For the past six days, I’ve been on Staycation 2020. I was originally scheduled to do some housesitting for my mom but once that fell through I found myself with a few days off and not much to do. So, I didn’t do much and it was great.
I haven’t had a Staycation in a couple years now, and I think it was long overdue. Other than one day of some cleaning and organizing, I spent most of my time watching movies and TV shows.
I planned on watching a bunch of Michael Mann movies and/or some new releases from Redbox, but I did neither. Instead, I watched Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, which I hadn’t seen. I was hoping to get fired up over the Mission Impossible series and watch 4-6 but Ghost Protocol started off strong but the CGI lost me by the end and that ruined my Mission Impossible marathon.
The second movie I watched was Zodiac, which I had seen when it came out, but felt the urge to watch again after watching Seven recently. It held up well and was a worthwhile watch, but something I don’t see myself revisiting anytime soon.
The final movie I watched (and arguably the best) was The Foreigner, a movie I’ve been waiting to watch for a couple of years now. It stars Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan and is directed by Martin Campbell (director of Goldeneye and Casino Royale). It’s arguably my third favorite Jackie Chan movie (behind Miracles and New Police Story) and I really enjoyed the action in it. It’s a shame it wasn’t seen by more people because it’s a very solid movie.
I started a handful of other movies but didn’t get very far. Nothing really caught my attention, so I ended up watching some TV shows like Hannibal, Psych, Wings, and High Fidelity.
On Saturday night, Brandy and I also watched AEW Revolution and to be honest, it didn’t live up to the hype. There were some great matches, but Cody and MJF really sucked the wind out of the show. Cody’s pretentious introduction and horrible neck tattoo doomed this match from the beginning as I had no idea how to feel because Cody came out like a heel, but he was clearly the face. And let’s not get me started on that horrific live theme song.
The highlight of my Staycation (and most eventful portion of it) was on Wednesday, which was Brandy’s birthday. We started off by driving to Brier Creek and eating at Shomars (a Southern/Geek casual dining place) before playing a couple rounds of putt-putt at Frankies. Being that it was a Wednesday during the office season, Frankies was under construction and it wasn’t the best environment, but we came for putt-putt and putt-putt is what we did. For the record, I beat Brandy twice, similar to our bowling competition. She did, however, overtake me in the last corner of Mario Kart, so I have that disgrace hanging over me. She always beats me at racing games. Ugh.
After putt-putt we did some shopping and then for dinner we went to Second Empire, a snazzy restaurant in downtown Raleigh. I ate quail for the first time, Brandy had prawns, and we both had the duck breast, and then we finished it off with a chocolate soufflé. The service and food were great and it was a very enjoyable experience.
I think she had a good birthday and that makes me happy.