Sunday, November 11, 2012
Yesterday was a fairly quiet day for us. Susan made a trip to the market to pick up a few necessities and we stopped by Carosel to invite Jordi and Carol to Thanksgiving dinner. Jordi will come later in the afternoon after the lunch rush at the restaurant is over and Carol, we hope, will arrive with the rest of the guests. On our way back home, we stopped off at the bakery and picked up four different empanadas and we warmed them up when we got home and they became the basis for a light lunch. Brian and Ofelia had invited us to have dinner with them and we knew that there would be an abundance of food in the evening.
We headed out a little after 7:00 and it took us about twenty minutes to walk to Brian and Ofelia’s. Ofelia had been out of town for a bit visiting with friends and family in Belgium. As always, it was good to catch up with her again. We caught up with each other over a drink and Brian excused himself now and again to check on the progress of dinner. The recent election was a topic of our conversations, also. When Brian called us to the table, we all took our seats and watched the buffet fill up with all the goodies that Brian had prepared for us.
Brian prepared a turkey curry with rice, green beans and all the traditional goodies that accompany a curry. Brian had also baked some Naan and there was also a plate piled high with papadams. The curry had the right amount of heat and it was so good that I had to go back for more. Dessert was fresh mango, which is now in season here in Spain. We chatted a bit more before we opened a bottle of cava to celebrate Obama’s reelection. Then it was time to clear the table and do some magic.
Last night, in addition to doing a couple of my old favorites, I had the chance to try out a few new effects that I have been and am still working on. The effects played well and there was also a learning experience for me. In setting up things for the evening’s performance I had neglected to check one important detail and, true to the laws of magic, it rose up to bite me in the ass. The good news is I know what I did wrong and that, mistake aside, the presentation is spot on.
The festivities ended around 11:30 and Brian very kindly drove us back home. We did not get to bed until after midnight. Today we head out to A Nou for a special event. I will tell you all about it tomorrow.