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11-11-11, Sciatica & Mykonos (2011 Trip) Pics!

It’s a weird-looking date hence there’s all sorts of things that wanted to have this as a momentous date, incidentally for some and totally intentional for others.

Incidentally? It’s Veteran’s Day (yay soldiers and airmen and seamen and marines!) and it’s all-the-way-up-to-volume-11 Spinal Tap day too.  Intentionally?  Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, The HP7 Pt2 Blu-Ray, and Immortals came out.  I’m excited for the first two…the last one, maybe if we could watch it on mute.  I’ve read that there are plenty of Greek soldiers who don’t know how to wear a shirt in it.  That’s always a good thing.

I’ve been playing GTA4 and Tropico 4 a lot lately, then dabbled just a bit in Skyrim this morning but I can not let myself get absorbed.  Must try to get through these in due time.

Oh yeah, if you know or care about my sciatic nerve problems, my MRI revealed that indeed I do have a tear in one of my spinal vertebrae discs, about 5mm in length.  The resulting glob of goo from the disc is now pushing up against the bunch of nerves coming out from the spine and, you guessed it, one batch is that set of nerves that runs down my right leg.  OH THE FUN.  My options per the doctor are surgery, steroid injections, or let it heal some more/physical therapy.  He advised against the first two as the rationale was that in two years, all options will result in the same relief.  And surgery and steroid injections all have additional risks and such associated….so I did opt to continue with trying to get better with time.  I can admit that the pain has reduced, although my days go from pretty good to pretty bad.  And lately, trying to get out of bed has been horrendous – I’m not sure what is causing it but it’s insane.  I have a feeling that because I doubled up on the Gabapentin at night, I move around more than I should and when the Gaba wears off, the pain comes roaring in.

I bought a seat cushion that has a cutout right where your ass-crack is;  apparently that is to allow your spine to not get that upwards pressure from the seat as just your asscheeks are sitting while the spine can sorta sit through it?  I don’t know, I am using it now and I am feeling way better when sitting than I did previously, so perhaps I’ll need to swing by the medical supply store and pick two more up, one for the car and one for the office….  Anyway, once my pain is such that is nearly minimal, I can start some physical therapy to strengthen my core.  Who knows, maybe I’ll get a six-pack….like this guy:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey, it’s Veteran’s Day, and this guy has dogtags on, so I bet he must be a Veteran too…. heh heh…

Alright, enough hotness from random strangers for you.  Here are some well-deserved pics from Larry & my trip around the Eastern Mediterranean – this time from the lovely and fantastic spot of Mykonos, Greece.  It really is amazing how wonderful the weather was the entire trip.  Sure, it was effing hot, but there wasn’t any rain nor any gloomy days, except for the day at sea which was coming up the day after Mykonos.  But who cares, right?  That’s what the inside of a massive cruise ship is there for.

June 22, 2012 Update:  I think that the captions of the photos for this particular excursion are sufficient to describe the adventure on this day.  It was a great day and full of beautiful Greek island scenery.  One of the fun highlights was while eating lunch on the Mykonos coast before heading back to the ship.  Lots of people-watching (aka checking out hot guys).  The ship left in the afternoon so when we got back, there was time to go hang out by the pool which was a fantastic way to drink and soak up the rays.  Some times, you just need to put your feet up, listen to the music, and enjoy the sun.

Islands of Delos and Mykonos (Greece), Sept 6, 2011

Off to the Isle of Delos

Climbing Mt Cynthus on Delos

 

Back to Mykonos

 

2011 Mediterranean Trip Pics Index

The LACMA Breakfast Club Adventure

When I got to Los Angeles at the beginning of this year, one of the first things I did was get a membership to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) as well as the Film Club addition.  Part of that Film Club perk is occasional invites to really cool screenings….and this month, one of the events was a live table reading of the shooting script for The Breakfast Club. If you haven’t seen that classic 80s movie, it’s probably worth going to go see, especially if you’re going to pay $5 each to see a table read.  One of the mysteries about this event was who was going to actually play the parts….and with the curator of this event being Jason Reitman (son of Ivan Reitman and director of Thank You for Smoking, Juno, and Up in the Air), there was potential for a stellar cast.  Part of me was thinking it could be a TV show cast, something like Happy Endings or Community, but that wasn’t very apt, as it turned out.

