Missed “Food, Inc.” — !!

Yes, dear blog readers, that was the movie self had decided to see today. Something about the time: First show at 2 p.m., rather than 11:30 a.m. for “Borat” —  er, self means “Bruno.” And self needed the extra time, for she was kept so busy doing the following (very boring) things (Unless you are a die-hard Kanlaon fan, dear blog reader, you may want to skip this list!):

  1. renewing her library books
  2. making an appointment to bring the li’l crits in for grooming
  3. calling a tree guy, since the last one proved to be such a dud
  4. ordering more prescriptions from the pharmacy
  5. writing her review on two books about Burma, due next week
  6. mailing bill payments

Anyhoo, she missed the 2 p.m. show by something like 15 minutes. This was because she decided to make a quick stop first to pick up some dry-cleaning. And there was mucho traffic on El Camino (as usual — duh!). So instead of seeing the movie at Aquarius, and having a delicious serving of lychee gelato afterwards, self went Read the rest of this entry »

Later Today

Self will see either:

  • “Bruno” — Because if one considers oneself a serious movie-goer, one cannot ignore Sacha Baron Cohen (11:30, Redwood City Century 20). Besides, self reasons, it will only take $6 and two hours of her time.
  • “Food, Inc.” — documentary on why we have such terrible eating habits. Self not exactly enthusiastic about this one (She doesn’t need anyone to tell her she has terrible eating habits, after all: all she needs to do is remember her cholesterol level) but remembers that Classico Gelato is right across the street and it’s been weeks since self has had gelato, a situation that requires immediate correction (2 p.m., Aquarius, Downtown Palo Alto)
  • “The Ugly Truth” (Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha.) — Movie opened well, Katherine Heigl has the last laugh. Besides, Gerald Butler is cute. (11: 45, Redwood City Century 20)

He Had the Eyes of a Poet

Wilfred Thesiger (author of the book self is currently reading, Arabian Sands) has a magnificent eye for the vivid and telling detail. He undertook his journey of an area known as “the Empty Quarter” — “four hundred waterless miles” — in 1946 or 1947; self is very struck by the fact that not once during his extensive travels does anyone he encounters make so much as a mention of the war just ended. Here is his description of the scene around “the well at Manwakh” (in the area of Read the rest of this entry »