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No Longer a Homeowner!

It really happened and everything went through as had been hoped for:  my Colorado Springs home now belongs to someone else!

Bye Bye, Lisa Drive

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.

Pictures from Colorado and of the New TV

Let’s have a post where I get the picture situation under control and take care of it before I get way out of date!   Got a few sets of photos for this post, one of work stuff while the rest are fun fun fun!

January 22 – 24, 2014 – Denver, Colorado

During this past week, I was out at the Dry Creek facility in Denver.  It was a good trip and I got to see a lot of interesting stuff and see a lot of people.  (I know, that was extremely detailed).  It was a trip that definitely needed to be done and I’m glad that I had the opportunity to do so!

Snowy night begins outside our hotel in the Denver Tech Center
Snowy night begins outside our hotel in the Denver Tech Center22-Jan-2014 22:45, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 640
22-Jan-2014 22:45, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
Kevin and Ranjit in front of the Dry Creek facility
Kevin and Ranjit in front of the Dry Creek facility23-Jan-2014 10:11, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 50
 
The resulting snow from the previous night's storm
The resulting snow from the previous night's storm23-Jan-2014 10:11, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, ISO 50
23-Jan-2014 10:12, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 50
Me!
Me!23-Jan-2014 10:12, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 50
 
Tom, Ranjit, Kevin and me at the Purple wall of NBCU
Tom, Ranjit, Kevin and me at the Purple wall of NBCU23-Jan-2014 10:24, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
23-Jan-2014 10:24, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
The NBCU Purple Wall
The NBCU Purple Wall23-Jan-2014 10:25, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 640
 
Friday morning - the snow had melted
Friday morning - the snow had melted24-Jan-2014 09:51, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, ISO 50
24-Jan-2014 09:51, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, ISO 50
24-Jan-2014 09:51, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 50
 
24-Jan-2014 09:53, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 50
24-Jan-2014 09:53, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, ISO 50
 

January 24-25, 2014 – Colorado Springs, Colorado

I was most excited about this trip to Denver as I was able to visit my Colorado Springs-based friends, Susan and KD & Eric.  Timing and availability all worked out for this to happen, and so on Friday after everyone at work called it quits, I went back to my hotel and awaited my chariot.  My chariot happened to be driven by Susan!  She was actually up in the Denver area for Guard stuff (hello, Major Ruby!) so it really did work out for the best.  She picked me up and drove me back to the Springs, which gave us tons of time to catch up.  After getting there, it was dinner time at Rock Bottom Brewery (their Mac & Chicken is especially good, as are their beers).   KD wasn’t going to be back until around 10:30pm as she had concert rehearsal, so we managed to kill time until then and went to KD & Eric’s awesome new home.  It’s ridiculously awesome.   More catching up ensued and I really got nostalgic for those days of 2006 and 2007.  These folks are the best.  We hung out until around midnight (BEYONCE tracks were played, to be sure), then Susan and I left for her place for the night.  Early the next morning, we headed back to KD’s as Eric was also flying out from DIA at pretty much the same time I was.  So we had more time to laugh and bond – LOVE THEM.

We are going to try to go back in March for vacation purposes – hopefully Breckenridge will be the destination!  Oh, and if you doubted my assertion re: KD & Eric’s place, THIS is the view from their backyard!

IMG_2623From L to R, that’s Cheyenne Mountain, then Pike’s Peak and the Garden of the Gods, with assorted views of the city also there.  IT’S RIDICULOUS.

Okay, here are the pics I took from my oh-so-brief adventure with Susan, KD & Eric:

Susan at Rock Bottom Brewery
Susan at Rock Bottom Brewery24-Jan-2014 19:55, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
Me too
Me too24-Jan-2014 19:55, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
24-Jan-2014 19:55, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
 
24-Jan-2014 18:46, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 640
Abel wouldn't take no for an answer
Abel wouldn't take no for an answer24-Jan-2014 19:02, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.063 sec, ISO 160
24-Jan-2014 19:40, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
 
Eric and his Lotus in their huge 3-car garage
Eric and his Lotus in their huge 3-car garage24-Jan-2014 22:25, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.059 sec, ISO 400
He's got an amazing set up in his garage
He's got an amazing set up in his garage24-Jan-2014 22:27, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 160
KD & Me!
KD & Me!24-Jan-2014 22:36, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 320
 
24-Jan-2014 22:36, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 400
24-Jan-2014 22:38, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 320
 
24-Jan-2014 22:38, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 50
 

January 25, 2014 – Pics of our New TV!

