September 24th, 2007
|12:17 pm - Weekend Report: Rhymes with oo|
Makes a good double bill with Equus
This weekend I actually reacquainted myself with my kitchen and cooked a dinner. Hello, funnel! Hello, Chinese skimmer/strainer! (Both were used to fry some garlic in olive oil.) On the menu was New York strip steak, classic baked potato (rubbed first in butter and flaked sea salt), steamed baby spinach, and chocolate cake and a glass of ice-cold milk for dessert. I wanted to get some additional veggies, but I was dismayed while shopping at how expensive everything is in our urban not-so-supermarkets: asparagus - $5, corn on the cob - $4 for three ears, mushrooms - don’t ask. Even the $5 tray of baby spinach cooked down to less than two 1/3-cup servings. At least I felt a little less guilty about, like so many New Yorkers, relying as much as I do on prepared and take-out food. Watching all those episodes of Alton Brown’s Good Eats seems to have paid off -- although I felt a bit rusty in the kitchen and I’ve never cooked a lot of steaks at home, I actually managed to time everything so they were ready at the same time, and the steaks weren’t overcooked, properly medium rare for roommate, and medium for me.
Then I did something that I’ve never done before: watched an episode of Dr. Who. I didn’t follow everything that happened (they have a lot of story arcs and characters that reference past seasons/incarnations), but I was impressed with the production values, performances, humor, and directing: although only 45 minutes long, it was better than many science fiction films I see. An added bonus was this episode had Derek Jacobi as a guest star, and he’s such a fine actor he’s always a pleasure to watch.
Sunday it was off to a birthday celebration for danbearnyc and Katherine/deafdyke at Dan’s
Ikea showroom lovely Queens apartment. Dan sure throws a good party. Lots of great food, so many guests they spilled into multiple rooms of Dan’s railroad flat, great music, and plenty of wine, champagne, and booze flowing. Had a great time chatting with Christopher/theoctothorpe, Moose/liftinmoose and his hubby, Matt/badfaggot, Cliff/jazzbearny, among others, as well as the birthday boy and girl.
I had the temerity to try and gift Dan with a DVD I thought he might not already have in his 1,500+ collection with the obscure but delightful The Saddest Music in the World by Guy Maddin, but it turns out he’s an Isabella Rossellini fan. But maybe at least he now has the cool extras on the DVD (including the delerious Sissy-Boy Slap Party short), a lot of times when duping a commercial DVD you have to leave off all the extras to get the movie to fit on a single disc. I was much more successful with bikerchick Katherine’s gift, a copy of Riding with Rilke, to my knowledge the only book about both motorcycling and English literature (she’s also a professorchick).
Thanks to the thoughtfulness of Dan of duping me some of the more outre videos he finds, I left with more DVDs than I arrived with, Slavoj Žižek's delightful The Pervert's Guide to Cinema, the zoophilic Zoo, and the faboo Who Are You, Polly Magoo?
|Date:||September 24th, 2007 04:37 pm (UTC)|| |
Thanks for the endorsement, it now moves to the top of the DVDs to watch pile.
(BTW, did you ever watch Something for Everyone, or did the dub not play in your DVD?)
It is in a giant stack of DVDs on my TV, unfortunately being pushed down by work-related stuff. But I will get to it one of these days, I swear.
|Date:||September 24th, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)|| |
It'll be good whenever you need an Angela Lansbury or Michael York fix.