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Our Activity-Filled July 4 Weekend

It’s been one hell of a 4-day weekend – a much needed one, to be sure.  Today, the actual holiday of July 4, is probably going to be the most relaxing day of it all, and that’s absolutely perfect for us.  Stay a while, look at some pictures, as we’ve had some fun activities this weekend!

Friday, July 1

PwC gave us this day off, and after the one-two punch of Wednesday and Thursday, it was a nice luxury.  I made myself exercise in the morning, then I took care of some of the chores that had been backing up, including the sad one of sending off my MacBook Pro for reabsorption back in the Apple ecosystem.  I ended up trading it in for credit as I just do NOT use it anymore.  Well, it did have one lust hurrah for us as it served as the photo montage delivery system during our wedding reception, so thank you MBP!   But alas, your time finally came.

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I didn’t do too much exciting stuff though beyond just getting some other shit done at home, as Larry had to work.  But we had activities galore planned for the weekend, so Friday didn’t need to be nuts.  We did get some Din Tai Fung though, so it was a nice capper to the day.

Saturday, July 2

Mom was going to be coming over in the afternoon today as we had tickets to see Beautiful at the Pantages that night, but in the afternoon, Larry and I had tickets to the Rain Room.  So off we went for some culture at LACMA.  We ended up going this day as that was when I could get tickets at a decent time – the Rain Room is quite a hot ticket to get, much like the Infinite Stars thing at the Broad.   One day we’ll hope to be back there and see that.  Anyway, we headed to LACMA and had some fun at our museum stomping grounds, first taking in the Metropolis II exhibit.  It’s always fun to see it and we got there right when it started up.

2016 07 02 – Revisiting Metropolis II at the LACMA

It was a beautiful day for the LACMA, that’s for sure.  This weekend was happily not one of those insane 100-degree onslaughts!

So, off to the Rain Room, which is a relatively new installation that has you walk into a room with rain falling, with the key twist being that as you walk, the rain clears so you don’t get wet.  In theory.  You are instructed to walk quite slowly, but even moving slowly, you’re gonna get dripped on.  It is a pretty neat thing to do though.  I took some pictures and videos, which you can see here.

2016 07 02 – Rain Room at the LACMA

After the Rain Room, we did catch the Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition, which was tied with the Men’s Fashion exhibit.  Quite a lot of interesting stuff there.

It was time to head home after that, get the room ready for mom, and then order dinner so we could eat before the show.  Chinese food always does the trick.  Mom got over to our place, we got our food, and then it was off to the Pantages area.  We ended up parking at a new lot as surprisingly, the lot we had been using the previous few times is now under development!  Another tower is likely coming in, but the new lot was a happy surprise and pretty easy to get in and out of.  ANYWAY, the show:  Beautiful.  It’s the story of Carole King’s life and professional career told through the songs that she wrote, along with songs she wrote with her one-time husband Gerry Goffin, and also with songs written by two of her peers and rivals from the era, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.  The combination of all these fantastic songs led to it being a wonderful show, while also providing an interesting insight into what was going on when these songs were being written.  I was actually very interested to discover the existence of Mann & Weil, and they are behind some of the other huge hits from the era.  Seeing their competitive nature while also being friends was a lot of fun.  Also, the relationship between Carole and Gerry was fascinating to behold, while also kind of sad.  The music though…so good.

2016 07 02 – Beautiful at the Pantages

July 3 – Our 22,000 Day

This was an exhausting day – but a lot of fun.  We started it off with saying good bye to Mom as she headed home and up to Helen’s.  After she left, we changed and went for our Sunday Griffith Park run, with me knocking out another 6.2 miles and Larry with 8.74.  Show off.  With that out of the way, we considered staying in until going out for the evening, but I wanted to get some stuff at Target and then we thought about finally spending some of our wedding gift cards at Macy’s to get some new bedding.  And boy, did we.  It was really nice to get a new duvet, two new sets of sheets, 2 much-needed new pillows for Larry….and then to realize we walked there.  So yeah, we then had to schlep all that stuff back home on foot.   FUN.

