Monday Smiles – 1/25/2016

date night tooYears ago, when my wife Muri and I were younger … and friskier … we would periodically take mini-vacations.  We’d find, perhaps, a play on Saturday evening and maybe a concert on Sunday, then stay in a hotel near the venue on Saturday night.  Dinner at one of our favorite restaurants was always part of the agenda.   As we push forward, me into my seventies and Muri not far behind, we still reserve nearly every Saturday for a date but the mini-vacations have been few.

Thursday night I found a play that sounded interesting on the half price ticket service, Goldstar.  The at the Costa Mesa’s South Coast Repertory Theater, rustywas Red, a fictionalized account of a period in the life of abstract expressionist painter, Mark Rothko.  Not exactly our cup of theater but heck, it won a Tony Award.  Our favorite Costa Mesa restaurant, Season’s 52 was full for the night, so I made reservations at the waterfront Rusty Pelican in Newport Beach.  Just for old times sake, I went online to make reservations at the Costa Mesa Marriott, which is walking distance from South Coast Rep.

I’d like to say that setting off for a mini-vacation made us feel like 40 again.  I’d like to say that.  In reality, we felt like a sixty-something (Older Eyes is sixty-eleven) married couple off on a extended date.  Dinner overlooking the marina was excellent and upscale Newport Beach is always great for peoplerothko watching … and playing what-do-you-think-is-the-story-of-that-group?   The play was very good and gave an interesting insight into an artist who viewed himself as a rebel finding himself commercially successful.  The performances by Mark Harelik as Rothko and Paul David Story as his assistant, Ken, were amazing.   You can see highlights from the Broadway production here.  The hotel is a very nice smaller Marriott with all suite rooms and it came with a lovely breakfast, which we enjoyed after a leisurely morning with nothing to do.  Very nice, very relaxing.  Less frisky than past vacations but at our age, nice and relaxing is good, too.

It’s Monday … I’m smiling.

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One Comment on “Monday Smiles – 1/25/2016”

  1. Barry Says:

    What – dinner at the Rusty Pelican without us?

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