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Thanksgiving + Michancy

It’s been a good few days thus far, although I think perhaps we are drinking a tad too much to celebrate the times?  Ah, maybe not.  It’s all in service of having a great time, and that is something we are definitely still having.

So Michancy came out for the holiday, arriving on Tuesday.  We took her to Edendale for dinner as any good friend should do.  Then on Wednesday, after I got home from work, we went to Americana for the best dumplings in the city at Dim Tai Fung, and it was glorious.  Larry then produced a quite amazing Thanksgiving spread, cooking up some stupendous food for us and it was utter perfection.  Mom and Stacie came over for the goodness, including the food and the music.  70s pop / rock can’t be beat!

And now, Pictures!

25 Nov 2014 – Michancy Arrives; Edendale

27 Nov 2014 – Thanksgiving!

And if you didn’t know, the teaser trailer for the next Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, was released, and holy moly, it’s awesome.  Nothing is given away and it’s hard to tell what is happening, but the moment you see the Millennium Falcon accompanied by the Star Wars fanfare, it’s time for the tears.  Can’t wait for December 2015!

This Trip to Vegas

May 2, 2014 – Friday

This Trip to Vegas…. we (Larry, me and Mom) had a pretty easy drive from LA to Vegas.  Almost surprisingly so.  The weather was hot that first day or so, but when you’re mostly indoors, it’s all good.

02-May-2014 09:09, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 640
02-May-2014 11:38, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 400
02-May-2014 11:39, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.5, 8.022mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 100
 
02-May-2014 11:40, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
02-May-2014 12:01, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 160
At our Baker standard stop
At our Baker standard stop02-May-2014 12:01, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
 
Joan lookin' fine
Joan lookin' fine02-May-2014 12:02, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
 

This Trip to Vegas….O’Sheas was open again!  It’s not the same as it was, but it is still quite a lot of fun and has that same sense of college fun.  I think we ended up gambling mostly either there or at Margaritaville this time.  On the first day, we even made friends who crowned me with a sombrero after thinking I’d said my name was Kobe.  Michancy joined the three of us for dinner at the Margaritaville restaurant where we hoped to load up on food to prevent getting too drunk….

First view of the High Roller upon arrival
First view of the High Roller upon arrival02-May-2014 13:58, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 50
02-May-2014 14:01, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 50
using the panorama function of my iPhone
using the panorama function of my iPhone02-May-2014 14:01, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 50
 
02-May-2014 14:02, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, ISO 50
Drinking at the Yardhouse while waiting for our room
Drinking at the Yardhouse while waiting for our room02-May-2014 14:36, 2.4, 2.18mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
I made friends at the Blackjack table and got a sombrero for my troubles
I made friends at the Blackjack table and got a sombrero for my troubles02-May-2014 16:23, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
 
View from our room in the Flamingo
View from our room in the Flamingo02-May-2014 17:34, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 160
02-May-2014 17:34, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.0, 10.266mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 400
02-May-2014 17:34, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 250
 
Dinner at Margaritaville
Dinner at Margaritaville02-May-2014 18:06, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 1250
02-May-2014 18:06, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.0, 16.453mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 1600
02-May-2014 18:06, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.6, 24.902mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 1600
 
02-May-2014 18:06, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.6, 24.902mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 1600
Larry and Michancy
Larry and Michancy02-May-2014 18:38, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 800
The 3 of us
The 3 of us02-May-2014 18:38, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 1250
 

This Trip to Vegas…. the Linq opened up, as mentioned indirectly above, which is a pretty awesome area containing all sorts of great restaurants, bars, and the piece de resistance, the High Roller, Continue reading This Trip to Vegas

A Brief Yet Fun Weekend with Michancy

Wonderful friend Michancy graced us with her presence this weekend – it was a quick trip but awesome nonetheless.  On Friday night, she arrived just in time for us to walk down to Casita del Campo for some Mexican food and THEN experience a 5.1 earthquake!  It was funny how we could totally feel our booth shaking, but nobody else in the restaurant was seemingly reacting.  It was highly likely that we were just getting jostled by the adjoining booth at the restaurant or the stage below us was having one HELL of a show.  But all of us were feeling the motion, and when I asked, a tad drunkenly, our waiter, I happened to look up and notice that the hanging lamp over table was swaying.  He wasn’t convinced but he did come back a little bit later to confirm we were right; we had already done those confirmations on phone and I also got a phone call from Mom who’d been woken up.  A 5.1 is a pretty good size!  SoCal is certainly getting a lot more active, earthquake-wise.

Friday @ Casita del Campo – We ain’t afraid of no Quakes!

28-Mar-2014 19:39, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.8 sec, ISO 1600
28-Mar-2014 19:40, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 6400
28-Mar-2014 19:40, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 6400
 
28-Mar-2014 20:51, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.6, 18.104mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 6400
28-Mar-2014 20:51, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 6400
28-Mar-2014 21:25, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 6400
 
28-Mar-2014 21:26, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 6400
28-Mar-2014 21:27, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 6400
28-Mar-2014 21:27, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 6400
 
28-Mar-2014 21:27, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 5000
28-Mar-2014 21:28, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 1600
28-Mar-2014 21:28, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 1600
 
28-Mar-2014 21:28, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.5, 6.9mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 1600
28-Mar-2014 21:28, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.5, 6.9mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 1600
 

On Saturday, we ended up trekking out to the Malibu Wines grounds, a wonderful and beautiful place.  It’s a picnic-style area surrounded by local vineyards in the Santa Monica mountains north of Malibu.  It was an especially lovely day to visit as the temperature was just right (mid 70s), the sun was shining, and while it was crowded, we still found a place to set up a picnic blanket and enjoy the day.  It works that you bring your own food, but you buy the wine there.  It’s a good deal.  While enjoying our wine and assorted meats and cheeses, it was also prime people-watching, as the assembled crowd seemed like a combo of Town & Country, J Crew, and Bloomingdales advertisements.  I was NOT complaining.  There were tons of hot guys to gawk at as all three of us can attest to.  It’s a great spot though and one I’d happily return to with out-of-town guests or even just to go to by ourselves.  Great ambience.  Here are some pictures from that day, including our drive home along the coast and through Malibu.

