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A whole lot of company!

Today was a great day. Why? Because I barely left the apartment. And that’s awesome. Because these past two weekends, while ridiculously awesome fun, have been quite exhausting and just a day to catch up on my laziness was needed, as well as laundry (laundry on weeknights sucks, especially when you don’t get home until 8 or 8:30).

So, where to begin? Well, I guess we’ll have to go back to last weekend, the one that the 4th of July fell on. That was the weekend where my best buddy Jeff Crepeau came on up to visit and have some NY fun after recently moving back to the East Coast from Colorado Springs, as he is now stationed in the Ft. Meade area. He is off to SOS in a week or so and a trip to NYC was a great thing to knock out before heading to sweaty Montgomery, Alabama (ugh. If I never see that place again it’ll be too soon).

He came up on Friday, 4 July. NBC gave us that day off – Yay! He came up in the early afternoon and we first just hung around the apt and killed some time catching up, then headed into the city as the plan was to catch the Macy’s Fireworks display over on the East River off the FDR highway. Larry was going to meet up with us over there and he suggested Duke’s on 3rd Ave which is a cool restaurant with awesome good home food (I had the Mac & Cheese and Jeff had the enormous TV Dinner). After we all met up and had dinner, we then walked the short walk to the mass of humans at the FDR around 39th St. Oy. Lots o’ people. And while it hadn’t rained all day, the forecast was for rain and it was seriously gloomy so having an umbrella was a smart idea. Sure enough, at 9pm, as we were waiting for the show to being, and getting jostled by billions of (seemingly) foreign tourists, the rain started to fall. And the fireworks didn’t start…until about 9:30. By that point, my eyes had been nearly poked out numerous times from women totally not cognizent that their midget height put their umbrella pretty much at everyone else’s eye level and were hence a menace. I said this to one lady who just responded ‘That’s as high as it goes’. Bitch, I’ll cut you if that thing pokes my eye out. Just sayin’. Ha! Finally the fireworks began and lo and behold the fireworks were way south than expected. (A few days later I read the Time Out NY I bought for the week that said the fireworks were being moved way south in order to present a more dramatic skyline background….WTF!? For who? People in Brooklyn????? Eff them!) So of the fireworks I managed to see by looking around the guy who had his ten-year-old kid on his shoulders, they were impressive, but I think I’d rather have seen them on the NBC HD broadcast.

Here’s a pic of the Empire State Building I took on the way back home after the fireworks.

The next day, Jeff and I headed into Manhattan to get some late breakfast and get out of the rain, which was a major theme of his visit, as it rained a LOT those days. Like torrential downpours. We met up with Larry at 30 Rock and I gave them the ‘Insider’s Access’ tour of 30 Rock, going into the Conan O’Brien set as well as the SNL Studio floor (unfortunately completely packed with computer equipment and soundbooths), where we managed to tag along with the consumer tour (that costs $25) and hear the scoop on the SNL studio as I don’t know all that trivia. Besides those studios, my awesome cubicle, and trying to walk around the News floors and find anything cool to see, we then headed up to the Top of the Rock (thanks to Jeff for his military discount – half off tickets so we each only had to pay $10!) observation deck. It was still rainy, so it meant less crowds, but it was still a beautiful view nonetheless. I still maintain it’s a better overall view than that from the Empire State Building, as you see the ESB and can also clearly see Central Park. We then decided to catch a movie at the Ziegfeld, which happened to be Hancock (quick review: wait for DVD – just not that good a movie to spend $12 on), but before going there, we took the subway down to Macy’s, in order to show Jeff allegedly the World’s Largest Store (although I would swear that Harrod’s in London truly has that status). It is a cool store, to be sure. Then we subway’d back up to the Ziegfeld, which truly is an amazing theater to go see a movie in, as it is HUGE. There’s only one screen there and you’re basically in this fantastic Art Deco movie house. Awesome. Mediocre movie, but amazing presentation. After that, I had brought up earlier that I knew of a German Beer garden in Queens I’d wanted to go to, so Jeff brought up the idea of having dinner there, so the three of us took the subway ride out to Astoria, Queens! The weather had gotten much better at this point so it wasn’t raining and when we got there, that held up. Some nice people after we got out of the train also helped guide us to the beer garden, as it’s a little walk from the subway station. It was a great place, although no band was playing that night. But lots of great Hoegaarten beer and bratwurst and sauerkraut and french fries and who cares? It was good times. We then took the subway back in to Manhattan, said farewell to Larry, and then took the subway a little bit further to Times Square, so Jeff could see it at night with the mass of humanity that is Times Square. It’s ridiculous, but still worth seeing. And I dragged us into Virgin Megastore where I ended up buying Guitar Hero III: Aerosmith (a little bit of drinking always makes me a much more liberal shopper). Of course once we get home we played that for a while until it was time to crash.

