Before I get to the 42 talk, let me tell you about our Friday night. We have a little wine and supper club of four couples and Friday was our turn to host. If you're keeping score at home, that's the second Friday in a row of hosting a dinner party.
First we had sparkling wine with shrimp cocktail and a garlic potato soup:
With our Caesar salad (anchovies optional) we had Pinot Noir:
The main course was standing rib roast (I wish I had taken a pic before it was sliced) and sides were roasted broccoli, potato gratin and chophouse corn and Aaron and I provided the "big red wines":
For dessert we had individual molten chocolate cakes, with Kahlua whipped cream and edible flowers, with a dessert wine and cognac:
This last picture just kind of sums it up (and note that while I had zero to do with making the meal, I did clean up the kitchen, mostly the next day):
OK, now on to the movie. We saw 42 over the weekend, and I cannot recommend this movie highly enough. I was concerned that with a PG-13 rating, it might be a little too tame. It's not. There's liberal use of the n-word, which is necessary and difficult at the same time. There was audible gasping during a scene in which a child yells "that word" after hearing his father use it, only to then be visibly conflicted when he sees his hero Pee Wee Reese with his arm around Jackie Robinson. And while the movie does suffer from an overly dramatic score, I thought it was fantastic. I cried more than once. I want to see it again. Aaron's a huge baseball fan, and this is the first movie he's ever wanted to see on its opening weekend. We went with two other couples and none of us were disappointed.
I'm not a parent, but I do think this is a movie to take kids to, if you know your kids can handle it and you talk with them about it. Today is Jackie Robinson Day in Major League Baseball, in which every single player wears the number "42." I wish I had some office-appropriate attire with the number 42 on it.
PS - Don't forget to file your taxes today. Or extend, like I'm doing. ;)