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Walk in the Park

The last few days have been fairly relaxing and wonderful.  After Christmas with Mom, Stacie and Trent, we had a very uneventful Friday, what with me mostly playing Wolfenstein: The New Order and then us watching A View to a Kill that night.  EXCITING!

A View to a Kill
A View to a Kill

The next day was a bit more productive!  After getting up, we first made our way over to an open house in the Mt Washington / Highland Park area.  The house was a good price but there was going to be a lot of work & $$$ needed in order to make it a place Larry & I would love.  If we were flippers, I bet you could do some really great things with the house.  I knew immediately that we’d have to rip out the carpet in the living room and probably tear down the rear deck / get rid of the broken hot tub.  And that’s just for starters.  The rooms were weirdly shaped, but the one thing this place had going for it was the kitchen.  It was stellar.  And the view from the back porch?  Also pretty awesome:

1-IMG_3315(2)After looking at that house and also realizing the location wasn’t quite right for us either, it was off to Mom’s to help get some of her gifts installed and built!

We had gone to IKEA with her a few weekends ago to have her look at the desk and chair she had wanted to replace the large desk that used to be in her office.  Well, she ordered the items and had them delivered, but it’s IKEA so of course you have to put it together yourself.  And you know what?  It was pretty easy to get done and now that office room isn’t nearly so cluttered!

1-IMG_3317(2)Then we installed the soundbar and subwoofer system we gave to her to replace the one that seemed to have failed.  Mission accomplished, and the sound is LOTS better in her living room.

That evening, we rewarded ourselves with a well-deserved dinner at Dim Tai Fung at Americana, enjoying the spectacle there at the shopping center at a particularly picturesque time of night:

2-IMG_3320(2)Finally, on Sunday, we took a walk around Griffith Park’s eastern, flat section as Larry and I are in the market to look for other nice places to go for a run.  The Silver Lake reservoir is awesome, but after awhile, things get boring.  So we drove over to the park and took a nice nearly-6-mile walk on a stunningly beautiful day.  I think we’ve found a great new place for runs in the future too!

28-Dec-2014 14:13, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 200
The beginning of our trek
The beginning of our trek28-Dec-2014 14:13, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
28-Dec-2014 14:15, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 160
 
28-Dec-2014 14:15, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
28-Dec-2014 14:16, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
28-Dec-2014 14:16, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.0, 4.736mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 200
 
28-Dec-2014 14:20, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.5, 8.022mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
28-Dec-2014 14:23, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.0, 10.591mm, 0.013 sec, ISO 200
Will never go through this tunnel ever
Will never go through this tunnel ever28-Dec-2014 14:23, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.0, 10.591mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 400
 
28-Dec-2014 14:25, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 160
28-Dec-2014 14:29, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 125
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28-Dec-2014 14:31, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
Pretty sure that's the rocky outcropping we hiked to early in 2014
Pretty sure that's the rocky outcropping we hiked to early in 201428-Dec-2014 14:31, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.6, 17.535mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 200
28-Dec-2014 14:32, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
 

This is the route we ended up going on:

Our Griffith Park routeAnd then, oh yeah, we bought ourselves a Playstation 4!!!!!  It’s pretty cool so far.

1-IMG_3321(2)A good weekend.  Here’s to hoping NYE weekend is also as pleasant.

Sunday Catchup: 5Ks, Trulia, and John Wick

A couple of things to get through today, so let’s not dilley-dalley!

We (+Nicki) went to look at an open house in Glendale today, and I think Larry & I (+Nicki) fell in love with the house.  It’s got a stunning view and the interiors have been very stylishly remodeled…it’s just a great house.  I’m sure it’s not going to last all that long on the market, but it’s nice to dream about it:

1433StanfordI took a few photos of the place myself too which probably don’t add much to the photos already from the listing – but it’s just a great great house and almost perfectly built to what Larry & I like about homes.  And the view!!!

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16-Nov-2014 13:26, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
16-Nov-2014 13:26, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
 
16-Nov-2014 13:27, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
16-Nov-2014 13:33, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 32
16-Nov-2014 13:33, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 32
 

So, I guess we’ll see.  The price, while ridiculous, is actually a lot more realistic than some of the ones I’ve lusted after previously.

Yesterday morning we got up nice and early on a Saturday morning and took part in a 5K on the Universal Backlot.  It was a new course for us as the last time we ran this 5K was back in 2012.  Very challenging as there’s one bitch of a hill at the beginning, but then it’s back to being a fun 5K through the sets of Universal Studios.  I didn’t do too shabby for not running as much as I need to, but Larry put me to shame by running the 10K version, which was basically running the 5K twice.  Showoff!