We bought a new TV!  It had been since 2009 when I bought the 52″ LCD TV that had held the fort down in the living room starting with the UWS New York apartment, then to Santa Monica, and finally now with our Silver Lake apartment.  But in the time since 2009, TV technology has been constantly improving, and it was time for us to indulge.  The new TV is now 65″, 3D (with 4 pairs of glasses), a Smart TV, and is even thinner than the last one.   After setting it up when I got back from Colorado on Saturday, we played around with it and it’s just amazing.  I don’t have the best depth perception (I think it’s time to go to the optometrist to see what can be done about that) but I can still some of the amazing 3D we now have at home.  It’s awesome.  And the Smart TV functions are pretty amazing, as well as the fact that the TV can really act as media machine too with Netflix and Amazon Prime built in (along with a ton of other video features).  So yeah, it was an awesome upgrade.  We ended up moving the other TVs around too so that we’re making the best use of them.

The plasma in the bedroom was about to be removed
The plasma in the bedroom was about to be removed25-Jan-2014 14:14, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
The amazingly huge new TV in our lives
The amazingly huge new TV in our lives25-Jan-2014 14:21, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 100
The 2009 LCD in its soon to be old spot
The 2009 LCD in its soon to be old spot25-Jan-2014 14:22, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
 
2009 LCD down in its new home, our bedroom
2009 LCD down in its new home, our bedroom25-Jan-2014 14:30, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
25-Jan-2014 14:30, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
Ta-dah!  2009 LCD in its new home.
Ta-dah!  2009 LCD in its new home.25-Jan-2014 14:36, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
 
65 inches of goodness
65 inches of goodness25-Jan-2014 14:40, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 640
The stand for the new TV
The stand for the new TV25-Jan-2014 14:47, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 800
Larry prepares for the unveiling
Larry prepares for the unveiling25-Jan-2014 14:56, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
 
25-Jan-2014 14:57, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
Ah, yes.
Ah, yes.25-Jan-2014 14:57, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
The picture is insane.  Samsung's UN65F8000 LCD-LED 3D TV is truly a vision.
The picture is insane.  Samsung's UN65F8000 LCD-LED 3D TV is truly a vision.25-Jan-2014 16:08, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 400
 
Checking out what the Wizard of Oz 3D Blu-ray looked like
Checking out what the Wizard of Oz 3D Blu-ray looked like25-Jan-2014 18:08, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 400
Here's Finding Nemo 3D too - you can see the 3D blurriness here as you need the glasses on to experience it properly
Here's Finding Nemo 3D too - you can see the 3D blurriness here as you need the glasses on to experience it properly25-Jan-2014 21:32, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 100
2 COOL guys
2 COOL guys25-Jan-2014 21:33, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 2.18mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 1000
 

So yeah, it’s been a good weekend.  And then this upcoming week?  I’m headed to NYC for a few days yet again for work.  Another day in the life of me, the jetsetter.  LOL.

Random things:

– We ate at the Burbank Media Center In-N-Out yesterday after Larry picked me up from the airport.  We ended up eating next to Mirielle Enos (the star of The Killing on AMC as well as Brad Pitt’s wife in World War Z) and Alan Ruck (Cameron from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off!!!!) who apparently are together and have a little girl together as well.  It was kinda shocking to find ourselves next to them.  Larry first gave me the eye-indication that something to be seen was next to us.  Sometimes that look is for super hotness…in this case, it was celebrities!

