Several years ago, my daughter and I watched a Jim Carrey movie called "The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind". I'm not very good at summarizing plot lines, but two things about the movie made a big impression on me. The first thing was a new invention in the movie that erased memories. When couples broke up, they could pay to have the memories of their time together erased. When parents lost children, they could have the memories of their loss removed. Aspects of this service really appealed to me. Eternal sunshine, indeed! Jim Carrey's character is distressed to learn that his former girlfriend is erasing her memories of him. The one thought that he gets her to remember is "Meet me in Montauk"....a fragment of a trip they took together to Montauk, NY. I think they do reunite in Montauk and start over at the end of the movie...the typical happy ending.
Well, when my daughter decided to attend college on Long Island (Montauk is on the most eastern end of Long Island), we would occasionally kid each other about meeting in Montauk. She is just finishing up her Junior year, and it became obvious that if I was going to meet her in Montauk, time was running out. Plus, this has been a long, sad winter for my family, and I was looking for some Eternal Sunshine. So, last week we met in Montauk....and while I was not expecting it to be warm and sunny, I didn't realize just how bone chilling the wind off of the Atlantic Ocean can be on a gray rainy day. There was precious little sunshine. Not zero, mind you... there was enough so I could see why the rich and famous love the Hamptons, which are back west a bit on the island. The highlight of our weekend in Montauk was probably watching "Baby Momma", which is an enjoyable movie that will probably NOT stick in my brain.