There’s a lot of exciting stuff headed our way whether it’s TV or Movies, and MAN, I am pumped for some of these things like no one’s business….
First off, Showtime just released this SPOILER-FILLED teaser (for the original two seasons of the show) but it is pushing all the right buttons and man, it’s crazy to think that in ONE MONTH, Twin Peaks Season 3 will begin. That. is. CRAZY.
So yeah, that’s happening.
Then of course, the movie trailers below are just so fucking awesome and great, and will have to hold us over until the movies themselves are released in the distant fall… First? Thor: Ragnarok, and believe you me, I would never have believed it myself if you had told me I’d be pumped up for a freakin’ Thor movie. They’ve been the weakest of the Marvel movies in my mind, and while Thor is obviously attractive, I’ve got Captain America for that. But this trailer? Showing Cate Blanchett in all her bad-ass glory? Set to Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song”? Thor cracking wise when he sees Hulk? Jeff Goldblum goldbluming??? SIGN ME UP. And it’s on my birthday too, so hey:
I’d be remiss if we didn’t of course talk about effing Star Wars: The Last Jedi finally releasing a trailer! We finally hear Luke speak! And know very little else, but it does look great, and things seem kind of bleak with Luke being ‘over it’. Ready to find out what happens next, finally!
In other news…it’s kind of hard to believe, but Larry & I are close to celebrating our first anniversary. Where did the time go? I know, actually, all too well, with work having swallowed it up pretty effectively…but still, kinda shocking. Life comes at you fast…
It’s been a rough month or so for me in terms of work. Basically been nonstop in order to try to stay ahead or keep up (it changes, depending on the day), and for quite a few weekends, I would take Saturday off for my sanity but be working from home on Sunday to keep getting shit done. What have I been doing? Making myself invaluable in the world of COBOL apparently:
Take a gander at that article. That’s been my life, getting to know the client’s COBOL programs and decipher them into readable pseudocode. What’s amusing to me is that I honestly might be learning this skill that keeps me gainfully employed; it’s not sexy by any means, but so much still runs on a COBOL backbone and industry is just not really ready to ignore the ol’ adage of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
Anyway, the 3-4 weeks of intensity has managed to finally get lessened due to that hard work. So that’s been great. It’s still busy during the week of course, but I have been able to take a full weekend both this one and the last. Yay!
So, what else has been going on? Let’s go through some of the pictures, shall we?
OH MAN. So much excitement with Season 3 coming up in like a month. I have to keep expectations in check, but it’s so exciting to realize we’ll get some answers one way or another so soon.
A few weeks ago, Entertainment Weekly released 3 covers that all had to do with Twin Peaks. If you lined them all together, you could see they all formed one “last supper”-ish picture of major components of the cast. When I realized this was happening, I managed to finally get to Barnes & Noble and snag 2 of the 3 covers, but of course the ‘good’ cover was the one I couldn’t find, which was the one with David Lynch, Cooper, Laura and Audrey. Of course. I held out one piece of hope though – that Larry’s subscription issue would come with that cover, and happily enough, that turned out to be the case. All 3 covers were MINE.
I am so freakin’ excited for this.
Here are some more official photos of the covers in their full glory:
In the midst of all my geekery, I went back to Welcome To Twin Peaks and looked at their video links. One of them was to what has been thus far an amazing analysis series that covers the entirety of the show, and while it leaves a lot of the charming and esoteric details for when watching the show, you can watch this analysis and get a pretty great sense of what has happened in advance of Season 3:
I’d just managed to finish watching through to the recap of winding down from solving the Laura Palmer mystery, and am interested in how it deals with the Windom Earle plot as well as Miss Twin Peaks and the dive into the Black Lodge. And of course, the frustrating then-“series” finale which is no longer the bane of the show’s existence. “How’s Annie?”, indeed.
Fun @ WeHo’s Flaming Saddles
Yeah, so when you make it to one of WeHo’s very festive gay bars, you can rest assured eventually some hot mofo will be dancing around for you to ogle. And sure enough, a weekend ago, Larry & I got to enjoy that pastime. Greta was celebrating her birthday and her girlfriend Stacey invited us out to Flaming Saddles, a WeHo outpost of a place we’d also visited in NYC many years back. Anyway, we had a blast. After a few pitchers of beer, how could you not have fun? Drag queens, gays, hot guys dancing around….yeah, you tell me how you can’t have fun. Well, I can actually tell you the best way to fuck it all up: add shots. Larry & I had been drinking $13 pitchers of beer for a while, but of course when it’s a birthday party, people always think you need to add shots. OOF. Larry wisely and by necessity passed, but I was like SURE. Danger, Will Robinson, Danger! Yeah, I entered the zone of blackout drunk and a 36-hour hangover period. Day drinking is a fun thing, but it’s not a right. And you can easily fuck that up if you’re not careful. Anyway, still a blast, and something I’d love to do again. Just don’t mix.
