Date: Fri, 5 Jan
1996 16:46:48 EST
Belated Happy New Year, wordslers! I'm back from a week in warm and sunny Houston, TX (my luggage travelled a different route and arrived over 36 hours after I got back).
This was my 4th trip to Houston and I still can't figure it out--it goes on and on and on--mile after mile of strip mall after strip mall but without any sense of a real city at the center. I sought enlightenment at the Museum of Fine Arts--surely an exhibit entitled "Myths and Realities of Texas" would dispel some of my perplexity but it contained paintings (mostly contemporary) of Texas by native Texans and didn't provide any real clues. Also, what's with all the suburbans? Topped my list of butt-ugly vehicles...
It was a good visit, overall, I had a short break from the NE winter, ate lots of Mexican food, watched MTV ("I'm just a girl...") generally bummed around. One of the highlights of the week was lunch with Joe, Nancy, Doris and the charming Patricia. Stories about her wit and beauty are not adoring grandparent exaggerations but the real thing, folks. This 3 yr. old managed spaghetti without making a mess and kept herself amused without getting in the way of the conversation. Most impressive. It was a real pleasure finally meeting Doris who's been on the list for ever but doesn't travel to ftf's. Nancy and Joe are old pals now and it was really nice seeing them again.
I'm also Jane Austened out, having watched both _Clueless_ and _Sense and Sensibility_ in the space of 3 days. I found Clueless the more charming and imaginative adaptation, Alicia Silverstone has a Meg Ryan-like perky cuteness which bordered on too much without going over the edge. Emma Thompson's screenplay of S&S was very good and Hugh Grant was horribly miscast. I predict (hope ?) that 1996 will be a bad year for him, professionally.