Spouse & I started our Sat by going to the grocery store and running a few errands. We had ‘brunch’ at home, and then it was all about the housecleaning! We had not done a good job of keeping up with our housecleaning over the last 2 weeks, and anyone with a dog and a cat can attest to the need to vacuum frequently. We didn’t have dust bunnies, we had dust elephants. So the two of us each spent about 2 hours cleaning. It felt good to get the entire house cleaned. It always gives me such a feeling of accomplishment, even though I’d rather not do it.
After showers and a snack, we began preparations for hosting the “bonus” movie group. We actually belong to 2 movie groups. The original movie group was started by a tired old control freak who insists on all kind of rules for the films the group views. It meets on the 1st Sat of each month, and Spouse & I only go to it if we have nothing else planned. From that group came the “bonus” movie group, consisting of 12 of the 16 members of the original movie group. (The 4 members of the original movie group who are not in the “bonus” movie group do not know the “bonus” group exists.) The “bonus” movie group meets on the 2nd Sat of each month, and is very relaxed, laid-back, and fun. We make a point of attending this group.
So we put the snacks, plates, napkins, drinks, glasses, and ice on the kitchen table and did a little furniture rearranging in the upstairs TV room. When everyone arrived we snacked, drank, and chatted for a little while then headed upstairs to watch our movie.
Spouse picked “East Side Story” and I agreed it was a great choice for this group. Spouse & I saw this film last year during a special “Another Take” screening offered by the Rehoboth Beach Film Society, of which I am a member, and we really liked it. Since it was not available on DVD until a few months ago, we figured most likely none of the guys in the group had seen it, and we were right.
It’s the story of Diego, a frustrated culinary academy graduate who works in his family’s Mexican restaurant in East LA. He longs to move to Phoenix where he can start a new life and a new restaurant. Not only is Diego frustrated from the inability to cook nouveau food at the restaurant, he’s also frustrated because his year-long boyfriend Pablo just wants to hook-up now and then, and doesn’t want a relationship. Meanwhile, a Caucasian gay couple Wesley and Jonathan move into the house across the street from Diego and fix it up. Other white gay couples are doing the same. Wesley invites Diego to their housewarming party and it soon becomes clear to Jonathan that there’s something between Diego and Wesley.