To the evils we deplore"--harry emerson fosdick
Last night we went to the new version of "Pride and Prejudice", which proved a very pleasant surprise indeed. I would not have believed that Keira Knightley could handle Elizabeth Bennett properly, nor that Colin Firth's Darcy would be easy to replace, but the leading characters were grand, and the aesthetic choices on places to deviate from holy austenite text were interesting.
We then went to Naan, the Korean place next to the Angelika Theater, for a round of sushi. The waitress, Megan, turned out to be one of those young women with lots of vim and personality, the kind of forthright soul with whom one can make extended eye contact. My wife asked her if she was in college, and we thereby learned that she is finishing her degree in sales and marketing while working doing promotion for the local "classic hits" radio station. We ordered a tray full of sushi, whose consumption reminded me of how much I enjoy smoked salmon sushi.
Today in church we sang a very hip Ghana version of "kyrie eleison", as well as hymns known to and loved by me.
The sermon, by a new associate minister, centered on how some bedrock things stay the same, but how religion must change in its inessentials and approach if it is to retain an appeal. I think that arising early for an 8:15 service appeals to me.
When I walked young Ted, who turns 11 this month, by Glenover Pond, we had a perambulator incident. A kind neighbor, in gym attire with a Marine haircut, was pushing a cute pram filled with (a) one happy daughter and (b) one happy white terrier. Ted and I had taken a brief adjournment off the sidewalk so that we might converse about a matter of importance to Ted in relative privacy. The man sped up, seeing the potential for an international incident. Sadly, though, as he flew the perambulator by us, the white terrier hopped off, chin-first. The terrier did not mind the resulting smash/thump/bop fracas of connecting with the ground. His owner, though, headed him rapdily back pram-ward for the outbound journey. Ted watched, wishing they would come and play.
A few moments later, a rat terrier diverted briefly from a "fetch" session to say hi to Ted, who, in turn, hopped around like a bunny, but, upon a caution from its master, realized that neither snow nor rain nor the sight of a small brown Tibetan canine should stop the fetch deliverer from his accustomed route. During my walk with Ted, I thought about writing a kind of ode to my late dog Scout in a variant of the old LiveJournal meme, titling the post "Ten Things My Small White Dead Lhasa Did Which You may not Have Done", but as the Days of the Dead are over, I decided not to shoot that particular dog into print.
At 6 p.m., my sister and my niece rolled into town, bringing a large leather sofa my father no longer uses. We all ate a taco soup for which we got the recipe at Weight Watchers, and then my brother arrived and all three siblings worked remarkably well together in getting the sofa upstairs. My brother departed to return to his multiple-player-mass-chaos-he-already-ha
"The Lady of Spain" pre-set on my 10 dollar eBay-purchased electric keyboard. We watched the "Wizard of Oz", and I realized that its lyricist, along with the founder of the first "no kill" animal shelters, would be the answer to my poll question about great unsung Americans deserving of an essay.
A good weekend, but a short one. Another weekend is but a week away.