We went and saw the 3:25 PM showing of Charlie Wilson's War at Flatiron's AMC. The movie is based on the true story (and the book of the same name) featuring "Good-Time Charlie" Wilson (Tom Hanks), as a fun-loving Congressman from Texas, who works to funnel money and weapons from the US Congress to the Mujahedin of Afghanistan following the Soviet invasion of their country in late 1979. Charlie finds assistance from a renegade CIA agent, Gust Avrakotos (Philip Seymour Hoffman); a Houston socialite, Joanne Herring (Julia Roberts) who leads Wilson to the cause; his Congressional assistant, Bonnie Bach (Amy Adams); the willing Pakistani dictator fascinated by the socialite; and the Israelis who modify and manufacture Soviet weapons to maintain the illusion of American neutrality.
It was a good movie. I liked it overall. The cast is absolutely amazing and Hanks, Hoffman, Roberts and Adams are superb. My only criticism would be that the movie just starts and you get no sense of history of the characters. Why is Charlie so fun-loving? Why is Gust such a renegade? Why is Joanne so wealthy and so interested in religion and foreign politics? The movie starts with the characters already in the story, but I think it was hard to understand why the do the things they do without understanding why they are who they are. Also, I do not like Julia Roberts as a blond. It does not look good on her. I do give it a thumbs up and it is worth the ticket price. I may go back and read the book though as I think that will fill in a bit more that could not be covered in 97 minutes.
After the movie we went to Bloom at Flatirons for dinner at 5:30 PM (or the early bird special as we call it). It is Dale and my favorite restaurant and we have celebrated New Year's Eve for there for the past four years. They always do a special menu for the evening, so that is always nice. I had the ahi tuna and Dale had the prime rib. It was excellent as always. We also had our favorite waiter, Matthew, taking care of our table. We always enjoy him, as he flirts with Dale in exchange for a 30% gratuity (I am just teasing). He always remembers Dale and I and remembers what we like and do not like. It is nice to have that kind of service (plus some flirting does help too).
We headed home at 7:00 PM and faced the brutal cold, wind and drifting snow. It is amazing just how windy it is up in Arvada tonight. The wind made it hard to stay on the road and the drifting snow made it hard to see the road at times. We saw a car stranded at one of the entrances to our development, so Dale and I made a u-turn even though we were dressed in slacks and dress shoes to try to help. We tried to push the car of young lady who got stuck in the snow (they never plow our development) for about 10 minutes, but three of her four wheels were spinning. Basically, her car was sitting up to high on the snow to do much just by pushing. Even with the shovel (Dale keeps in truck under the back seat; he is always prepared), we could not get her moving. I felt bad. She said she would call friends for more help.
However, the bad part is with the cold wind, me still being a little sick/congested and having just eaten dinner, I got sick. I actually vomited in our truck into my glove covered hand. It sucked. It just hit me so quick. I think it was the combination of everything, but the end result was a very gross hand and lap of vomit (I know, not pleasant to read about either). But, I am still glad we stopped and did what we could to help. Other cars drove right by and I would hope if that was my niece, Kristin, in the same situation, someone would stop and help her. I just wish I did not get sick. As always Dale was great, helped to get me home, cleaned up and got me a glass of ginger ale (he is so good to me).
So now we are sitting on the couch with the pups and enjoying some TV. Having Dale at my side (and the dogs) is truly the best way to ring in the New Year. I know he will probably be falling asleep on the couch by 10:00 PM and I will be watching TV by myself, but that is okay. I still have him with me and that is all that matters.