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A Hell of a Weekend

We partied like we were 25, and damn, it was fun, but utterly exhausting.  I highly recommend doing this maybe once or twice a year.  Then go back to normal regular weekends.  🙂

Up first, we were invited to longtime friend Ken Basin’s wedding up at Saddlerock Ranch in the Malibu mountains.  Many of my good friends were also attending as obviously Mila is going to be at her brother’s wedding, as well as many others that I love.  We knew it would be a boozy affair, so we Uber’d there (and let’s just say, Uber drivers can be very good or very bad….), got promptly lost (Uber driver not so great today) as we got dropped off at the wrong location within the complex, and started walking around based on vague directions from staff who have no idea where weddings are held on the premises.  The pictures here are of that random walk, which happily ended when a car driven by some other guests had the unlucky happenstance of going where we were – but lucky for us.  We all found our way to the right place and we managed to get to seats just shortly before the ceremony began.  D’oh!

The wedding itself was absolutely beautiful.  The weather couldn’t have been better, what with it being mid-October.  But it’s of course been a ridiculously hot week for us with temps in the 100s this week, so our trend of having very late LA summers continues on.  Anyway, that wasn’t quite the case on Saturday, so it was great.

Highly recommend, if you can afford to, a wedding here.  Beautiful vistas, gorgeous lighting in the trees, good food, and just a spectacular venue.  It being a Jewish wedding, there was of course the hora to dance to, and of course, I did.  I also managed to roll my ankle at the very end of the dance as it was a packed dance floor with 300 guests, a hardwood dance floor that I managed to find the end of with my right foot and landed poorly.  Happily, it’s just rolled/sprained and not worse, because as of today, it’s mostly back to normal.

Lots to drink, lots of dancing with close friends and loved ones, some good food (not enough to keep me from getting hammered), and a great party all led to us not getting home until 1 in the morning.  LOOK OUT YOUNG FOLK!

Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 – Ken & Lisa’s Wedding @ Saddlerock Ranch

We were primed to be hurting on Sunday, and while it certainly wasn’t as bad as it could have been (I’ve been WAY HUNGOVER before, believe me – this past Sunday was nothing like that), it was certainly one of those days that could have been spent sleeping in a lot more and then do something lazy.  But we had more plans today, as we were going to celebrate Mom’s birthday with a lunch and then follow that up with a birthday celebration for Nicki & Carey in Silver Lake.

We got ourselves ready to go and off we went to Arcadia’s Westfield shopping center, which looks so freakin’ different than the Santa Anita Fashion Show mall I grew up with and had my first B Dalton Booksellers job at.  Unrecognizable.  Anyway, there’s a Cheesecake Factory there now so we met up with Mom, Stacie, and Trent for a good lunch.  As much as I can sometimes look down on Cheesecake Factory for being ‘just a’ chain restaurant, they are always packed for a reason:  the food is pretty damn good and it’s not a bad price.  It was a nice lunch though catching up with everyone and slowly but surely feeling like a human again.  Happy Birthday, Mom!

Sunday, Oct 22, 2017 – Birthday Lunch w/ Mom

Larry & I then had to figure out just what we were up for in terms of the Silver Lake birthday fun.  We were both exhausted and the idea of wine at the time didn’t sound appealing, nor did the follow-up oysters restaurant.  But there wasn’t an option of not going, so we stopped at home first to take a sanity break, and then it was time to call an Uber to take us to Silver Lake.  God bless Uber – it makes going places where the parking is horrible not so awful.  The flip side is that the hesitancy to drink evaporates as there’s no reason to be cautious.  So while we didn’t just decide to get blitzed, we certainly did have rosé while having a freakin’ blast at Silver Lake Wines.  It’s a fun place as while it is a wine store, you can also have them open the wines and serve it to you while hanging out.  And so yeah, we did that.  A few hours later, we all then went over to L&E Oyster Bar for some follow-up food.  I passed on oysters as ew, gross, but they did have cheese plates and bread and that was delicious.  It wasn’t enough for dinner though, and by around 7pm, I was starting to need more.  So with Carey, Rekha, and Megan, we left the group and headed just a bit further south to Silver Lake Ramen, which OMG is so good.  We had to wait for about an hour though, and happily a bar is next door, The Thirsty Crow, so yeah, more alcohol.  Dude, we were rockstars this weekend.  No idea how we made it through it, although Monday admittedly was a rough day to wake up to!

