Uncle Hyena (unclehyena) wrote,
Uncle Hyena

Time, Puss, Bridge, Vigil, Kilt, Family

Busy weekend: Two movies, a concert, a trip to the wilds of Indiana, and a few other things...

"In Time" is an SF thriller with an absurd premise and a good cast that is executed well. The effort to change the language to match the premise by substituting "time" for "money" in common expressions was a bit jarring whenever it occurred, but the movie was interesting and fun to watch anyway.

"Puss in Boots" is an animated fairy tale action movie. It is a short movie, but seems a bit thin on plot anyway. It is a tolerable movie, but part of me wishes they had chosen to take the story back to its roots (the original Puss in Boots was a swindler, not a swashbuckler).

On Saturday night we made a pilgrimage to Watertown, WI (about 100 miles) to see Water Street Bridge in concert, and had a lot of fun. We went home, got four hours of sleep, and then drove another hundred miles into Indiana to have dinner with Dementia's aunt and uncle.

Monday I celebrated the turn of the Celtic year with a hospitality ritual: At sundown, I built a fire in the fireplace and opened the front door, and then kept the door open and the fire burning until the sun came up. I invited more than 100 people, but only five showed up. Still, it was a lot of fun. An oddment about the names of the attendees: Two Carls, two Julies, two Pauls, and a Shirley.

A friend had told me that the new Tilted Kilt in Vernon Hills had a really good ten ounce hamburger, and I was at loose ends on Friday afternoon, so I decided to check it out. The burger was very good, one of the best I have ever had, and the price was tolerable. The service was good; my waitress was beautiful, competent, and friendly. The decor was pretty standard faux Irish/Scottish pub, which is fine with me; the place was unpleasantly noisy, but not obnoxiously so. I will almost certainly NOT be back, because I found the place oppressive. If Hooters has positioned itself in the middle ground between sports bar and strip club, Twisted Kilt has positioned itself between Hooters and strip club. I was hoping, rather foolishly, that Twisted Kilt would feel LESS like a strip club than Hooters, and was disappointed. (For the record, I find strip clubs oppressing and depressing, and I avoid them unless coerced.) So Tilted Kilt joins Hooters on my "avoid" list. But damn, that was a good hamburger...

Uncle Hyena
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