Monday, November 26, 2012
Our weekend was fairly quiet. We did not do much of anything until Saturday evening when we walked over to Brian and Ofelia’s place for a repeat of Thanksgiving. Olivia was in for the weekend and since she is a great fan of the Thanksgiving meal, Brian was happy to oblige her. In addition to the turkey we enjoyed the usual accompaniments. The best surprise showed up on the dessert table. Brian made a pecan pie with the pecans that Susan had bought at Trader Joe’s just before we left. I can’t remember the last time that I had a piece of pecan pie, but every time I get to taste it, it brings back memories of Foxcroft days. I always think of Loretta at The Coach Stop and her customary greeting – “Hey y’all! How ya doin?” – and Bette Livingston, Applegate Dorm Housemother and the baker of some of the best pecan pies I have ever gobbled down.
Brian and Ofelia had invited their neighbor, José Antonio, to join us. He had always heard of Thanksgiving dinner, but had never experienced it. José Antonio is a rather talkative fellow and it was hard to get a word in edgewise all evening. To use my mother’s favorite expression, he must have been vaccinated with a phonograph needle. I did do some magic after coffee and dessert and everyone seemed to enjoy my selection of effects.
Sunday was a lazy day, too. We did venture forth in the late afternoon to go to the movies. We saw a Ken Loach film called “The Angels’ Share”. Set in Scotland it deals with one man’s attempt to escape from a life of crime and poverty. It certainly has its dramatic and violent moments, but it is, for the most part, a rather enjoyable comedy that leaves you with a good feeling at the end. We saw the original version with Spanish subtitles. That was a good thing because without the subtitles we never would have understood half of what was being said.
Sunday night has become Inspector Lewis night and we watched another episode from the second season. The three episodes that comprised the first season have finally been made available of iTunes and we purchased them the other day.
We need to pay another visit to Patraix this week since we were unable to get a number on Friday. We will try again either on Wednesday or Thursday and I am afraid there is no alternative to getting in line at 7:00 AM and waiting until 9:00 AM when they hand out numbers and then spend an additional hour or two or three waiting to get into the building. Oh, well!