Birthday Wine with Nicki & Carey in Silver Lake

And that was our weekend.  I’ve been remiss in showing the many pictures from our exciting other weekends…so I will endeavor to do that as well.  Let’s see if I’m more successful this time than every other time I say that!

40 + a day

Well, Larry put in a ton of effort and what does he get out of it?  He’s sick.  🙁  Might be work and this election cycle also grinding his immune system down, so he stayed home today to get better.  I also worked from home and made soup and got OTC medicines.  Here’s hoping he’s better for tomorrow, as there’s not only more birthday stuff ahead, but we signed up for a 10k race on Hollywood Boulevard tomorrow.

Last night was great though – Larry let me open my gifts first, which were fantastic.  He picked up Madonna’s first two albums in LP format (Madonna and Like a Virgin, with the latter being my very first cassette, so yay, exciting!), as well as The Sound of Music soundtrack in LP!  He also really surprised me and got me a new guitar to replace the one that I lost when our storage unit was broken into.  Now I have to get back to taking lessons as it really was a fun thing to do!

Dinner at Lawry’s was simply amazing.  I’d never been there before, shockingly!  It’s quite an experience, with a fun server and delicious food all brought and made table-side.  We both had the Original Lawry’s Cut of their peerless Prime Rib, along with the decadent corn, mashed potatoes, and spinach.  SO GOOD.  Best prime rib, really.  Still thinking about it, to be honest.  Alright, pictures!

2016 11 03 – Birthday Dinner!

40 it is, then

Well, shit, here it is, and I am now 40 years old.  Do I feel 40?  Not really.  I still feel good (knock on wood), I’m generally happy with life, and all things considered, it’s kind of great to have the wisdom that comes with having lived those 40 years.  Do I dread the aches and pains and other mental anguishes likely heading my way as we head to 50?  Sure!  But for now, in this moment, I’m pretty jazzed with how things are going.  Looking at those pictures of me turning 30 from an earlier post just kind of crack me up still – that feels like an eternity ago.  So here are some pictures that I can look back at in another 10 years of when I turned 40.  I did end up going in to work for a half day, and my friends there took me out to Phillippe’s for lunch, as one does when it’s time for a special occasion.  Soooo good.

Tonight, Larry is taking me to Lawry’s, which is a first time for me.  Surprisingly, I’ve never been, so I’ll finally get to see what the ultimate Prime Rib is like!

Last Weekend in my Thirties

This year, 2016, has just been a shitshow.  Giant Asterisk, of course:  Getting married and going on our honeymoon in September was pretty sweet.  But other than that, it’s hard to look fondly at 2016.  And here I am having the last weekend of my thirties and while I’m not considering jumping out of a window it still is kind of like a big WTF.  How did we get from this:

When I turned 30
When I turned 30

to this?

My face when thinking about turning 40
My face when thinking about turning 40

The 10 years in between have gone by like crazy.  Is it really possible that I ended up living in NYC and New Jersey for a stretch, met the love of my life, and then ended up back in Los Angeles?  That all really happened, didn’t it?  I guess it did, and this here website kind of showed all those details too.  Still blows my mind though.  And maybe those 10 years didn’t exactly go by in the blink of an eye, but now that I’m at the precipice of 40?  Sometimes it feels like it.  40 is the new 30, though, so it’s all good. Continue reading Last Weekend in my Thirties

Larry’s Birthday at the Petersen and Terroni!

Not only was this past weekend Memorial Day weekend, Memorial Day and Larry’s birthday both fell on May 30.  I had asked if he wanted to go all out and I think we had gone all-out just a month ago, so Larry was much more in tune with going small.  He wanted to explore the newly-reopened and newly-renovated Petersen Automative Museum, so that was one thing to put on the list easily enough.  For dinner, he wanted to go back to Terroni, where we had thought of having the rehearsal dinner at one point, and again, that was easy enough to accommodate.

