?

Log in

A Day out - Rural Ramblings of the Third Kind [entries|archive|friends|userinfo]
robby

[ website | PositiveLite.com ]
[ userinfo | livejournal userinfo ]
[ archive | journal archive ]

A Day out [Jan. 24th, 2011|09:36 am]
robby


11012401


First of all, it was incredibly cold in the city yesterday. It’s cold here in Nanookville this morning too -26C or -15F. Jeepers!

Anyway, we spent yesterday in the big city, as it was my birthday. First we went to the MoMA Tim Burtton exhibit at the new(ish) TIFF building on King Street. It’s a wonderful collection of artwork, costumes, scale models and props. If you are a Tim Burton fan, this one’s a wet dream. If you merely like many of his movies, as we do, it’s really enjoyable. I had no idea he was such an accomplished artist.

11012402


Then cabbed it across town – it was way too cold to wait for streetcars - to see The King’s Speech at the Market Square cinemas (see above). Loved it. It’s just plain good old fashioned story-telling, well told, well made. Colin Firth is truly amazing, totally inhabiting the title role.

Then back to King Street West to Dhaba 309 (opposite The Bell Lightbox) for dinner with The Cloyce and Lorenzo. We had planned to go to Fred’s Not Here, which is almost next door, but they had phoned to say the restaurant was closed for the weekend due to an air-conditioning problem. Anyway, Dhaba 309 – we’d been before – is a good choice for fancy Indian food. It didn’t disappoint.

11012403


The Cloyce and Lorenzo had to go after that, so we went across the street to The Canteen (see above) for dessert. It was full there, so we sat in the take-out section. They have an amazing desert there called lemon posset that we love.

As a side note, we were talking at dinner about how long Meirion and I had been together. It’s thirty years this month. We are never sure of the exact date we met, so there is no particular day we celebrate anniversaries. In fact January sometimes slides by without our noting its been another year.

Oh well. It was a nice birthday. Nice anniversary too.
LinkReply

Comments:
[User Picture]From: e_musings
2011-01-24 02:45 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary! And many more of both!
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-01-24 05:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you muchly!
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: zeppo_marx
2011-01-24 02:45 pm (UTC)
Closed to do AIR CONDITIONING PROBLEMS??????

Yeah - if my air conditition wasn't working today I'd be soooooooooo uncomfortable! We hit -32 overnight. the car gave it a bit of due consideration before it elected to start up this morning.

Happy birthday, and a very happy anniversary. 30 years and still with as much love and caring as you two obviously have for each other is a great thing to see.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-01-24 05:12 pm (UTC)
Maybe heating system?

Thank you Mike.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: muddster
2011-01-24 02:47 pm (UTC)
I didn't know the Burton exhibit was here. Where is it again and how much did it cost?
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-01-24 05:15 pm (UTC)
Its at The Bell Lightbox, which is that snazzy new building at King St W and John which houses TIFF. I think its about $20.

http://tiff.net/timburton

If you have any interest at all in Tim Burton, it's a must.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: spatts5
2011-01-24 02:48 pm (UTC)
I hope you and Meirion have a WONDERFUL anniversary. 30 years is great! Sounds like you had a great birthday too.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-01-24 05:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks a million.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: huladavid
2011-01-24 02:59 pm (UTC)
Hayyp...er...Happy Birthday! Happy Anniversary Month! YAAAAY!
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-01-24 05:16 pm (UTC)
Ha. Thank you!
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: changeling72
2011-01-24 03:00 pm (UTC)
Sorry I missed your birthday, Rob. Glad you had a good time. And happy anniversary to you both!
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-01-24 05:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: blamedstarlie
2011-01-24 03:02 pm (UTC)
Wow. Thirty! Happy Birthday & Anniversary. I can see your point of letting January slide by. It's kind of nice to have a great day here & there but not make too much of dates. As I get older I find that celebrating a birthday a month afterward, or an anniversary the day before, in our own way, doesn't really matter.

I can't wait to see The King's Speech. I agree with you on Colin Firth.

"Breakfast BUTTies" does not sounds all that appetizing. Is that normal in Canada, or just for this particular restaurant? Maybe I am being over sensitive? I am just not interesting in thinking about a rear when eating.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-01-24 05:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Breakfast "butties" is an odd expression for here. It's derived from the English slang for sandwich.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: land_girl
2011-01-24 03:10 pm (UTC)
Thirty years!!