If you get the chance to visit some place like Flaming Saddles or the Abbey, I highly recommend it. What’s not to love?
Work Goes to the Standard Rooftop in DTLA
The new partner overseeing the national practice that I work in came to visit our humble Los Angeles office and meet us. It was a good day and all of us were in the area so why not have an after-work happy hour atop the Standard Rooftop? It’s just a block away from where we work, the weather was stunning, and the view was great.
See for yourself!
So that brings us to this weekend. I’m obviously skipping a lot, but I’ll have to make up that differential with some more posts, like movies we’ve seen, etc. In the meantime, it’s getting close to bed time and today has been a long one, with our Griffith Park run kicking it off and then a lot of work doing laundry, ironing, watching TV, and well, getting mentally prepared for another week. Le sigh.
Hope all is going well out there for everyone else in this nutso time we live in.
It’s surreal for it to be actually a true statement. I no longer own a home. HOLY SHIT. Do you even understand the stress that has been on my back for the last 10 years??? It’s been a pretty good investment and a wonderful tax deduction, but to have to suck up the times when I didn’t have renters? That only happened very rarely, but when living in NYC and having that situation occur was very painful to absorb. It’s not so bad now, but I haven’t had renters since last July, so yeah, double rents for me! And I paid to get it fixed up so I could sell it, which was totally worth it, btw.
All of this is just a long way for me to say I can’t really believe it happened and didn’t catastrophically veer into disaster. The buyers obviously liked the house, my wonderful realtor made the deal happen, I got a good price for it and actually made a profit on the house (although let’s be honest, if I add all the money paid over the years and when I didn’t have renters…let’s consider it even), and on Friday, the closing happened. And the proceeds just arrived today. WOW.
Larry & I can actually and realistically start to plan for buying a home of our own now. My VA loan is available again and I have the means to provide a good chunk towards a down payment. We’re not in the market until early next year, which works out fine. This is just…wonderful.
….it did start out educational as we saw the Space Shuttle, but then it became pretty much an exercise in drinking around downtown LA. It was awesome.
So today was a bit random, as I just proposed going downtown to the Skyspace experience on a whim. I didn’t want to sit home and there were no good movies out, and after proposing it, Larry agreed, and off we went.
The OUE Skyspace LA attraction is basically the long-awaited Observation Deck that Downtown LA should have had since the U.S. Bank building was built in 1990. But DTLA wasn’t really a tourist destination for the longest time, but now with the Staples Center, LA Live, and a whole host of people living down there now, DTLA is much different. And I think finally it made sense to keep expanding what there was to do, so last year the top deck of the building was built to make this observation deck a reality. Not content to be just a view, they also built a glass slide that drops you from the 69th floor to the 68th – outside of the building. It’s a very short ride, but it is quite a thrill nonetheless.
Anyway, I get ahead of myself. You first make your way into the lobby of the building, process through, and then go up to the 58th floor. Up there are a few neat interactive exhibits like giant video screens showing various LA cityscapes at different times of day, a very cool peak down a very deep hole lit up like a disco, and some other random stuff. I guess it’s to justify the cost of the ticket?
About to head up to the top
Independence Day, anyone
At the entry point
Inside there is a cool large video of LA scenery
There’s apparently a disco infinity pit here
Jump on the steps and interact with the wall
Fun random stuff to do on the 58th floor
As you can see, the magic chasm was pretty fun to play around with in pictures. After you walk through all this excitement, you take another elevator up to the observation deck on 69 – and it’s pretty damn awesome. A nice job has been done making a very clean, open space with quite clean windows to look out and take pictures through. I do hate when observation platforms don’t bother to keep the windows clean as you’re kind of beholden to them for pictures. Anyway, I digress – we did take a lap around the enclosed 69th floor to get a sense of what the views were, but held off on taking too many pictures as I wanted to be outside to get those.