15-Nov-2014 06:39, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 64
15-Nov-2014 06:39, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 32
15-Nov-2014 06:39, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 40
 
15-Nov-2014 06:39, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 50
15-Nov-2014 06:43, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 32
15-Nov-2014 06:43, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 32
 
15-Nov-2014 06:44, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 64
15-Nov-2014 06:45, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 40
15-Nov-2014 07:06, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 2.65mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 32
 
15-Nov-2014 07:15, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 32
15-Nov-2014 07:15, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 32
15-Nov-2014 07:24, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 32
 
15-Nov-2014 07:28, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 32
15-Nov-2014 07:28, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
15-Nov-2014 07:28, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
 

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And now it’s time for Movies Talk!

John-Wick-2014-Movie-Poster1John Wick (2014)

Saw this at Pacific Theaters at Americana in Glendale on Nov 15, 2014.

I don’t think this movie got nearly the amount of promotion it should have.  It got pretty good reviews but it looks, from afar, like a basic action movie.  In fact, it’s almost a pure and perfect action movie and Keanu Reeves fucking owns as the titular character in John Wick.  What’s the story?  John Wick is a retired assassin whose wife has just died from cancer.  Alone with his beautiful Mustang convertible, he gets a little beagle puppy as a last gift from his wife to make sure he keeps loving and living.  Then the worst kind of random violence occurs and his car is stolen and the thieves kill his dog.  One does not simply walk into Mordor nor does one simply tick off John Wick.  John Wick will destroy you.  Even if you are the son of a major crime family.

john_wick2This movie is so well done.  The action and story are distilled to their most basic and core elements, and it’s all for the best.  This movie is a cathartic revenge story and John Wick is a master of destruction.  Keanu Reeves is great as are the various other actors who stumble in and out of his way.  Some get to live, others don’t.   The movie is fantastic, well-directed, and eminently satisfying.  I think John Wick has a chance to become a cult classic as it really is that good.  Larry likened it to Taken and it’s hard to disagree, as they’re both ridiculously fast-paced action thrillers with little-to-no fluff.  And that’s glorious.  Go see it!!!

Trulia is My Latest Crack

The websites Trulia and Zillow are fantastic resources when you’re looking at places to live, whether it’s renting or buying.  I used Trulia extensively when we had to move from Santa Monica and is actually how I found the listing for where we live now.  I used it a lot earlier this year to also look at places we could move to when we considered not renewing our lease here.  There’s a lot of fabulousness out in Los Angeles, especially in the Hollywood and Silver Lake/Los Feliz area!  But I really hadn’t been looking at it again until a friend had pointed out this fantastic house he and his girlfriend were drooling over…mind you, we all know this isn’t affordable, so don’t think I’m dabbling in million-dollar homes.  But it’s such a nice dream to have.  So here’s the house they currently love:

Trulia_2287GlendaleBelieve me, I would freakin set up shop and be set for life if we could live in this place.  But yeah, it’s basically $1.5MM dollars.  HOLY SHIT.  That’s a lot of fucking money.  But you should click the picture to see the listing – the place has those modern elements that make me drool.  It’s gorgeous.

Here are some others that I’ve found that I’m particularly fond of…

Trulia_1818RotaryI really like the one below:

Trulia_2215OakGlenLook at all those lights and concrete!!!  I recognize that my test totally goes towards the modern look – but can you blame me?  The houses are awesome!

Anyway, even though we’re not in the housing market this second, I think it’s definitely something we’d like to make happen in the near future.  And it can’t hurt to look at what’s out there – although we’ll have to tamper our expectations JUST a bit.

My Life is one…big…Trulia

Well, it looks very likely that we’ll be relocating when our lease is up.  A bummer in some respects, but also a chance to maybe find yet another new neighborhood to explore and enjoy.  We’re trying to determine how far west we go – we aren’t thrilled or excited by the prospect of going all the way back to Santa Monica, even if that is where most of Larry’s opportunities lie.  The convenience of being close to where most of our friends live has allowed us to actually have a social life, which is very nice.  Living back there on the West Side means we wouldn’t be able to as you just don’t leave that area once you get there.  The traffic is too terrible to do so.  So I’ve seen some places in Hollywood that I liked, but I’m going to keep looking in areas like Studio City, North Hollywood, and perhaps the Wilshire area.  Here’s hoping.