Friday, February 27, 2009

A great birthday

My birthday is normally not much of an event these days. I have also always had trouble trying to find something I really wanted to do that I would enjoy. This year I put a little thought into it. I don't really have a favorite resturant or type of food that I gravitate to. So when asked where I wanted to go I thought about it for a while and said I'd like to eat at a home style italian resturant where I could get a Calzone, Pizza or pasta that was home made and not some food chain style dish. So I did a bit of looking and decided on a place we hadn't been to in years, a great family italian resturant that had what I was looking for. I ordered the Calzone which was $20 and Chris had Eggplant Parm. We both had a glass of italian wine. I suspected the Calzone would be big at the price and figured I'd be taking it home but I didn't expect it to be HUGE. I ate about 1/3 of it and took the rest home. It was great food though. We then went to our new Century Movie theater at the Mall and saw Grand Torino with Clint Eastwood which was VERY good. Went home and watched TV and fell asleep on the couch.

It was a great birthday. One of the best in a few years. I guess it goes to show that a little thought about something and some planning can sometimes help make an otherwise normal day turn into something you really enjoy.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

I'm not that much into music

Never have been probably never will be. Not sure why. But I got a crazy reminder of it when Chris and I went to a Play this month called The Seafared by Conor McPherson at Artist Repertory Theatre. The play, which is about 4 Irish men, drinking, gambling and the devil, has an odd line in it from the fellow who apparently is "The" Devil. Someone turns the music on and he cringes and says he can't really hear it and that it annoys him and he asks if someone could just turn it off. Which made me wonder, am I the Devil?

Now I don't really think that music anoys me or that I can't hear it, well most if it anyway. I'm mostly just indifferent. I don't own an iPod and the CD's of my music would fit in a shoe box. I only have 2 points in time that my musical tastes come from. The first is when I was 10 (1973) and it was what my parents were listening to on records and the radio and again when I was a teen (1976-1981) in a small town that didn't have a record store or local radio station. What filtered into our small Oregon logging community was always years behind the trend. So I like the beatles, Peter Paul & Mary, Simon & Garfunkle, Harry Chapin, Jim Croce, Carol King, Elton John, and John Denver. I also like Kenny Rodgers, Cher, Don McLean, a few others that had hits in those years.
Most of the time I prefer silence to music. I listen to the car radio with top 40 hits from the past as background music most of the time. Once in a great while some song will come along that grabs me and I listen to it for a while but then I always go back the silence. I'm just not a music culture person. I prefer movies and television as my cultural interest I guess?