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Running & Eating

No one should ever run and eat at the same time!  That’s terrible and will likely end in a mess.  But I’ve got nothing else in mind for a post title, so here we are.

Our Yearly Run in the Universal Backlot 5k

We’ve done this run for the last 5 years and it’s been fun to do a challenging run while going through the backlot of a very famous movie lot.  It may be our last run there though as according to an email that Larry says he got, this might be the last one being held on the lot.  Not sure how true that is, but if so, that’s a shame.  It did seem a bit less crowded this year than in previous ones, so maybe something did change?  Anyway, I think both Larry & I did pretty good:

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That first hill is still a horrendous bitch and maybe that’s why people stopped coming?  As to get beat down right at the get-go can be a bit demoralizing.  But it’s honestly better to get it done right at the beginning as the rest isn’t nearly as challenging in comparison.

16-Nov-2015 21:07
 

Doing this 5K helped reinvigorate a desire to do more 5Ks so I guess that’s good?  It was so damn cold that morning though – it’s great to have briskness when running, but it was fucking cold.

Nov 15, 2015 – Universal Backlot 5K

15-Nov-2015 06:55, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 2.65mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 40
15-Nov-2015 06:58, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 2.65mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 64
15-Nov-2015 06:58, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 40
 
15-Nov-2015 06:58, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 40
15-Nov-2015 07:05, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 32
15-Nov-2015 07:05, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 32
 
15-Nov-2015 07:06, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.007 sec, ISO 32
15-Nov-2015 07:06, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.007 sec, ISO 32
15-Nov-2015 07:06, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 32
 
15-Nov-2015 07:40, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
16-Nov-2015 21:07
 

In other news, Fran & Joel left to go back home yesterday.  We got to see them again on Friday and Saturday, with fantastic dinners both nights.  On Friday night, it was a birthday dinner for me at Bourbon Steak.  Wonderful food if not the quickest of service, but we weren’t in a rush so it was not the worst thing.  Saturday night we went out to Sherman Oaks to have dinner with Fran’s cousin Kathy and Kathy’s husband Fred (who happens to also be Larry’s GI doctor – it’s good to have doctors in the family!).  The next day though they flew back to Jersey while we did a 5k in the early early morning.  Oof.  Hopefully we’ll see them soon and before the wedding!

Nov 10, 2015 – A Fabulous Dinner at Bottega Louie

On that previous Tuesday night, Larry & I met up with Fran & Joel for dinner in the city before they headed down to Dana Point/Laguna Beach for a midweek vacation.  I was in DTLA already for work so I just walked down to meet her while Larry had to navigate the worst traffic of the city to get there, but he did get there!  Ah, Bottega Louie.  Such a great place for food.  Swanky, loud, and pretty damn impressive and trendy – and awesome delicious food and dessert.  Mmm…..

10-Nov-2015 19:34, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 640
10-Nov-2015 19:35, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 250
10-Nov-2015 19:35, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 250
 
10-Nov-2015 19:35, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
 

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!!!

16-Nov-2014 13:26, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, ISO 32
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!!!

Finally Back to the Universal 5K!

Well, maybe I shouldn’t count my chickens and all that, as it’s still the night before!  But I’m fairly certain both Larry & I are going to make it to tomorrow morning’s 5K on the Universal backlot – it’ll be a nice return after we ended up not going to last year’s!  Keep your fingers crossed!

Also, I pledge to try to pick up the posting pace.  It’s been a weird week and my motivation has been seriously low regarding posting, ESPECIALLY with Assassin’s Creed Unity taking up a bit of my time!

Anxiety?

I’ve been feeling kinda off lately (going to see a doctor about it next week) but I realize that nursing a cold the last two weeks and not exercising at all has probably led to increased anxiety levels.  So I went running today and it felt great.  It’s been about two months since I last went running, so of course it wasn’t a very good run and I’m pretty freakin’ tired, but hopefully I can get back in to this and maybe restore some de-stress and de-anxiety rhythms into my regular life.

Mid-Century Madness & Other Tales

Up front, I admit I don’t have any real good tales to tell, and let’s be honest here, does anyone here actually read what I’ve got to say?  Now that Facebook and Twitter dominate the scene, anything beyond a few sentences elicits a tl;dr almost immediately from anyone.  Regardless, I can’t help it and will write up a storm anyway.

