Monday, November 13, 2017


It wasn't nearly as cold on Saturday morning. I had a couple cups of coffee as I filled in the Blog post.

Then I turned on the news, stripped the bed and started the weekend wash.

I made scrambled eggs for breakfast. I put the bedding in the dryer and started another load of clothes.

I sent Vicky a text, asking if she was still planning on dropping by to get her USB stick. She said yes, so I reminded her to bring the laundry.

But 12:00 p.m. came and went. It wasn't until 1:30 p.m. that she, Evy and Yanessa showed up! I helped them load the washer and then we moved to the living room and chatted.

It was great to see Yanessa. She's getting so big and can talk your ear off, lol!

Vicky asked what I was going to do tonight and I mentioned that I was going to see the movie "Labyrinth" with Amanda and Keldon. They all went "Wow! That's a great movie!" Four year old Yanessa even quoted some of the dialog to me! Am I the only person in the world who has never heard of this movie?

I asked if they were hungry and they all said yes. Evy felt bad. She told Vicky (in Spanish) if she knew I was going to cook for them, she should have brought some rice. Once it was translated to me, I assured her I would love to taste her rice again, anytime, but I wasn't planning on cooking today. I was offering to take them to lunch.

So, we tossed around some restaurant ideas, but settled on Red Lobster. Vicky said she hadn't been there since she quit working with me (she and I, and occasionally Michelle, used to go there every now and then).

So we all piled in her truck and headed out. The adults all ordered the same thing (shrimp linguine Alfredo - Vicky's and my usual choice, back in the day). Luckily, they had chicken strips and fries on the kids menu as Yanessa is allergic to fish (but, strangely enough, just fish. She loves to eat oysters with her dad at some buffet).

We finished up and headed home. We put the clothes in the dryer and chatted some more. I made the mistake of lamenting all the trees being blown done in Puerto Rico. Evy said, "No, that didn't happen. People's houses, but not the trees." She said the old trees had deep roots in the jungle. Vicky laughed and said she didn't think it was a jungle, but maybe a forest. I said, "No, I saw the pictures on the news. " Both of these statements made Evy angry (and when she's angry, she only speaks Spanish). I remembered her mild dementia or Alzheimer's and said, "Well, you are probably right, maybe it was just the houses." Vicky caught on and followed my lead and said she guessed it probably would be called a jungle. Crisis adverted.

The dryer stopped and they both began to fold the laundry. These were all Yanessa's clothes, so they were little, but lots! They loaded up the truck, we did our goodbye hugs and they left at 5:10 p.m.

Amanda and Keldon pulled in at 5:20!

Sidebar: I have women coming and going out of here like you wouldn't believe. Damn these good looks!!!

Seriously, though, they were here to pick me up for the movie. The Redford theatre (Yes, that's how they spell it) sent out emails to everyone who bought a ticket online, letting us know it was sold out and suggesting we get there no later than 6:15 p.m. Amanda hates to be late anywhere, so she picked me up early and we left as soon as I got on my coat.

We got there at 6:14 p.m. and Amanda dumped me and Keldon off at the curb. She went off to find a parking space while we held the place in line.

There were about 30 people in front of us, but people (some in costumes - it was encouraged) just kept on coming!

Amanda finally joined us in the cold.

And, it was damn cold!!! A woman made her way down the line, scanning the online tickets. She said normally the doors would open at 7:00 p.m.!!! But, she said she was going to try and get them opened at 6:45 p. m., due to the cold. The show didn't start until 8:00 p.m.!!!

The cold was affecting my already over-active bladder, so I asked Amanda if they wanted to share a hot chocolate. She said, "Sure, but why?" I explained there was a coffee shop down the block, but people frown on folks just using the restroom without buying anything.

So, I fought the crowd and got into the coffee shop. I ordered a small hot chocolate with whip cream and used the bathroom while she made it.

Sidebar: Blessed relief!!!

Back outside, Amanda took a sip and said it was awful. I told her to throw it away if she wanted, I just needed to use the restroom.

Finally the doors opened. Amanda went to the concession line to get snacks for her and Keldon and a water for me. She also bought three t-shirts and some 50-50 raffle tickets.

Meanwhile, Keldon and I scouted out the best seats. We ended up on the main floor, my seat the aisle seat (for bathroom breaks) about 10 rows back from the stage.

The theater was old, but recently restored. It was quite lovely.

Left of stage

Right of stage
Before the show started, an organ rose form the floor in front of the stage, with the organist. Even though Amanda said it would happen (somebody told her about it), it was pretty cool!

The organist was damn good and he played until the show started. We all gave him a big round of applause.

The movie was great. My favorite character was the Goblin King, played by David Bowie.

The whole "Shadow Cast Live" idea was to have actors in front of the movie screen, dressed in character, acting out the movie behind them. I think it would have been amazing had I saw the movie before (Amanda and Keldon loved it). But, it was a little distracting for me.

During the intermission, Amanda and Keldon used the photo booth set up in the lobby and gave me a copy.

The also held the 50-50 drawing and announced the winner. They asked her to come up on stage and she did. But, it was all a trick!!! Her boyfriend walked out from behind the stage and proposed to her. First time I ever saw that happen.

Then they did the real drawing. Amanda didn't win.

Once the show had ended, Keldon got a picture of himself and the woman who played David Bowie's character.
We took a long walk to the car and then headed home. They dropped me off and then left.

It was late and I was tired. So, after downloading my two photos and getting Amanda's text that they made it home safe and sound, I turned on Saturday Night Live. But I fell asleep in about five minutes!

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