On the weekend, I take a little time away from work to nourish my soul. Occasionally, I run across some good things that are worth sharing with you. This weekend, there were five good things that really stood out.
Number 1 – Radiohead released their new album The King of Limbs online one day early. I picked up the downloadable MP3 version for a sweet $9. Their best work since OK Computer.
Number 2 – Friday night after dinner, my girlfriend and I caught opening night of Unknown. Liam Neeson stars as Dr. Martin Harris, who awakens four days after a car accident in Berlin to discover that his wife suddenly doesn’t recognize him. It was pretty good up to a point. I don’t make it to the theater often, and this flick made for a fun night out.
Number 3 – Saturday we spent the afternoon at the 18th Annual Scottish Festival and Games at the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Annie has a Scottish lineage, and was happy to bring me along. The clouds threatened to rain, but we lucked out and did it all. We saw the pipe and drum parade; ate Scottish meat pie and bangers; watched the Highland Games; saw border collies herding sheep; sampled a variety of single malt Scotch; and naturally perused the various vendor booths. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many kilts in one place. It’s a one weekend affair, but if you haven’t gone before, I highly recommend it (next year, of course).
Number 4 – Speaking of single malt scotch, we attended a wonderful tasting hosted by Ray Pearson. He bills himself as “The Whiskymeister”, and gave us an education on the various distillery regions of Scotland and the process that goes into creating single malt scotch. Of the four we tasted, my favorite was Bowmore, from the Islay region. It’s a smoky, peaty single malt similar to Laphroaig.
Number 5 – Finally, this morning I read about Adele’s new album, 21 in the paper and placed my preorder on iTunes. She’s a talented vocalist, and it’s hard to believe she’s only 21 years old. It’s due out on Tuesday, but I’m certain to enjoy it.
There you have it… five good things worth checking out.
For those of you who have President’s Day off tomorrow, think about me while I’m at work!