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Posted on 2007.03.17 at 21:30
Current Location: 63114
Current Music: Man of La Mancha - 1965 Original Broadway Cast
galinda822 showed up for our Friday night Movie Night to watch Casino Royale. While I enjoyed the complex story line, and the individual scenes which made up the movie prior to tying everything together, I had but two disappointments. The title sequence, and the complete lack of Q. Of course with the downplay of high-tech gadgetry in this film, I understand it. I just didn't like it. The womenfolk, however, were only interested in reminiscing about how swoonfully gorgeous Pierce Brosnan was. We're all in agreement though, another viewing is definitely in order. I smoke-grilled the most perfect burgers for our evening, and galinda822 provided yummy ice cream & magic shell toppings. We killed the 5-litre mini-keg of Heineken and called the evening a success.

The next morning, my wife took the boy and I took little girl and went our separate ways running errands. You can accomplish quite a lot when you divide and conquer! This also marks the first time I've actually seen the cartoon Avatar: The Last Airbender I was duly impressed with the subtleties of the characters and both the great cinematic direction and the stunning imagery. Wife found the DVD box set at Target for $58. That and Oban Star-Racers appeal to me. I'd like to watch more of them both. ximo is probably intimately familiar with them both.

That evening we had dinner with the neighbors. A traditional Palestinian meal. Grilled pork kabobs sweetened with allspice, ground beef & parsley kabobs, and eggplant, onion & poblano pepper kabobs. Homemade hummus, barbecue chicken, and for desert, homemade baklava. It was a fantastic meal and a nice time visiting. Since there were eight children there (including my two), and our hosts had them all day, I took five of them home with me when we left.

That's when we popped in the only other James Bond I have on DVD, the officially dreadful, Die Another Day. I think I'm going to dust off my laserdiscs so I can watch Goldeneye when this one is over. Unfortunately, I'm on another SRT this weekend...the good news is, it's not mine!

...we are now in Don Quixote's bedroom, where he has fallen into a coma. Antonia, Sancho, the Housekeeper, the priest, and Carrasco are all there. Sancho tries to cheer up Quixote. Don Quixote eventually awakens, and when questioned, reveals that he is now sane, remembering his life as Quixote as a vague dream. He realizes that he is now dying, and asks the priest to help him make out his will. As Quixote begins to dictate, Aldonza forces her way in. She has come to visit Quixote because she has found that she can no longer bear to be anyone but Dulcinea. When he does not recognize her, she sings "Dulcinea" (reprise) to him and tries to help him remember the words of "The Impossible Dream". Suddenly, he remembers everything...

But this is not seemly, My Lady.
On thy knees? To me?

Oh, my Lord, you are not well!

Not well? What is sickness to the body of a knight-errant?
What matter wounds? For each time he falls he shall rise
again... and woe to the wicked! Sancho!

Here, Your Grace!

My armor! My sword!

More misadventures!

Adventures, old friend!

Oh the trumpets of glory
Now call me to ride,
Yes, the trumpets are calling to me,
And wherever I ride,
Ever staunch at my side
My squire and my lady shall be!
I am I, Don Quixote...

The Lord of la Mancha
Our destiny calls and we go!
And the wild winds of fortune Shall carry us onward,
Oh, whi...(Don Quixote falters)

My Lord!


Whithersoever they blow
Onward to glory...Aaaah!...I go...
(Don Quixote crumples to the floor, dead.)

My Lord...

He is dead.
My master is dead.

A man died.
He seemed a good man, but I did not know him,


Don Quixote is not dead. Believe, Sancho, believe.


My name is Dulcinea.


CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-03-18 08:20 (UTC) (Link)
ehowton at 2007-03-18 15:30 (UTC) (Link)
I'm not going to repeat myself.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-03-18 21:06 (UTC) (Link)
No problemo Senor Howton!!!
galinda822 at 2007-03-19 00:29 (UTC) (Link)
The burgers were delicious! My first grilled meal of the season. Yum!

I will forever compare all future James Bond actors to Pierce. I remember watching him on "Remington Steele" and thinking then that he should be 007. He was so perfect for that role!
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-03-19 01:04 (UTC) (Link)
Don't you mean the meal was "Yum-O".

