"To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield"
- Alfred Lord Tennyson, 1833

"live deep and suck out all the marrow of life"
- Henry David Thoreau, 1845

"Some guys, they just give up living
And start dying little by little, piece by piece
Some guys come home from work and wash up,
And go racin' in the streets."
- Bruce Springsteen, 1977

"...to the heart, there's no time for you to waste.
You won't find your precious answers now
by staying in one place."
- Frank Turner, 2009

"The best things in life aren't things.
They're living and breathing."
- Michael Franti , 2011

"I owned every second that this world could give,
I saw so many places, the things that I did"
- Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, 2014

All written content and photos by Rob Fulfer unless otherwise indicated.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Shorts Weather in February

In preparation for our upcoming attendance of the annual Oscars party hosted by our friends, the Edmondsons, we attended a showing of this year's nominated short films (both live action and animated) today at The Belcourt Theatre in Nashville. Joining us for the live action line-up were the Edmondsons, Danny and Brenda. There are five nominees, all under 30 minutes and from all over the world. We liked them all with our favorites being "Wish 143" from England and "God of Love" from the U.S. If either win, we will be happy. After a ten-minute interval, the animated shorts were cued up next. Our friend, Carolyn, also joined us for this round. Again, there are five nominees from around the world all under 20 minutes, plus they showed two more "Highly Commended" honorable mentions. We enjoyed all of them as well with again our favorites torn between two of the entries, "Madagascar, Carnet de Voyage" from France and "Day & Night" from the U.S. and the geniuses at Pixar. Everyone in the group enjoyed the collection of films and we all hope this will be an ongoing event at Belcourt each year before the Oscars. Afterwards, we all walked up Belcourt Avenue a block or so and wandered into Belcourt Taps & Tapas for dinner, a small plate restaurant (tapas) with a good amount of draught beer (taps). Despite the bad luck of a couple of taps being empty, we were in luck to arrive just in time for their "Trivia Night." We had quite a collection of "lint brains" among us and did great placing second out of several teams (only two points out of first) and winning $30 in gift certificates. The food was good too, so we will definitely be back, give certificates or not.

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