November 21st, 2009

abstract butterfly

falling star

I rose early and listened to a legal seminar about preparing one's practice for one's own death or for an office disaster. I found this thought-provoking. We have a number of the recommendations already in place, but it is good to hear more ideas on this important topic.

We started our morning at nearby Sonny's Donuts, eating cinnamon rolls. Sonny is a man about my age who immigrated here from South Korea. My wife mentioned to me one day that on rainy days, Sonny escorts customers in from their cars with an umbrella. We noticed that now someone wrote a chapter of a business motivational book on this same fact, which Sonny now has framed on his wall. "This book is about me", he said to me.

We went to the 10:05 a.m. showing of the new Sandra Bullock movie "Blind Spot". This movie entertained us very much. I liked that Sandra Bullock played a character with enough scope for her to show her comic gifts. I liked the cotton-candy Hollywood biopic feel of the movie, like a 40s biopic. I liked the way the movie did not take itself too seriously. I liked the way the movie gave a sympathetic portrayal of a red state Republican, in an era in which too many people in media of all persuasions tend to litmus test people based on political affiliation. I thought the movie showed in terms anyone can understand the huge gap between rich and poor in this country. The movie is cotton-candy, and yet good to eat.

We went to lunch at Elke's restaurant. My wife is a regular at this friendly lunch place, but she had not been in a few weeks due to a new work assignment. I had Carribean pulled pork and fresh fruit, while my wife had baked chicken and vegetables. We each had a fresh macaroon.

We talked together about the local French bakery Voila!, which recently failed. Whenever a bakery fails, an angel cries. I thought they had the traffic to pull through, but times are hard even in Texas,where the recession has been much less sharp than elsewhere. I think, too, that this form of business requires minimal outside staff and maximum owner-operator operation,which can be a challenging economic model to manage and achieve.

I fell asleep on the sofa, and woke up to watch a thrilling sports contest in which the University of Mississippi defeated Louisiana State University in football. I took the dogs for a walk in the park on a pleasant dark evening.

We drove to Genghis Grill and ate Mongolian barbecue. Then we went to Yogurtville for desert, where I had pumpkin yogurt covered with multi-colored marshmallows, graham crackers and a little granola. As we drove, my wife saw a falling star.