Saturday, March 29, 2014 – Malibu Wines, Michancy, and More!

29-Mar-2014 11:58, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.0, 14.043mm, 0.04 sec, ISO 800
29-Mar-2014 11:58, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.0, 14.043mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 400
29-Mar-2014 11:59, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 6.3, 60.664mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 1000
 
29-Mar-2014 11:59, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.6, 35.864mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 1000
29-Mar-2014 11:59, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.6, 34.839mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 800
29-Mar-2014 13:13, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.5, 9.648mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
 
29-Mar-2014 13:13, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.0, 10.926mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
29-Mar-2014 13:16, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 160
29-Mar-2014 13:17, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
 
29-Mar-2014 13:17, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.6, 29.107mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
29-Mar-2014 13:26, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.5, 7.549mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
29-Mar-2014 13:26, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 200
 
29-Mar-2014 13:26, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.5, 7.109mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 200
29-Mar-2014 13:32, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
29-Mar-2014 13:32, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
 

Michancy left around noon today and that left us with just relaxing and not doing much of anything.  I’ve been (re)playing the HD reissue of Final Fantasy X/X-2 on the PS3 while also playing FFVIII on Steam (PC).  I enjoy the hell out of these 2 installments, but gotta say playing FFX in HD on PS3 is pretty amazing.  Also re-watched the first Captain America movie – I drool every time that Steve Rogers’ new body is revealed.  GOOD LORD that man is hot.

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Definitely looking forward to the new Captain America movie coming out this Friday, subtitled The Winter Soldier.  I get sad when the focus was on Agent Carter, as they had a nice love story.  Maybe it gets some resolution in this new movie?

Silver Lake and a brief Med Cruise II mention

I’m not even about to tackle those topics all at once right now, as hell, that’s a lot of typing and work and lots of pictures that haven’t been posted, but I wanted to chime in and let you know that I’m still alive and that lots of stuff has happened!

First, in May, Larry & I moved from Santa Monica to Silver Lake.  Our landlord ended up wanting to sell his place as the LA Real Estate Market is hothothot right now and he saw a way out from that albatross.  So we did some searching and ended up finding a pretty awesome place in Silver Lake – completely brand new and in a fantastic new location.  Here are a few of the albums from Picasa that contain the timeline of pics.  Enjoy, but that’s the extent of the pictures for now in this post, as while we also just went on our second Mediterranean cruise and got back a few days ago, those pics haven’t been scrubbed and uploaded yet, and will probably have to be phased in day by day.  But long story short, it was awesome, we met some fun new people, and had a mostly fantastic journey in the western Med, including explorations into Barcelona, Monaco/Monte Carlo, Florence, Tuscany, Sorrento/Amalfi Coast, Venice (LOVED Venice), Dubrovnik (Croatia) and Kotor (Montenegro).   Amazing time – but we’re still trying to overcome our jet lag.  Ugh.

Here are the photos from when we took Michancy out into town to see Griffith Park Observatory, while also going to see potential new places to live.  First up, seeing Griffith Park Observatory:

March 30, 2013 – Griffith Park Observatory with Michancy

& Seeing the Silver Lake Place for the First Time

April 27, 2013 – Soft Move #1

For the move, we had a bit of wiggle room to do it as we had two weeks of overlap before having to leave the Santa Monica place.  We used that time to drive back and forth between the two places schlepping a lot of our stuff that we could fit in the car.   It made sure that Larry knew how to get there, that’s for sure.  Also, it ensured I appreciated not having to drive the 10 that much in the future.  Mom came out and helped us one day, so here’s pics from that.

April 28, 2013 – Soft Move #2

Another set of photos in which we went to the new place.   We did this a lot.  In that last set of photos you saw I focused on the yellow in the kitchen.  That was because I wanted to figure out what colors would go good with that as I did NOT want to keep the colors that were present in the living room, as it was far too drab for our fabulous lifestyle.  I am slightly kidding about that.  Not kidding that the colors had to go.

May 4, 2013 – The Painting Begins

I wasn’t kidding about painting the living room, so before our move was to take place on Wednesday, May 8, we spent the weekend prior getting the painting done as if you wait until all your crap is in there, it becomes exponentially harder to do.  I think Larry was a bit nervous about the process but I’m a veteran of interior painting and while my taste level is possibly in question at times, I think in this regard, we came up with a fantastic color scheme that captured that mid-century modern look we both like.  During this weekend, we got to interact with our neighbors a bit and it looks like we are in good shape with them as they are cool and very nice.

May 5, 2013 – Finishing the Painting

It had been briefly discussed the night before that we should start the orange then, but I knew it was going to be a day’s worth of work.  That proved accurate.  Larry & I love the finished result, and even the landlord, who visited a lot while we were there as he still had to set some stuff up, liked it.

Alright, that’s all the pics I’ve got uploaded at this point regarding the apartment.  We’ve obviously moved in since the painting pics so there’s plenty to see with what it looks like now with the furniture in place, but believe me, there is tons left to do still.  None of our pictures are hung up, there’s lots of clutter around, especially upstairs in the office and spare bedroom and even still down in the main bedroom.  But this weekend we DID buy some shelving and install it in that lower area of the built-in unit so we could store the blurays and DVDs.  It looks awesome.  We’re getting there.