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Gotta admit, I’m excited for Solo

The initial idea of this movie seemed like a giant ‘WHY?’ but now that we’ve started seeing trailers for it, especially the recent ones, I am super pumped to see this next Star Wars Story movie!  I will keep the excitement in check though, as the memories of Rogue One‘s betrayal (having scenes in the trailer that were NOT in the movie) are still with me.  But yeah, these recent trailers are all gold, and I am pretty happy to see that Alden Ehrenreich looks to be a fine Han Solo.  He better be, after playing Hobie Doyle in Hail, Caesar!

I’m loving Chewie in these spots…so excited to see more.   “I’ve got a really good feeling about this” is a classic line already, as is the possibility that we’ll see how and why Chewie has a life debt to Han.

I am finding that I really love these :45 spots the most – Lucasfilm did these for The Last Jedi and are doing them again for Solo and it’s a wonderful length for a spot without overstaying its welcome.  And they keep finding new footage to show off!

Chewie grimacing at Han’s cards is fucking fantastic.

I did love the Super Bowl spots too, especially with the look at what might be the Kessel Run!

Fingers crossed!

PwC View from Spire 73

Today, Monday, was a hell of a Monday.  Meetings starting at 8:30am in DTLA, traveling to Gardena for meetings, then back to DTLA, over to Koreatown for a block of more meetings, then back to DTLA for some fun at Spire 73 atop the Grand Wilshire Intercontinental (or whatever it’s called).  It was kinda crazy.  But I did enjoy the view up top and this time, I got to see the view as it overlooked the PwC building.  Pretty pretty cool.

After this, I walked over to the Ace Hotel and met up with Doug and Sloan, with Doug being one of Larry’s college friends and coworkers.  They’re out in town for work and we were able to meet up for dinner tonight with them and their adorable toddler son, Silas.   Ended up going to Perch and having a great time – very fun to catch up and also get to go to Perch as I’d been wanting to go there for a long time.  Got a pretty cool set of couches to sit on.  Fun times!

A Quiet Place and Not So Quiet Places

We went and saw A Quiet Place yesterday.   Watch the trailer here:

Scary, right?  YES, SCARY.

At just about 90 minutes long, A Quiet Place is quite a thrilling movie and is the right length to keep you on the edge of your seat before.  Too much more than that and you’re gonna kill people.  As you see, this movie is intense.  Set in the near future, we find ourselves with a family surviving in the aftermath of a world in which a kind of creature has overrun the world and decimated the population.  The creatures are attracted by sound and WILL kill you if they hear you.  Because of that, this movie is unrelentingly quiet.  So much so that even when you’re eating snacks in the movie theater, it feels like EVERYONE can hear you.

Needless to say, the movie shows us this family (headed by John Krasinski and Emily Blunt) as they do their best to survive without getting slaughtered.  If you’re a fan of monster-ish movies (think, Cloverfield, which apparently was a momentary consideration at Paramount, but they decided to let it stay stand-alone) and can handle some high tension, this movie is for you.  It’s a thrill ride, but definitely keeps you nervous the entire time.  Whenever the sound drops out and no music is playing, you find yourself gripping your chair bracing for some fresh hell to occur.  And it does.  🙂

Anyway, it’s well worth seeing, especially in a theater when you kind of have to keep quiet too.  Go see it!

The Not So Quiet Places from my post headline is that last night we went out.  We hung out with Nicki and Rekha at the Largo Theater again, this time to see a 2-man improv show.   I think we may have hit a threshold of how much improv we want to see.  But it was funny, but $30/ticket funny?  Not so sure about that.  Regardless, I always love seeing friends and getting out of the house.   After the show, we walked from the theater over to West Hollywood, where Carey & Paras were celebrating Paras turning 30.   Ah, 30.  They were set up at Pump, a fun hotspot that is staffed by gorgeous folks, which of course is to be expected.   Had a lot of fun and managed to not get utterly shitfaced.  Yay me!

And now today, we went out and looked at furniture that we’d like to think about getting for the new house.  Went to the Living Spaces in Panorama City, which is a mile or so north of our future home.  It’s a pretty impressive store and we ended up finding a few things we’d certainly consider getting.   They have some interesting outdoor furniture for our roof deck, and we also saw some couches and a new bed frame that would be kinda perfect.  So we’ll see…quite a bit of time left and when we went and visited the GlenLA lot on our way home, one of the sales reps was indicating that our Phase is scheduled for September still but to be flexible as it could be longer.  Here’s hoping it’s not that much longer.

 

Janelle Monáe’s Fireball Island

I wish, right?  I don’t even know what that would be like, but I know I’d LOVE IT.   I figured I’d write a post now because:

  1. I moved my site to another hosting company
  2. I love these two things I mentioned in the title and so a post had to happen

First, I moved off of my Fatcow hosting company when suddenly the cost to host this site basically doubled.   Say what?  I saw that show on my credit card and I was like, I don’t fucking think so. A quick google of ‘best web hosting in 2018’ showed me a CNET article and at the top of the list was inmotion.   Checked out the website, saw the prices, saw they offered hosting on SSD, it was like, yep, I’ll do that.

The interesting part was transferring the site.  I’d actually been fairly good about doing database backups over the last few years, along with doing full downloads of the website content.  When hosting a WordPress site, you do have to take care of two factors:  the database, which actually has all the post information, including all those damn words; then you also have to download all the pictures and graphics and themes separately.

