Thursday night in downtown Santa Cruz
Got downtown kinda late (8:50pm or so).
Just before dinner,
I dashed down to the Del Mar to get tickets for the 9:30 show.
Very nice dinner at Clouds;
Pacific Avenue (aka "Pacific Garden Mall") was closed
off in front of Cinema 9 because they had brought in a
couple of truckloads of snow for kids to play in.
The Del Mar was renovated last year, and they did a very
nice job. I think it is being booked by the same folks
who book films for the Nickelodeon, a few blocks away.
"Art" films, mostly.
After dinner, we walked on down to the Del Mar ... and
they were waiting for us. We were the only
customers for the 9:30 show. Felt weird. I guess the
business is feeling the heat from the economic times,
as well as from the Cinema 9 just two blocks away.
Could have been the film — Far From Heaven
— it wasn't your typical feel-good heartwarming
After the show, 11:30pm, still quite a nice warm evening;
we watched the last bits
of snow being loaded into a pair of trucks, to be
driven off to wherever they take it to melt around here.
It's not like they have any snowplows — they were
using a bulldozer to lift the bulk of it into the trucks,
and flat shovels to scrape the dregs. And no, I don't
mean the characters that hang around that part of town.
Sorry, I didn't have my camera with me.