Lots of pics to get through, so let’s not dilly-dally, alright?  I’m going to go in reverse chronological order for this, as frankly, the new stuff is stuff I’ll remember better.  As I was updating my local picture cache, I was shocked at how much actually has happened since last I posted here!  I also realize that I have quite a bit of work in uploading all the stuff from my old site still.  I’ve been working backwards there too, and I think I’m at 2005 now.  I was looking for my Berlin pics recently and found I hadn’t put them up yet.  Travesty!

Mid-Century Living Room…Complete!  Dec 20, 2012

Well, even if we managed to put some art up on the wall the day before the apocalypse, it was worth it.  Completely worth it.  Just because it took us 2 years to do it…so what?  Larry & I have been toying with what to do with this giant living room wall the entire time we’ve lived here and finally, finally, it was done.  Larry seized upon some children’s book travelogues that had some very cool artwork of different cities throughout the world – we chose the author’s Rome, Paris, San Francisco and NYC books and Larry got these images.  The final result is AWESOME.  Also, you may notice that we also added a nice new recliner/ottoman to the mix too.  Yep, that’s an authentic Eames chair.  It’s Amazing.  Capital A Amazing.

20-Dec-2012 13:37, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 50
20-Dec-2012 13:42, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 64
20-Dec-2012 13:42, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 64
 
20-Dec-2012 13:46, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 50
20-Dec-2012 13:53, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 64
20-Dec-2012 13:53, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 50
 
20-Dec-2012 14:15, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 50
20-Dec-2012 14:16, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 64
20-Dec-2012 14:17, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 50
 
20-Dec-2012 14:17, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 64
 

We had gone to Room & Board a few weeks back after I finally realized I wanted to get a “real” chair and not a knock-off as we had been contemplating.  The knock-offs just were clearly inferior.  On Thanksgiving I had noticed that Room & Board was having a sale on Herman Miller furniture, which is much appreciated even if the sale price is still a LOT.  But hey, we now have a true piece of designer furniture.  Comfortable designer furniture at that too.  Yay.

Room & Board Visit on Nov 25, 2012

25-Nov-2012 14:26, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 100
25-Nov-2012 14:43, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 160
25-Nov-2012 15:01, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 100
 
25-Nov-2012 15:16, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 80
25-Nov-2012 15:16, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 100
25-Nov-2012 15:17, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 64
 

Back to NYC, Day 1 – Nov 12, 2012

Alright, let’s now fly back to shortly after my birthday.  I headed back to NYC for work (mainly for the CCWorld convention which ended up being quite useless) for a week and Larry came along with me.  He was able to work at Strategy Farm so it wasn’t as if he was bored, that’s for sure.  It was great to go back and see my team as well as the rest of my boss’ group, not to mention a chance to see Larry’s family.  Thanks, NBC!  Also it’s always great to visit the city.  Love that place.  Miss it still, but having wonderful space to live in LA isn’t easy to push off to the side.  So here are my pics from the trip back east.

I had a window seat on the flight back, and awesomely enough, the route followed I-15 to Las Vegas, then I-70 to Denver, effectively retracing much of my steps when I drove to Colorado Springs.  Felt a little like going home.  We ended up getting back to NYC in the evening around 7pm, then took a black car to the Sanctuary Hotel, which is ridiculously convenient to 30 Rock, as the hotel is right on 47th St near 6th Ave.  Awesome.

On I-15 - what ARE these towers by Primm?
On I-15 - what ARE these towers by Primm?12-Nov-2012 11:16, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 50
View of Primm aka Stateline
View of Primm aka Stateline12-Nov-2012 11:16, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 50
Down there is the Hoover Dam
Down there is the Hoover Dam12-Nov-2012 11:21, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 50
 
Lake Mead more visible
Lake Mead more visible12-Nov-2012 11:21, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 50
The Grand Canyon is out there in the hazy distance
The Grand Canyon is out there in the hazy distance12-Nov-2012 11:26, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, ISO 50
12-Nov-2012 11:26, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, ISO 50
 
That's Aspen on the right edge
That's Aspen on the right edge12-Nov-2012 12:15, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 50
Majestic Rockies in Colorado
Majestic Rockies in Colorado12-Nov-2012 12:15, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 50
12-Nov-2012 12:19, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, ISO 50
 
