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Sep. 19th, 2009 07:20 am
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So today I turn 49, which is seven squared, which must be perfection perfected.

I took the day off from work yesterday to celebrate in advance. Went to Roxy's for breakfast and had a mimosa. Surprised myself by deciding to go see a matinee of Jane Campion's Bright Star, which just opened yesterday. It's about the romance between John Keats and Fannie Brawne. I had mixed feelings about it. A beautiful portrait of young love, but something about it left me cold. Perhaps I just don't like Keats' poetry. Nonetheless, there was a lot to enjoy in the movie, not least its visual textures, and it captures very well the tempestuousness and confusion and tenderness and cruelty -- the sweet unrest -- of romantic love, while still grounding it in a social and familial setting.

In the evening, Denys (whose birthday is on the 25th) and I went to Mashiko for sushi with [livejournal.com profile] holyoutlaw, [livejournal.com profile] juliebata, [livejournal.com profile] kate_schaefer, and Glenn Hackney. As I've mentioned before, Mashiko has gone sustainable, but I sure couldn't tell the difference in the chef's choice chirashi (sashimi on top of a bowl of rice) that I had, unless it was the mussel, which I'd never had as sashimi before. Kate's chef's choice nigiri included rainbow trout, which she said was great. Glenn had a couple of rolls that used catfish, which they are calling namagi and are pitching as sort of a substitute for unagi (while acknowledging that it tastes nothing like it). One of the rolls that Glenn had was called the Southern Roll and had the catfish and tempura sweet potato. That sounded pretty good to me.

Anyway, excellent food and excellent company.

Today I'm wearing a pirate shirt (arrrh, mateys!) and there are various possible plans afoot. Fine beer will almost certainly be involved at some point. Meanwhile, here's the eponymous sonnet.

Bright Star
by John Keats

Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art--
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like nature's patient, sleepless Eremite,
The moving waters at their priestlike task
Of pure ablution round earth's human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors--
No--yet still stedfast, still unchangeable,
Pillow'd upon my fair love's ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
And so live ever--or else swoon to death.

Date: 2009-09-19 02:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kdotdammit.livejournal.com
Beautiful poem. Enjoy 49!

Date: 2009-09-19 03:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ron-drummond.livejournal.com
The Keats poem was not terrible.

I sent you my b-day email before reading this posting.

Happy 17,897th! May you have almost as many more! Heck, go for 36,000! You can do it!

Date: 2009-09-19 03:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] reverendjim.livejournal.com
Happy birthday and I hope the fine beer is very fine. I'll raise a glass later.

Date: 2009-09-19 04:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] holyoutlaw.livejournal.com
Bonne anniversaire a le phaan du frawnj!

Date: 2009-09-19 04:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jerrykaufman.livejournal.com
Give us a call re: fine beer plans?

Heppy, heppy birthday, as Krazy would say.

Must...read...Keats.

Date: 2009-09-20 03:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] randy-byers.livejournal.com
Ah yes, Krazy Keat.

Well, Scott K ended up bringing some of his private reserve (and carl) over here, so I didn't have to risk crazy Husky fans or Oktoberfest for my fine beer. No big outing after all.

Date: 2009-09-19 04:59 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] intelligentrix.livejournal.com
Happy Birthday! I hope you have an excellent Saturday, as well. I wish I could be there to help you celebrate, but alas, the teleporter is on the fritz. I'll just send my felicitations instead.

Date: 2009-09-19 08:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mrhedgehog.livejournal.com
Happy Birthday!

Date: 2009-09-19 11:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] surliminal.livejournal.com
happy birthday from amazing Amsterdam!!

Date: 2009-09-19 11:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wrdnrd
Happy birthday!!

(Avoid the U-District for beer tonight -- Huskies managed to beat USC at home. SHUT UP, YOU KIDS, AND GET OFF MY LAWN!)

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