That next day, Jeff wanted to meet up with an old friend from high school who had contacted him the day before via Facebook. So we went down to the Union Square area to meet up there and had a good lunch and some drinks with his friend(s). But the true trip destination that day was Coney Island!!! I hadn’t been there yet so I was most definitely excited about that escapade, especially considering that it is home to one of the more legendary rollercoasters around, the Cyclone. Larry met up with us at the subway station that will take you all the way out there, as it is a subway journey all the way across Brooklyn, which is not a small journey. After about 45 minutes, we finally arrived at Coney Island. As you leave the subway station, you can see the Cyclone, and I immediately was stoked. After grabbing a diet coke we then headed to the Cyclone and $8 later each, we were in line for what looked to be a small carnival style rollercoaster that had the potential for plenty of pain. I was wrong. As while it’s definitely not nearly as produced and polished as its numerous descendants in modern theme parks throughout the world, Holy God, it’s one of the most fun rollercoasters I’ve EVER been on. And not all that painful, especially if you’re in the front of the coaster train. It’s not a very tall coaster – maybe 10 stories? – but after that first drop, it just takes you on a freakin’ RIDE. It doesn’t let up until you pull back into the station and realize, hells yeah that was awesome. You can reride for $5 and not even have to get out of the car to do so – but we didn’t. Instead we left and walked along the Boardwalk that faces the long sandy beach against the Atlantic Ocean. We headed though to the world famous Nathan’s Hot Dog stand, which a few days earlier had been the site of the ridiculous Hot Dog Eating contest. Just thinking of that makes me a bit nauseous. But if you eat a normal sized portion of the food, you won’t be disappointed. I wasn’t super hungry so i couldn’t stomach having a hot dog, but I did have an order of the fries, which were amazing. Jeff and Larry had hot dogs though, and they both seemed to be satisfied customers! I also loaded up with another large Diet Coke, which proved to be not a good thing later on, as on the subway ride back, we took a train that makes quite a few more stops than the one we rode in on to get there. And by the time we were around Union Square in Manhattan (about 25 stops from Coney Island), my bladder was about to fucking burst. Ugh. We were to go all the way up to the times square area because we were going to catch Avenue Q in a few hours, but I literally was like, I have to find a bathroom NOW. So we got out, found a Starbucks, but found also a long ass line for the restrooms. DAMMIT. But I waited and danced, and finally peed. Sweet relief.

We then walked up Broadway to the Theater District area and caught Avenue Q. As I knew from seeing it before, it was still just as hilarious as it was the first time. If you get a chance to see it, I highly recommend you do so. Great songs that as Larry accurately described it, a Sesame Street for adults, with songs like ‘Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist’ and ‘Schadenfreude’ (taking pleasure in someone else’s pain). A dinner afterwards was much needed, and then it was time to say goodbye to Larry and Jeff and I headed back home. That pretty much concluded the visit as I had to go to work the next day. It was an awesome time though to get to see my buddy Jeff. He left the next morning and then I began my work week, being pretty exhausted from that weekend.

You can currently see all my visit-from-Jeff pictures at the following page on my regular site:
My Regular Photo Journal page

So the work week occurred. It was a bit stressful with all sorts of fun drama occurring as well as that whole ‘I’m the man’ bit while my boss is on vacation for two weeks. WTF? Do I get paid enough to deal with this kind of shit? I’m starting to have my doubts.

But I had to get ready as I had another set of visitors coming in: Eric and Kelly Dean!!! They were flying in on Thursday afternoon, so I left work a bit early in order to make sure I was home when they arrived. I couldn’t get off early enough in order to pick them up, but Eric’s sister lives in this area so she picked them up and brought them over. Contrasted to Jeff’s dreary weather when he visited, they had spectacular weather. It was perfect temperatures plus there was wind so it blew out all the haze and resulted in crystal-clear vistas enabling you to see all the bridges and skylines without a trace of haze. It was awesome. So on Thursday, after getting dropped off and getting a bit settled, I took Eric and KD into the city. KD had never been to New York before, so it was definitely a big exciting step for her, as hey, it’s NYC and that first time is always exciting. A step back: it was awesome to see them again – I miss my friends from the Springs! Alright, back to the trip – so on Thursday evening, I took them into the Hell’s Kitchen area since that’s pretty much the area I am most familiar with in terms of finding places to eat (plus it has the more friendly and fun gay bars too). So we went to one of my favorites, Vintage, which was definitely a good choice, as it’s got a great vibe inside and pretty good food for the price. After dinner, we then walked down to 45th and crossed over to Times Square, which drops you off right in the middle of it all. It’s always a breathtaking view to see Times Square, especially at night. We went to the M&M’s store (I LOVE That place), and then walked over to the Rockefeller Center area so they could see Radio City Music Hall as well as go get a drink at the Channel 4 Bar. By this point, we were all feeling pretty good and it was time to get home though, as I had to go to work the next day. Boooo!!!