Up on the 69th floor – the Skyslide awaits
Here’s a view of the slide from inside
Unfortunately I’m not the greatest at getting my camera to cooperate
Out that way is Glendale
Here you can see up Brand Blvd
And there’s Central
There’s an open air terrace the next floor down
The entrance to the slide
I’m sure nothing will ever go wrong
But you don’t take the stairs to go down to the level below…you take the SKYSLIDE.
Yeah, it’s kind of awesome. Brief, but awesome. Some more from the Skyslide experience:
Larry caught me as I made it down the slide
Alright, the remaining pictures are a lot. I couldn’t help myself though as there’s just so much to take in.
Looking up at the top of the US Bank building
And now down and east
The end point of the slide
It’s a comfy scene up top
Handsome Larry with a Pacific Ocean in the distance
View of the Oviatt Penthouse!
Our wedding place – the Oviatt Penthouse
It looks almost small – but man, what a great time it was
Clearly the tent is up with the way our weather has been lately
Alright, a whole lot of pictures of DTLA:
Panorama east and down
Looking into the City Center
Where I’m at
The new Grand Wilshire – only the spire makes it taller than U.S. Bank
A long way down – but what a view
For quite a while, the Aon (formerly First Interstate) building was the tallest in LA
We almost moved into one of the penthouses here
In fact, it was the one on the far left corner here where those people are sitting
We think this is where Redbird restaurant is
Pershing Square in its basicness
Getting some selfies in
Wondering what’s in the fin of the new Grand Wilshire
These terraces are going to be lounges
Looking down into the Standard’s rooftop
Comfy and modern
Lots of great modern furniture arranged around the perimeter
I was just having lunch down in the City National plaza there
Staples Center is visible in the distance
LA Center Studios – who knew something like that was so close to downtown
I’m sure a clearer day would have a nicer shot
The wondrous Eastern building
110 freeway – busy as usual
Can see the side of the US Bank sign
LA City Hall
With LA Metro and Union Station behind it
LA Union Station closeup
The Music Hall stretch
Still need to go into the Walt Disney Hall
It’s kind of hard to see the stadium as the parking conceals it, and apparently it’s also kinda sunken
The Bradbury Building from above – more on that later
Okay, I then tried to capture LAX in the distance…
Wanted to see if LAX was visible
LAX and the ocean
Effort to capture DTLA and LAX together
And some last pics before we went back to the ground:
Interactive touch screen to help identify what’s what
Alright, so that was quite a cool experience. I’d like the opportunity to go up closer to a sunset and get those kinds of colors too, but that can be for another time.
Once we got on the ground, we were right outside the Central Library of Los Angeles, which is itself quite a stunning building. So we went in to take a look, and also we both got a library card. It’s my first one in what feels like forever.
Central Library, Inside and Out
The Central Library is across the street
We went over and got library cards!
It’s an impressive building – and has been the tallest this side of the Mississippi for a long time
The hall inside the library
Very cool chandelier
We didn’t check out any books today, but maybe one day soon? I was getting hangry, so we then started walking towards Bottega Louie but a block before getting there, we ran across Karl Strauss Brewery. Love the place from its Citywalk location, and that felt a little more relaxed than going to Bottega Louie. So that’s what we did – perfect fit, getting beer and grub. After that, we then walked our way over to the Bradbury Building. Why? Well, Larry had figured out where it was while we were up top and we figured if we’re down here, let’s go take a look. It’s well known for having quite the dramatic and unique interior and also for having quite iconic films set within it – notably Blade Runner. My pictures here didn’t come out quite as clear as I’d hoped, but you get the gist.
Food, Broadway, and the Bradbury Building
A late lunch at Karl Strauss Brewery in DTLA
Then we walked to the Bradbury Building
Looking back along Broadway – quite a lively street
Marty in VR
Inside this striking and unique building
Inside has been used for many films, but Blade Runner is the most notable
Million Dollar Theater across the street
Then it was a walk back to where we parked, and along the way, caught one last glimpse of the US Bank building and the Skyslide:
We were up there
There’s the slide from way down below
And now we’re back home after a fun afternoon. Still figuring out where to eat having had a fairly late lunch.
This picture was taken near the end of the night of our wedding, and serves to remind me that I ended up posting just a handful of the official pictures from that amazing day and that there are a lot to see. This one was our homage to Mad Men, and it mostly works! So here’s a Happy Valentine’s Day in advance – we’ll be heading out to dinner tomorrow night in DTLA, so that’ll be fun!