– We checked out an open house on our walk back from the barbershop today.  It’s a fantastic house that we’d certainly be right at home in, as it’s got a modern design sensibility (the MLS listing calls it “architectural”) and a lot of great space.  Going for the super reasonable price of $1.2MM.  🙂  Chump change, truly.

Life on the Rails

My LA Metro commute  With Los Angeles steadily increasing its mass transit options, especially with fuel prices staying still pretty fucking high (a conversation at work indicated that it’s pretty fucked up when we think that a gallon of gas dipping under $4 is great….it’s shocking that gas is as expensive as it is yet we’re used to it now), I have been experimenting with getting to work using the Los Angeles Metro.  As my dad could tell you, I do love me some subway systems.  I still don’t know if there’s anything quite like the Washington, DC Metro stations.  Those things are eerily futuristic and beautiful.  Seeing them in a decrepit post-apocalyptic state in the video game was Fallout 3 was both strange and thrilling.  The Paris subway system is unreal in how many lines there are – it’s also extremely picturesque and nearly romantic.  Except for when it smells or is dirty.

Los Angeles’ Metro is a mix of subway, dedicated bus lines, and light rail.  The first part that opened up was the Red Line, and it went from Downtown LA and Union Station for about two stations west.  That was back in 1996, and since then it’s obviously expanded all the way up through the Hollywood Pass into North Hollywood.  Subways aren’t always a great fit in an earthquake-prone area like Southern California, and also prohibitively expensive at times.  Play any game of Simcity and you’ll find that out for yourself.  Light rail is what LA went with, especially when trying to reach distant parts of the county.  First the Blue Line to Long Beach, then the Green Line that runs along the 105 almost to LAX (such bullshit) from the 605, and then the Gold Line, which reaches now into Pasadena (into Monrovia, yay!, in 2015) and swoops thru Union Station and into Little Tokyo.  Finally, FINALLY, the West Side of LA is starting to get some love.  The Expo Line light rail system (Phase 1) opened up in April, with the Culver City station having a delayed opening until last week.  It’s awesome to have this option, especially on days like Thursday and Friday when traffic on the 405 and 101 in the afternoon basically is terrible.

The commute does take longer now, but when you’re not behind the wheel and having to deal with jackholes who can’t figure out how to drive, there’s an element of stress reduction that can’t be overstated.  Additionally, I’ve been able to figure out that the $8 in gas I spend in a daily commute is more than a $5 Metro Day Pass.  If I decide to do this commute more than once or twice weekly, then it would even make sense to consider a monthly pass.  But we’re not there yet, as you can see the Expo Line only goes to Culver City.  So I still have to drive 10 minutes just to get to the endpoint.  But in 2016 (geesh…), the Expo Line will extend to Santa Monica.  That will be an awesome day.

By that point, who knows if Larry & I will be in Santa Monica still.  I have dreams of one day living in Downtown LA as there are some freakin’ awesome places down there.  Then I’d be centrally located to not only get to work (the Red Line Universal City station), visit Mom & Harv (Duarte stop on the Gold Line), but in 2016, the Expo Line would also take us to the beach in Santa Monica.  I think if you buy property in downtown now, you could be poised for a decent return if you decide to sell in the 2015/2016 timeframe, as you’ll be perfectly located to get many many places, plus Downtown is really getting revitalized.

Why the hell am I writing about this?  Well, I am fascinated by LA’s evolution into a city that not only is getting a cool downtown area, I love that it finally has a freakin’ Metro.  Go LA!  I keep up to date on the happenings via Curbed LA, a fantastic site that covers all the real estate, urban development, mass transit, and city issues that impact LA. What I love to read is that when the Purple Line extension to the VA Hospital on the West Side is supposed to be done: 2036.  Hahahahahahahahaha!  Ridiculous.  But that one is a subway so yeah, there’s lots of digging.  And Beverly Hills is being bitchy NIMBYs.  Screw you guys.

