So yesterday after Bub’s soccer game, he and I headed to the Flyers Skatezone to get him geared up for ice hockey starting tomorrow. We pulled into the parking lot behind a guy riding an orange and black motorcycle, wearing an orange helmet, and a Flyers jersey. That should have tipped me off that the Flyers had something going on at their practice rink. When we got inside, there was Flyer’s head coach, Peter Laviolette and former Flyers’ enforcer, Riley Cote out on the ice conducting rookie practice! Bubs was in heaven!
My father would have been 66 today. Dad loved that he shared his birthday with Talk Like a Pirate Day, so go say something piratey to someone you love today. Miss you Dad, and I love you with all my heart. Abbe, the kids and I are going to have dinner with Mom tonight at Wasabi, one of his favorite sushi places (Dad used to travel to Japan 6-7 times a year for work and he introduced our family to sushi when I was a little guy).
Okuribito (Departures) – I didn’t even think that tomorrow was Dad’s birthday when I put this Japanese film into my iMac and watched it yesterday. This story is about a cellist that needs work and gets a job as preparing the departed for their funeral. The film on the surface is very slow and again, if you like giant robots blowing crap up, just move along – but, underneath the uncomfortable process of dealing with life and death, this film really opens up the meanings of life and death to the main character and even has some humor as well. Really great film, I see why it won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
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