It was a pretty great 40th birthday last year – and I wrote a wee bit about it here. Suddenly, just the other day I thought about it again, specifically the trip to the Contemporary Jewish Museum – which was showing an amazing Stanley Kubrick exhibition. I was listening to a podcast with a film editor and that put Kubrick in mind, which had me thinking back to last year’s America trip; one of the surprise highlights (I say ‘surprise’ because it wasn’t planned, it was just a walk-up really) was the Kubrick exhibition. I’m a fan of his work, sure, but this was the sort of exhibition that would blow any film geek of any kind away I’m sure – even if Kubrick wasn’t quite to your taste. A fascinating snapshot into the mind of a fanatic, a detailed collector. We had a good look around this and the museum – and then it was off out for drinks and dinner. Hard to complain. It was lovely weather and good company and all of that too. A very special trip. And also – since we’re talking stubs, a very special stub too. It’s got my birthday’s date, obviously. But look how it’s a ticket, with a whole in the centre – that’s your sticker you peel off and place on your chest with pride, or on your bag if you don’t like stickers on your clothes. Cool building too. It was nice to have the time – which is the point of a holiday, obviously – to just drink it all in. I bought a couple of books from the giftshop, and earlier, before going into the museum, we had the best Reuben sandwich ever. Served out of a little hole-in-the-wall joint attached to the Contemporary Jewish Museum. So yeah, another good part to a good day.
Stubs is an occasional feature here at Off The Tracks – looking back through the ticket-stub box and remembering how the show went down.