Two legs today, two wheels tomorrow!

Two legs today, two wheels tomorrow!

So I’ve just been for a walk around the neighborhood. I know I’m very lucky to live so close to the beach, usually I’d be cycling on the bike path, but today I ended up walking down there. Lo, and behold, I saw a unicyclist going past! At other times, I’ve seen those recumbent bikes, where people look like they’re lying backwards while cycling. And I’ve put up a photo of the elliptical bike here, which I’ve also seen down on the bike path. Really anything goes, but that one made me laugh the first time I set eyes on it, I don’t think I knew what I was actually seeing as someone flew by on one.

Dine-in Movie

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Well here in the US of A, every venue competes for your stomach’s vote and now, yes, even the movies are doing the same. The AMC in the Marina was our local, local cinema – six screens, perfect for that last minute dash to a film about to depart the big screen and it managed fine with offering popcorn, sweets and even tea and coffee for me.
Now, although the AMC is still our local cinema, it’s been completely renovated. It’s plush. The seats are huge. They are actually like LAZ-E-BOYS with reclining backs and raised footrests. Even after you’ve laid back, there’s still room for the wait-staff to walk by. Yes, wait-staff. Because there are little tables, menus and a full bar.
This would require me to think about the film’s subject matter before ordering up some food, there could very well be some incongruous moments. I don’t go to horror films, but would the impact of some blood-curdling moment be lessened as you sunk your teeth into the chicken enchilada?
And could the presence of hot tea in a real cup have influenced my own review of ‘Don Jon’?
Another consideration is how is this all working for the cinema? There are only about one third of the seats in the cinema, more staff taking hushed food orders and hoping for tips and, on the night we were there, some sniggering as the reclining chairs ‘farted’ into various reclining positions.
The food is not cheap, but the fact that it’s there adds to a date-night movie experience.
On the whole, I feel I’ll have to go again before I pass any judgement. Or, uh-oh, get a LAZ-E-BOY chair at home! I might never leave.

Tilt shift Dublin – Irishtown

This is another of those gorgeous videos of Dublin, this time all around Grand Canal Docks and Irishtown. So it’s here on the blog, mostly for me, for days when I want to see the town from the other side of the globe. The whole place looks like a little toytown. My understanding is that these are actually made of stills photos painstakingly put together to make a video, which is an awful lot of work, but every time I see one of these, I applaud the people who do all the behind-the-scenes splicing work and want to say: ‘Yes, it is all worthwhile – you make my day when I watch’!

Word Up!

There are a whole load of new (and new only to me) words that I’ve heard since I came to California. There follows a list and a guide that I’d like to add to as I go, whenever I hear and see new examples.

BRANDAGES
For instance the latest crossover of plasters/band-aids and fashion includes “brandages”. When that bland ‘not-quite-anybody’s-skin tone bandage is too boring, when a Disney/Barbie/SpongeBob one is too childish, why not choose to wear a designer logo bandage on your papercut?

SMOBER
Given up smoking? How long have you been “smober”? Good word isn’t it? Because it fulfills a need. How did we get by without it? I hope this one really catches on. And that if you’re still smoking, you’ll get to use this word in your future!

LA landing

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And here’s the same stuff at the other end. In between was lots of paperwork and almost a doubling of fees. But having unpacked it all, it feels like having my things makes the whole life changing aspect of this move more real. I get to drink my tea from mugs that have been with me in several apartments in about three different cities. And I have boots now, but I’m holding back on wearing them until the temperature drops below 65•F.