I met Larry at the LACMA complex around 5:30pm after work so we could get some lunch at this fab restaurant, Ray’s, which is situated in the main patio area in the center of the complex.  We were having a fantastic dinner with delightful cocktails (I was on my second or third Lost in Yonkers) when all of a sudden, Larry sucks in his breath and mutters ‘oh my god’.  I look at him and realize there must be someone behind me that is a big deal, as he reserves that kind of shocked voice for celebrities and really hot guys. Somebody walks by me from behind and to a table in my view.  I can’t tell who it is yet and he stammers out to me, “it’s Jennifer Garner!”  HOLY CRAP.  Sidney Bristow of Alias?  13 Going on 30?  Mrs. Affleck??  Awesome.  She was gorgeous in person.  And she was so close.  It looked like she was meeting some friends before taking the stage of the Bing Theater, which Larry correctly figured out.  He even guessed which role she’d be playing….Molly Ringwald’s Claire.

After dinner, we headed to the theater, waited in the long line to actually enter, and then got our seats (me with my glasses on since I knew it was probably going to be important to be able to see their faces!).  Sure enough, the lights dimmed (but not before both Larry & I saw that the crowd was filled with tons of attractive men) and the cast was introduced after Jason Reitman first came out:

  • Carl the Janitor:  JK Simmons (the character actor in everything, from Spiderman, Juno, to the Farmers’ Insurance commercials)
  • Mr. Vernon:  Michael Chiklis (star of The Shield!)
  • Brian (Anthony Michael Hall): Patton Oswalt (hilarious funnyman in United States of Tara, the voice in Ratatouille)
  • Andy (Emilio Estevez): James Van der Beek (Dawson!)
  • Allison (Ally Sheedy):  Mindy Kaling (Kelly from The Office)
  • Claire (Molly Ringwald):  Jennifer Garner (our new friend)
  • Bender (Judd Nelson): Aaron Paul (from Breaking Bad, a show I haven’t seen but now want to, as he was awesome)
The writing of the movie, which of course was flawlessly directed by John Hughes, is extremely compelling for a “teen” movie and definitely lends itself to this kind of performance.  They all delivered with emotion and a lot of humor.  The time flew by, and now I can’t wait to sign up for the next Table Read…almost don’t care what the movie is.  But I am betting it will always be a movie that has lots of interesting and well-written dialog.  Can’t wait, especially to see who will be the next guest cast.  Jason Reitman is curating this whole experience, so maybe it’ll be more of his friends….who knows, George Clooney could show up!
Anyway, after the fantastic show, Larry & I strolled by LACMA’s fabulous light structure that becomes quite amazing at night…as seen below:

After the Breakfast Club at LACMA, Oct 20, 2011

Okay….and to just keep your attention some more, a nice looking hot man that desperately needs to take his shirt off.  Seriously.

This Week’s Pop Culture Media Addictions!

I’ve got so many addictions when it comes to pop culture, and you know what, I want to write about them.   Thank GOD I’ve got a blog…so I can do whatever I want!  We’ll run down all the major categories, as well, I love all pop culture.

MOVIES:

Footloose (2011): Well, well, well….a remake of what I would humbly declare one of the movies I was raised on, along with Jazz Singer, International Velvet, and Somewhere in Time.  I kid you not.  So of course I was skeptical upon hearing about the remake a few years back.  Then it actually got made.  And then reviews started coming in, and they were upbeat about the whole thing. WHAT?  So Larry & I rewatched the original on Blu-Ray when it came out recently and of course loved every minute of it.  With all these scenes fresh in our mind, we went to see the remake this Saturday.  Surprisingly, we walked out after the movie was done most content.  Sure, it’s not better than the original, but damn, it did a good job.  It wasn’t even cringe-worthy.  What I think I liked was that they used a few of the songs from the original, as in the exact songs. The opening scene was Kenny Loggins’ Footloose, but the dancing was all new, but eerily familiar.  And the title fonts were the same, which was amusing.  “Let’s Hear it for the Boy” in the teach-Willard-to-dance scene was also the same Deniece Williams version.  Then they just went to town putting their own spin on many of the classic scenes from the original, but also remixed them so that sometimes the same people didn’t say things in the same order as before.  Everyone in the cast is very charming, especially Ren and Ariel.  Ren is super cute.  Ariel is also cute, but I have to say I think Lori Singer was given more to work with and I bought her anguish much better than Julianne Hough’s.  Also, Dennis Quaid as Reverend Shaw wasn’t given nearly as much character development as John Lithgow was.  But if you are willing to look past some of these flaws, you are treated to quite a good show.  And the final dance scene is great, especially when you see some of those familiar 80s moves…and Willard is super cute in this one too, at certain points.  Just like the first one.  I highly recommend this and encourage fans of the original not to worry.