In other news….Colorado Springs IS ON FIRE.  HOLY SHIT!  This is a pic my friend Susan posted on her Facebook.   The fires that started in Colorado a few days back have basically become out of control.  I thought I had read the fires were initially up closer to Denver, but yeah, not the case.  These fires are on the West Side of the city, closer to Manitou Springs, Garden of the Gods, and the Air Force Academy.  All these locations are places I know very well and can’t believe that there’s a chance a lot of it will go up in smoke.  I am fairly certain my house is okay…for now.  It’s on the far east side of the Springs, and basically the entire city would have to flare up.  I’ve heard the winds are bad, but there’s also reports it could rain tonight.  It’s just crazy.  And I actually sign the paperwork to refinance my house tomorrow.  Here’s hoping I actually have a house that goes along with that loan.  Oy.  But let’s be serious and look beyond my own selfish needs at the moment…I really hope that the people who live there are safe and evacuate as necessary to stay out of harm’s way.  I have friends out there and really hope that they and their homes remain fire-free.

I think they may need this guy to help put out the fires.  Although he may start fires of another type.  I apologize for not posting plenty of pictures of shirtless hot guys recently.  I’ve been remiss.  But don’t worry – if you need a good sampling, this weekend’s release of Magic Mike is going to be…INSANE.

Colorado Springs Revisited (MM)

We’ve now resumed our regularly-scheduled programming, bitches!  I was a tad drunk still when I wrote my last post, but I think I emerged from it unscathed.  It was a great dinner to say farewell to one of the most incredible team members our group has ever had.  In that spiel I wrote, I promised pictures – and pictures you’ll have!  You’ll need to click on the MY PICS link above and a Colorado Springs 2010 link will be awaiting you there.  Here’s a little bit from a previous post where I took a bit about what we did during the trip too.

Sept 10, 2010 – Day 1 Return to the Springs

Likely the Fortress of Solitude
Likely the Fortress of Solitude10-Sep-2010 11:13, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 125
10-Sep-2010 11:13, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 125
10-Sep-2010 11:13, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 125
 
10-Sep-2010 11:14, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 80
10-Sep-2010 11:14, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 80
Our reception crew, Susan and KD
Our reception crew, Susan and KD10-Sep-2010 13:08, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 320
 
10-Sep-2010 13:08, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 320
Larry at Noodles!!
Larry at Noodles!!10-Sep-2010 13:39, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.042 sec, ISO 80
Looking at KD's planting in their backyard
Looking at KD's planting in their backyard10-Sep-2010 16:00, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 80
 
Stunning Susan
Stunning Susan10-Sep-2010 16:00, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 80
10-Sep-2010 16:00, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 80
 

Touring Garden of the Gods

At the narrow road pass in Garden of the Gods
At the narrow road pass in Garden of the Gods10-Sep-2010 16:42, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 80
Me and Susan
Me and Susan10-Sep-2010 16:42, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 80
10-Sep-2010 16:44, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 80
 
The great CS landscape
The great CS landscape10-Sep-2010 16:44, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, ISO 80
Me and Larry
Me and Larry10-Sep-2010 16:45, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 80
KD and Susan
KD and Susan10-Sep-2010 16:45, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 80
 
10-Sep-2010 16:46, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 80
10-Sep-2010 16:46, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 80
10-Sep-2010 16:48, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 80
 

Sept 11, 2010 – Day 2, Touring the Coors Brewery in Golden, CO

Larry welcomes you to .....Coors
Larry welcomes you to .....Coors11-Sep-2010 13:26, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 80
It was a glorious blue sky in Golden and KD fit right in
It was a glorious blue sky in Golden and KD fit right in11-Sep-2010 13:26, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 80
Susan expectantly awaits her chariot
Susan expectantly awaits her chariot11-Sep-2010 13:27, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 80
 
A very familiar feeling to this pic!!!
A very familiar feeling to this pic!!!11-Sep-2010 13:30, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 80
Larry and me in front of the giant beer vat
Larry and me in front of the giant beer vat11-Sep-2010 13:43, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 80
All the Coors brands!
All the Coors brands!11-Sep-2010 13:51, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 160
 
The vats within
The vats within11-Sep-2010 13:55, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 125
11-Sep-2010 13:55, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 125
11-Sep-2010 13:56, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 125
 