I started the day off by making waffles for breakfast, in a turn from the normal order of events, as I’m not usually the cook.  They turned out alright.  One day I’ll remember the small details like keeping the plates warmed, having butter soft for the waffles, etc.  This was not that day.  Regardless, the food was good.

We headed out to the museum around 2pm, and it was happily not a heavy traffic day on the roads.  I think people still hadn’t come back from vacation yet.  Anyway, we had gone and visited the Petersen back in 2011, and when looking at my archives, I see that I didn’t post the pictures from then.  So why not rectify that now, and give you a sense of what’s changed, as it certainly has changed!

Pics from Oct 2011 at the “old” Petersen Auto Museum

Okay, so the whole museum was shut down for most of 2015 to do the extensive renovation, and in December reopened.  Larry & I have driven by the museum a few times as well as walked by it on our wedding day and the new exterior is wild.  It is certainly eye-catching, although I know that some aren’t big fans of it.

The New Petersen Auto Museum’s Facade

It’s across the street from LACMA and the under-construction Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts & Sciences museum behemoth, so it’s perfectly positioned in the fun museum area.  Also a great place to park if LACMA is mobbed.  As you’ll see in the pictures below, the renovation cleaned up and opened up the museum space quite a bit.  It’s very modern-looking.  There used to be a cheesy-but-still-awesome exhibit of the evolution of Los Angeles you could walk through as seen in the “old” pictures.  I miss that, but the cars on display are pretty damn cool.

We started at the top, as recommended, and there are unique cars in automotive history mixed in with famous cars from TV and the movies.  Of particular note:  the DeLorean from Back to the Future, which of course is probably worth the price of admission.  We had previously seen it on the Universal Studios’ mini-museum where they display movie memorabilia….

Larry on the Lot!

…but as you can see, the DeLorean was behind glass there.  Happily, the Petersen puts the car out there and you can really get a better look.  Still can’t touch it or sit in it.  🙁  Anyway, lots of great things to see at the museum.   The lower floors had some cool exhibits of the various and slightly crazy ways we’ve tried to use alternate fuels, looking back all the way to the 1910s up to and including of course a Tesla.   I personally liked when they strapped on giant tanks of some vaporous gas on top of the car.  Real thing that was there, I swear!  On the bottom floor was an exhibit of various concept cars built by Bugatti, all of them wildly glamorous and so of their time (1920s & 30s).  So great to see.  All in all, still a wonderful museum.

The Petersen in the Here and Now!  Top Floor Exhibition Cars

The Petersen’s “Sexy Silver” Second Floor Section

There was an exhibit on the second floor that just basically shoved glamorous and sexy silver cars at you and made you feel bad for not being rich and being able to even consider getting in one of these cars, let alone own one.  But damn, I was okay with that – these cars were fucking gorgeous.  I’ll take one of each, please?

The Rest of the Petersen

After the museum, it was time for some dinner at Terroni, so we drove up a few blocks to the Grove to park there, as we were going to be there a bit before the restaurant’s valet was going to be open, and I wasn’t sure if parking was gonna be a bitch or not.  Anyway, when parking at the Grove, I thought I knew where I was going when leaving the lot, but I was wrong.  Hahhahahaha, good times.  I made us walk pretty much the longest way possible and so we got a bit of a walking tour around the Grove, Farmer’s Market, and CBS Television City.  Happily, it was a nice day.  We finally did make it to the restaurant and proceeded to have a wonderful dinner, starting with an antipasto platter that had lots of prosciutto and burrata cheese….YUM.  The main courses were also wonderful, as were the glass(es) of montepulciano we delighted in.  Dessert was NOT to be had here though as I had made a birthday cake the night before, and damn, that was/is a good cake.  Made it while watching The Force Awakens on blu-ray, which is still a great movie.

Birthday Dinner & Birthday Cake