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More photos of the squirrel adopted by a dog - even cuter than before. ^_^

By way of the inimitable rubberskunk, a quite unsafe-for-work furry, shiny Twelve Days of Christmas. ^_^

Lunch? A couple of the QA guys and myself were wondering what to do (as if there's a desperate shortage of eating venues :), and Mexican won out - so I chimed in with El Farolito, long a favorite for what I'd consider about the best burritos in the Bay. And lo, neither of them had tried the place before. One jaunt down to the 24th St station later, and I was enjoying carne asada tacos (extra meat).. oh yes, these aren't anything like Taco Hell. Not by a long chalk. *grin*

Dinner.. yes, I cheated again, feeling more like eating out than sitting at home on a Friday night, so I finally got to try the honey and rosemary marinated lamb spare ribs over at the Magnolia Cafe. Oh, seriously good. And their current seasonal - Barking Pumpkin - on cask is amongst their finest brews.

Egad. Détente reaches new levels.. apparently Doctor Who will reach the far shores of France for the first time. Just as the US ducks out. ^_^

Oh, the irony.. "President George Bush has ordered all White House senior staff to take a refresher course in ethics, it is revealed", says the headline for this story on their World page.

W00T! Finally got into the Haight again, to pick up a birthday present - which, of course, was no longer on display in the window, and I didn't recall where I'd actually seen it. But I wandered into a place that seemed like it might be the kind of place that'd sell it, and some gazing around revealed one box.. ^_^ (Thankfully, they're open until eight. I'd been worried I might miss them, as I didn't get my tail out of bed until weeelllll into the afternoon. I'd intended to go along to Travelling with Che Guevara, too. :-P Still, snoozing from 3am to 1pm is pretty good going, even for me - but, I suppose it's been a fairly busy week. Not that those are going to be letting up any time soon.. and frankly, I'm going to enjoy every minute of it :)

Tonight, though, will find me ambling along to this at 10.10pm:

"Historias del Desencanto (Stories of Disenchantment)
Director: Alejandro Valle Mexico 2005, 120 minutes
In a limbo between centuries, the world is devastated by the Disenchantment. In this fantastical context, three characters meet in the labyrinths of their dreams: Ainda, a bat-winged artist; Diego, a filmmaker whose innocence resides in his belly button; and Ximena, an adolescent in full sexual awakening. Together, they experience a post-modern, gender-bending loss of sexual innocence in this mystical love story."

Of course, I had to return to the Magnolia Cafe. Mm, grilled persimmon salad with hazelnuts and a maple vinaigrette.. :-9 Then their flat-iron steak (rare, natch. ARRRNOMNOMNOMNOM) with chantarelle gravy (both specials tonight).

I suppose the only blemish on last weekend at Marine World was when, having reached the final waiting area for Medusa, a reasonably evil-looking 'coaster, it went out of service for a couple hours. :-P (Leaving some folks stranded on a platform midway through the ride, too) But the rest of the day shrivelled such trifling concerns..
And I just finished with a Scharffen-Berger chocolate torte with dulce de leche ice cream.. ye gods. Damned good. ^_^ Just as well I don't need to get going for half an hour or so - with that, I'm in no hurry to go anywhere. ^_^;
"Ethics, George? What are these 'ethics' of which you speak? I am unfamiliar with the term."
- overheard at The White House.
Ah, Shrub probably just found a 75%-off coupon for the course on the back of his last Olde English. :)
We have got to go to the movies some time. You find the strangest things.
*giggle* That's the nicest thing anyone's said to me in a while. ^_^

And it most definitely was a strange film, aptly prefaced by Guy Maddin's short, "Sombra Dolorosa", a tale of one wife losing her husband and thereby having to battle El Muerto. In a Mexican wrestling ring, of course. It winds up sort of happily, with said patriarch's ghost returning to occupy a mule.

As for the feature.. O.o; Well worth seeing, but trying to describe it's probably best accomplished by comparison to others. It's a film that straddles dreamtime and reality, so bearing that in mind, it's maybe somewhere in the vicinity of Liquid Sky, as if deftly crafted by Guy Maddin, and with much cuter actors. :) Pretty cool soundtrack, too. For an actual review, though.. I'll defer to Amazon, IMDb, et al. ^_^

And I still have Alejandro Jodorowsky's The Holy Mountain to see, too.. maybe tomorrow night, as I'm going fishing tonight. (The kind involving very sharp blades and plenty of rice :)
I think you're one of the few people I know that would actually sit and watch Marquis with me (I can't share this film with anyone, damnit). We should arrange a movie date. :)
Ye gods! I've been wanting to see that for years. ^_^ (Well, I say that in the context of having all but forgotten about it - but even through a head full of fur, I remember that!)

Definitely. ^_^ And Hyzenthlay's not so bad for watching films or TV.. not quite cinematic in scope, but really quite nice at home, or, for that matter, sat beneath the stars. (I've not watched a movie outdoors on it yet, but it's surely just a matter of time - and it looks like the battery will just about manage that - around 2-2.5 hours when busy decoding video, scaling up from the 15 mins or so I catch of some anime while heading into work some mornings)
Hmmmm! We'll have to set a movie date, then. :)
Sounds like a good idea. ^_^ I'd imagine weekends are best for both of us (some days I manage to escape earlier than others, depending on whether I feel I've accomplished what I wanted to get done that day).

This weekend - I'll have to see how the week plays out, as it's looking reasonably likely we might be shifting offices over the coming weekend, and with all the equipment around, I wouldn't be surprised there's a need for extra paws to help shift stuff. How's it looking from your end?
Taking this to email.