My wife has her birthday on the 20th and mine is on the 24th, so we usually celebrate them together. On Saturday we had our birthday date.
We went to see Funny People. I’m one of those hated people who actually enjoys the standard-issue Adam Sandler movie where he stumbles around, babbling like an ignoramus. But Funny People mixed this up by having Sandler play an actor who was typecast as a babbling ignoramus. Somewhere down that particular hall of mirrors was a charming film with solid laughs that was a bit overlong. The ending worked, and we left the theater thoughtful and talking about the characters rather than re-hashing the jokes in search of our favorites. Unexpected.
Then it was to Red Lobster. I usually tell people, “I don’t eat seafood 300 miles inland”. But we were in the mood. Today’s catch: FRIED BREADING. What luck! That’s my favorite kind of fish!
Then Left 4 Dead. Incidentally, if you play Left 4 Dead on the Twenty Sided server from time to time, then you might want to download Death Aboard, and / or Dam It!, which are user-made campaigns which have been added to the server. Not quite up to Valve level quality, but they’re still fun and a nice change of pace.
Tomorrow I turn 38. Today is the last day I can tell people “I’m not old”, in the Dennis the Peasant voice. So, I guess tomorrow I turn old.
Bah. I’ve had worse.
Two minutes of fun at the expense of a badly-run theme park.
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