28 November 2013

Happy Thanksgiving 2013

The last weekend of the St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) saw me watch a pair of movies, using the passes I earned for working volunteer shifts earlier in SLIFF. I was at Webster University's Moore Auditorium on Saturday (23 Nov.) for a screening of the 1924 classic "Greed," with live music by a small orchestra. I had seen the movie on cable a few years ago, but was real impressed by this presentation. The next night, at the Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville, Illinois, I attended a screening of "Something in the Water," a documentary about the St. Louis classic rock scene from the late 1960s to early 1980s. Very nice film, I thought. I was invited to SLIFF's closing night awards ceremony that night in midtown St. Louis, but I decided not to, since I had to be up early the next morning for work. (You can get a festival wrap, including award winners, at www.cinemastlouis.org.)

Before the Sunday night movie, I was at the St. Louis Art Museum for a Introverts Meetup. Only two of us showed up (six had said yes), which was a disappointment, but we had a fine time browsing some of the exhibits. This was first visit to the museum in over three decades. I then went to the Central West End, where I had dinner at a Lebanese restaurant there, before going on to the Wildey.

Auto rental vehicle prep work went rather well, with yesterday in particular a bit busy due to the the holiday today. Late Monday afternoon, the area manager stopped by to give me a company jacket and beanie, which I like very much and find very practical due to the cold weather here of late. I'm back at it tomorrow morning.

I was at the monthly soccer referee clinic Monday night (25 Nov.), and the monthly IPMS/Gateway business meeting the next night. I went from work to both events, with a short stop for supper both times.

Today is Thanksgiving Day and it was very nice. My brother Rick came to town last night with his wife Melissa and son Alex. They, my parents and I were joined for dinner tonight by Melissa's cousin Oliver Block, his wife Astrid and their two kids Turkey and all the trimmings were very well prepared and served. I hope my fellow Americans had something to be thankful for today and a good holiday.