Finally for the day though, we had tickets to see Chicago at the Hollywood Bowl!  The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Air Force Golden Band of the West were the openers though and played some American band standards, and even did a salute for the military, playing all the military service songs, asking for those members to stand.  So I got to stand for the US Air Force song!  It’s been awhile.

After the intermission, Chicago came out and Larry was in heaven.  They put on a fantastic concert, which we were well aware of having seen them a few years back at the Greek when they performed with REO Speedwagon.   It did seem to be a shorter concert and/or setlist than the Greek show, but I’m not positive about that.  They ended for a moment to yield to the fireworks show, and came back to perform their closer, “25 or 6 to 4.”  I kind of thought there’d be more than that, but you don’t follow “25 or 6 to 4” with anything, so it was kind of clear that was the end.  With some credit to setlist.fm, here’s the setlist from the concert (although we had to edit it from there as it wasn’t really accurate as Ballet for a Girl… is inclusive of all those songs like listed below and the order wasn’t right; so what I’ve listed below is the accurate setlist):

Chicago, July 3 @ the Hollywood Bowl Setlist
  1. Introduction
  2. Questions 67 & 68
  3. Ballet for a Girl in Buchannon
    1.  Make Me Smile
    2. So Much to Say, So Much to Give
    3. Anxiety’s Moment
    4. West Virginia Fantasies
    5. Colour My World
    6. To Be Free
    7. Now More Than Ever
  4. Call on Me
  5. Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?
  6. Hard Habit to Break
  7. You’re the Inspiration
  8. Beginnings
  9. Just You ‘n’ Me
  10. Hard to Say I’m Sorry
  11. Saturday in the Park
  12. Feelin’ Stronger Every Day
  13. (After the Fireworks) 25 or 6 to 4

It was a fun concert, and absolutely packed!  It honestly surprised me how crowded it was, as I’ve only really seen those kinds of crowds when going to the Sound of Music sing-a-long.

So all that exercise, the shopping trip, and the Hollywood Bowl concert brought my stepcount for the day to over 22,000, which is pretty insane.  That’s a lot of movement.  We slept SOUNDLY last night in our new sheets.

2016 07 03 – Chicago at the Hollywood Bowl

2016 07 03 – Fireworks!

July 4 – Rest for the Weary

And now it’s today, and we have no plans.  We’re just fine with that.  Some laundry, some eating, some video games (I’m playing Rise of the Tomb Raider now and it’s fucking wonderful – and my computer handles it like a champ, thank you very much), hopefully watch last night’s episode of Big Brother, and then tomorrow, back to work!  🙂

Totally Will Be There For This!

It was first just coming back as a concert event for one night only in NYC, but now news is out that Bombshell, the musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe from within the awesome (but long gone) NBC show Smash will be made into a REAL freakin’ show.  I am SOOOO THERE.  It would be interesting to see if any of the actual members from the TV version would come over to headline the role – I think it’s Megan Hilty’s to lose.  OMG it’s like the show is becoming life.

“Don’t Say Yes Until I Finish Talking” + Other Bombshell Faves

I have been going through some kind of Broadway Show phase, which includes updating my “Status of Musicals” rankings to include the last few shows we’ve seen…as well as putting the fictional Bombshell musical from NBC’s Smash.  I absolutely love the music from the show and would happily see a real production of it.  I know that in a post from years ago when Smash was still airing, I posted the Hulu or NBC.com link to the video of “Don’t Say Yes Until I Finish Talking” but it went away after a few weeks as content providers don’t want you to have endless access to content for free, they want you to consume it while ratings can be derived from it.  But fortunately, someone has posted it on Vimeo, and I’m happy to include it here…along with other performances I loved from the series.  And it must be pointed out that the chorus boys in this number are damn fine.

