love in the fake grass

I believe that two people are connected at the heart, and it doesn’t matter what you do, or who you are or where you live; there are no boundaries or barriers if two people are destined to be together. Julia Roberts

An outing to the movies with your spouse and two other couples is nice.   When it is with friends you have known twenty years, and particularly those, from whom, you learned many lessons on how to take the fundamentals of marriage and create a model one, all the better.    And when the movie, Pretty Woman, with Richard Gere and Julia Roberts, is a “classic” romantic one (at least for our spouses), it makes for an entertaining evening.

Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife. Franz Schubert

On the roof of an elegant downtown San Diego hotel, the Grand Hyatt,   past the tennis court and the shuffleboards, there is an outdoor theater on the grass.  Or more precisely, on fake grass.   Fancy lawn chairs ( we reclined in the ones made for two) and Bluetooth headphones for every guest watching the screening.   In the cool evening, a couple drinks and a little popcorn, half of our fellow guests were toddlers when this movie screened in 1990.   And yet for a lot of us,  we remembered and walked away at the end,  quoting the lines we remembered from thirty years ago.   When Vivian walked back into the Rodeo Drive store that wouldn’t wait on her, but she came back with her arms loaded with expensive outfits:

“…You work on commission, right.  Big mistake. Big.  Huge!”

Women walked out chuckling over some of the lines.  Teary at the Cinderella fairy tale of the hooker finding her (billionaire) prince.  Living happily ever after.

And being a guy,  I left there thinking:

“Hmm,   Fake grass.  You know that would look pretty good on my back patio.  Solid.  Durable. Probable hold up with Comet dog pee.    I wonder how much….”



My wife is my soul mate. I can’t imagine being without her. Matt Damon 


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