year!
I like that, taking stock instead of making resolutions. I don't do resolutions, haven't done in a long while. I just adapt, modify and move on.
Lady K and I have had a movie going extravaganza of a week. We saw 'Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked' - cute 'We Bought a Zoo' - really good 'Arthur Christmas' - enjoyable 'The Muppets' - loved it 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows' - would go see this again tomorrow in a heartbeat...SO GOOD!
She and I still have the weekend and Monday and Tuesday to see more if it works out. She is hesitant to see 'Hugo' and is okay with seeing 'The Adventures of Tin Tin', so that will likely be Mon or Tues. The weekend is probably going to be decoration take down time.
HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and Mario!! Well, you know, when it actually arrives....