Last night, we were celebrating the homecoming of Adam AND Bonnie from their far-away abodes...which of course meant having dinner at our favorite sushi restaurant in the Pearl, Sinju. We got there early enough (and promised we wouldn't linger), so they gave us a tatami room. These little rooms have windows out onto the street where the light rail trains go by, giving a glimpse into the Portland night. It's like having a television in the background, which you only occasionally glance at.
I had my back to the window but Bonnie and Adam were directly facing it and noticed that there were many of our cityfolk dressed as Santas, either walking in groups up the street or on the MAX (always heading north). Bonnie found it very strange but I found it enchanting.
It reminded me of a movie riff... I could imagine a story where people like us would don Santa hats and follow the (certainly) partygo-ers to their holiday bash and find a fun new crowd to hang with....with hilarity to ensue. What a delightful reminder of the Season.
We then went to see the new George Clooney movie, Up In The Air, which was WONDERFUL. Adam and Bonnie ranked George SMUG on the question of 'smug' or 'charming'. True, but the movie was excellent...funny but a sad reminder of the tough times we are suffering in this recession. The acting was wonderful, especially that of Anna Kendrick, who played Natalie, George's young protege. She was wonderful and I can't wait to see where she goes from here.