Date 7: Movie beats the heat
With our fourth date featuring a not-as-good-as-we'd hoped movie, I spent some time last week thinking about trying the movies yet again. We'd both had some interest in seeing movies like Cars, but when I looked at the theaters, most of our interests had moved on. However, the Aquarius theater in Palo Alto had this movie listed: Little Miss Sunshine I checked out one trailer, thought it looked like a winner, and asked Littlestar if she'd like to see it with me. She watched all three trailers and agreed. :)
The actual day of the date caught the tail end of this summer's heat wave. Littlestar met me near the theater and already looked like she just needed to sit down somewhere. After a brief search, we settled on a fairly new Mediterranean place the name of which I can't recall right now. Littlestar was kind of listless and had eaten a very late lunch, so she kind of wilted into her seat while I ate something and tried to make conversation.
After that, we wandered over to kill some time in a bike shop (air conditioning), checking out the many ways one can spend money (and wondering why the cuter tire pump costs so much more...).
Then it was on to the theater. Littlestar was still quiet, not yet revived by the air conditioning. A person could see all that quiet as a bad sign, but I figured it was just the unpleasantly hot day and let it go at that. As it happens, I was right. :) As the movie started and the cool of the theater kicked in, she woke right up and smiled.
Fortunately, Little Miss Sunshine was a brilliant movie, more than making up for the disappointment of our last movie outing. This is a date review rather than a movie review, but we loved the movie, and left the theater talking about how such a seemingly off-kilter movie can come together so well, and what made it as good as it was. It's exciting coming out of a movie like that, full of ideas from the shared experience.
The day's heat had burned off by the time the movie ended, so we ambled down University avenue, eventually settling in for a couple of hot (white) chocolates. We were in a definite movie groove, going over the one we'd just seen, talking about how movies do or don't work and leafing through a summer indie movie guide I'd snagged at the theater.
It's good to know our tastes in movies coincide. I can see many more trips to fun movies, indie or mainstream, in the future.