Retro Films and Dinner in the City

Trip Start Dec 29, 2008
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Trip End Jan 04, 2009


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Monday, December 29, 2008

Our holiday staycation began after Phil's gruelingly tiresome holiday retail season when he could finally take some time away from work.  He planned to organize the garage, and while sifting through boxes and straightening the place, he happened upon some laminate flooring left over from a previous project, so he set to work installing the wood in our guest bedroom.  He is doing an excellent job, I might add, and I am so glad we decided not to travel this go round because we will have beautiful floors and some items added to our list of home updates by the end of this week.

I was able to pull Phil away from his project for a few hours this evening, however, as we planned to visit Ballantyne Commons, a very special movie theater that presents retro films at certain times of the year, such as the holiday season.  We were able to see a movie at a ritzy theater for $5 a piece, and we viewed one of my childhood favorites, The Wizard of Oz.  We seated ourselves on the end of one of the middle rows in the theater, and to my surprise, the Wicked Witch, the Scarecrow, and Dorothy herself were seated in the middle of our row!  A woman had dressed up her three little children in the costumes on a family outing to the theater, and I was tickled pink!  The movie came alive in a new way for me this evening, and it had been such a long time since I had seen the classic, that I felt I was watching it with fresh eyes and an adult perspective, indulging in the innocence and beauty of the message to stop looking for things abroad which you may find within. 

From there, we ventured downtown to the Presto Bar and Grille, where we enjoyed the venue with precious few others, as we were dining at around 8 P.M. on  a Monday night.  I ate Seafood Jambalaya Pasta, and to this New Orleans girl, I was pleasantly surprised by the flavors and aroma of the dish, which instantly zapped me back in time to the scent of my mother's and grandmother's shrimp creole dishes...green bell peppers and yellow onions in a tomato based sauce, a New Orleanian's dream.  Philip ordered a steak, which he devoured, in spite of his belly full of Reese's Pieces from our cinema excursion.

On the whole, we had an exceptional evening, proving to ourselves that we can enjoy life in our own backyard just as well as we can in Paris or London.
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