Congratulations on both things. It sounds like a wonderful weekend (Rosie is doing a project on Tim Burton as an illustrator - I had no idea!)
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-01-24 05:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: ciddyguy
2011-01-24 03:16 pm (UTC)
Always good to hear of couples, especially gay but either gay or straight holding onto their love for each other for the long haul and 30 is something so many don't even make before splitsville.

Anyway, happy Annibirthday! :-)
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-01-24 05:21 pm (UTC)
Haha. Thanks John.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
(Deleted comment)
[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-01-24 05:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks - and I guarantee you'll enjoy the movie. It's totally absorbing.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: blueberryscone
2011-01-24 03:39 pm (UTC)
Best to you and Meirion!
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-01-24 05:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: dendren
2011-01-24 03:46 pm (UTC)
30 years... you make Bob and I feel like newlyweds! Congrats to you both, how very very cool.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-01-24 05:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks, young 'un!

:-)
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
(Deleted comment)
[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-01-24 05:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I like that portrait too.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: dstroy
2011-01-24 03:55 pm (UTC)
I loved loved loved everything about this post (well, except the weather. BRRR!!!) :) Happy Birthday!
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-01-24 05:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks D.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: latestarter
2011-01-24 05:28 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday, and congratulations to you both on your anniversary!

(and lemon posset is a great way to finish a meal)
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-01-24 09:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link. I've only seen this dessert offered at this one restaurant. Its wonderful.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: dan4behr
2011-01-24 05:42 pm (UTC)
Stealing a line from John/ciddyguy, HAPPY ANNIBIRTHSARY!
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-01-24 09:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: mrdreamjeans
2011-01-25 02:20 am (UTC)
Glad to hear that you had a nice birthday and, though there's no concrete date, I'll still offer a very Happy 30th anniversary to you both! :) I love the first photo of Meirion in front of the colorful mural!

HUGS!
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-01-25 03:55 am (UTC)
Thanks - and I like that pic too.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: bender772
2011-01-25 02:47 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary!

As usual, I love the pictures and am very intrigued by the Tim Burton exhibit and would love to see it.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-01-25 03:57 am (UTC)
Thanks times two. And I think you'd like the Tim Burton show too.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: deke
2011-01-25 03:26 am (UTC)
Happy (belated) birthday! And happy anniversary too, whenever you care to celebrate it. Not many couples can say they've been together 30 years. Quite the accomplishment!
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-01-25 03:57 am (UTC)
Thanks a million.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: fivecats
2011-01-25 03:36 am (UTC)
"the restaurant was closed for the weekend due to an air-conditioning problem"

what? the air conditioning couldn't be turned off in the dead of winter because someone forgot how to unplug the unit?

[ooops. i see sir zeppo and i are thinking alike again]

happy happy joy joy on both counts. you're one lucky guy yaknow.

...
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-01-25 03:59 am (UTC)
Thanks - perhaps the air conditioning thing got lost in translation. (Actually all restaurants, kitchens rely on air circulation systems and I think that's what we're talking about.)

:-)
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: nzguy1
2011-01-25 11:43 am (UTC)
I have been too busy to have posted you birthday wishes..hope you'll accept late greetings.
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-01-25 12:48 pm (UTC)
Why, thank you!
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: art
2011-01-25 12:31 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on 30 YEARS!!!!
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-01-25 12:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Art.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: sabearfan
2011-01-25 01:43 pm (UTC)

Happy Birthday!

Looks like you had a great one... Happy Birthday mister... Big hugs! P.S. jealous about the Tim Burton exhibit, looks awesome :)
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-01-25 02:12 pm (UTC)

Re: Happy Birthday!

Thank you!
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: icejohn2
2011-01-25 04:14 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday and happy anniversary (even though it is 2 days late)! That chacarter (on your right hand side wearing a glass) on the wall painting actually looks a bit like you...
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-01-25 05:33 pm (UTC)
Ha, thanks. (The pictures though are of my partner Meirion.)
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: peregrinus236
2011-01-27 02:09 am (UTC)
Neither snow, nor sleet, nor freezing temperatures can deter the intrepid travelers for making their rounds. Happy birthday, happy anniversary, and happy life. Lots of hugs. et
(Reply) (Thread)
[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-01-27 04:13 am (UTC)
Thanks a million, Ed. Hugs to you too.
(Reply) (Parent) (Thread)