After downloading all my content from my previous host, I canceled the account and for a few days, if you tried to visit this here URL, you got NADA.  Because my site exists mainly for me at this point, that is not a problem.  I did slowly but surely figure out how to get my database uploaded and restored on the new site, while Filezilla connection to my new host made it pretty easy to upload the tons of content that exists from my site in all its incarnations.

And here we are!  It’s actually been a fairly straightforward process with one really annoying problem:  the character set I guess that the exported database used, when then used in the restoration, decided that some of the characters were weird ass Å characters.   Tech support here, which has been pretty great and helpful, doesn’t know how to fix it.  So I see this being a manual cleanup process that will take some time to fix, slowly but surely.  I also have to fix up pages where I used the Envira gallery plugin as I no longer do and the move to the new site TOTALLY hosed that up.  I ended up only using it for a year or so?  So the impact isn’t total, but annoying nonetheless.

You’re now caught up on the behind the scenes drama!!!!

In the other point of this post:  Janelle Monáe!

She’s been releasing more and more videos from her new album, Dirty Computer, and I am fucking stoked.   Her first song, “Make Me Feel,” is ridiculously awesome and the new Prince song we all need:

The other 2 songs released after are all also amazing, and very very lesbian and/or bi.  It’s fantastic.  Yay, 2018, as there’s so much to fret over, that there is still a boldness in art that isn’t being tamped out.

I still love that we got to see her perform at the Hollywood Bowl:

Janelle Monáe at the Hollywood Bowl

And in the final point of this post:  Fireball Island!

Man, there is just one game from my youth that I freakin’ flipped out over and harassed my mom to get me endlessly until she gave in and got it for me:  Fireball Island.

I brought that thing with me to Cambridge probably every day.  Okay, I probably didn’t bring it every day, but when I could I did.  For some stupid reason I got rid of the damn thing – probably “growing up” or “maturing”.  P’ssh.  When I would look occasionally online to eBay I’d see original versions going for hundreds of bucks and it’s like, nostalgia is one thing but paying that much for it is a little much.

Color me surprised when I’m scrolling through Kotaku one fine morning and see a post indicating a Kickstarter for a brand new version of the game is out.  It might have taken me maaaayyyybe 5 minutes to get my pledge in for the $145.  I’m a sucker.  But I can NOT wait for that game to come out this fall.  What do you think we’ll be playing up on the roofdeck of our new house??? FIREBALL ISLAND, bitches.

Making Progress!

Wow, where did February go?  Well, when last I checked in here, Fran and Joel were out here and that visit was indeed a lot of fun!  I do have pictures from it too, but I think I’m going to parcel those out over the upcoming week as I do intend to get back into the posting zone.  But in the meantime, I wanted to post pics regarding the construction of our house!  It looks like we’re probably going to be getting the house sometime in September, so we’ve got another 7 months or so here in Glendale to enjoy the amenities and convenience to Americana and the Galleria.  I can’t help but get excited about getting into this new place though, especially with some of the choices we’ve made for the place.

Speaking of….here are the choices we ultimately made while at our last Interior Design appointment:

What you see in this gallery are our choices for:

  • We’re going to do the hard wood flooring on all the floors of our house.  We won’t be having anywhere carpeted except for the stairs/staircases, and that carpeting will be the Taupe color so it’ll be dark and hopefully able to help conceal any regular use.
  • The large tile you see next to the wood is the tile we’ll be using for all of the bathrooms and the laundry room.  Wanted to ensure we didn’t have wood in those rooms that have the most risk of water overflows.  The kitchen is an exception to that rule, but we’re fine with that risk.  We know that likely this house will look a lot like the Santa Monica apartment in many respects.
  • For the kitchen backsplash, we’re using the long shiny grey tiles in a grid pattern.  We had been leaning towards the small, staggered tiles for a while, but we saw this tile and saw some other installs and we loved how it looked.
  • We’re going with the speckled counter top for the kitchen area, which was a change as we were going to go with plain white.  But the speckle looks good and will go well with the backsplash tiles.
  • The white, flat cabinet doors was a decision we already made, and we’re excited at how this will look.
  • The bathroom counters and tiles are basically all white.

We’re pretty excited about these choices and think that it will look very modern and clean.  The colors we use for other things are what will help color in the house overall with whatever mood we end up being in for designing things.

So that decisionapalooza was done two Fridays ago (and happily, at the Glen itself and not all the way in Irvine).  Today, we went back to The Glen and took a ton of measurements of the model home so we could start playing around with layouts and figuring out what will work furniture-wise.  Before that though, we were able to get back to our actual house so we could see the progress.  As you’ll see, there’s been quite a lot of progress!

Before:

Humble Beginnings

Note the lack of any ceilings or such on this first level back in mid January.  Yeah – we’ve got a whole ‘nother floor now and the 3rd floor looks to be on its way!

Even though it seems at this pace, they’ll be done in like 2 months or so, that’s certainly not the case.  September is still our target date, and here’s hoping that indeed is the case.  We’ve locked in our interest rate for 270 days (so until sometime in November) because with the Fed likely increasing interest rates, it seemed prudent to lock it in now.  Hell, even from December to February, we lost out on a few tenths of a point already as the rates started climbing.  ANYWAY, it’s exciting is what I’m trying to say, and it’s fun to think about what appliances to get, what furniture to keep, etc.

With the dimensions we’ve recorded today, we’re going to create some electronic floorplans that we can use to play around with layouts of furniture.  One of the things we have to work on is our front “yard” – it doesn’t come finished and will be up to us.  Likely we’re going to make it as minimal-maintenance as possible, so lots of zero-scaping and such.  Lots to think about, but all worth it.