Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Film Fest

Times are Changing!

Last night we were invited to go to a film festival with our friends, Mike and Connie. It was put on by a Mac User Group and I think my brother Steve, and Lowell would have loved it. Anyone who wanted to was invited to present a movie. Most of them were just a few minutes long and the variety was neat. Some of the movies were really exceptionally good and some were very creative and innovative. Mike won a Stevie Award (trophy and all) for his presentation on his grandson's first haircut. It was great. I know our very own Stevie (my brother, videographer by profession and the owner of 3 iMacs) could win one too with no problems. I think Jim and I might want to try this for next year's event with some tutorials from the experts in our lives.

This Mac group is basically made up of older way older, if you know what I mean. And it really tickled me to see how involved they are and how they have found fun and productive things to do at this time in their lives. I am wondering if that statement about the people being way older holds any kind of a candle to something my mother once said? She was sitting in Stonebrook in her wheelchair feeling kind of blue and lonely. I lightheartedly asked her if there were any cute guys she was interested in in the facility. Her response, without skipping a beat... "Of course not, Honey, there are nothing but a bunch of really old men here!"

Another thing that was impressed upon my mind last night was how long it has been since Jim and I have ventured into something new and different than what we usually do. It was like a breath of fresh air and a reminder to me that it is so easy to get stuck in a little tiny rut and miss so much. There are so many things that we can be involved in that are rewarding, mentally stimulating and keep life alive. What have you found lately that reminds you to get out of that rut you're in and do something new?

There's A Whole Big Wonderful World Out There!


CA Poppy said...

Well, our little tiny rut, in the immortal (or possibly immoral) words of Monty Python, "is no more, it has ceased to be." We looked around and found a new corner of the world to make a new new rut. and you know what, there are no "way older people" here, if you know what i mean. We are them, and we are finding many fun and productive things to do at this time in our lives.

Michelle made a film the other day, and other than the wanna-be Emeril, it is pretty darn good cinema. (see my publisist about Stevie nominations)

We had a really cool thunder and lightning storm here the other night. It woke up almost the entire town. California may have most of the great things available in the world, mountain vistas, ocean front properties, world class golf, gay marriage (lol), but you do not have a lock on all the fun. We have a ski hill in town, just like Tahoe, and stunning golf courses, just like Blackhawk, and good friends, just like ya'll.

We really enjoy keeping up with you, and all our friends in California, with the blogs, and e-mails. We love you and are grateful for how you blessed our lives then, and bless them now too.

Hugs and Kisses,

Alan and Michelle