June 4th, 2017


June --Leave the gun, take the cannoli

It was a lovely day. We got up and enjoyed our coffee and our cats, along with some good music from the satellite radio. On Sunday mornings, the radio station I like to listen to has Celtic music until 9, then turns it over to a guy named David Johansen, sometimes known as Buster Poindexter or Sri Rama-Lama-Ding-Dong, who always plays a surprisingly good three hours of eclectic music. You never know what you are going to get.

After our coffee we went out walking along the creek. Nothing new to report other than seeing two of our geese with a bunch of goslings, and a small turtle swimming lazily along shaded by a drifting piece of algae. We saw three trains go by--one Amtrak passenger train and two freight trains. Even from a distance, you can tell the freights from the passenger by the sound. It surprised me that I was able to make the distinction.

train dance

Malida does some sort of train dance.

After our walk we got some noodles and then drove across town to the theater for the showing of The Godfather. We got there a little early and went across the street for a cup of coffee. Although it wasn't very busy, it took them quite a while to get my espresso. Apparently the guy next to me thought they were slow too, and he complained. The server just kind of gazed at him. I thanked her, and she just kind of gazed at me too. Whatever.

The film was shown in one of the smaller theaters in the cineplex, though it was about 3/4 full. Pretty much everyone there was around my age, and you could tell by the pre-movie banter that we were all Godfather geeks.

It is such a well-made film, on so many levels. The cinematography, the use of sound, the acting. Kind of a perfect storm of film making. For as many times as I have seen it over the years, it never fails to draw me in and evoke all sorts of emotions. It was a great experience to be able to see it once again on the big screen.

Malida loved it. She had a lot of questions about the plot, but she said that she understood most of it. She is looking forward to seeing part 2.

After we got home I made dinner while she rode her bike around the neighborhood. I made Mediterranean shrimp in foil. It was something Malida had when we were traveling a few weeks ago, and I decided to see if I could recreate the recipe. I put some big shrimp on a square of foil, added marinated artichoke hearts, asparagus, thin strips of zucchini, red onions, sun-dried tomatoes, some seasoning, and put a little white wine in the bottom and some spinach on top. I made 4 packets, sealed them up, and put them on the grill for about 15 minutes. They turned out just about perfect, although next time I will add a little garlic and lemon juice. Just to see.

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