I'm about fifty pages from the end of Stalin's Ghost by Martin Cruz Smith and his protag Arkady Renko just ordered a Baltika at a strip club. Now I'm not a big beer drinker (although I did my part way back in college) but I have come to really enjoy the occasionaly strong dark beer--not Guiness, it's too flat for my taste.
KGB Bar serves some great Russian beer--Baltika--in several different strengths. I always got what was the highest they had: #3 I think but for the first time, this past Wednesday, they had up to # 9 so of course that's what I ordered. It was strong (8% or something, I think) and very good. So here's to Renko and my favorite beer! Pick one up if you can.
Friday and Saturday evenings I saved for watching DVDs from netflix: I watched The Machinist with Christian Bale and quite liked it, although it was painful to watch. Because of Bale's emaciated (ribs, clavicle, and other bones sticking out)body and also because Jennifer Jason Leigh's had a boob job and I just hate that. I find it totally depressing that an often very good actress feels the need to but crap into her boobs in order to get acting jobs playing hookers. Shame.
I also watched two discs of Monk's Season 5. Yeah, I still enjoy it. Some of the shows I can't stand, others are very funny, and still others are moving. So I'll stick with poor twitch Adrian Monk, the amazing Captain Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine--who played Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs), and the hapless Lieutenant Randy Disher as they continue their adventures. I even like the character Natalie Teeger, who took over as Monk's assistant from an earlier actress (who I liked very much).
Did some errands yesterday morning and got so soaked from the unexpected rain shower that I had to completely change clothes before meeting a friend for lunch (we roamed down Bleecker street after lunch, where there was a street fair).
In between, reading YBFH stuff.
- A lazyish weekend