Next up, “20th Century Fox Mambo,” which is an absolute blast to listen to on its own but when you factor in this great staging of it, it takes it to the next level:

This next track is another of my favorites from the series but in the plot of the show, it was kinda dropped as they were going to have a Nat King Cole number but then decided against.  I just love this song to pieces though.  So, here’s “Let’s Start Tomorrow, Tonight“:

“History is Made at Night” is probably my favorite song from Bombshell though, as I can just imagine seeing it performed on a Broadway stage and it being the number that brings the house down.  The chorus just blows everything away and has one of those hooks that you can’t get out of your head for the next day.  MAN!  Someone bring this show to reality!  (Sorry about the attached video – it cuts out for some reason in the middle and there’s no other video I can find of the performance…)

I know that Smash had a bunch of contemporary songs too, but those performances were typically my least-favorite part of the show.  I also didn’t care all that much for the other musical brought in during the second season, The Hit List, as I really was invested in seeing what they did with Megan Hilty’s character, Ivy, and what was done to bring Bombshell to Broadway.  Le sigh.  The show has ended but the soundtrack and Youtube videos keep the show going on!

Visited by Fran and Other Photo Stories

Fran made a Los Angeles visit at precisely the right time, as she was able to be out here while the pretty intense snowstorm / blizzard went on back east.  That storm didn’t end up dumping a ton of snow on NYC and New Jersey but it definitely hit Boston and New England pretty hard.  She was originally due to go home on Monday but because of the storm, she was delayed until today.  I’m glad that she had the chance to stay longer as I really thought she was going to anyway?   I’m posting the pics from the visit that I took below – the last few days we didn’t really take many pics, but what can you do?  Below these Fran pics, I am also posting some random photos that apparently I’ve neglected to post from things like going to the Pantages with mom to see Wicked and the Broad City Season 2 Premiere Party we hosted two weeks ago.  So lazy of me!

22 Jan 2015 – Fran’s Arrival / Dinner at the Dresden

Larry picked Fran up at the airport and took her to a few places before I got home from work, so I don’t have pics from their endeavors going to a bagel place and walking around Sunset Junction.  But I did get the photos going once I got home and then when we went to the Dresden for a fantastic dinner.  It’s still surprising how good the food is while also being very decently priced.

22-Jan-2015 17:22, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.0, 10.591mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 400
22-Jan-2015 20:00, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
22-Jan-2015 20:00, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
 

23 Jan 2015 – At the Grove

I was working this day so I entrusted my camera to Larry so he would take pictures.  He actually did good!  They visited Fran’s cousin Kathy over at the Grove in West LA and by all accounts had a memorable time.  When they got back, and when I was at home, we walked over to Esperanza, the restaurant right up Hyperion from here.

23-Jan-2015 12:04, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 200
23-Jan-2015 12:07, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 400
23-Jan-2015 12:09, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
 
23-Jan-2015 12:10, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
23-Jan-2015 13:59, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.5, 6.699mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
23-Jan-2015 13:59, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.5, 6.699mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
 
23-Jan-2015 13:59, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.5, 6.699mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
23-Jan-2015 14:00, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.5, 6.699mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 200
23-Jan-2015 18:23, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 2000
 
23-Jan-2015 18:24, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 1000
23-Jan-2015 18:25, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 2000
23-Jan-2015 18:25, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 2000
 

24 Jan 2015 – Universal Studios day!

Fran hadn’t been to Universal Studios since the 1970s (or so she claimed!) and was excited to get a chance to go again and see how different it looks now.  It was a perfect day to do this as the weather was spectacular.   We made it to pretty much all the attractions, with Fran being a true sport and getting on everything.  We didn’t make it to the Simpsons Ride, but that’s fine.  We got on the Studio Tour which was entertaining as hell and slightly different than other times I’ve been on it – it seems that’s the case for every time you go on it that it will be slightly different.  Also went on Minion Mayhem, Shrek 4D, ate at Mel’s Diner for lunch, then down to the Lower Lot for Jurassic Park (Fran loved that ride), then The Mummy (she wasn’t such a fan of that, understandably), and Transformers The Ride, which had been closed all day but suddenly reopened while we were killing time in the museum.  We also watched the Waterworld Stunt Show and that was pretty damn cool!  After that it was a good time to go home, and after resting a bit, we went out for some delicious dumplings at Dim Tai Fung at Americana.  Very full day.

