Washout

That was what this weekend was.

For once, we didn’t see any movies, tho I kinda-sorta want to see Flyboys and Fearless. I don’t think I’ll get to it, tho. If I don’t see a movie opening weekend, I don’t see it at all.

Friday night we went to see the touring production of Spamalot. You know, honestly, I don’t get the fuss. It was entertaining, it was amusing, and I didn’t NOT like it but….it is certainly not worth all the frothing adulation and accolades it’s been getting. And I LOVE Monty Python and the Holy Grail! I’m one of those geeks who has the entire script memorized and can and will act it out for you (with appropriate accents) with no encouragement. But was just…meh. It could have been that the original cast would have been better, but the script itself was nothing special. Maybe it’s just because, deep down, I really loathe musicals. But I also genuinely felt that the essential Britishness of Monty Python had been gutted from it. And that is the very thing that makes Python great. That acerbic, intellectual, ridiculous, Britishness. Spamalot is Python pasteurized and homogenized. I’m glad I didn’t spend a ton of money to go see it in NYC.

Oh, before the show we tried a newer place called Sonoma Grille, that had recently been named one of PGH’s 25 best restaurants. Not. Just like Spamalot it was resoundingly….ok. Any restaurant where I can sit down and get food that I could prepare at home with little effort, about the same quality, and at MUCH less expense, does not deserve to be on anybody’s Top Anything list. (Unless somebody wants to name my house as one of the Top restaurants in PGH, in which case, I really need to start charging BW to eat.)

So Friday was an exercise in mediocrity. Saturday, as predicted, my in-laws showed up way late and work on the garage didn’t commence till around 2:00 pm. THAT meant that in-laws had to stay overnight. That was the death knell for the rest of the weekend. :)   Anyway, BW, FiL, and our pal Jimmy got 3/4 of the stuff done on Friday…ripped off the old worthless garage doors, and built and hung up a new frame/supporting structure around the front of the garage so that it can take having a real door installed without falling over. I spent the day doing a ton of housework and trying to keep my MiL company at the same time. BW did a bit more work shoring up the roof timbers on Sunday. Now we have to wait 3 weeks for the new door, because those fuckers at Lowes lied to us and did not have the size we needed in stock as they had previously said. So we have a nice, open-air garage at the moment.

Thank gawd it’s Monday.

4 Responses to “Washout”

  1. LOUP Says:

    I hate the mega-diy stores. We have a little mom and pop hardware store around the street and when we can we shop there. The other places are such tyrants.

  2. hapnor Says:

    But but, spamalot isn’t good? :s I am so sad…maybe I’ll like it, I am a closet musical lover. For a really long time I wanted to do musical theatre, but I am not cool enough.

    Great scott!, the in-laws spent the night because they didn’t want to drive the hour and a half home? gag! hiss! wretch! *rolls on the floor with hands on throat as if dying from sarin gas*

  3. tarsier Says:

    It wasn’t that it was not good, it just wasn’t ‘amazing, stupendous, the funniest thing you’ll ever witness in your life’ as the hype said it was. And it WAS too dumbed-down and Americanized.

  4. whistler Says:

    I was wanting to see Spamalot, but now maybe I might have to reconsider..

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