Apple Tree, Lantern: Side Yard, November 2011

Soon, the branches of the apple tree will be bare.

Apple Tree in Side Yard

More of the Apple Tree, Without the Lanterns

How can one not love the fall?

The apple tree had the most delicious, juicy apples this year:  about 20 of them.  Self still has one apple left (The rest she snacked on, voraciously).  The taste of an apple from self’s own tree vanquishes that of any apple — from Safeway or Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods.

Today, self hung a wreath in the window that faces the apple tree.  She’ll post a picture some other time.

Today was Sunday, and for the first time in ages, hubby and self saw a movie together.  The movie we saw was “Margin Call,” showing at the Aquarius in downtown Palo Alto.  It was too cold for gelato, alas!  But the movie was good.  Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, His Hotness Zach Quinto and most of all Penn Badgley —  come on, with acting chops like that, how could it not be good?  Self was particularly surprised by Penn Badgley.  Clearly, there is more to this gent than simply “Gossip Girl.”  SPOILER ALERT!  Although she does think that a 23-year-old man sitting in a toilet stall and sobbing over the possible loss of his job contradicts her general impression of 23-year-olds.  But, granted, the guy’s character was enamored of the glamour, the perks, the camaraderie with His Hotness Quinto, with the ability to afford drinks, exclusive clubs, hookers, suits, fancy shoes, and so forth. How exceedingly tragic not to be able to afford these things any longer!

Oh yes, there was also, let’s not forget, the Manhattan skyline, and about a 3-second shot of brother-in-law Richard, wearing his characteristically rumpled, worried look.  She believes his part was to show how beaten down a man can get, when he has to do such a stressful job — ?  Very exciting, they used brother-in-law to portray the un-glamorous side of being in the investment banking field. He was the only “real” character in the movie.

In general, if self were to take this movie at face value, all traders cuss copiously, and their favorite expression is — who knows why —  “Fuck!  Fuck me!”

Other observations:   Demi Moore has fabulous, simply fabulous legs.  She should always wear a mini-skirt.  With stiletto heels.

Good movie.  Hubby liked it much better than he did “J. Edgar” (camp bio-pic to end all bio-pics).  Self was so lucky she elected to see “Immortals” last Sunday instead.  She found out the name of the actor who plays Poseidon:  Kellan Lutz.

Stay tuned.

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