Date 4: Sea movies, seafood
Since we'd both enjoyed the first movie, I asked Littlestar out to see Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest with me. We were there a touch early and sat and chatted in the theater, then watched a bunch of previews that I had to ask her to help me remember afterward. :) It was fun watching her reaction to each one, though.
He's forgotten pretty much all the previews. :) It was pretty funny. I remembered a few based on cute guys and then I was able to fill in the rest. Honestly, the previews for upcoming movies didn't really have me jazzed about them. Tsk.
I'd wanted nachos or something sweet, but everything was so expensive! I oogled them from afar instead. :P
We were both a little nonplussed by the movie itself. It just wasn't nearly as good as the first. We left the theater talking about why this one didn't tickle us as much as the first one, and movies in general. We headed over to downtown Mountain View for an after-movie dinner together. Originally, I'd suggested Tied House, but I changed my mind (is that a bad thing on a date?) and suggested Cafe Yulong instead.
I was really bummed out by the movie. :P I felt robbed, except it hadn't been my money. I liked some of the sets and colors, and it turns out the Rick Heinrichs was the production designer... He worked on a lot of projects with Tim Burton, so it made sense that I liked that stuff.
I was secretly relieved that the restaurant choice had changed. I hadn't really liked the food at Tied House the few times I'd gone.
I think that was a good choice -- littlestar took her revenge on the movie by ordering seafood everything. Crab rangoon, mu shu shrimp, shrimp in lobster sauce. Some odd timing on the dishes gave us a three-course meal, which I didn't mind at all. It was nice sitting and talking while we waited for food to come.
We kept up the movie talk that we'd started at the theater. I asked littlestar she'd want to be involved if a movie were someday made from a book or other thing she created. She said yes, but only to have veto power over bad decisions. When she turned the question back around at me, I said that I'd want to be really involved -- it just seems so exciting to be able to contribute to a movie, even though the final film is never any one person's vision.
Eventually, full of warm food and warm tea in a warm restaurant, we opted to head out for the cooler sidewalk. I asked Littlestar if she'd help me pick out a birthday card for my sister, which she was happy to do. She also showed off her method of bookstore browsing -- bargain books first. I'm not sure why it wasn't an orderly progression through those bargain books (me: "Oh, there's more?" her: "Of course."), but it was fun to tag along with the expert. We both ended up buying a card (mine for my sister, hers for a friend) after wandering around together for a while.
It was a nice, casual day (even if I am still a little too nervous during dates...I have to reign myself in from the desire to constantly check to make sure everything's going okay -- not at all cool, that).
I noticed that he seemed a little nervous and asked him if I made him nervous. In retrospect, that might not have been helpful. :P
After the bookstore, when he commented how warm the day was, I asked him if he wanted to come by my place for some water or drinks. He declined, saying that he lived pretty close by. I don't think he knew that I was offering to let him in my place for once. Oh well. Obviously, I have to be more forward. :P
I'll have to rabbit check him later. :)