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04082017-23


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When I updated yesterday morning about the day trip to the Tulip Festival, I had no time to write about anything else from the weekend -- which would have begun with the Braeburn Condos Double Feature I had with Evan and Elden.

Actually, that evening started with dinner and margaritas. Shobhit made the tortellini we had, and with lots to share, we invited Evan and Elden up to the condo to eat first. That was just way easier than bringing all the food downstairs and into the other building.

Shobhit joined us downstairs for the first movie, which was Adaptation. I would have been more than happy to keep it at just one movie, but Evan wanted to watch another. And we went back and forth several times on Facebook Messenger before we finally settled on a movie we could agree on. She suggested one I had never seen, called Wit, which was a 2001 HBO original movie starring Emma Thompson as an English professor who talks to the camera a lot about her process of dying of cancer. It was actually quite good. One memorable detail: the rather sparse trivia page for the movie on imdb.com says the movie is often shown to medical students as an example of how not to behave with patients.

Shobhit did not stay for Wit, but happily ate a bunch of the popcorn we made while watching Adaptation, which I had not watched in years. I forgot how soon after Being John Malkovich it was released, because the movie features the actors from that movie as themselves on set. I'm not sure Shobhit has ever seen Being John Malkovich -- which actually would have been the perfect companion as a double feature with Adaptation, but Evan had already watched it recently, which was why she had suggested Adaptation in the first place -- so a lot of that stuff was lost on him. But, he still got the whole notion of meta commentary on the process of adapting a screenplay. He was pretty amused by my favorite line in the movie, when Charlie's voice-over narration is interrupted by a screenwriting seminar host shouting "And god help you if you use voice-over!"

God, I love that movie. It's what solidified Charlie Kaufman as a screenwriting superstar in my mind. He's the only screenwriter I know by name, and for whom I will see any movie just based on the knowledge that he wrote it.

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04082017-35


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So how about yesterday, then? I actually watched a movie with both Shobhit and Ivan at home on both Saturday night (my copy of The Return of the King) and last night (his Netflix copy of The Deer Hunter), but neither will yield him a point on the next Social Review, because we just watched them at home. I don't count doing stuff at home with just the people I live with, which would artificially inflate their numbers. Now, if we had a friend over, then they would all get points. But those are the rules! Not that Ivan could possibly muster up the effort to give even half a shit about it.

Shobhit, on the other hand . . . he gets a point for Saturday at the Tulip Festival anyway. As do Dad and Sherri!

Anyway, well before the movie with Ivan in the evening, Laney came over for a Braeburn theatre movie too, at an unusually early time -- at noon. We watched In Bruges, which we had talked about watching for months. And now we finally do. We each had seen it separately when it came out in 2008 (I saw it with Barbara in February of that year, at the Egyptian) but remembered it fondly and wanted to see it again.

I actually still kind of forgot how good it really was. It's really funny. Shobhit did not join us for that one, and I'm not sure why. I think he would have enjoyed it.

It was nice to see Laney, anyway. It felt like forever since we last saw each other, and we both commented on that when I met her downstairs -- although it had only been since March 10, when Shobhit and I met her for Happy Hour. Now, for Laney and me, a full month is a really long time. We often see each other multiple times a month, sometimes even in the same week. And I will see her again this month at least three more times: a movie next week; Happy Hour during my Birth Week, the annual Indian Feed at the end of that same week. So, we'll get back on track.

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One more thing: A few weeks ago, Scott gave me a sample packet of tortellini soup, with tortellini in it and flavoring packets and other things to add. Shobhit got started on it before I got back home yesterday, and he wasn't as crazy about the flavor as I was -- I truly loved it. The recipe called for adding sausage and we added Tofurky veggie sausage. I think Shobhit was hung up on the one small packet of "beef flavoring," which was vegetarian and yeast based, and I bet he would have liked it if he had just never heard or read the phrase "beef flavoring."

Anyway, he added several other vegetables, so it made quite the volume of food -- fully five leftover containers of it. And the sauce was so thick it might as well just be considered a pasta dish. But whatever, I just had it for lunch and really loved it.

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04082017-20

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