Day 67: 'Goldfinger'

'Goldfinger'

Greetings from inside an air-conditioned auditorium at the Regal Gallery 14 in Washington, D.C. The current temperature outside is somewhere in the balmy '90s with an extra dollop of humidity, so this is a nice spot to catch a breather before tonight's Day 67 outdoor screening of Goldfinger on the Green.

While I type away, my four best friends who travelled in from Denver to Istanbul are enjoying a 3D viewing of The Last Airbender (well, hopefully enjoying...I found things to like about the movie in an earlier 2D screening, but we'll see what they think in 3D...). We've been in the city for about 8 hours, and if there's one thing I've learned in that time, it's that you can cover a lot of ground in D.C. in one working day - if you opt in for a cool Segway tour.

You've seen them operated by your local mall authorities, and probably thought the security cops looked a little goofy buzzing around on them, but if you ever do get a chance to tour a city on these crafty contraptions, I highly recommend it. In our two-hour sojourn, we were able to cover the White House, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, the Smithsonian, the Capital, the Library of Congress, and the Supreme Court. Plus, we were allowed to pull some fun cookies and figure eights, and race our Segs around Freedom Plaza. Afterwards, we hoofed it on foot to Arlington Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to watch the changing of the guard (extremely impressive), and saw JFK's resting place...so it was a productive day all in all.

I'm not sure what any of this has to do with Goldfinger, but as a capper to the east coast leg of this 100 days, it's been a total blast. I'll be sure to add a graph or two post- movie on the actual 'Screen on the Green' experience, but before heading home to Los Angeles, I definitely need to thank my lucky moviewatching stars (and Fandango) for allowing me to end this part in D.C., surrounded by the guys who've known me since I was a teeny, tiny, budding movie buff. I'm as tired and exhausted as ever (and popping Excedrin to keep that weird headache away), but I'm looking forward to James Bond with my friends before heading home for the last month of the experience.

...OK, one quick update from the actual Screen on the Green...playing Bond trivia before the screening with my friends...learning such things as Maude Adams being the only Bond girl in two Bond movies (The Man with the Golden Gun and Octopussy), The Spy Who Loved Me being the only Bond movie where his car turns into a submarine...and that author Ian Fleming wrote the kids book "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" (he did?)...anyways, I love these guys...tuning back in tomorrow from L.A...

Quick Bond question, too - best summer Bond movie? I vote for For Your Eyes Only. How about you?

[Final, final note: It was a good thing we sat through The Last Airbender 3D earlier, as the Day 67 movie was rained out at the 1 hour and 2 minute mark by a drip-drip sprinkle that turned into a full-on thunderstorm. While I and the guys covered up in ponchos and were ready to push through, after the crowd scurried and the rain thickened, the organizers decided to call it a night. No worries, though, since we did make it through all of Airbender, and for posterity's sake, we did also watch the last half hour of Goldfinger back at the homestead...so consider it, 'Day 67: Goldfinger + The Last Airbender 3D + Lots of Mother Nature'...one more experience on the way to 100 movies...]

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The boys from Colorado at the World War II Memorial...

The Samoan-Coloradan...

The USC grads...

Ready to Segway in D.C...

The Crue in D.C. at Screen on the Green...pre-torrential rain pour...

James Bond and the Capital...perfect night for a summer movie...almost...

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