TV:

Community, NBC: I’m not just shilling for the parent company. I genuinely obsess and love this show.  Probably ever since Pravi and I watched the first episode before it premiered and both laughed our heads off when the character of Abed thinks he’s gone deaf.  So I was quite sad when in its third season, which started this year, it felt like the show lost something.  The first two episodes were alright and had glimmers, but the third episode was mostly meh.  And there is just too much Chang (Ken Jeong), which is unfortunate.  His first season character as the asshole Spanish professor was fantastic.  But he just became psychotic and quite frankly, skeezy.  So this last episode, Remedial Chaos Theory, was such a welcome return to form and frankly one of the most creative episodes I’ve seen for a half-hour comedy.  Ah, NBC Thursdays.  You’re so full of awesome.  In the episode, there was a die roll that determined who would answer the door to get the pizza, and each possible iteration was explored.  To hilarious, and sometimes Final Destination-y effect.  It was awesome.  So I breathe a sigh of relief in the hope that my favorite series is back on track.  I also have that sigh of relief for Glee too, but since that’s not new again until November, we’ll talk about it later.

Parks & Recreation, NBC:  Again, another NBC show.  I swear I’m not shilling.  But I can honestly say that NBC has the best comedy lineup on Thursday (the god-awful Whitney not-withstanding).  CBS has Monday night locked down, while ABC has Wednesday totally wrapped up.  Parks & Rec, which follows Community, is a show that after its first season, found a footing that it hasn’t lost since.  That footing?  Being utterly hilarious.  This episode was about Leslie having a rival girl scout troop to Ron Swanson’s scout troop.  Of course Leslie overcompensates and makes sure that it’s amazing, including fantastic candy, public forums, and naturally puppy parties.  PUPPY PARTIES. The B-story was equally awesome, with Donna and Tom taking a “Treat Yo’ Self” day to buy yourself whatever it is that makes you happy.  They notice that Ben is having a sad though and invite him reluctantly along.  He “treats” himself by buying socks, which isn’t flying, so eventually he ends up buying a Batman costume.  His other issues overwhelm him and he starts to cry in happiness and sadness…while dressed in Batman.  It’s utterly fascinating, and hilarious.  So if you’re not watching this show, you really should be.

I watch tons of other TV shows regularly, including How I Met Your Mother, The Sing-Off, 2 Broke Girls, Glee, Raising Hope, Modern Family, Happy Endings, Survivor, The Office, Project Runway (ehh….this one is on the edge of oblivion), and The Amazing Race.  By the way, I’m still writing recaps on the secret scenes of The Amazing Race, and you can see the links to those articles in the ARTICLES link found at the top of the website.

VIDEO GAMES:

Beyond Good & Evil, PC/Steam:  If you are an avid video gamer, whether it’s PC or console, you’ve probably heard of this game, or if you’re better than I was, you actually played it.  It came out early last decade (the 2000s, can you believe that is factually called “the last decade”?) and has always been heralded as a fantastic game very much in the vein of the Legend of Zelda.  Well, sports fans, I finally made it.  I picked this up on Steam and downloaded and eagerly began playing the game….and about 2 hours later, I came up for air.  What a fantastic game.  You explore areas, solve clever puzzles in diabolical factories and lairs, take pictures in-game of enemies to make money, travel around in a hovercraft that is upgradeable (I see in the shop that eventually I’ll get a space engine…sweet), and have a wise-cracking, yet caring pig as a companion who kicks major ass.  The voice-acting is top notch and the writing gives those performances something really good to work with.  I’m only about 5 hours in, and can’t wait to save my homeworld from the evil Alpha Company.  And get my pig friend back.

Batman: Arkham City, PS3:  Oh dear God, if you didn’t play Arkham Asylum, please, just go get that game and play it.  It’s an extraordinarily compelling game that makes you feel like a superhero but one that truly has to use his wits, as Batman doesn’t have superpowers.  Just super wits.  Well, I haven’t actually played Arkham City yet, but it comes out next week and I have my Amazon.com pre-order up and ready.  I don’t know how I’m going to play this damn game and keep up with everything else, like staying employed and such.  Can’t wait to try though.

