Nov 102012

The last few years Eric has flown out on the week­end of the San­ta Bar­bara Marathon for a vis­it and to run the marathon. This year it was the won­der­ful vis­it only as he has an acute heel prob­lem that pre­vented his run­ning. So we were free to play more and eat with­out restric­tion.

He arrived on Thurs­day after­noon. We dropped by for a vis­it with Phyl­lis before grab­bing some sup­plies at Whole Foods, some intend­ed as part of a nice long vis­it into the night at Ralph’s. Fri­day we had lunch with Tom at Stack­y’s and ran around look­ing at a few hous­ing options for me. Sat­ur­day Eric, Tom, and I went on a 30 mile bike ride that includ­ed many stops and starts that con­sumed two or three times as much time as either of them take to reach that dis­tance. Tom final­ly had to bid our tor­toise selves good­bye and speed off to get home, cleaned, and ready for a 12:30 show at the OUT­ra­geous film fes­ti­val.

Eric and I slugged on to Cody’s for lunch then a great vis­it with the own­er of a beau­ti­ful 1964 Bianchi bicy­cle in fan­tas­tic con­di­tion that we spied out­side. Sat­ur­day evening we took in Den­zel’s new movie “Flight”. We both liked it but not­ed the inter­est­ing choice with Eric fly­ing home on Sun­day. Some of this is doc­u­ment­ed in the avail­able slideshow that starts with a sim­ple click above.

Eric, Phyl­lis, and I had a nice Skype video chat with Car­ol P in Eng­land on Sun­day and anoth­er Skype video chat on Sat­ur­day with Jill in Mysore, India dur­ing which Jill asked that we water her Mey­er lemons, took us on a vir­tu­al tour of her digs in India, and intro­duced us to a curi­ous new Russ­ian acquain­tance of hers, Vladimir. This is some­what doc­u­ment­ed in the video below (which we are pre­tend­ing to be a Skype chat with Jill) but what is most doc­u­ment­ed is the won­der­ful, fun time we have when we get togeth­er.

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A Prophet” — a really great film

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Sep 252010

A Prophet -- A Great Movie!

Car­ol, Steve, and I watched “A Prophet” tonight. I’ve been fas­ci­nat­ed since view­ing the pre­view at some film last year, so put it in the ‘flix queue, and then it arrived. Car­ol and I both thought it a superb film. Click on the mon­tage to see what IMDB has to say, it’s not for every­body.

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Wonderful Argentine Movie

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May 112010

This year’s Acad­e­my Award win­ner for Best For­eign Lan­guage Film is now
in San­ta Bar­bara. Car­ol Born­stein and I saw it last evening and both of us found it very
worth the view­ing. Click on the image to read more.

Ricar­do Darín, Soledad Vil­lamil, and Guiller­mo Fran­cel­la

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Very FUN movie for Pride and Prejudice fans

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May 082010

Car­ol Pre­ston and I watched a most won­der­ful spin on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prej­u­dice, “Lost in Austen”, a 2008 BBC mini-series. In it a 2008 25 year old Lon­don woman and pas­sion­ate P & P read­er steps through a yet undis­cov­ered door in her show­er and straight into the home of the Ben­nets in 1800. Too Fun! Like Austen? Watch this!

Fore­ground 2008 — Back­ground 1800

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May 052010

Car­ol brought over all the veg­ees, neigh­bor Jill pro­vid­ed some
mar­i­nat­ed shrooms, and Ashe added the Mahi-Mahi.

Ashe sneak­ing up on the grill to check on things while Car­ol awaits with our movie. Low­er left: our fin­ished meal all ready to take off the grill.

After our yum­my din­ner we watched “An Edu­ca­tion”.

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Apr 272010

Last fall at my sis­ter’s sug­ges­tion I watched and loved the 1972 BBC series of War and Peace. I then decid­ed to reread the nov­el. It was so won­der­ful I imme­di­ate­ly turned to Anna Karen­i­na which I found even more enjoy­able. In choos­ing the version/translation of Anna Karen­i­na I was led at Chaucer’s to the hus­band and wife trans­la­tor team of Richard Pevear and Laris­sa Volokhon­sky as pro­vid­ing the best and most inter­est­ing trans­la­tions of clas­sic Russ­ian lit­er­a­ture. I can now only agree and have moved on to their trans­la­tion of The Broth­ers Kara­ma­zov.

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