I really enjoyed the opening of the season on game of thrones. Steph and I took Caltrain to the city and went to Nick’s place. I chose the one big hill instead of the three small hills, but Steph wasn’t pleased. The food at Nick’s was really good as always. We brought some misir wot and shiro wot. People tried the misir wot, but by the time we got there everyone had pretty much finished eating. We tried to stream the show from HBO, but the quality of the stream was terrible. We ended up downloading a version of it and that was much better. We didn’t really check when the last train was, assuming it would be after 10, it was actually at 9:15. We grabbed a nearby zipcar and took that home. We chose one that could fit both bikes in the back, and I just brought it back in the morning.
This show was hard to watch because of how close so many parts of it hit to home. There are tons of stereotypes portrayed in the show, where I know an exact person that is represented by that portrayal. I also have a lot of cringe moments of times that remind me of things I went through with my attempts at a startup. I don’t think I’ll watch any more of it.
We watched the Theory of Everything at Brian and Kate’s place. I was a little late, but made it in time for the movie. It was a good movie and a great crowd, but the movie wasn’t my cup of tea, and since we weren’t interacting much while watching the crowd didn’t matter. I still had a great time.
Steph and I went to Shiok with Amanath, Rish, Tommy, Sara, and Max. Max just did dinner, and the rest of us went to see the last Hobbit movie. It was terrible. The movie had so many boss fights that it was more or less one boss fight after the other, and each one was absurd in how it played out. The eagles coming at the end, while actually part of the book, really made it seem that much more absurd. The one guy I wanted to see fight, beorn, didn’t really get anything more than a quick scene. We were amused by the mounts that showed up in the last battle; the elk, pig, and rams. The rams were especially amusing since they came out of nowhere.
This was a pretty good documentary, and the turn out was much more than the previous nights. There were probably 15 people there, so I ended up grabbing some floor space. We had some pretty good food as well. Steph and I brought some gnocchi in pesto sauce. Brian brought some quiche, and there was a tasty tuber mash of some sort. I had a really good time and enjoyed the documentary.
We met people at House of Dumpling in San Mateo for dinner on Saturday. Then we went over to Lindsay’s place and watched a movie called Pom Poko. The premise of the movie was that tanuki (raccoon dogs) had their habitat destroyed and were able to change shape into anything they wanted. They were able to use their scrotums to make many different objects. The movie was very depressing. We watched it with Jeremy, Lindsay, Debbie, Kevin, Andrew, Steph, and I. We had cake for Jeremy’s birthday as well and it was tasty.
Jeremy came over a little early, and we started prepping the kitchen and he started cooking his famous dip. Once Steph got home we started cooking the plated meals. She was cooking a nice Indian dish, palak paneer. I was cooking the other dish, mushroom dredged steak with cauliflower and turnip mash. The mash was better than I had expected, but not as good as I had hoped. The steak on the other hand was fantastic. Nicely crisped on the outside and juicy in the middle. When taking a bit of the mash and steak together it was to die for. We had some technical difficulties with getting the episode to play, but once we got it going it turned out to be a decent episode. There was a lot more drama than normal, but that is kinda what made it great.
Steph and I went to AMC Mercado to see the movie. This was an entertaining movie, but I wouldn’t call it a good movie. There was too much of a focus on the mom, who ended up not doing anything of importance. There was also too little focus on who the bad guy was, how he had gotten where he was, and why he was doing what he was doing. This made for a lot of time spent on things that were cool to see, but didn’t have any overarching plot value, while the major plot points were rushed. There was also a lot of hangover from the previous movie that made for some awkward points, like the amazing attractive girl no longer being the focus of the other guys. I enjoyed it, but it isn’t something I would want to see again.
Steph and I went to join Jeremy, Adam, Lindsay, Andrew, Brain, and Ilene at Jeremy’s place. We had a good time, and I really enjoyed singing a few of the songs. Du Hast is a really fun song even if I have no idea what is going on. I also like doing high falsetto in Take On Me. Ash sat in my lap while we were talking and it was really nice. He is very soft, but didn’t put up with much petting. He also started attacking his tail.