11-Sep-2010 13:58, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 125
I do love my Mash Tun
I do love my Mash Tun11-Sep-2010 13:59, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 125
She's gonna jump!
She's gonna jump!11-Sep-2010 13:59, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 125
 
Strolling towards where you get your first direct-from-the-tap taste of Coors
Strolling towards where you get your first direct-from-the-tap taste of Coors11-Sep-2010 14:05, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.059 sec, ISO 250
The swiftly traveled cases of beer
The swiftly traveled cases of beer11-Sep-2010 14:12, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 200
Laverne & Shirley are there somewhere, I presume
Laverne & Shirley are there somewhere, I presume11-Sep-2010 14:12, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 125
 

Sept 12, 2010 – Day 3, Driving up to the top of Pikes Peak

Up atop Pikes Peak, Larry rode with Eric in his Lotus
Up atop Pikes Peak, Larry rode with Eric in his Lotus12-Sep-2010 16:17, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 80
It may have been a touch nerve-wracking for Larry
It may have been a touch nerve-wracking for Larry12-Sep-2010 16:17, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 80
I sat in it just to say I'm a poser
I sat in it just to say I'm a poser12-Sep-2010 16:18, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 80
 
Too much car for me, I think
Too much car for me, I think12-Sep-2010 16:18, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 80
Ready to say goodbye
Ready to say goodbye12-Sep-2010 16:20, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, ISO 80
It was a pretty stunning day for being up top of Pikes Peak
It was a pretty stunning day for being up top of Pikes Peak12-Sep-2010 16:21, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 80
 
12-Sep-2010 16:21, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 80
12-Sep-2010 16:21, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 80
12-Sep-2010 16:21, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, ISO 80
 
12-Sep-2010 16:22, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 80
Lots of rocks
Lots of rocks12-Sep-2010 16:22, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 80
12-Sep-2010 16:22, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, ISO 80
 
Larry and the vista of Colorado Springs behind him
Larry and the vista of Colorado Springs behind him12-Sep-2010 16:23, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, ISO 80
12-Sep-2010 16:23, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, ISO 125
Have to do this or else it doesn't count
Have to do this or else it doesn't count12-Sep-2010 16:26, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 80
 

Sept 13, 2010 – Day 4, Visiting the Royal Gorge

13-Sep-2010 14:27, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 80
At the main village of Royal Gorge (all burned down now!)
At the main village of Royal Gorge (all burned down now!)13-Sep-2010 14:27, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 80
There be the bridge
There be the bridge13-Sep-2010 14:29, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 80
 
13-Sep-2010 14:29, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 80
Susan is nuts
Susan is nuts13-Sep-2010 14:32, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 80
Far below you can see the river
Far below you can see the river13-Sep-2010 14:32, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 80
 
Down below is the Arkansas River
Down below is the Arkansas River13-Sep-2010 14:33, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 80
It's a very high-up bridge with just wooden planking....and bouncy too
It's a very high-up bridge with just wooden planking....and bouncy too13-Sep-2010 14:33, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, ISO 80
Susan
Susan13-Sep-2010 14:33, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 80
 
13-Sep-2010 14:39, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 80
Yep - there's the gondola that crosses the canyon.
Yep - there's the gondola that crosses the canyon.13-Sep-2010 15:05, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 80
In the funicular that takes you down to the Arkansas river
In the funicular that takes you down to the Arkansas riverApple iPhone
 
Apple iPhone
At the Arkansas River
At the Arkansas River13-Sep-2010 15:43, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 80
13-Sep-2010 15:43, Apple iPhone, 2.4, 3.85mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 100
 

This weekend was sooooo necessary – finally a time when I didn’t have to fly anywhere.  It is pretty exhausting to have to continuously fly – rest suffers greatly.  This weekend was thus a nice lazy time.  Made it over to JG Melon’s on Friday night for a splendidly wondrous burger experience on the Upper East Side with Lawrence.  He’s trying to figure out just what furniture he’s gonna want to keep before moving to Los Angeles, so I went over to help decide.  It seems like pretty much 80-85% of it is coming.  We’re going to need a decent-sized apartment in LA, that’s for sure.  Then on Saturday, we spent time with his family for Yom Kippur and saw his sister Alyssa who is ready to pop out that baby girl of hers!  Today was a very nice lazy day and we saw the movie Easy A which was hilarious and well worth seeing.

