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En Vogue 20 Year Anniversary?!?

Now this is some damn cool news.  The ORIGINAL En Vogue are all back together and touring again.  If you grew up in the 1990s or at the very least turned on a pop radio station, you no doubt heard these songs throughout the times, such as “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)”, “Free Your Mind”, “Hold On”, “Love (Don’t Let Go)”, and “Givin’ Him Something He Can Feel.”  Trust me, there are many more awesome songs by this group, as I became a fan during the Funky Divas era, then picked up their first album, Born to Sing immediately thereafter.  They then released an EP called Runaway Love which had the new song plus some remixes of their Funky Divas song.  Then the drama began.  It’s not clear what really happened, but whatever happened happened and Dawn Robinson (the one on the left in the pic) had quit the group.  She did so right before they were about to release their next album, which was hastily re-recorded and renamed EV3.  It was a fantastic album still, but it nevertheless was missing Dawn’s amazing voice.  Another album was released a few years later called Masterpiece Theater which again I really loved, but that album definitely tanked with everyone else.  They were dropped by their label, and that’s when En Vogue definitely left the spotlight.  The core group members rotated in and out, replaced by some temps as they would do sporadic shows here and there.  I’d mostly relegated them to my “Memories o’ the 90s” long term brain storage, breaking out their albums every now and then to relive the fun of their music and to bring back the 90s too.  Wow.  The 90s!

Needless to say, when I found out my friend was headed to one of their shows tonight, I had to do some Internet research.  Sure enough, all 4 of the original group are back together and touring.  Even a new album is being rumored.  HOLY SHIT.  That is so awesome and incredible.  What blew my mind was reading that it was under the auspice of being their TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY.  Another holy shit on that one.  But it’s true.  <sigh>.  As most can rightfully say, En Vogue has been out of the mainstream scene for a while now, so it’ll be interesting if they can break back in.  All of the members have amazing voices and put any of their contemporaries to shame, including the illustrious Destiny’s Child.  All sang lead and no one was the “Beyonce” or “Diana Ross” as every one had their moment to shine.  I always just loved their songs.

One time, while I was working at Bookstar in the Beverly Connection (both Bookstar and the Beverly Connection are either now no longer in existence or nothing like what they used to be), I was walking from the parking garage to work.  In the garage, I noticed this awesome BMW convertible being driven by a very attractive black woman.  She looked familiar, but I didn’t know why.  After checking in at work and taking my station at the main register, that same woman had come in to buy some books.  And she was at my register.  And when she gave me her credit card, the name was Terry Ellis (!!!!!!!!!!).  I nearly fell out.  I couldn’t help myself and I immediately told her how much I loved her and En Vogue.  There was no way I couldn’t say something.  So that is my closest brush with En Vogue.  I swear if they go on another concert tour to promote hopefully a new album, I will so be attending, just like I vowed when Madonna went on another tour.  So here’s hoping!

In other news, I’m trying my best to wrap up some website transitions.  I am going to be officially closing down my other site so for probably a long while, my old site’s contents will be MIA.  I have them all saved to many places now so I can put them back eventually.  I am hoping that the DNS change is going to kick in soon so that the domain hobiebarnes.com will now be autodirected to this new site.  It has comments capability on the blog and pictures, as well as a built-in search feature.  Also, it’s MobileMe, which is an Apple product and allows you to have a whole LOT of synchronization with your iPhone and the ability to keep data stored in a central server place.  I probably just geeked out to a lot of people who didn’t understand one word I said.  Sorry!!

Anyway, one thing is that if you have my email saved as hobie@hobiebarnes.com, well, that email will probably stop working very soon.  So you’ll need to make sure that you use hobiewan76 @  gmail.com.  That will get you my attention!

Continuing the Fun of my New Blog (MM)

NOTE FROM OCT 2011: Alright, so this is once again another transition.  In order to not lose my previous posts from the MobileMe site, which is eventually going away in 2012, as well as iWeb/MobileMe hosting, I’m going to transfer those posts manually now to here.

