so we went to Windsor this weekend. not exactly NYE capital of the world, but we were having difficulty choosing between the dozens of NYE parties to which we'd been invited and rather than face a difficult decision and risk hurting a bunch of feelings we decided it was easier to go out of town.
windsor isn't far from Bodega Bay so we decided to drive over on saturday, see the town and eat some clam chowder. bodega bay is known for being the location of hitchcock's 1962 thriller The Birds. the school house in the scene above is still there, purchased by the taylor family in 1966 and still home to members of the taylor clan.
a place called spud point crab company boasts at having placed "first in The Press Democrat Readers' Choice for 'The best chowder at the coast,' and we've won 1st place eight years running at the Annual Bodega Bay Chowder Day!" so we figured we'd try some. seemed a little thin to us and not really heavy on the clams and potatoes. It was ok I guess I was just expecting better after all the boasting. Tried a bowl across the bay at the tides restaurant which was heartier. I guess I like it thick. my chowder.
when we returned to windsor that evening, we actually were able to rent the birds from the front desk. if this was considered terrifying in 1962 I can't imagine how they would have reacted to today's movies. Hell, our news today is more terrifying than any movie ever made. It was also a bit of a yawn-fest. we're an hour into this thing before there's even a hint of an angry bird. the first hour revolves around what is essentially a man and a woman trying to one-up each other in an on-going prank. stupid really. There are lots of long pointless conversations; characters doing ridiculous things like going to all the trouble to rent a boat and essentially breaking into someone's home to leave a cage of love birds. There are 45 second scenes of people doing nothing more than walking from there car to the front door of a house. Tippy is beautiful though and I'm not sure why she didn't seem to do more films. Maybe she did. that would require research. i'll fill in the blanks later. Rod Taylor, our strong-chinned leading man, is partial to doing work around the house in a dress shirt and slacks. i love those old details. come on. did people really do that? and dress in a shirt and tie to dinner in their own home? I guess they did on leave it to beaver so what do I know. I actually like those goofy details about old movies.
i'd never been to bodega bay so i was pretty keen to check it out. sadly i've had a cold since tuesday so my day was spent behind the fog of theraflu and various cold tablets. but i can proudly say "I've been to bodega bay."