‘Watching E.T. at McCoppin Park last Friday night’

Takoyaki As all San Franciscan residents know, summer comes right at the end, happening in September, and we have the most beautiful days, for a short time. And then the Fall slams in by October, changing the foliage from green into the vibrant colors of New England.

This time of year, it’s best to get out your bbcue pit one more time, and your picnic food, and enjoy the last of the outdoor events, the season will allow. Last night, we went out to support the People of Parkside Sunset, by attending the outdoor showing of the 1982 movie, E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, at the McCoppin Movie Night.

For my part in it, my girlfriend, Paula and I made special Japanese Takoyaki, or Octopus balls to bring for some potential new Japanese students.  I’m getting my English Tutoring Service going again, and I hope to have many more opportunities to network and practice speaking Japanese & English . As we got together with all of our new Japanese friends, they loved eating their home food, like going to a Tokyo or Osaka street food fair back home.

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It was a bit chilly watching the movie under the San Francisco night, but seeing the movie in this open air venue, was like going to the drive ins when we were kids.  The movie held up well, all these years later, and was a tear jerker to the end.

All the families in the audience with little ones, seemed to be mesmerized by Steven Spielburg’s childhood tale.

For more information on the film phenomena of E.T. check out Roger Ebert’s movie review

Cheers!

Paul Mansfield
Popzeit Arts & Edu.

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