Saturday, July 01, 2006

Home again

We made our quick trip and arrived safely home last night. I was able to see Triny and Sue briefly, and enjoyed the wonderful hospitality of Meg and Dan ( and slept soundly in Victoria's bed on her lovely clean sheets!) before we headed back to Alabama. No knitting - I drove the entire 1500+ miles - but I listened to a lot of western music and conversed with Tom, Joan, and David.

Listening to western music was a new, but not unpleasant, experience for me. Before we left for Virginia I bought a couple of CD's of theme music from western TV shows and movies to take with us on the trip. That was an impulse-buy sparked by a couple of nights of movie-viewing by Steve and me. Last week we watched A Year in Provence and several times in the movie a famous piece of western music played whenever seven contractors drove up to Peter Mayle's house. The music was so familiar, but I couldn't name it. I searched the internet, implored Steve to use his powerful brain to identify it, all to no avail. Finally we found it by listening to countless bits of music on; it was the theme from the movie The Magnificent Seven.

I had never seen the movie, but I knew the music. Before we left for our trip I ordered the movie from, and asked Steve if he'd watch it with me when I got back this weekend. He's seen it several times, but very kindly agreed to watch it with me.

I loved it! Joan watched it with us, and she liked it, too. Part of the appeal for Steve and me was seeing James Coburn, Steve McQueen, Yul Brynner, and other old (or dead) actors young again. It was fun to recognise Eli Wallach ("Hey! That guy's "The Ugly" in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!") and Robert Vaughn ("Look! It's Napoleon Solo from The Man from U.N.C.L.E.!") and I just found out that of the "Magnificent Seven" they are the only two still alive as of 2006. But it was a darned good western, too.

While we watched it we snacked on Utz pumpernickel pretzels and Steve opened up a bottle of red wine for us to taste. I think it was one of the bottles he meant to send to Dan via me, but forgot. (Meg, if you read this please tell Dan it was a very good wine, with a rich, fruity aroma, mellow notes, many bouquet thingies, etc., etc., and Dan would have savored it mightily if only Steve had remembered to send it.... C'est la vie, right?)

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Blogger Jeannine said...

Vince and I have watched A Year in Provence twice, and I read the book and its sequel. It almost makes me want to move to the south of France and grow grapes. :-)

I'm glad you got back safe and sound. We just came home from our trip and sometime tonight or before tomorrow's pary I plan on posting lots of pictures. :-)

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