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My regularly scheduled Wednesday meeting was cancelled; so I was free to run all of my pre-trip errands today.

I went to the gym. Mostly to pick up shoes from my basket to take with me, but stayed for fitness purposes. Since the next ten days are likely to be lazy. But who knows?

Later, I cheated on my barber. Yes, I know that I had a haircut a few days ago, but I was annoyed by it and decided to go somewhere else (Vain) for a second opinion. In case you didn't know, they will give you a free touch-up haircut within four weeks. This, to me, seems like an excellent policy.

Then it was off to Cinerama for Spiderman 2. Carole and I were the only ones who arrived well ahead of schedule; so we hung out at Top Pot. I even tried the ovaltine latte.

When the line started to look threateningly large, we crossed the street and joined it. Why people think that it's appropriate to show up more than an hour before showtime is beyond me, but now I've accepted it and am officially part of the problem. Eventually, Jon, Atri, Carolyn, Jeff, and Rachel arrived and we found a nice block of seats for our early waiting efforts.

The movie was entertaining -- a good blend of comic book over-the-topness (screaming people! sappy monologues! etc.), a decent story, humor, great looking effects, and good actors. The videogame aspects from the first film were still there, but I think they were a little better integrated. I guess I'd rather have them look cool and fake than real and stupid; a few were really engaging. All in all, it's was a fun summer movie.

Post-show, Carolyn, Jeff, and I walked down to the newish (not unnamed, as I'd hoped) See Sound Lounge [sw (again)]. It is very white with great couches, automated bathrooms, and a DJ. It seems like a good place to hang out, but I can't tell if it's a clone of Bada since I haven't been there. We didn't stay very long since I still needed to pack my bags and Jeff had work to do.


i thought i saw a familiar face on the writers page of metroblogging.

-- the ambassador of interbay
ug. no one else (on the whole site?) submitted a picture?
If it's the most overpriced and pretentious bar in Seattle, than it is a clone of Bada. If not, than it isn't a clone of Bada.
Some of the mixed drinks looked pricey, but my beer was reasonable and it came in a special Stella Artois goblet. The waitress was really friendly and it looked like their menu was interesting (it's connected to Mistral) and they have free edamame at happy hours.
Bada is way too large. It is monstrous. My memory of it is that of a warehouse. Contrast to my new favorite bar in New York, which is called Boxcar. Literally the size of a boxcar, outdoor patio, not crowded on a Saturday night. Does it get better?

You seeing Spiderman 2 (I saw it last night, btw, and spent all day fantasizing about fighting crime) reminds me of when I went to see "The Matrix" with you and your friends, and I had just been stung three times by yellow jackets in my kitchen, and it hurt really bad so I took two benadryl, and then I had a drink, and then I fell asleep at the movie and was very uncomfortable the whole time. Wasn't that fun?
This place is probably not my new favorite bar. I think that's probably Viceroy just for the quality of their effort to recreate the Ice Storm late 1970s. But See Sound Lounge is approximately twice the size of what you can see of Bada from the street. I guess I like the overriding theme of this is that I appreciate it when bars have nice furniture rather than crappy tables and chairs.


Oh. The Matrix was good times all around. On top of the movie being mediocre, it must have been horrible to be viewing it through benadryl, alcohol, and insect venom. Falling asleep must have been a relief!
Most hairstylists have that policy, I just took advantage of it the last time I got a haircut.

Did you think S2 was better than the first one? I really hated the first one, but I'm going to see the 2nd tonight b/c that's what everyone is doing. I'm . . . cautious about it though.

Perhaps if I think it's going to stink, then I'll like it better.
I think that it was better than the first movie (but I liked them both). If you go into it with low expectations and thinking of it as emulating comic book conventions (as in style, not gatherings of fans), I think you'll be entertained.