I miss you Breckenridge
I miss you Breckenridge12-Nov-2012 12:20, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 50
The area between Breckenridge and Keystone
The area between Breckenridge and Keystone12-Nov-2012 12:20, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 50
Keystone!
Keystone!12-Nov-2012 12:20, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 50
 
The arid plains south of the snow resorts
The arid plains south of the snow resorts12-Nov-2012 12:21, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, ISO 50
12-Nov-2012 12:22, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 50
That would be Pikes Peak
That would be Pikes Peak12-Nov-2012 12:23, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 50
 

Back to NYC, Day 2 – Nov 13, 2012

The Sanctuary Hotel has a rooftop bar of its own.  It’s ridiculously expensive.  The gimmick is cool though and the views are nice, although I’m sure it’s a bit nicer when it’s not covered in plastic.  But for the time of year, without the plastic, it would be effing cold.  Yet the fact they charge automatic gratuity on a party of one or two is a bit silly, and the prices are high, even for NYC.  I’m happy to schlep somewhere else for drinks, that’s for sure. But we made it there at least once.

13-Nov-2012 17:54, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.063 sec, ISO 800
13-Nov-2012 17:54, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
13-Nov-2012 18:12, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
 

Back to NYC, Day 3 – Nov 14, 2012

No trip back to NYC for me & Larry is complete without at least attempting to go to Blue Smoke for dinner.  Sweet Jesus, their mac&cheese is other-worldly.  I took so many pictures of Larry not because I love him so much, but in my drunken state, I could have SWORN that Anne Hathaway was sitting behind him.  In the light of sobriety, I see I was wrong.

14-Nov-2012 20:18, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 3200
14-Nov-2012 20:18, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
14-Nov-2012 21:10, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 3200
 
14-Nov-2012 21:16, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 3200
14-Nov-2012 21:17, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 3200
14-Nov-2012 21:17, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 3200
 
14-Nov-2012 21:17, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 3200
14-Nov-2012 21:17, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 3200
 

Back to NYC, Day 4 – Nov 15, 2012

This night, we met up with friends in NYC down in the Murray Hill/Turtle Bay area for some Chinese food.  On my way there from Rockefeller Center, I took some pictures of 30 Rock.  Then I went to Grand Central to see the new Apple Store.  Of course I went there after work when it’s rush hour.  Probably not my best move, as it was super packed with people.  There’s nothing like it though that’s for sure.

Sharon still has a mail slot
Sharon still has a mail slot15-Nov-2012 15:35, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 320
The tree was put up the day before
The tree was put up the day before15-Nov-2012 17:57, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 400
15-Nov-2012 17:59, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 320
 
15-Nov-2012 17:59, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 400
15-Nov-2012 17:59, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 250
15-Nov-2012 18:00, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 200
 
15-Nov-2012 18:00, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 200
15-Nov-2012 18:00, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 200
Grand Central at rush hour
Grand Central at rush hour15-Nov-2012 15:16, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 640
 
15-Nov-2012 18:16, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
 

Back to NYC, Day 5 – Nov 16, 2012

Ah, Friday nights in the city.  I had been dying to hang out with some coworkers from NBC, Alison & Jessica (now of AMC Networks), for the longest time.  Even when I lived in NYC, we had meant to hang out but never did.  So we rectified that situation.  We first met up and had dinner at the funnest Mexican food place in Hell’s Kitchen, Arriba Arriba.  Le sigh.  Love LOVE that place.  The food is pretty good but what really makes this place worth it is all the HOTNESS in room.  You see, the waiters are almost all uniformly hot.  Charming, and hot.  It’s wonderful.  Our waiter was probably one of the cutest/hottest we’ve ever had too.  So there’s that.  Also, their margaritas are fantastic, and of course, I knocked back a few.  Michancy would be proud.  The music in the place is almost always crowd-pleasing and ensures a fun party atmosphere.  Wonderful place.  Oh, so to backtrack a bit, we first had to wait at the bar for a while, during which time Alison & Jessica met up with us.  We finally got a table with a hot waiter, got suitably blitzed on food and drink, then made our way to a new(ish) gay bar in Hell’s Kitchen called Flaming Saddles.  Yep, that’s its name.  As you’d expect, it’s a gay country-western bar.  And it’s awesome.  The pics below are from the sexy bartenders dancing on the bar.  Turns out I understand the allure of Coyote Ugly after all.  I just needed ridiculously attractive men up there, not women.  Who knew?

