Science Museum, Harrods, FAB dinner

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This is for Josh. Kids making a bridge. Is this what you do at school? :)
Janette and I went to the Science Museum in the afternoon. I was kind of bored, because it was just a lot of machinery that didn't mean anything to me, and contraptions that reminded me of high school physics. I was also really lethargic, and that's no good at a museum. The only interesting part was when we went downstairs and saw the area with the children's hands-on science-y stuff. I got really intreseted in this group of children that were playing with this thing that moved sand around. There were buckets and shovels, and I think if you got enough sand in one place the machine would do something. Anyway, they were SO dilligent about it, and were putting so much energy, and attention, and urgency into getting moving this sand around. It totally reminded me of acting, and ways we approach trying to give urgency to a scene.
Kids working intensively with sand in the Science Museum.
These kids were committing SO hardcore to this task that didn't even necessarily mean anything, for no reason. It was incredible.

Anyway, then I ate some cookies, and we took the tube Knightsbridge to see Harrods, because I am lame, and still hadn't been there to check it out. It's huge. I wanted to take pictures of the inside, but I felt dumb. The egyptian escalator reminds me of Disney. It is so huge. Did I say that already? They have EVERYTHING. And the best of everything, too. It's also very easy to get lost in here because the store takes up about a block. I wonder what kind of people can actually afford to shop here, though, since I guarantee that most of the people I saw were tourists.

The awesome part of the day, however, is the following, and the whole reason I came into the city today:
When I was at work at the stupid restaurant I worked at on Balboa Island over the summer, I met this older British couple.
Harrods, obviously. This extends about four times as much in the opposite direction.
I was waiting on them, and told them about my plans to study in London. When I brought them their food, they asked me if I was poor, and said they were trying to sort something out for me. I was really weirded out by this, but when I came back they said they lived north of London, but that they had a place on Oxford Street that they go to sometimes, and that they'd be there at the end of November/beginning of December and would love to take me to dinner. Can you believe it?! I couldn't believe that people I didn't even know were willing to extend their hand to me in such a way! Anyway, I emailed them after I got here, and they asked me and a friend to meet them at the restaurant on the fifth floor of Harvey Nichols for dinner.
Lit up for Christmas, I assume.
So, we met them up there and had a WONDERFUL evening. Oh man, I can't tell you how great it was. The food was IIIINNNNCCCCRRREEEDDDDIIIIBBBBLLLLLEEE, and if you can ever afford to eat at a place like this, you should. Geez. So good. I had salmon and canneloni with mussels in it. OY. They forced us to get appetizers and dessert as well. They were SO nice, and really, really good company. They had all these really wonderful stories about traveling, and the differences in culture between America and England, and were delightful to share the evening with. Then we went to the bar next door and were given more food-- a box (that Roy was VERY proud of) of the "Best Chocolate in 2006." He gave some to our waiter in the bar and then we got free coffees. They were so nice. It completely restored my faith in human beings being capable of being nice to each other. Hopefully I can meet up with them again someday. Yay for the holidays.
sdbleve says:
What an incredible day. Being a dad, I love to watch kids when they are really "into" something (it is never their chores). One of my best experiences I had when in England was when I visited Dover Castle. I met a man that had spent time in the area during WWII. I treated him to lunch at the castle resturant and revelled in his stories of the war and the country at that time.
Posted on: Nov 28, 2006
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Lit up for Christmas, I assume.
Lit up for Christmas, I assume.
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