Other games I’m playing at the moment (yes, I balance quite a few at the same time):  Rock Band 3, God of War (replaying the whole series, chronologically, so I actually just finished up Chains of Olympus in its PS3 HD port, which leads to God of War, which has also been ported to PS3), Civilization V, Rollercoaster Tycoon 2, and Fallout: New Vegas (just playing the DLC so I can call this game done).

MUSIC:

B in the Mix, Vol 2, Britney Spears:  I was messing around in iTunes last week and noticed that this was available for sale.  I could barely contain my glee. You see, Britney Spears has become quite the pop/dance princess/queen.  Back with her album In the Zone in the early 2000s, she started becoming much more dance-centric and less that annoying-as-all-hell teen pop crap. Don’t get me wrong….Hobie loves the Oops, I Did It Again and Hit Me Baby….but that shit is fun for the goofy, kitschy factor nowadays, not for the beats.  Cue 2008 when Britney lost her damn mind.  She releases Blackout, basically one long dance album.  C’est INCREDIBLE!  That was my soundtrack for that year of living in NYC. Her next, Circus, was okay, but Femme Fatale, which came out this year….well, I fucking love it.  So many gay anthems, so many hot dance tracks, and well….it’s just incredible.  Here are some Youtube videos that some very attractive folks have made to her songs off this album.  Enjoy:

Drop Dead Beautiful:

Check out 1:20 and on….dear god….

Drop Dead Beautiful, again, by the Boys of Boston (gay):

Hold It Against Me, by some Army troops in Afghanistan:

Love the arm moves at 1:13….

Enough music for now…..I’ll share some more of my favorite videos in later posts.

BOOKS:

Game of Thrones (Book 1 of A Song of Ice and Fire), George R. R. Martin:  Of course I’d heard non-stop about the amazing HBO Miniseries, and I didn’t watch it.  The back of my mind was exerting control and wanted me to read the books.  Many of my friends had read these books and vouched for their awesomeness.  So in my Kindle app on the iPad, I downloaded it.  I ended up re-reading Stephen King’s IT first, which if you know how long that is, takes a little while.  Especially when you only really read at lunchtime at work or on the weekends.  Luckily I finished IT on the flight back home from Rome.  So no more delay, let’s see how this fantasy novel was.  Wow.  What fantasy novel?  How surprised was I when I read this compelling drama about pieces in a huge chess game of politics and intrigue set in a fantasy world!?  And better yet, it’s written for a modern audience and not overloaded with “ye olde this” or “my ladyeth, thoueth cannot beeth hereith”.  Whew.  I’m not actually done with the book yet, and it looks like I’ve got about 550 pages left to go, and this is just the first book.  There are five out now and two more to be released.  That’s a lot left….but I better not get stuck in a Dark Tower situation, where you wait endlessly for the next book.  But fortunately, that situation isn’t going to happen for a while for me.

HOTNESS:

Did you see that site called subwaycrush.net?  If not, yeah, go check that out.  In the meantime, here’s a quick pic to tide you over….God knows we could all use a little male physical perfection to get us through the day:

Le sigh.

Hot Guys in the Subway…?

New Yorkers Are Posting Creepy Cell Phone Pics of Hot Guys on the Subway Online.

So there’s a site now that posts pics from fearless smart phone users who take pictures of hot guys on the subway.  I can vouch, personally, that besides the convenience of the NYC subway, the next best thing about it is the likelihood of being able to check out hot and ridiculously hot guys.  It’s a wondrous thing.  Of course, that’s not always the case…ugh, not at all.  But seriously, sometimes, fortune would shine on you and lo and behold…hotness.  Le sigh.

Here’s my favorite from the site, www.subwaycrush.net:

Hotness

Hotness in the City

Wow – last night I went after work to an NBC get-together that the Commercial Operations folks threw at a bar in their neck of the woods. I say ‘their neck of the woods’ because the CommOps people don’t work at 30 Rock and instead work very close to the Empire State Building, which is about 20 streets south of where I am. ANYWAYS, a few of us were invited and so we went to this place called Tonic East, which is this very cool, multi-floored bar. (Side Tangent: A multi-floored bar just doesn’t seem like a good idea if you’re trying to keep drunk people from hurting themselves…) This party was on the roof-level of the bar and was pretty fun. But the best part: the ridiculous amount of good-looking people at this bar, not just with the party I was at but in general. I think this bar must be a place where all the good-looking 20 and 30-year-olds go to after work. And damn, the people were just amazing looking. And then I noticed that the Comm Ops men were almost all hot. I am glad I don’t work in that group. I’d never get anything done with all the gawking I’d be doing. 🙂