Oh Flaming Saddles, your bartender dancers are fantastic
Oh Flaming Saddles, your bartender dancers are fantastic16-Nov-2012 23:17, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 1000
Especially that guy - yum
Especially that guy - yum16-Nov-2012 23:16, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
16-Nov-2012 23:16, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
 
It's awesome to have a gay honkytonk bar
It's awesome to have a gay honkytonk bar16-Nov-2012 23:16, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
16-Nov-2012 23:16, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 1600
16-Nov-2012 23:16, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 1000
 
16-Nov-2012 23:20, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.059 sec, ISO 1600
 

 Back to NYC, Day 6 – Nov 17, 2012

On our last full day on the East Coast, we spent the day with Larry’s family, specifically taking the time to go to New Jersey where his sister and brother-in-law, Alyssa & John, now live and where they’re raising their daughter, Stacy.  We got the grand tour of their new home and it was amazing, especially considering that they had an already swank place in Hoboken.  But Hoboken money translates into even more amazingness when you go further away from the city.  It was crazy to also see how much Stacy had grown even in just the few months we last saw her.  I had started the day a bit hungover from the previous night’s excitement, but as the day wore on, I was able to recover and enjoy alcohol yet again.  We also watched the UCLA v USC football game (UCLA won, bitches!) while there and then went out for sushi with John & Alyssa.  It was a great way to spend a Saturday.

Oh yeah, also seeing these pics again, I forgot that Larry & I had the chance to walk from our hotel uptown through the UWS, passing by where we once lived.  My name is still on the buzzpanel.  Miss that place a bit, but yeah, I think I like having plenty of space.  It was a beautiful day for walking around, that’s for sure.

My old homestead on 72nd
My old homestead on 72nd17-Nov-2012 12:40, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 50
My name is still on the list
My name is still on the list17-Nov-2012 12:41, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 50
 
3 generations
3 generations17-Nov-2012 15:19, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
17-Nov-2012 15:20, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
17-Nov-2012 15:20, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
 
17-Nov-2012 15:20, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
17-Nov-2012 15:20, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
17-Nov-2012 15:20, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 640
 
Uncle Larry and Stacy
Uncle Larry and Stacy17-Nov-2012 15:23, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
Adorable
Adorable17-Nov-2012 15:23, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
Feeding time
Feeding time17-Nov-2012 15:34, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 160
 
17-Nov-2012 15:34, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 125
 

Thanksgiving 2012!

Did I say I was gonna go reverse-chronological?  Anyway, during Thanksgiving, our great friend Michancy came down to spend it with us.  Yay!  Always a blast to drink and laugh with her.  She came with us to my stister Stacie’s house for Thanksgiving, along with of course my mom and Harv.  My mom ended up giving us a frozen turkey too, which we still need to do something with.  That’s a huge amount of our freezer that’s occupied now.  Cool story about going out to dinner with Michancy the Friday after T-Day:  we went to Lares, our favorite Mexican food place in Santa Monica so far, and while dining, Michancy casually mentions that at the big table, John Slattery is eating there.  Holy shit, Roger Sterling from Mad Men is right there!  It was pretty cool to see him as well as the fact that he was properly shitfaced.  NICE.

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012

21-Nov-2012 21:22, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 400
21-Nov-2012 21:22, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 320
21-Nov-2012 21:23, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 320
 

Thanksgiving – Nov 22, 2012

22-Nov-2012 14:23, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 200
22-Nov-2012 14:25, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 125
22-Nov-2012 15:06, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 64
 
22-Nov-2012 15:06, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 2.18mm, 0.042 sec, ISO 250
22-Nov-2012 15:06, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 160
22-Nov-2012 15:07, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 2.18mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
 
22-Nov-2012 15:08, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 100
 

Friday, Nov 23, 2012

23-Nov-2012 18:34, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 3200
23-Nov-2012 16:38, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 2.18mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 250
23-Nov-2012 16:39, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 2.18mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 250
 
23-Nov-2012 16:39, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 2.18mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 160
23-Nov-2012 16:39, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 2.18mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
23-Nov-2012 18:34, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 3200
 
23-Nov-2012 18:34, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 3200
23-Nov-2012 19:36, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
 

We Put Up Our Christmas Tree

Not much to say except that it was the right weekend to put up our (fake) Christmas Tree.  Yay!

