22 December 2006

As many candles as a spider has eyes

Tonight is the last night of Chanukah. We light all eight candles and we say the baruchas for the last time this year. I like to let the wax build up on the menorah over the course of the eight days of the holiday. And I never clean it off entirely. I think there is still wax on that menorah from candle-lightings by my parents and by my grandparents. I like that accumulation of the generations.

Esther & Rivkah's Latke Party on Tuesday night at Katherine Mulherin's Sideshow was a great success, and the latkes were transcendent. The place was packed all evening, and Dana, Risa, and their two volunteer assistants went through about 50 pounds of potatoes, and a heap of eggs, onions, and cooking oil. Arteries destroyed in the name of art.

Last night we went to see For Your Consideration, which I liked a lot, though it didn't quite rise to the level of the other Christopher Guest movies. Though Parker Posey finally had a substantial role.

So, all in all, a very Jewish week.

Happy Chanukah & over & out.


At December 22, 2006 10:17 pm , Blogger John MacDonald said...

Happy Chanukah to you as well, Stu!

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At December 23, 2006 11:24 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Chanukah Stu!

Big haircut helloz
from us in the Kootenays.


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