lunch and a movie
October 27, 2005
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Had a nice departure from the daily grind today. My boss took our department (10 of us in total) out to a nice lunch at the Cheesecake Factory, followed by a movie at the local theatre. Lunch was good. There were some good conversations and I learned more about everyone. Since I’ve only been there a little over a month, I’m still learning new things about my co-workers every day. I had the Thai Chicken Pasta, which was good but nothing amazing (like you would find at an actual Thai restaurant, of which there are quite a few good ones in the area). Instead of having a limited menu of things they do very well, the Cheesecake Factory has a huge menu of things they do OK. And of course no meal there is complete without some cheesecake. Out of the 30+ varieties they offer, I was boring and got the plain cheesecake with strawberries. Good stuff.
Following lunch, we headed to the theatre to see ‘Domino‘, which somehow narrowly won the office vote (my guess is the lure of some Keira Knightley eye candy influenced a few votes) . I think it’s safe to say that no one left the movie very satisfied. Knightley plays some rich girl turned bounty hunter (sounds bad already, eh?) who is so good at catching crooks and looking good while doing it that she gets her own reality show. It is based on a true story…well, loosely based…very loosely based (basically the real person was a female bounty hunter, and it sounds like that is where the similarities end). From there on are a bunch of plot twists and some poor attempts at adding humor to the mix. The movie was shot with the intent of appearing “raw” and “hip”, but the style over substance approach leaves it falling short in both areas. Not to mention that Knightley’s anorexic appearence and tough girl haircut do not do much for me. How Roger Ebert gave this thing 3 stars is beyond me. Sometimes he really baffles me. But I will admit that I did enjoy the movie more than I would have working for those 2 hours. Plus we got to go home aftewards! I can handle that.