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04152017-10


-- चार हजार और अस्सी-दो --


Last night I met Laney half an hour early at the Egyptian theatre so we'd have a bit of time to visit before the movie started. We spent most of the time talking about Cavin's birthday party Shobhit and I went to on Friday, and what it was like (basically equal parts pleasant and awkward) to see Charlie again for the first time in six and a half years. It can feel strange how time can grow people apart. We all went to Disneyland at the same time in October 2009 for Gay Days -- still the last time I went -- and we even all had dinner together at Ariel's Grotto. For a year or two there, it was like we had a set of "couple friends" with Charlie and Cavin -- the only gay friends we had who were also a couple -- and I quite liked that. Time, if not distance, changes all things. Or perhaps complicates them, or makes them less important or significant. I suppose we could end up in a phase where we hang out more often again one day. I don't feel like it's like it's likely to occur any time soon. It could easily be another six years before I see him again.

I also told her that, had she come to the party, not only would she have been the only lesbian there, she would have been the only woman. I don't know what her other plans were that evening but whatever they were probably suited her better.

And then we saw Colossal, which we both really liked, but which also turned out to be very different from what the trailers make you expect. As happens far too often, I felt like I wasn't writing the greatest review while I was writing it. But I knew even while I was writing it that when I read it again later, I would probably be perfectly happy with it, as that's been the trend for ages. And I re-read it this morning and indeed I quite like what I said and how I said it. So there!

Laney was so compelled by the movie that she texted me soon after I got home, that she wanted to read other people's reviews of it to gain more perspective on it. She even posted to Facebook, tagging me, Matthew McQuilkin, One of my favorite reviewer quotes about 'Colossal' so far: "A woman finding her inner strength is inspiring. But a woman finding her inner giant monster who kicks butt — that’s just so cool"-David Edelstein, Vulture

I got notification of that post while I was just starting my own review. Now I had to make an effort not to plagiarize any part of that, which I thought was phrased pretty well. I liked the movie a lot, in spite of its flaws, for essentially the same reason.

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06132016-066


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There was no crossword work last night, as I didn't have the time. I started getting ready for bed pretty much as soon as I posted the review. I did chat with Ivan briefly, because he was home about 20 minutes earlier than usual when I went to put my tea mug in the dishwasher. He actually said to me, "I'm looking forward to your dinner party!" He's apparently coming to the Birth Week Indian Feed Shobhit's cooking for, at my request, on Saturday the 29th.

Because of his oddly distant behavior when Dad, Sherri, Gina and Beth were over for New Year's, I had made the possibly ill-advised choice of messaging him right after he would have gotten the invite to the Indian Feed. I said that since he doesn't seem to be big on group scenarios, if he didn't come then I would understand. And seconds later, he became the first person to RSVP that he was coming. So either I was just totally wrong and off base (maybe he was just in some kind of funk on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, who the fuck knows), or he saw my message and was like, "You don't know me!" and decided to come out of some kind of defiance. It clearly doesn't matter which it is, since either way he'll be there and therefore I get what I want! (This assumes he actually comes, of course.)

In any case, the scheduling of my Birth Week is filling up quickly. Dinner at an Indian restaurant Shobhit has two 2-for-1 meal coupons he got at VegFest for, in Renton, tomorrow night with Danielle in Renton. We're going with Shauna down to Wolf Haven on Saturday. Sunday, Dad and Sherri are coming up from Olympia and the four of us are going to MOHAI, which Sherri has wanted to go to forever and has never been. I'm hoping to have lunch with Tommy on Monday and have yet to get him to commit (always a slight chore with him, it seems); if he does, then I'm going to get dessert with Sara from work right after, and if he doesn't, then it will be just lunch with her. I'll see Laney again Monday evening for Happy Hour at Rhein Haus, because I want their veggie burger again -- they have the best in town.

Tuesday is Auntie Rose Day, and I'm hoping to go down to the high-rise assisted living facility Ivan works in that evening, in Madison Park. I've long said I want to see the view from the 16th floor where he apparently takes his dinner breaks. Wednesday's lunch is still open; probably mid-afternoon I will drive myself down to Olympia to stay the night with Jennifer and Eric. (They would happily host Shobhit too, I am positive, but Shobhit still predictably opted out, both in part to political differences and also the chances that he may be needed elsewhere for whatever reason. But hopefully I can still take the car. In any event, Eric tends to leave Jennifer and me to ourselves as well whenever I visit anyway.)

Thursday is lunch at FareStart with Stephanie -- a semi-tradition with her, although last year we wound up doing brunch at a different place on the weekend instead. Drinks with Claudia after she gets off work on either Thursday or Friday; which one depends on whether I can do something with Garbiel one of those evenings -- if I can't get together with him on Sunday. Scheduling a Birth Week activity with him is always one of the biggest challenges, because planning far in advance just isn't in his DNA. (And I was born with it!) Friday is lunch with Karen.

Saturday the 29th, as I said, is the Indian Feed. Officially starting at 6:00 but I have the kitchen reserved as early as noon, for use in prep. I'll be chopping a shit ton of food, I'm sure. Probably even before then, in between Birth Week activities, in the days preceding. Shobhit talked about going to Golden Gardens Park on my actual birthday, Sunday the 30th -- also a bit of a tradition, even after I stopped doing end-of-the-week picnic parties there. (The last one was 2009, before the combination of how expensive and complicated it is to reserve a shelter at the park and how unpredictable the weather is forced me to change it to either Movie Nights in the Braebun Condos theatre, or a dinner in the community kitchen. Or both -- as in this year, when Danielle suggested I still reserve the theatre so her kids can watch something in there if they get bored.) Ivan even expressed interest in joining us; apparently he's never been to Golden Gardens Park. That day is also his birthday, and he never plans anything particularly special for himself anyway.

My Birth Week this year will be unprecedented in one key way: not only is it the first one since Shobhit got back from nearly seven years living out of town, but it'll also be the first one during which he's around all week due to being unemployed. In all likelihood he'll have a job of some kind again by next year, and I'll go back to the tradition of having lunch with him one day during the week by wherever he works.

Interesting side note: he's out meeting someone at the Indian Life Foods manufacturing facility that I did not even know exists in the Seattle area. We carry that brand at PCC, and he volunteered at their booth at VegFest. He's apparently going to see about any kind of employement opportunities that he might have there. If that were to happen, I guess his idea of using VegFest to network will have panned out after all.

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04152017-20

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