Yesterday, the plan was for Simon to get home around 3:30, and for us to walk over to the movie theater at the Grove for a 5pm showing of Star Trek: Into Darkness.
We did the same thing with Gatsby last week, and it worked out well. Because we live in the middle of Los Angeles, if you want to see a movie opening night, you generally have to buy tickets ahead of time to get decent seats. So I bought the tickets a few days ago. Of course, Simon ran into a big problem at work, and no one was there to relieve him, so he left very late and we ended up driving over and getting there just before the movie started.
But we made it, and we enjoyed it a great deal. The movie was a solid summer film, with gorgeous imagery, imperceptible CGI, a cast of very likable characters, and an interesting plot. I am glad they ended up doing another Star Trek film with this same cast, because they are great together.
After the movie, we visited with the stairs car from Arrested Development, parked at The Grove.
My friend Ny saw the Banana Stand in London - Netflix is doing some great promotion for the show.
Then, we drove over to Blue Palms Brew House to get some dinner.
The Brew House is attached to a club, and there was a concert going on, so we could feel some of the bass vibrating throughout dinner. We'll actually be at the same club for a show in a couple of weeks. But otherwise, we had a nice meal. Simon had the house hefeweizen, and I tried a Ladyface La Blonde, which was a Belgian Pale Ale, and a Craftsman 1903 Lager, which was a very tasty pale lager. Simon always gets the house hef from this place, and I would get either of the beers I tried again. As for food, we had a cheese plate,
Simon's meal left room for improvement. Mine was delicious, but it (and the cheese plate) was no Station Taproom. We miss them!
In just a bit, we will be headed off to Carlsbad, California, just a couple hours south of here, to spend a week in this beach house.
Just across the street from the house is the beach! I am anxious to log some time in the West Coast sands, Simon is happy about having slightly over a week off from work, and we are both looking forward to seeing family. I will definitely be back with updates on the house and our activities in Carlsbad. Talk to you soon!