Friday, October 10, 2008

Not Your Average Weekend

Not to steal the thunder of my friend Mike Flint over at Tixity, but I thought that on this Friday I would talk about the upcoming weekend.

Tonight, you will find me at the Fiesta Five Theater for the 7:30 pm showing of Citizen McCaw.

When I checked the Yahoo movie listings on my iPhone, I saw that now playing on another screen at the Fiesta Five is the movie "Ghost Town," which, based on what I've heard, pretty much describes what the newsroom at Wendy McCaw's News-Press is like these days.

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Just because the economy is in a free fall, don't think it's going to be easy to get into a good restaurant this weekend.

Last Friday, we went out to celebrate my daughter's birthday at the Palace. We got there at about 6:15 pm and had to wait about 30 minutes before a table opened up. Once inside, we got to watch magician Mark Collier entertaining a group of about 20 people who were there for a wedding rehearsal dinner. After the wedding party left, they were immediately replaced by another party of 20 or so.

After dinner we walked east on Cota Street and could see that both Square One and the newly opened Cafe Luck (neither of which could ever be described as catering to a "Joe Six Pack" type crowd) were doing a brisk business.

On Wednesday, The Most Downloaded Woman on Craig Smith's Blog and I had guests from out of town, so we thought we would take them to Cafe Luck, which we had never tried before.

At 7:30 on a Wednesday night, all they could offer us was a table that was upstairs. We checked it out and decided it was too dark and too hot on the second level so we pulled a Sarah Palin and said "thanks but no thanks."

BTW, John Cleese was dining downstairs at a table directly in front of one of the windows. I guess they were "showcasing" him.

Anyway we went back to the Palace, which was once again busy, but we got in right away and were given a good table.

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If you don't feel like leaving the house this weekend you might want to check out the latest in Larry Nimmer's series "Touring With the Candidates." This time around he does the Santa Barbara version of MTV "Cribs" with the Goleta City Council hopefuls.

The video is posted on Google Video and can be seen on Channel 21 at 9 am this morning (Friday) as well as again on Monday at 9:50 am.

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Also this weekend my beloved Dodgers will be playing the Philadelphia Phillies for the right to go to the World Series.

On Thursday, Barack Obama told Philadelphia radio host Michael Smerconish that he was rooting for the Phillies and not the Dodgers.

I guess that means Obama feels he has California won, but that Pennsylvania is still a close race.