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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:

The Inevitable Return of COBOL

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?

Twin Peaks

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:

Journey Through Twin Peaks, A 4-Hour Video Essay Exploring The Series, The Film & More

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

This guy is ridiculously hot, and I barely remember it at this point due to the alcohol consumption.

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.

So, yeah + Beach Afternoon pics

It’s been a week, that’s for sure!  Let’s do this bullet-point style:

  • Work was pretty busy this week.  Had a NYC contingent come out and we’re doing so much advance preparation work that I am starting to dread just what the actual work-work will be like when it’s finally time for that to occur.  Good thing about them coming out is that we will have team dinners, so that’s kind of cool and fun.
  • Worst part of the week?  Getting rear-ended on my drive into work on Wednesday morning.  Added fun was that I also had a coworker in the car with me as we were carpooling to the client site.  Even better?  There was absolutely nothing I did to contribute to this incident.  Basically, while we were all waiting on Los Feliz Blvd approaching the 5 freeway, and while I was literally stopped in traffic, the new Uber driver behind me was busy looking to see if there were any fares and apparently missed the fact everyone was stopped.  My car helped out in that regard, it seems.  It was quite a slam, and happily the seat belts kept us firmly in our seat, but we got slammed into the seats due to the force of the impact.  I had expected to see my rear bumper on the ground, but Mazda makes a pretty solid car, and I think the fact it was a solid bumper-to-bumper hit helped a lot.  But his license plate frame is firmly indented in my bumper.  He kept repeating that it was his first day as Uber driver, to which I asked if this was his first day driving too?  Probably a good thing I didn’t get my ass kicked after that, and the guy really wasn’t a bad guy about it.  But still, not a great way for the hump day to go.  Add to that that while I’m feeling quite achy, my coworker seems to have gotten whiplash-y feelings in his neck area, so that’s good times.
  • Next week I might get to be on a jury!  yayyyyyyyy…… here’s hoping I don’t.
  • We saw ‘Masterminds’ last weekend – funny, but stupid.  Love the cast though, as they always make me laugh.
  • Celebrated Sveta’s 40th birthday during brunch this past Sunday, and it was just such a good time with epic friends.  Guess I’m under 30 days now till my big day.  YAY.
  • Got way more pics to post from the honeymoon – which btw seems like such a long time ago now.  🙁  Lots of work to go through all the pictures, but I do love doing it as it really is fun to review and since I take pictures of nearly everything, it’s quite a great record of all the activities we did.  Next up is our champagne tour in France….so cool.
  • Lots of TV returned, didn’t it?  We’ve been watching the latest season of American Horror StorySurvivor, and….well, there’s other TV too, but I’m spacing out.  We finally caught up on My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and that is just the best show.  So good.
  • Larry sent me the following Instagram feeds of seriously hot doctors that for some reason have to do with his work.   Somehow I love it but also want to know just why this has to do with work?  😉  (Spoiler: I don’t care and am just jealous)
  • Alright, I guess I’m done talking about stuff?  Here are some pictures I took from two weekends ago when we had another PwC beach day.  I ended up making really good burger patties – ask anyone.  🙂

2016 09 24 – ARCA Afternoon at the Beach

 

8 Years Ago Today – Olympics Craziness! (+ Hotness)

I just realized that it’s “8/8/2016” which is 8 years after “8/8/8” (aka 8/8/2008) which was when NBC’s coverage of the Beijing Olympics began.  MAN.  That doesn’t feel like 8 years ago, but here we are.

OS: Second Night – It is 4:27 and it’s also 8/8/08!

It’s sometimes very strange to consider I used to work at NBC!  That’s weird, but it also isn’t.  I was talking to Larry yesterday about how my interest in the Olympics is back to the levels it was before I was employed at NBCU, which is basically nil.  The only things I do care about….the Men’s Gymnastics Team(s), that’s for damn sure – hello Sam Mikulak and Jake Dalton:

The 8-Pack’s First Roadkill

BB18 Episode 3 – June 26, 2016

<–Previously, Nicole Boldly Draws a Line

The game is evolving, folks!  Those twists keep coming and alliances are shifting, in quite surprising ways.  And damn, I think there’s either very horny women or horny gay men in control of the season thus far, as there is ample opportunity for these men to show off all they’ve got.  Loving it!

