By: Pat Austin
SHREVEPORT – Random, loose thoughts this week:
I went to see Star Wars Saturday. Confession: I’ve never seen any of the other Star Wars movies. But, my son wanted to go and so I took him. I liked it. I probably won’t go back and watch all of the others but I did enjoy this one. When John asked me to take him I said, “I’ll be lost as a goose – I won’t know what’s going on!” True enough, but it was still good. I have friends who are fans of the series and you pretty much can’t escape knowing something about the general story if you ever read a newspaper, magazine, Twitter, or otherwise get on the Internet. That being said, I found Carrie Fisher’s scenes especially poignant and loved seeing her on screen.
Where I live, in Shreveport, we have not seen a white Christmas since 1929. In all probability we won’t this year either, although for a day or two the weather folks were actually suggesting the possibility of snow next week. It’s just as well. Snow down here is a real mess; nobody knows quite what to do and it’s always a wet, heavy snow which then turns to ice and makes an even bigger mess. But, for a moment, I was hoping…
Oh, and Jingle Bells is now racist. So, there’s that.
The Detectorists is over. I wrote in this space last month about the charming British series about a couple of metal detecting hobbyists and their quirky friends. The third, and final series (season) just aired in Britain and will hit the U.S. after the first of the year. I was lucky enough each week to stream all six episodes and can now confess that I got misty-eyed at the end. If you have not caught up with this series, Seasons 1 and 2 are on Netflix – you have time to catch up before the third season airs. The entire cast is strong and Mackenzie Crook is a genius. The show is so beautifully written and so subtle that you can watch it over and over and catch something new each time. I can not rave about it enough. Go watch.
Christmas cooking: I’ve got to get my rum cake made today. I have to make one more batch of Chex Mix (my fifth, or sixth…I lose count.) I need a good recipe for cheese straws – I’ve lost the one my mother used. I’m having a spiral cut ham for the family Christmas party and then gumbo on Christmas Day. And it won’t be snowing.
Christmas cards: we have a neighbor at the end of our block that writes a Christmas card for every person on the street and then she and her grandson walk the street every year and deliver the cards. I think this is such an awesome little tradition and it does bring the neighborhood together. So sweet.
I’m off to make a rum cake. Have a good week!
Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.