Standing in line for a James Bond movie.

I guess Tosca isn’t for everyone.

Friday night I met up with my friends Andy and Robert and Sarah and KennyK and Sheila and company to catch the new Bond Quantom of Solace movie. Did you know a new Bond film was coming out? I sure didn’t.


We went to see it on a super screen, which apparently means a screen that is big. But the seats were way tiny and close to the ones in front of you. I ate expensive nachos for dinner. But I had only spent $3 on lunch so it evened out.

The movie was good. I haven’t seen too many Bond films (anyone want to watch them all with me?) so I can’t say how it was or was not a Bondy like movie. It was entertaining. My biggest complaint was that the action sequences were horrible. They went so fast that you had no idea what the heck was going on and you couldn’t tell who was Bond and who the other person was.

Is it a bad sign that whenever there is an opera in a movie now I get really excited? (“I guess Tosca isn’t for everyone.” was obviously my favorite quote from Quantom of Solace.)

Here is a picture of some of us in line, because people asked me why I wasn’t taking pictures:

Standing in line for a James Bond movie.


Saturday night I went to dinner with my family at Dan McGee’s. It was yummy. I took pictures of my food:

Mushroom soup at Dan McGee's
Mushroom soup

Lamb shank at Dan McGee's
Lamb Shank

Chocolate cake with coffee ice cream at Dan McGee's
Chocolate Cake with Coffee Ice Cream

After two $60 meals in a week I think I need to stop eating for a while…


Jen and Dale named the unborn child. Here’s a hint:



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Hi, I'm Val. I spent most of my 20s in a standstill, unable to pick which path in life I wanted to take. I wanted the nomadic life of a traveler but also wanted the husband, the condo, and the kitten. Unable to decide which life I wanted more, I did nothing. When I turned 30 I’d had enough of putting my life on hold and decided to start “choosing my figs.” So, I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and traveled for three years. Now I'm back in Chicago, decorating my apartment in all the teal, petting my cats, and planning my next adventure.

  • heather
    November 16, 2008at7:53 pm

    it’s mckay.

  • val
    November 16, 2008at7:58 pm

    no, his side of the family has a tradition where the boys are all named a name that begins with “D”
    McKay would be awesome. If I have a boy I am so naming him that.

  • Sid
    November 17, 2008at7:17 am

    I wonder if anyone we know actually has all the bond movies…I would attempt to watch them, but I might have 2 of them, tops.

  • val
    November 17, 2008at9:03 am

    my bets would be on KennyK out of anyone I know.
    We can break into Matt’s house and watch them!

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