Weekend randomness…

Saw Where The Truth Lies this weekend – it actually made it to Sacramento! I can certainly understand why it would have gotten an NC-17 rating. If it had lots of violence and blood, though, it would have rated only a PG-13. That’s what’s wrong with the current media mind set – crack down on the violence, don’t be so prudish about sex and alcohol (i.e., don’t make them forbidden fruit).

(You might say that by hiding violence it makes it forbidden fruit. I don’t know – the famous driver’s ed course films show the aftereffects of unsafe driving and that never seems to defer many teens from driving like a-holes. So what’s happening in Europe? They have less of a problem with teen pregnancies, bad teen drivers (well, that’s because you have to be 18 and lessons for a driving licence cost about $1000) and alcohol abuse.)

Going to see the movie involved a trip to downtown Sac. It’s the first time I’ve been there (not counting trips to the Crocker Museum and Old Sac) since the early 1990’s. (We never went down there during Roseville I.) The K Street Mall is dead. Dead, I tell you. And any effort by the city to revitalize it will be wasted. And that’s too bad. There’s no incentive to go outside the Downtown Plaza, and the hundreds of millions that will be poured into the black hole that is K Street will be wasted.

We ate lunch at the Hard Rock. It was a big deal when it came to town in the late 1990’s. And now I have a home-town T-shirt – I collect the plain white ones from each location we visit. So far I’ve got London, Amsterdam, Las Vegas and now Sacramento. Los Angeles and San Francisco are the next easy-to-obtain locales. (Alas, I will never get a Newport Beach one, as it closed earlier this year.) And I do have a Paris one, thanks to Cheri. (I should have gotten Nottingham in 2002, though.) I like the Hard Rock – very good American food, and you know what you’re getting. It’s a bit pricey, but it’s worth it if you’re overseas and have a hankering for American food. I had the ribs/chicken combo – very good.

Rain, rain, rain! That’s all it did this weekend.

Never go shopping the weekend before Christmas. It’s even worse if you’re looking for a game, and none of the toy stores have it – and then, on a lark, you try the “educational” toy store in the shopping center 1 minute away and they have it.

From the world of talonvaki:

FOUR JOBS YOU’VE HAD IN YOUR LIFE:
1. Ice cream scooper
2. Computer center lab manager
3. Systems Programmer
4. Software Developer

FOUR MOVIES YOU COULD (AND DO!) WATCH OVER AND OVER:
1. Airplane!
2. Ocean’s Eleven (original)
3. Ocean’s Eleven (remake)
4. Patton

FOUR CITIES YOU’VE LIVED IN:
1. Santa Monica, CA
2. Denver, CO
3. Atlanta, GA
4. Arlington, TX

FOUR TV SHOWS YOU LOVE TO WATCH:
1. The Amazing Race
2. Friends
3. The Mole (not the Celebrity crap)
4. M*A*S*H

FOUR PLACES YOU’VE BEEN ON VACATION:
1. London
2. Paris
3. Darmstadt
4. Bruxelles/Brussel

FOUR WEBSITES YOU VISIT DAILY:
1. LiveJournal
2. Google
3. Employer’s internal web page
4. iWon (hey, someday I might actually win something)

FOUR OF YOUR FAVORITE FOODS:
1. BBQ
2. German
3. Italian
4. Chinese

FOUR PLACES I’D RATHER BE RIGHT NOW:
1. London
2. Paris
3. Darmstadt
4. Anywhere in Western or Central Europe

Off to SoCal this weekend for the holidays. Yuck, really. Although I’ll be happy to see the in-law’s new digs, coordinating visits with parental units is becoming a nightmare. This is why we never went back to L.A. when we lived far away. I think next year we’re staying in Roseville, or either going to Paris or London.

I started reading Cheri’s journal that she kept in Paris. No, it’s OK – it’s not a diary, although she does talk about emotions she is feeling. It’s interesting to see her ups and downs, how she needs to be more open and make friends (and she does!)

Back to work, although nothing is going on…

2 thoughts on “Weekend randomness…

  1. And now there’s talk of a major retail development a few blocks away, at the railyard. I think that’s an incredibly bad idea.

    So, is Mayor WhatsHerName still persuing that WalMart down there in the mall, even though there’s one five minutes up the freeway?

    • No, that’s toast – at least in public. But who knows what’s going on behind the scenes.

      The problem with the railyard is what can you do with it? If you want to preserve K Street, you can’t develop retail there.

      I think the best thing to do is to turn it into medium-density residential with a supermarket.

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