First Friday Gallery Walk. Kind of a snoozer, although the Fiber Focus show at Art St. Louis was way cooler than I thought it would be. They also have a swanky new website. I bought some sweet incense at MacroSun Imports, then we got home in time to watch Donnie Darko until the wee hours of morning.
Saturday. The all-day metro pass date.
Laine and I took the train to the Big Read to visit the StudioSTL booth, with Beth the Alice in Wonderland White Rabbit, Kate the Cheshire Cat, a Peter Pan Emma, and a Puss In Boots Lauren. We watched a fully-costumed Winnie the Pooh almost mow down a small child in a fan-kid massacre. It was great. The second annual Big Read looked to be a huge success, at twice the size of last year's.
We hopped the Clayton train to the loop and went for a late lunch at one of the many Thai restaurants in the loop, the one with all the vegetarian options in neon in the front window. I had the deliciously spicy green curry tofu and Laine got her Thai barbecued meat of some sort that she always gets at the Thai Country Cafe across the street, where we stopped going after several lackluster visits. Both our dishes were slightly different from our TCC favorites, mine had Japanese eggplant and less basil, and Laine's had a fat hard-boiled egg sliced on top of it, which was kinda weird. Their veggie spring rolls are also totally different, and HUGE, though the wrapper wasn't steamed as long as I'd like, and the brown sauce on top was too sweet to be very good for anybody.
Walked down to Star Clipper Comics after that and tried really hard not to spend too much money. Man, I love that store. Laine got her Halloween costume (I won't spoil the nerdy surprise) and I got the memory of a fantastic $70 messenger bag that sits there waiting for me to earn enough extra dough to rescue it. We also learned we're 5 or 6 issues behind on all the comics we read. No more Star Clipper hiatuses for us!
We walked from the loop down to the Skinker station so we wouldn't have to trade trains, and got back home by six o'clock. Cooling off, rehydrating, then it's back out to Brentwood for an REI, Trader Joe's and Whole Foods trip. I'll bet you're biting your nails in excitement and envy. We're tucking in early tonight, because tomorrow, brace yourself, we're going to the Tivoli for the 12:30 showing of The Ten Commandments. There's nothing quite like spending four hours of your Sunday with swords, sandals, Charlton Heston, and Yul Brenner, for a mere $5 a ticket! We'll be the ones wearing pajamas.