August 18th, 2018


August 18--A visit to the land of luxury loungers

We went to the movie theater (thee-ater) yesterday for the first time in at least a few years. A lot has changed. They took out all the old seats and put in "luxury loungers". It's more comfortable and more roomy, but it still isn't my own recliner in my own family room.

luxury loungers

The other thing that has changed is that all the seats are reserved. No more getting there early and staking out the best seats in the middle. I didn't see any Good 'n' Plentys either. Time marches on.

We saw Crazy Rich Asians, which was good. It was both funny and touching. Malida just finished reading the book, so she was excited to see it. After the movie we went out for dumplings and noodles at a place we had been meaning to try. The garlic noodles with shrimp were delicious, as were the pork and shrimp dumplings. Another place to add to the places we like to eat.

trumpet babies

I've been watching some TV (television) lately, which is kind of unusual for me. I finished the second season of The Crown, and will wait patiently for the third to appear next year some time. I told my friend that I had been watching The Crown, and she suggested I take a look at a series called Broadchurch, which I did. It is intense, well-written, and well-acted, which is what I like in a series. I finished the first season last night, and started on the second. The lead actress in Broadchurch will be taking over the role of Queen Elizabeth II in the 3rd and 4th seasons of The Crown.

Today is my final completely unencumbered day off before I start back to work full-time next week. The semester doesn't actually start until a week from today, but I have a lot to do between now and then. I am thinking about how I can get enough done to give myself another unencumbered day off on Wednesday. If I can, I will take a drive somewhere and take pictures.

I start my new landscape photography class next Saturday. This semester we are going to the east side of the Sierras and photographing Mono Lake and that area. I'm looking forward to that. The only cloud on that horizon is that the person who is supposed to be taking my clinical group this fall seems to have disappeared, and is not responding to emails. If she fails to materialize, I will have to do clinicals, and that means no photography field trip.


I shaved off my goatee yesterday in anticipation of the upcoming semester. I have had it since a year ago May, and I was kind of done with it. Malida found its absence somewhat disconcerting, and noted that "You don't look like a real man anymore." This is despite her regular complaints about my having facial hair. Since I hate shaving, I'll probably grow it back eventually, and then she can complain, "You look like an old goat with that thing!" Whatever.
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