Okay-a, Jozea

BB18_Ep3_JozeaIsntWorriedThis guy is all confidence.  Or delusion.  Delusidence?  Is that a thing?  Regardless, Jozea has got it.  Not only is he ready to go after Nicole, he tries to foster a rising tide of resentment against her with the other newbies when he lets it slip that he’s been gunning, openly, for Nicole since Day 1.  Both Bridgette and Paulie, who are the recipients of this particular rant, immediately ask why he’d do that?  Of course, it’s because he’s not afraid of that thing (his words, not mine).  Man o’ man….I think this week’s eviction might issue some harsh reality checks for Jozea – or if not this Thursday, soon thereafter.  His comments at the end of the episode about him being the heart and joy of the house meaning everyone and anyone winning the Veto will inevitably use it on him….?  whooo boy.  Revel in it though – why not?  You’re not on Big Brother every day, so be that character.

Jozea does end up going upstairs to talk with Nicole, and like her, I was wondering if this was going to be an ugly scene.  Surprisingly (?), there’s no emotional outbursts or attacks.   I guess we’ll save all those kinds of hysterics for Week 6+, right?  Jozea does mention that he didn’t campaign for himself before the nominations as he doesn’t see the point of doing that.  If he’s ever HoH, people shouldn’t even bother talking to him and begging, as he’s not going to listen.  whoooo boy.  You’re a MASTER at this game, Jozea.  Never let anyone tell you different.

The Episode Where Alliances Form….

….soon to be followed where that said alliance is filled with sub-alliances that will soon shatter this first alliance.  Alright, so first off, DaVonne, playing a fantastic social game, to me at least, is bonding with Zakiyah.  Zakiyah confesses that she did have Jozea and Paul’s back before, but she has no idea where their heads are as they’re just playing so stupidly.  DaVonne knows this is the time to bring in Zakiyah, which then leads to figuring out a bigger group to get through the first half of the season.  That leads us to….

The 8-Pack!

BB18_Ep3_8PackForms BB18_Ep3_8PackForms_FrankUp in the HoH room, 4 newbies and 4 vets decide to cast their lot together, for at least this episode.  I’m jaded enough to know the likelihood of The 8-Pack lasting long is pretty small, but I’ve been surprised before!  Gotta say though, I feel a bit bad for Paulie – who is very boldly being left out of this group.  As it is now, The 8-Pack consists of:  DaVonne, Zakiyah, Tiffany, Corey, Michelle, Nicole, James and Frank.  Does Corey have an 8 pack though?  For all my lusting of him, he hasn’t struck me as ripped, just tall, cute, and athletic.  Paulie and Victor though?  Damn. Continue reading The 8-Pack’s First Roadkill

A Big Brother 4 x 4

BB18 Episode 1 – June 22, 2016

Well, well, well, we are BACK!  CBS felt extra generous this week as we got 2 hours this first episode and I think there’s another 2 hours tonight.  I accidentally typed 22 hours and realized I both loved and hated that idea.

I don’t have nearly enough time to run down the contestants in this post as I’d like to get to watching tonight’s episode, but I’m not blind and I AM gay, so let’s hit up the important stuff first:

Let’s Meet PAULIE:

BB18_Ep1_Pauliesoccer BB18_Ep1_PaulieSoccer2You may see him and be reminded of a previous contestant, and that’s because he’s the smokin’ hot brother of smokin’ hot Cody, from Season 16:

BB18_Ep1_HeyThereCody BB18_Ep1_HeyThereCody2So yeah, this’ll be a great season.

We also have another hit of hotness in the form of Baseball Coach (in my pants) Corey:

BB18_Ep1_HeyyyCorey BB18_Ep1_CoreyIsShockedHesSoHot BB18_Ep1_HeyyyCorey2Yeah, this is awesome.  More to come in this recap, trust.

And oh yeah, you’re not fooling anyone, Tiffany:

BB18_Ep1_TiffanyISVanessasSisterEvery time you spoke all I could HEAR was Vanessa and when you look at her, give her blonde hair and she’s a carbon copy.  You’re so Vanessa’s sister.  I loved DaVonne’s DR session in which she was like, “I see you little Poker Player, Hi Vanessa’s Sister!”  Love DaVonne.  But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Let the Games Begin!

BB18_Ep1_OurHouseguestsAwaitWe did get a bunch of these 12 houseguest’s stories and such, and maybe we’ll get into in tomorrow’s post.  But there’s plenty of character for days, so we shouldn’t be bored.  And as long as Corey and Paulie hang out for a few months, I’m good.  But guess what!  12 isn’t the regular # of houseguests, is it? Continue reading A Big Brother 4 x 4