And now it’s evening and Larry is making Baked Ziti, we’re watching Contact on Blu-Ray, and tonight will be a new episode of Mad Men.  It’s truly a nice Sunday.  BTW, so bummed that Big Brother 12 is over, although gotta say I’m going to miss Britney mostly.  LOVE her.  She needs to come back on TV on the Amazing Race.  Her and Lane can be a team.  Would…be….awesome.

Chinese Silver Tubes (MM)

I’m not going to promise you a rose garden, so let’s consider this a place of honesty.  I have plenty of pictures from my trip back to Colorado Springs – that’s true.  But I’m in no condition to post them just yet.  I’ve just returned from an NBC team dinner and yes, I got suitably drunk.  And it’s just past 11pm and I have to go back to work tomorrow.  UGH.  Stupid Thursday night drink nights.  Of course dinner also happened, but let’s just say the drinks won.  So I’ll post my pics this weekend – PROMISE!

I am writing in part because someone sent me an email asking me where my blog update was and I have to confess I’m shocked anyone still is reading!  I’m not even 100% positive who this person is that wrote me an email, but I am willing to wager a guess it’s from a friend I made in the Azores – just a different last name.  I’ll have to write back when I’m sober.  As well as after I’ve posted this entry too!

So just like Sgt Jenny – I seemed to have been unable to continue the 30-day exercise.  I was telling myself recently that it’s not something I can keep up with, but maybe I’ll just continue anyways and fill out answers regardless.  I love talking about myself, and let’s be honest, that’s some fun stuff.

So what’s been going on in my life?  Well, first, I was promoted at work!  I’m a Director at NBC Universal now.  It’s kinda cool.  I’ve been performing these duties a bit as it is anyways the past two years or so anyway, but to get the position title and salary bump is to put it nicely, NICE.  Director Barnes has a nice ring to it.  I also like Captain Barnes, but Director Barnes is something I never ever would have suspected would have been a title I’d get.

Also, went to Los Angeles last week for work – we’re constantly working on expanding our reach, and Universal and the .com worlds are next on our radar.  Look out you guys, you’re about to get rocked with our awesome powers.  In a good way.  We don’t do anything hostile!

That was for a few days though, and thanks to that trip, I was able to swing by home and visit with Mom and Harv.  I love traveling on the company dime!  After returning Thursday evening, it was a trip back home to change suitcases and pack up for the next flight out the following morning out to Colorado Springs, this time with Larry in tow.  It was a trip to just get a little bit of vacation and to show Larry around my previous hood.  We spent the time with Kelly Dean, Eric and Susan primarily and it was a phenomenal vacation.  We got to drive up Pikes Peak, visit the Coors Brewery, tour Cheyenne Mountain (so weird and yet so cool to visit it again as a civilian – which I am now as my 3 years of inactive reserve status ended the 1st of September!!!! Yeehaw!), and also go to the Royal Gorge.  Yes, those pictures are on the way this weekend.  I promise.  Lots of fun and lots of good times – I really miss those friends I made there.  Le Sigh.

Oh yeah – what’s a Chinese Silver Tube?  Well, on the flight out to Colorado Springs, while we were about to deplane in Dallas, the flight attendant got on the intercom and told us that because we were in these Chinese Silver Tubes, would we mind closing the window shades as if we don’t, the plane heats up significantly.  Well, he didn’t actually say Chinese Silver Tubes though…but it certainly sounded like it.  It was actually Shiny Silver Tubes….but I like my (and Larry’s) interpretation better!

I”ll continue the 30-day thing later – I can’t think of a photo immediately that makes me angry/sad just now.  I want to put away my laundry and pass out.