Tuesday, November 20, 2007


32. This was the number formed by forks in our front lawn this morning. I turned 32 yesterday, for those who are wondering.
We also had Post It Notes all over our basement window and front door. The door handle and forks had Vaseline on them, too.
Veeeeeeeeeeery creative, guys!

Tracy and I had a quaint little birthday celebration last night while some friends watched Fischer.
We had a nice dinner at Lazlo's. The baby back ribs were some of the best I've ever had. Our dessert was a chocolote brownie (thick) with ice cream and walnuts. Mmmmmmmmmmmm.
Next was Mister Magorium's Wonder Emporium. Dustin Hoffman is in my top five best actors of all time. He actually makes you believe that he might be a 240 year old wonder afficionado and avid shoe wearer. It was a very bizarre movie, but several scenes were very touching...
In several scenes, Mr. Magorium is revealing his plan to "leave." In so doing, he is trying to leave his store in the care of his store manager, played by Natalie Portman. She doesn't understand him at first until he makes it clear...he's leaving for Heaven (although he leaves "heaven" open for interpretation.)
The scene that brought tears to my eyes, though, was one with a boy (maybe 10 years old) and the straight-laced, stuck up, unimaginative, stuffy accountant played by Jason Bateman. The boy was challenged by Mr. Magorium to find a friend. The next day, the accountant looks up from his work to see this boy watching him through the office window. The rest of their hastily scribbled conversation went something like this:
Boy: Do you like checkers?
Accountant: I did when I was a kid.
B: Wanna play?
A: I'm working.
B: How about when you're done?
A: (Zooming in on his answer) I'm never done working.

We wrapped up the evening by buying me some much-needed jeans from Kohl's. We found a buy one, get one free deal. Two of my pairs of jeans have gaping holes in them, one is so bad (I HAD to wear it the other night because we were doing laundry) that I kept pulling my pullover down to make sure nobody would see my underwear!!


One Observationist said...

Kohl's is great for cheap clothes. We have found some good clothes there for next to nothing. Nice shirts for like $5 and pants for around $15.

Happy Birthday man. Sounds like you guys had a great time.

Have a great Thanksgiving. Hope you can work on nano a little bit. I was able to work on some of it today in the car. Christa was kind enough to drive while I typed on the laptop.

Take care bro.

One Observationist said...

How is the writing going? Are you going to hit your goal?