Saturday, June 14, 2008

Lupie's and special effects

I've been hanging out with my sister Nancy at her home in North Carolina the past several days, the trip delayed from last month. We've sorted through piles of paperwork and financial details and accomplished quite a lot in a short time. Last night, we were mostly finished with all that and drove up to Charlotte, about a half-hour north of here, a city I've flown into several times but have never really seen, and we drove around the inner core, the downtown, got a flavor of it (It felt a lot like Indianapolis to me). Saw where the Panthers and the Bobcats play. Ate at a fun hole-in-the-wall restaurant called Lupie's.

This morning, our brother Davy, the brother that lives in Shanghai, called and gave me a few laughs, and after that Nancy and I went to a movie. She wanted to see the new Indiana Jones movie, and, since I tend to avoid special-effects movies these days, I had very low expectations, but I ended up liking it more than I thought I would and maybe more than Nancy, who had high expectations, did. Don't go out of your way to see it, though.

Flying home tomorrow morning. Getting together with Jon and Tom in the afternoon for Father's Day. Watching the Tony Awards tomorrow evening with Joan, who has seen several of the nominated plays, and Jerry, of course.

Maybe back to North Carolina in a couple months.


muse said...

Sorry, forgot to close out your page before I went to another funeral. Man, this has been a rough year!

Charlotte is on my short list of places I would like to see. Sounds like you had an enjoyable time. I go to very few movies anymore...I have found I have very little tolerance for other people in a movie theater and the movies are way too loud to be enjoyable.

Someone needs to teach theater's not just the young people at the movies that don't know how to act...

elle + josh said...

i'm so glad mom took you to lupie's! it's been my favorite hole-in-the-wall restaurant since high school, now a ramsdale family tradition!

Howard said...

Muse -- i am so in agreement with you on theater etiquette -- but i find that the audiences at the mainstream movies (especially those stadium-seating places) are the worst -- letting their chubby kids run up and down the stairs for more refills of popcorn and sodas, which they definitely don't need. The audiences at the independent movies are a bit more civilized (generally!) -- and the previews aren't quite as loud and obnoxious.

Michelle -- i'll definitely do Lupie's again next time i'm in Charlotte.