So that day while I was at work (a somewhat crappy day for me, to be sure), they did a lot of the tourist things, like the Empire State Building, Ellis Island, Central Park…and other stuff I can’t remember. But after work for me, I went out with Larry, as I had tickets to an NBC Universal employee screening of Mamma Mia! at the Director’s Guild of America theater!!!!! I was so stoked to see this as I have seen the stage production four times (once in London, twice in Vegas, and once in the Springs) and can’t get enough of it. And seeing the cast that was attached (Hello, Meryl Streep!) as well as the location shooting in Greece, I couldn’t wait. And it was well worth the wait. Mamma Mia! is amazing on screen. Meryl Streep kicks serious ass in her role and sings her ass off. Pierce Brosnan not so much, but he’s still great in the movie. And the songs are all fantastic. It’s hard to think of how you could come out of this movie in a bad mood, but I guess it’s possible. But try not to be smiling after the Dancing Queen number in the first act of the movie. Impossible. During the screening, and after certain numbers, the audience actually broke out into applause, as if it were the actual stage show. Yes, it’s really that entertaining. I will definitely go see it again as I know Shelly wants to see it. Larry and I then went to this great restaurant afterwards for dinner and had some awesome drinks and a delicious pizza that some of the other diners near us were instantly jealous of. One pair actually leaned over and started chatting with us because they envied how good the pizza looked. It was a great night and finally one where it was just me and Larry!

Anyways, I got home that night fairly late and got to check in with KD and Eric upon returning home, as I had given them a key to get in at their convenience.

Alright, then on Saturday (yesterday? wow, how long have I been writing?) we woke up and finally made it out to head in to the city for some lunch and to continue some of the sightseeing. We first had some pizza at Ray’s Pizza (which claims to be the Famous Original, but so do seven billion others) which was good but far too much; we then walked over to 30 Rock as I was again giving the “Insider” tour. This time we then tailed along with the paying tour for the Conan O’Brien set one as well – allegedly the camera lens used to film the show is almost a bug-eye one to help make the small studio look bigger, and explains the true small size of the couch and desk. I’m not convinced. We then headed to 5th Avenue to do some shopping! KD wanted to hit Banana Republic, and we definitely did. That BR on 5th is pretty impressive, I must say. We also went to my least favorite H&M store (where I did NOT spend money, thank you very much), and Tiffany’s, which was a requirement as KD is a huge Audrey Hepburn fan, so as a true fan must, we went there. Not for breakfast though. Damn – that place has beautiful jewelry. Ridiculous prices to go with it too. After that, we then took the 6 train down to its southern end at the Brooklyn Bridge, which we walked about 1/3 of the way over. It was pretty crowded and basically, it’s a pretty cool experience to still only go to about the first tower on the Manhattan side. It was about 5 by this point and we all had had about enough so we headed back home in order to relax a bit and get ready for the evening, as we were going to meet up with Larry for some dinner and some gay club action! So a few hours later, we all met up at Cascina (I love that place) for dinner, having a very enjoyable Italian dinner and the opportunity to have KD & Eric meet my man Larry. After our delicious dinner and two bottles of red wine, we then headed down to Splash, as I had made KD a promise to take her to a gay club that has ridiculous hot guys wearing next to nothing strutting their stuff on platforms. And while the evening started a bit slow, it definitely picked up after a while and the go-go boys started doing their thing. Yowza. No pictures from that – although I may have to one day. 🙂

It was a great night, but needless to say, putting my head down to sleep that evening felt FANTASTIC, as it had been a long two weekends and work week.

So now it’s about time to start an interesting two weeks at work. No company next weekend. Training begins for the Urbanathlon I’ve signed up for – which is basically a race through Manhattan set up by Men’s Fitness, in which you run about 10 miles but at the beginning, middle and end are ‘urban’ obstacle courses. The first is a Marine hurdle hop, where the hurdles are like 5 feet high. Then the second is where you hop taxicabs. The final is climbing all 52 stories of World Trade Center 7. It should be fun, as long as I properly do the training. If I do, I will be super fit!!!