24-Jan-2015 09:17, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 11.0, 4.5mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 160
24-Jan-2015 09:17, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 11.0, 5.35mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 200
24-Jan-2015 09:18, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.5, 7.549mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
 
24-Jan-2015 09:19, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.5, 7.549mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 160
24-Jan-2015 09:27, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.0, 10.591mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 160
24-Jan-2015 09:27, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.0, 6.319mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 200
 
24-Jan-2015 09:27, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.0, 6.319mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
24-Jan-2015 09:27, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.0, 6.319mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
24-Jan-2015 09:28, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.6, 18.691mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 200
 
24-Jan-2015 09:28, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.5, 7.549mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
24-Jan-2015 09:29, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 200
24-Jan-2015 09:29, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
 
24-Jan-2015 09:30, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
24-Jan-2015 09:30, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.5, 7.325mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
24-Jan-2015 09:33, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 200
 

25 Jan 2015 – Day of Open Houses

We had a nice Sunday Brunch at Edendale before spending the following 3 hours going all over Glassell Park, Mt Washington, Highland Park, Burbank, North Hollywood and then Los Feliz/Silver Lake to look at Open Houses I’d found on Trulia.  There were some very great houses that are actually kind of within our price range, including the following (you can click on the images below and the Trulia page for the listing will pop up in a new window):

3651RoderickI think I liked this one the absolute most.  It wasn’t especially huge, but it’s been gorgeously finished and the price is much more right than others I’ve lusted for previously.  It’s actually very much in the price range I’m looking at.  The views are stunning and the location is pretty awesome.  If this sticks around on the market until February or so, I may have to think seriously about this one.  Also other things have to line up too, but I’m counting on things working out for the best.

There was another house we saw amongst the 7 that I also loved.  This one was in Burbank and is just stunning.  Not as affordable as the one above, and the bathroom situation is a little janky (the master bedroom’s bathroom is a 1/2 bathroom, while the guest bathroom is the only full one), but still….everything else about this is just amazing.  The neighborhood in Burbank is also pretty great.

1320WOakThe others we saw were okay but nothing to really freak out about and post screenshots of!  It’s exhausting driving around town though – at the end we were trying to find this condo development in Silver Lake and the address was COMPLETELY wrong on Trulia, as it sent us on to Edendale Dr.  I think Edendale Dr may be the most steep fucking street I’ve ever been on.  It was frightening.   Anyway, we weren’t too adventurous about dinner that night so we went up to Barbarella.  They’re going to be converting their Lago Pizzeria section into a BBQ joint in a week or two.  Larry & I are really looking forward to seeing how good the food is.

25-Jan-2015 11:11, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 2.65mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 32
25-Jan-2015 11:11, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 32
25-Jan-2015 11:11, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 32
 
25-Jan-2015 11:12, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
25-Jan-2015 11:13, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 32
25-Jan-2015 19:00, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
 
25-Jan-2015 19:05, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 2000
25-Jan-2015 19:06, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 2000
 

The last two nights (Monday & Tuesday), we’ve kind of kept things pretty simple.  Monday was a rainy day and we went to Target during the day (exciting!) and for dinner, we made it back to the Morrison.  Also got Larry to see Fiddler on the Roof and he loved it, as he should.  Such a good movie!   Yesterday I went to work but when I got back in the afternoon, we had dinner at Cafe Beaujolais where we went for my birthday.  REALLY good French food.  Le sigh.