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Alright, it’s finally time for me to keep up with this blog.  It’s certainly a LOT more fun for me to do it while using the power of my new fangled MacBook Pro which I purchased to replace the laptop I got back in 2005.  It had served admirably for the last 4 years, but Hobie needs his new toys like a crackwhore needs her…well, crack.  She’s a crackwhore after all.

I’m experimenting with the true functionality that iWeb gives you, as it’s a very constricted way to run a page.  There’s no ‘HTML’ view to fine-tune or such, it’s just pretty pages to type in and then you press ‘Publish Site’.  I have to say, I can’t deny that makes things FAR easier and far less time consuming than it was before for me.  It was a prime reason why I ended up trying to use Livejournal to do my site, but that just never really caught on with me or others, I think.  A little obvs when you see that I haven’t update it all that often.  I guess I really missed having my individual touch on things.

NEWayz, I’ve got some new pics to share with you all.  You can find them by clicking on the menu bar at the top where it says ‘My Albums’ or some such thing. (September 2014 Note: No, not anymore.  I’ll just put them here for your enjoyment)  Trust me, you’ll find your way there and it’ll be awesome.  There’s an album containing the pics from the night out with all my work peeps at Knickerbocker and then there is also an album containing pics from when Jeff Crepeau came up this past weekend and visited.

Oct 8, 2009 – On-Air Systems Team Dinner at Knickerbockers

Sharon & Pravi
Sharon & Pravi08-Oct-2009 18:13, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
Sharon & Pravi
Sharon & Pravi08-Oct-2009 18:13, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
Chris, Kevin, Mike & Sharon
Chris, Kevin, Mike & Sharon08-Oct-2009 18:13, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
 
Osman, Hobie, & Ralph
Osman, Hobie, & Ralph08-Oct-2009 18:13, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
Pravi, Lubna, and Bob
Pravi, Lubna, and Bob08-Oct-2009 18:14, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
Steve, Anil, and Joel
Steve, Anil, and Joel08-Oct-2009 18:14, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
 
Alex, Joe, and Osman
Alex, Joe, and Osman08-Oct-2009 18:15, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
Evan and Alex
Evan and Alex08-Oct-2009 18:15, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
The wonderful wine - Montepulciano!
The wonderful wine - Montepulciano!08-Oct-2009 18:17, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.3 sec, ISO 200
 
Sharon, Pravi and Lubna
Sharon, Pravi and Lubna08-Oct-2009 18:18, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
Me and Ralph
Me and Ralph08-Oct-2009 18:19, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
Knickerbocker's famous T-Bone
Knickerbocker's famous T-Bone08-Oct-2009 18:20, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 8.0, 6.2mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
 
Shoukry and Yaffe
Shoukry and Yaffe08-Oct-2009 18:46, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
Yaffe and her second steak
Yaffe and her second steak08-Oct-2009 18:51, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 3.5, 9.681mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
Sharon, Hobie, Pravi, Lubna and Bob
Sharon, Hobie, Pravi, Lubna and Bob08-Oct-2009 19:31, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
 

He came up on Friday for some other stuff but then spent Saturday with me and Larry.  We ended up walking down to the aircraft carrier Intrepid and not only saw that awesome ship but also the Growler Submarine was open, which was freakin’ awesome.  The visit was very brief, but it is always fun to see Jeff.

We went to John’s of Bleeker for some classic Pizza in the Village for dinner, which was one of two places that his boss has mentioned he had to try.  The other place was Grimaldi’s in Brooklyn, which IS awesome.  It’s just a long time to get there plus you have to usually wait 30-45 minutes outside just to get in.  But the pizza is definitely worth it – you may remember my pics of it from about May of 2008 (!) on the blue version of my site.  The pizza here at John’s was good, no doubt, but I think Grimaldi’s still wins a taste test.

