Just in from chez Charger d' affairs after a wonderful evening of wine, cheese, and the Shanghai String Quartet. Twenty-one years ago, Dina and I hired another string quartet to play at our wedding. So it seemed appropriate to go hear this rich quartet play Ravel and Beethoven along with some Chinese pieces. The setting was intimate and the acoustics were warm and vibrant.
Peter's cousin, known around here as mc, always chooses a personal cd of the year. I am so looking forward to hearing what it is. Camille recently downloaded Green Day's Boulevard of Broken Dreams and I love it. She loves Green Day, and Stefan is asking me to play this song again. He has the gene where you can listen to one song for an entire afternoon. Here are the last ten individual songs we downloaded from iTunes:
Aside from the already described encounters at the grocery store and mall, Dina and I stayed up super late Friday night looking up guitar music on the internet, playing guitar and drinking wine. We laughed and laughed, and were surprised that when we went to bed it was 2:00 in the morning.
Dina and I just spent a few hours at the European mall. An unbelievably enormous shopping mall packed with hundreds of stores and thousands of people. Just one metro stop away! The Russians seemingly have unlimited spending ability. Shoes, lingerie, furs, jewelry; you name it, they are buying it. We went to Zara, a clothing store, to return a vest Dina bought me because it didn't fit and they didn't have my size. An open floor plan displays women's and men's clothing on opposite sides of the store. And you cannot cross over from one to the other if you are holding any merchandise. We stood in line for 30 minutes just to return the vest, which required one sales person plus two other signatures.