The husband and I bought a Dyson vacuum cleaner. Although several friends had recommended it, I did not put it on our list of choices because of the cost. At the store, we got curious and looked at it. Then all of a sudden Jesus appeared. "Can I help you?" he asked politely. (Really, the sales guy's name was Jesus. Not Hay-soos, but Gee-sus.)
Very long story short, with Jesus' confidence about the machine and the store's return policy, we decided to invest in the machine.
I vacuumed part of the house. Result: Three containers full of dust.
The mama made a mistake on her absentee ballot, so I took her down to the courthouse for a replacement. As we headed up the stairs, she said, "I feel so ashamed for making a mistake." In all her 50 years of voting, this was her first boo-boo on a ballot ever. I did my best to reassure her that it happens a lot to everyone. Of course, she didn't believe me. When the mama was signing a replacement form, I asked the election lady if it is common for people to ask for replacement ballots because of mistakes. The mama was relieved when the lady said, "All the time."
I vacuumed the rest of the house. Result: Three more containers full of dust. I can't believe I'm telling the world how dirty the house was! And, how awful of a hobbyist of a housekeeper I am. The vacuum cleaner was worth buying. So far.
Between rooms, I drove the mama to the courthouse so she could drop off her absentee ballot. As we were walking back down the stairs, she said, "I can handle these stairs. We should come here some time so I can practice. Would they get mad?" I wonder if they would. The steps were the right height for the mama to climb up and down with minimal help. I could see it gave her instant gratification of accomplishment.
The husband and I did a few errands around town, including a stop at a farm to buy fresh eggs. While there we checked out its Halloween corn maze. We've done the maze in previous years. This year, we admired it from up high.
Have you ever watched and heard wind as it moved through a field of corn? It's amazingly wondrous. Check it out yourself. That other sound you hear on the video is the American flag flapping in the wind above where we were standing.
If you want to hear the sound of the husband's beard flapping in the wind, click here.
On a whim, the husband and I decided to go to the movies. The senior discount rate saved us a whole 50 cents for a matinee. How I love senior discounts.
Our choice was Red, which stars Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Morgan Freedman, Helen Mirren, Mary Louise Parker, and Richard Dreyfuss. Willis, Malkovich, Freedman, and Mirrin play retired CIA agents. Red is code for Retired and Extremely Dangerous. Willis' character is the Red one. He seeks out the other retired agents to help him and his girlfriend-to-be (played by Parker) figure out who is trying to kill them.
The movie was even better than I expected. Very enjoyable. Definitely a lot of tongue-in-cheek gun play and explosions. Some scenes made me think of a comic book coming to life. After the movie, I learned that Red is based on a graphic novel. So there you go. I'd see Red again, just to watch Malkovich be loony and Mirren stand elegantly strong as she machine-gunned the bad guys.
Here's a clip of Red for you.
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