A potato eater good at playing an English spy, I think not.
ehowton at 2007-03-19 02:22 (UTC) (Link)
The burgers were fantastic.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-03-19 03:19 (UTC) (Link)
With you cooking them I'm sure they were fantastic.
galinda822 at 2007-03-19 02:28 (UTC) (Link)
He moved to London when he was 11 yrs. Good enough for me!
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2007-03-19 03:21 (UTC) (Link)
You can take the potato eater out of Ireland but you can't take the Ireland out of the potato eater!!!
ehowton at 2007-03-19 02:21 (UTC) (Link)
I was in Korea when Goldeneye was released (his first) and I was overwhelmed with how awesome of a job he did.

In the case of Daniel Craig, while I greatly enjoyed the movie, I felt that this entire production was simply exposition in introducing him for the next picture. I can't wait!
leonardii at 2007-03-21 15:01 (UTC) (Link)
Know of any rumors floating around to what exactly may be next? Another adaptation, or something more Avant-garde?

I already can't wait to see this film... much less the next!
leonardii at 2007-03-19 05:14 (UTC) (Link)
I have yet to see the new James Bond film. No Q!?? Hmm... well. I'll just have to see the film to make my final judgment.

Burgers sounded most excellent. We grilled salmon this evening. I've done it so many times now - I've got the process perfected. I actually wrap foil all over the fish so it gets grilled AND steamed. MMMM. It makes it soft, moist, and very tasty. You should try it the next time you grill some sort of water creature with gills and fins.
ehowton at 2007-03-19 05:21 (UTC) (Link)
Alas my old friend, I would...but I smoke mine on the grill while they cook on low heat. I'm afraid that wrapping them in foil, while keeping them soft & moist, would remove that smoky-goodness I so tenderly infuse them with.

Tell you what - when I run out of smoking pellets, I'll do just that!
leonardii at 2007-03-19 16:26 (UTC) (Link)
That's exactly what happened! I ran out of wood to smoke - so I thought I'd try something a little different.

We found out - it was good. Damn good. And sometimes, change is good. Maybe try it - just for something a-la-different.

Or not.

You can wait until the moment comes (however unlikely) that you run out of pellets and then give it a good effort. But now that I think about it... I said I wrap up the fish, but I meant more like - I just lay a piece of foil on top and make sure it's relatively secure. I'm sure with this method - the smoke would surely flow underneath the "lid" of foil.

Wait a minute - how about try this... roll up some foil to make a "tube" then pipe the smoke to the fish underneath the foil "lid". I may have to try my own idea! Yeah - that does sound quite interesting! I'm glad I talked myself into that one. Thanks!

Man, just talking to you I become an idea dynamo!
ehowton at 2007-03-20 02:37 (UTC) (Link)
Its a gift...and a curse. Get well soon.
leonardii at 2007-03-21 05:19 (UTC) (Link)
I suppose it would be... and believe it or not - I truly understand. People constantly are a magnet to me because I generate an immense aura of happiness.

Man, they suck the life right out of me. I give and give and give. I just wonder - when is it my turn?

It's a blessing for me - yes. And a curse too, because when I have to ask somebody to leave my life... they fall to pieces.

The next time we speak - remind me to tell you something personal about one of my doctors. You won't believe this one!! I couldn't believe it myself. But it's true.

So yes - I understand... at least I think I understand why you say it's a blessing and a curse. We'll have to talk and compare notes to truly see if we are on the same level. But I think we are...
ehowton at 2007-03-21 05:28 (UTC) (Link)
I look forward to that day with great anticipation sir!
leonardii at 2007-03-21 14:56 (UTC) (Link)
Oh man, so do I... SO DO I!!
leonardii at 2007-03-21 05:20 (UTC) (Link)
And I am getting better... thanks. ;)
ehowton at 2007-03-21 05:31 (UTC) (Link)
You're a pillar of strength, even in sickness.
leonardii at 2007-03-21 15:02 (UTC) (Link)
Your words are my pillar, my friend.
(Anonymous) at 2007-03-28 01:56 (UTC) (Link)

Believe, Sancho, believe

I hear the music as I read the words. I still cry at this one song
ehowton at 2007-03-28 02:04 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Believe, Sancho, believe

It moves me.
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