Avast Me Hearties

It’s been a while since I’ve done a “weekend update” kind of post, and I feel strangely compelled to write one at the moment.

I had a bit of a busy weekend, starting with Friday. Although I spent a good chunk of my afternoon archiving photos (I was down to a gig of hard drive space… the horror!) and re-introducing myself to my Tropico addiction, I managed to snag a couple of tickets for Kev and I to see the Shaun of the Dead sneak preview at the Mercado (not really my first choice of venues, but I dealt).

We ran into Eli, who we had seen just a couple of days ago at the monthly (soon to be bi-monthly!) Blog Meetup at the showing, and we all sat together during this awesome flick. There were many zombies roaming the theater, throwing around shwag (most notably, a knit cap with “Aim for the head” printed on it) and various body parts. I also snagged myself a little promo poster from the depleted supply after the show.

The movie itself? Good, silly, bloody fun. I do so recommend it. I think that it is a refreshing break from the norm… we needed a zombie comedy, badly.

On Saturday, I had volunteer training pretty much all day for a local organization. Not to go into too many details, but the organization provides a diversity of services, from youth services to senior services and everything in between. There’s something very rewarding in helping others to help themselves and getting them through another day. I think that this is going to be a great experience. The group I am training with is a group of incredible people.

That evening, we went to see Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, which turned out to be pretty much what I expected. It looked gorgeous in its elaborate stylings, but fell a bit short in substance. I guess that’s what happens with big budget sci-fi films, eh? It definitely sank into many known sci-fi cliches, which was certainly entertaining and gave me many a chuckle. Good, but not incredible. Beautiful to look at, though.

Today we woke up to the sound of rainfall… a welcome change after our little heat wave of the past couple of weeks. It’s actually been a lot cooler these past few days, and I consider it a blessing. Thank goodness, since the Autumnal Equinox is upon us this week. I can’t wait for the season to begin. Autumn is by far my favorite season.

We braved a bit of elements on our drive down to Monterey today. We ran into what seemed like a few cloud bursts, with our visibility close to nil, but we made it through the rest of the day without a drop of rain hitting us. Our main goal was to hit the Aquarium to visit the Great White Shark they recently put into captivity at the Outer Bay exhibit there. As expected, the crowds were massive it was a bit difficult to sneak a peek at her. She was very timid and ventured out towards the glass a handful of times, only to be scared by the flurry of camera strobes firing at her (do these people even know they’re only taking photos of the strobe’s reflection? I’m baffled by this habit, and wonder why the staff does not actively discourage it). But she is certainly a gorgeous creature. I am glad she was saved by those fishing nets unscathed. Unfortunately, I had left my camera battery at home, so I didn’t get to take any photos.

This evening, we ate dinner at Abalonetti’s, due to my mom’s raving reviews of their very tasty Antipasto. They definitely did not disappoint. Their Antipasto combination plate was filled with many appetizing comestibles, including two whole heads of roasted garlic. Mmmboy! I accompanied the meal (trust me, it was certainly a meal in itself) with an excellent bowl of clam chowder and called it a day.

I also stopped by the Pirate’s Cove gift shop on the wharf, to honor Talk Like a Pirate Day, which was today (and I actually thought it was tomorrow, arrrrrrgh!). I will have my little pirate flag flying from my car antenna as of this week anyways.

Hope all ye have a good week. Ahoy!

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