December 18, 2003


For our belated anniversary, Lauren and I went for dinner and a movie.

Romantic, eh?

For dinner we went to Lawry’s The Prime Rib, which lived up to _every_last_word_ of praise it received from Katie and Isaac. First of all, I would describe the decor as mockingly tasteful, as if Disney had designed it. Chairs and tables were slightly oversized, waitresses scuttled around in wardrobes straight out of the 1930’s, and the men whose sole job was cutting prime rib (and thus were called carvers) pushed around stainless steel altars to meat, some of which, we’re told, have been in use for over seventy years. It made me feel like I was in some old eclectic man’s house, in fact it reminds me almost exactly of the dining room at Hearst castle. That is, if Hearst Castle had the flags from all of the PAC-10 and Big-10 universities hanging from the ceiling. As for the actual food? I can’t speak for anyone else, but it was my ideal meal. If there is a heaven and I somehow end up there, I will eat at Lawry’s three times a day. Warm bread, followed by a salad that they tossed table side, then the best prime rib (medium rare) I’ve ever had accompanied by mashed potatoes, and in Lauren’s case, buttered peas. For desert we had this crazy sampler tray that was just too much, with chocolate cake, creme brulee, a trifle, ice cream with some amazing chocolate sauce and a lemon torte. I was uncomfortably full for at least the next three hours.

Lauren and I wanted to see different movies, but she eventually wore me down, so we went to see the movie she wanted to watch. It was way better than I expected, but there were a couple of scenes where these two straight guys who were best friends were looking at each other in such a way that it made me want to stand up and shout “JUST KISS HIM ALREADY.” It’s possible I was thinking that because I read it in a review somewhere, but I couldn’t get it out of my head.

After all was said and done, it was a great evening and it’s depressing thinking about it as I sit alone with no food and a whole 2 bedroom apartment all to myself for the next three days.

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