Oct 10, 2009 – Pics at the Intrepid Air & Space Museum with Jeff & Larry

10-Oct-2009 12:30, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 80
At the oversized bottle house
At the oversized bottle house10-Oct-2009 12:30, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 3.5, 9.681mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 80
10-Oct-2009 12:31, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 3.5, 9.681mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 80
 
Looking in
Looking in10-Oct-2009 12:31, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 3.5, 9.681mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 200
10-Oct-2009 13:37, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
10-Oct-2009 13:38, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
 
10-Oct-2009 13:38, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
10-Oct-2009 13:39, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.3 sec, ISO 800
10-Oct-2009 13:40, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.077 sec, ISO 800
 
10-Oct-2009 13:41, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.167 sec, ISO 800
10-Oct-2009 13:41, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 800
10-Oct-2009 13:42, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.167 sec, ISO 800
 
10-Oct-2009 13:42, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.167 sec, ISO 800
10-Oct-2009 13:43, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.1 sec, ISO 800
10-Oct-2009 13:43, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
 

On the work front, I’m still at NBC Universal, or should I call it NBC Universal Comcast?  Who knows honestly, but hopefully our team is in a safe and good position if and when we get turned into our own company.  I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad thing if it happens, to be honest.  But what do I know?  Except how to rock Oracle Forms and Reports, a little bit of Java, and the application known as REACT that rules the NBC Universal media libraries!!!! World domination is soon to be mine!

Okay, enough for now.  Go check out the albums.  I’m sure they’ll just be ridiculously entertaining and you’ll be so thankful that I’m back!

Sooo….back to Hobiebarnes.com it is!

Livejournal got me through a period of life but…<sigh>, it’s time to move on.  It’s not you, it’s me.

I’m going to try to import all my posts from Livejournal slowly but surely back to the mothership at hobiebarnes.com.  If you still check this out, which I would be surprised if you do, head on back to the old site.  You’ll be surprised.

Peace out!

Going Home For Christmas

Made the reservations yesterday – I’m going to be home in LA for Christmas for the first time in a few years. Yay!!!!

It’ll be nice to be back. I know i’ll get to see Mom’s side of the family, but I’m hoping to shoot for seeing some of the Dad side too. I won’t be back too much time though, so I’m definitely going to have to hustle if I wanna try to accomplish all that.

Anyways! So here we are again. How are you? It’s been such a long time. What? I’m a lazy bastard? How dare you say that! I..I, I – well, I resemble that remark! Okay, so my during-the-week updates aren’t exactly something you can set your watch to. Most of the time not much goes on, and this week really didn’t change that too much! I did have a fun Wednesday evening and an awesome Saturday day and evening, so that makes for a good week in my book.

Yesterday I was with Eddie and we went to see Avenue Q – and let me tell you that is a ridiculously funny musical – think a foul-mouthed Sesame Street (include puppets in your thoughts, they’re the stars of the show) with catchy songs that are aimed at teaching adults a thing or two about growing up and living life. It’s awesome. When talking with Eddie and doing a comparison between Wicked and Avenue Q (which is the extent of my true Broadway knowledge), I think Wicked is the more ‘fantastic’ one and has amazing production values, but the songs as a whole are not all that memorable. Avenue Q on the other hand is hilarious and the songs are very much ones that get stuck in your head because they’re so well-done.

As many of you may already know because I sent you an email concerning it, I’ve converted (succumbed) to the iPhone. On Friday, after work, I took a stroll over to Best Buy because I had been going through withdrawals and had to get my fix…and then I realized, why deny myself an iPhone when it is so freakin’ awesome…. so off I went to the AT&T store. I didn’t go to the Apple Store because if you ever have been to one of these stores, you know how ridiculously crowded they can be – now muliply that by 10 and that’s how crowded the NYC ones are. At the AT&T store though, it was very mellow and you get tons of attention and help without a bajillion tourists cramming around you. I was done in 10 minutes or so, including the pre-approval credit check and everything – you’d think for all the money it costs you’d have to spend some more time jumping through hoops, but I guess it’s mainly because you do most of the ‘hard work’ at home when you connect the iPhone to your computer and iTunes. I had to make a decision though, and I decided not to keep my Vegas-based cell phone # anymore. I’ve been living with that for quite a few years now and it just was time to get a more local #. So there I am.

Anyways, this weekend was quite nice and today I got to just stay in, continue re-reading Wicked (I had forgotten how incredible a book it was as I hadn’t read it for Years!), and basically veg around the house. It was glorious. And now I think it’s time to eat some dinner and watch a DVD!