As occured yesterday, we had a slow start today, sleeping in and
then lazing about until late in the afternoon. We called around to try
and find some dinner partners, but as most of the other traveling monkeys
had checked out by the time we woke up (there is something to be said for
planning ahead), we decided to head over to the mall and catch Jimmy
Neutron, Boy Genius at the cineplex.
When we left the hotel, we thought that we had plenty of time for
dinner before the movie, but we didn't count on a 45-minute wait at all
of the restaurants within walking distance of the theater. Ouch! Fortunately,
there were plenty of free tables at Ghiradelli's Ice Cream Shoppe, so we
started off our meal with dessert!
As that still left us with a good half-hour or so before showtime,
we then wandered about window-shopping and people-watching. It was really
surprising how many folks were out and about, especially considering that,
by this time, most of the shops in the mall had closed up for the night.
Wandering back over to the theatre, we entered to find it decorated
in the most hideous baroque-revival one could imagine outside of Las Vegas.
Truly tacky, with plenty of fake everything to present a veneer of lush
finery. Happily, the sound & projection in the theater were top notch,
and the movie? Well, it was entertaining, and we'll probably catch the
next installment when the series continues.
After the movie we walked over to the Cheesecake Factory for a late
dinner on the patio - sure was nice to be eating outside after 11 pm in
our short sleeves!