Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Pearls Before Swine?

This week has found me at the cinema twice, with a third outing planned tomorrow. Sunday, I and two friends saw The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, a British film featuring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy. It was a lovely gem of a film and one which left me wanting to read the book from whence it was adapted. The book, I believe, is entitled These Foolish Things. It isn't likely to be in our libraries, so I may be visiting Amazon this week.

Monday was overcast and steamy and my neighbour, bored and loathing the heat, suggested a trip to one of several area malls, all of which are air conditioned and provide ample opportunity for people watching. I went for his company since I intensely dislike shopping unless I am in need of something specific. Because I rarely "need" anything and did not grow up as so many Americans have, visiting stores for recreation, I thought we'd be in and out fairly quickly. My neighbour, however, loves to look, and I soon found myself in a jeweler's establishment staring at all things expensively "bling".

While my neighbour was studying rings, I asked the smartly dressed young woman working behind the counter if she had any pearl earrings. This led to a stunning set ringed with small diamonds which would have blown a hole in my wallet the size of the national debt. Not wanting to appear shocked, I thanked her but said I was looking for something a bit more everyday. Pausing only slightly, she trotted out a lovely pair of perfectly formed saltwater pearls and offered to place them in my ears. I should have said no, but did not, and once in, resistance was futile. I wore them for the rest of the afternoon. They were a bargain and came with a lifetime warranty as well as a promise to bring them in twice annually for cleaning at no charge. I felt like a queen rolling out of that store. I rationalised the purchase as an early birthday present. Normally, by now, I'd have returned such an impulse buy, but the smile across my face when I looked in the mirror was worth every penny and then some.

Still smiling, I eventually landed in a theatre awaiting Men in Black 3. Chosen by my neighbour, the film epitomises Hollywood's problem: over-reliance on sequels. It was not as funny as its predecessors and was something I would not have selected, but getting beyond my comfort zone cinematically, I will admit that it was decent, though it doesn't hold a candle to the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, in my opinion.

Tomorrow, the same neighbour and I will drive forty-five minutes to the lone theatre showing the comedy Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. I hope it is worth the petrol and time. If any of you have seen this, let me know. I enjoy Emily Blunt and have been a Kristin Scott Thomas fan for as long as she's been working.

The things we do to escape the heat...

Until Next Time...

5 comments:

Steve Reed said...

I'm so glad you got the earrings! It's important to treat yourself to something special every now and then. I haven't seen Men in Black 3 and I think we'll probably skip it, though we are excited to see "Prometheus." I haven't seen "Marigold" yet but it's on my list.

the walking man said...

Pearls of wisdom would not have been as attractive but they usually are much less expensive...but then *shrug* you can only wear them inside your ears and not on them.

the fly in the web said...

I'll watch anything with Bill Nighy...Dench in cameo roles never seems as good as her old self to me, but that's probably prejudice...

I am so glad you bought the earrings...life is not all earnestness...frivolity must fly in through the window sometimes...

nick said...

As you don't strike me as an impulse buyer, I guess that assistant must have been very charming and very persuasive to beguile you into buying the earrings. What a lovely birthday present!

bulletholes said...

Happy birthday!