Queens, Long Island, Star Wars

What a strange day. Joe called me just before lunch to see if I wanted to head out to Long Island for some RC racing (it's an old hobby of his). I had nothing else to do, so I decided to go. We visited his home in Queens, where his Dad was making steamed veggie buns from scratch, and then continued out to Long Island to eat at EAST Buffet & Restaurant, which was as close to the big Taiwan hotel buffets as I've come across in the States -- except for the size, of course. The food was good. I especially liked the "Steamed Bums." The RC crowd was friendly, but it was funny to co-mingle with old dudes in camo pants and 14 year old kids with spiked hair at the same time. Diverse, in a strange way.

When I returned I went out to see Star Wars II with Wendy, Justin, and Pat at the DLP theater in the AMC 25 near Time Square. Did you know that if you want to descend a floor, you have to go all the way down to the street and then back up? The theater is 13 floors, so it can be quite a trek. I figured that out on my own, unfortunately. :) DLP theaters are cool. During the Powerpoint-esque ads before the movie, I was afraid that the screen-door effect would dominate the visuals of the movie, but the picture during the movie itself turned out to be fantastic. Seeing the STAR WARS opening text scroll up the big screen without shaking around violently and being attacked by little dust pieces was neat. :) I enjoyed the movie, and thought the special effects were very good. Yoda kicks ass! Now, if they could just get a good script, and maybe a few more good actors...