Fran left this morning to go back home.  It was a wonderful visit and it was nice for her to be here during this kind of stressful time, and I know Larry loved getting to see his mom.  Hopefully we’ll be back east sooner than later to see the whole extended family.

In Other News!

I realize that I’ve been derelict in my duties concerning posting pictures from other festivities.  In all honesty, it’s been a fairly hectic January in that every weekend, we’ve had something planned to do.  That’s a nice thing but it’s also an exhausting thing.  It also means I get a little backed up in posting pictures!

10 Jan 2015 – Wicked at the Pantages

First up is that Larry and I took my mom to go see Wicked at the Pantages the day before we went off on our Disneyland 2-day trip.  I had only seen Wicked on my birthday back in 2007 when I first moved to New Jersey.  That time, I went with my roommate Shelly and it was a lot of fun.  I can’t say the musical blew me away and I won’t say much different about it now, but it really is an entertaining show.  The big numbers like “Popular”, “Defying Gravity”, and “Something Good” knock you out and are worthy of all the praise.  It’s just that the rest of the songs are fairly meh, at least to me.  The actual plot of the musical is fantastic though and that’s what keeps you interested.  It’s fun to see how the threads of the movie start popping up in the show.  It was also cool that Madame Morrible was played by Kim Zimmer, who my mom and I both know from her days as playing Reva Shayne in Guiding Light, the now-cancelled yet extremely long-running daytime soap that was on CBS.  She was wonderful in the role.  The woman playing Galinda was absolutely killing it too – her comedic timing was pitch-perfect.  “Defying Gravity’ is still stunning as the Act I ending.  I’m glad to have gotten a chance to see it again.  One day soon I’ll re-evaluate my rankings of Broadway shows to consider this as well as all the new shows seen since my last iteration.

10-Jan-2015 13:17, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.0, 11.272mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 160
10-Jan-2015 13:17, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.5, 9.07mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 125
10-Jan-2015 13:18, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 200
 
10-Jan-2015 13:24, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
10-Jan-2015 13:24, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 400
10-Jan-2015 13:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 1250
 
10-Jan-2015 13:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.5mm
10-Jan-2015 13:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 1600
10-Jan-2015 13:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 1600
 
10-Jan-2015 13:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 1600
10-Jan-2015 13:37, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 1600
10-Jan-2015 13:38, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.0, 15.939mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 1600
 
10-Jan-2015 13:39, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.0, 14.96mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 1600
 

14 Jan 2015 – Broad City Season 2 Premiere Party!

The return of Broad City is always a reason to celebrate, so we did!  We had a special guest in the form of Rekha, who had been out here to do some project turnover with Nicki while also visiting family.  Additionally, everyone came over and it was wonderful.   Best thing was that Broad City came back very strong and was ridiculously good and funny.  Here’s hoping to a continued strong sophomore season.

14-Jan-2015 19:04, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
14-Jan-2015 19:04, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
14-Jan-2015 19:18, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
 
14-Jan-2015 19:18, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
14-Jan-2015 19:18, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 640
14-Jan-2015 19:34, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.059 sec, ISO 250
 
14-Jan-2015 19:43, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 250
14-Jan-2015 19:43, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.042 sec, ISO 250
14-Jan-2015 19:49, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
 
14-Jan-2015 19:49, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
14-Jan-2015 19:51, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
14-Jan-2015 19:51, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
 
14-Jan-2015 20:39, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
14-Jan-2015 20:39, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 250
14-Jan-2015 20:39, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 400
 

Alright, I think that’s everything.  Like I said, January has been nuts and I’m hoping that things calm down and resolve themselves soon in February.  That would be great.  Also great?  If we can find a new place to call home, especially one that is something we buy.  I’d love the hell out of that.  Anyway, first things first.  Crossing fingers for a fabulous February.