Sunday, Dec 2, 2012

02-Dec-2012 13:52, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 400
02-Dec-2012 13:52, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 400
02-Dec-2012 13:52, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 400
 
02-Dec-2012 14:22, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 320
02-Dec-2012 14:22, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 320
02-Dec-2012 14:22, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 64
 

Who Loves 5Ks?

I don’t want to jinx things, but working out steadily and safely while also adding running into the mix has resulted in my back not being a total fucking bastard.  Knock on wood.  So I’ve been entering some of the races that Larry has been doing too.  Our first one was a repeat from the one we both did last year, the “Say No to Drugs 5K” held on the Universal Backlot.  Last year, I had to walk it as I was still in the throes of my sciatica being miserable.  This year, I was able to run it….well, mostly.  There’s a part at the end as you return to the starting point where it’s ALL uphill.  Had to walk after a point.  Oh well.  Still did it.   The following weekend, there was a Christmas Run held just a few blocks from our house along the Santa Monica/Venice shore.  Quite a bit of holiday spirit by the participants, that’s for sure!  (quite a bit of hotness there too….)

Say No to Drugs 5K, Sunday, December 2, 2012

Here’s my results:

Overall Place: 282/753 | 37.5%
Chip Time: 34:08.5
Pace: 10:59
Age Group: M 35-39
Age Group Place: 16/31 | 51.6%

02-Dec-2012 07:35, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 64
02-Dec-2012 07:35, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 64
02-Dec-2012 07:36, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 50
 
02-Dec-2012 07:48, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 50
02-Dec-2012 08:45, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 50
02-Dec-2012 08:57, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 64
 
02-Dec-2012 08:58, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 50
 

Christmas Run 5K, Saturday, December 8, 2012

Here’s my results:

Overall Place:  649/1704
Chip Time:  29:39.3
Pace: 9:33
Age Group:  M 35-39
Age Group Place: 59/88
Male Place: 357/614

08-Dec-2012 10:13, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 50
08-Dec-2012 09:04, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 50
 

And finally….my last set of pictures.  Whew!

Ugly Sweater Christmas Party

A coworker and friend at NBCU threw an Ugly Sweater Christmas Party at her and her boyfriend’s downtown LA loft this past weekend.  It was a lot of fun, although I must confess I don’t really remember much of it past a certain point of time.  That time = when I got close-to-blackout drunk.  Oof.  I’ll rewind a bit though.  First, Larry & I had to go get an ugly sweater, as our wardrobe collection is always refined and always in good taste.  🙂  We ended up finding some good stuff at Urban Outfitters, although of course it wasn’t cheap.  Fashion never is, though.  My drinking started in earnest there, as we were at the Santa Monica Third Street Promenade and after shopping, had to stop at La Sandia and have a few margaritas.  That night, we then headed to DTLA early so we could grab some dinner in the city.  Many of the trendiest places had no reservations and rather than chancing waiting, we found availability at Wokcano, a few blocks from the party.  We also wore our ugly sweaters proudly, which definitely garnered a few bemused looks.  While dining, I heavily partook in hot sake.  Yummm.  Finally, headed over to the party.  It was great to see this loft, as it was very spacious although it was truly a loft as the only doors were found for the bathrooms.  I’ve been very fascinated with one day living in DTLA just because it has a lot of similarities to NYC life.  One big difference though is that at night, DTLA still gets quite empty compared to NYC.  Anyway, lots of fun was had at the party, at least that’s what I’ve been told.  I think I had quite a few whiskey and cokes, made by others so who knows what the proportions were.  Happily, the next day I really wasn’t all that hungover.  One good vomit and I was good!  TMI?  Eh, too bad.

Party Time!  Saturday, December 15, 2012

15-Dec-2012 12:56, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, ISO 50
15-Dec-2012 13:13, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 80
15-Dec-2012 13:13, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 64
 
15-Dec-2012 19:48, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
15-Dec-2012 19:48, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
15-Dec-2012 19:57, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
 
15-Dec-2012 19:57, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
15-Dec-2012 19:57, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 3200
15-Dec-2012 20:14, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 2000
 
15-Dec-2012 20:14, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 3200
15-Dec-2012 21:36, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
15-Dec-2012 21:36, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
 
15-Dec-2012 22:44, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
15-Dec-2012 23:29, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
15-Dec-2012 23:29, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800