And I’m getting a hair cut tomorrow.

Big Brother 10 started up tonight. Discuss it in my Forum if you are interested and have things to comment. There’s a few regulars there that discuss it along with me and I’d love to hear your thoughts too!

And now it’s time to make my bed! Good night, and have a great week. I’ll probably be putting up my pics from KD & Eric’s visit on Monday night, as I just didn’t get to it today. I was far too busy watching Batman Begins on Blu-Ray (can NOT wait for The Dark Knight) and Cloverfield on Blu-Ray. And laundry.

Catch Up Time!

Alright, my webserver was being a total jerk last night when I was trying to connect to the ftp site in order to upload my pics… so stay tuned for those in a little while.

But I can certainly write about what’s been going on this week. I choose to go chronologically backwards this time, as frankly, it’s easier that way for me to probe my mind’s memories. I said probe.

Yesterday: I entered what is commonly referred to as a ‘Hobie Black Mood’. And as anyone who has known me for a while knows, I am a LOT of fun when those happen. Ugh. Typically this results when I become insane. I’m hoping Larry hasn’t dumped me from that. Luckily I don’t lash out, but I’m certainly not a happy person when I’m in Black Mood mode. On the way home from work on the ferry, I took some pics (which aren’t here, but they turned out decent!) and ended up talking to some random woman who offered to take my picture when she saw me practicing my self-pic skills. Then later on, when walking from Port Imperial to home, I was be-bopping along the sidewalk to my iPhone tunes when I hear this surprised scream and a THUNK on the ground. I look over and see this woman splayed out on the ground….no kidding. I immediately realize that this woman literally just fell the eff over. I then just walked on my merry way….NOT! I am a nice guy and immediately ran over to her to help her out. I asked if she was fine and I think she was more in shock, but I can see that I think she was trying to cross the road and tripped over her shoes and fell completely over. Yes, internally, I was kind of chuckling. I mean, we all trip, but most of the times we can catch ourselves. This woman didn’t. But I helped her up and made sure she was fine, and then we went our separate ways.

Today: (yes, I’m totally killing my chronology) The woman tripping yesterday reminded me of my bus ride from the ferry terminal to 30 Rock – the bus was starting to accelerate from a stop when a second later the driver slammed on the brakes..HARD. And this woman who had been standing got thrown right off her feet and flew forward….she managed to catch herself but it’s not surprising she got tossed as the bus stopped hard. Luckily she was okay.

Tuesday: Larry, Shelly and I met up after work to go to Lincoln Center for the NY Philharmonic Summertime Classic concert series, where they were playing Romancing the Riviera. It was a concert of Mediterranean-ish tunes and it was fantastic. They had this mindblowing violinist who did some solos and overall just some awesome tunes. We’re so cultured.

Saturday and Sunday: I spent the weekend with Larry and it was a lot of fun. It was also torrentially rainy. On Saturday we met up with Larry’s sister and brother-in-law for dinner – and it had been sunny and muggy most of the day, so neither of us brought umbrellas. Wrong move. No sooner had we gotten out of the cab that had taken us to SoHo did the heavens open up and a literal deluge of rain started coming down. First we took refuge in a Jeans store, then we decided to brave the walk as the rain lightened up….for about a second… because as soon as we had started walking again, the rain got ridiculous. This time we ran and ran to the Apple Store down there, but were totally soaked by this point. Literally…soaked. In the Apple Store it’s kept at a freezing temperature so you can’t really dry off there, and looking through the skylight, you could see the rain was NOT letting up. Finally it was just time to go so as we headed out the best sight imaginable was there: an umbrella vendor! And for $5 each, we now had some umbrellas! We then went to this French-Moroccan restaurant in SoHo that had great Sangria…and incidental drama. First, this guy literally passed the eff out right next to us and paramedics actually had to come get him, as the guy would regain consciousness only to pass right out again (I wonder if I’m having an effect on nearby people to make them fall?). Awesomely, the paramedics were there almost immediately after 911 was called. AFter that drama, it was then about the service, as this one guy who seemed to be part of the staff was high on something. I have no idea what….but he was having a great time talking to himself, loudly. It was great to meet some of Larry’s family though.

The next day was the NYC Gay Pride parade! Obviously this was my first one, and after getting a late start we ended up walking from Larry’s UES place as it was a beautiful day. Once again, no umbrellas taken (not even the newly acquired $5 ones). We got to the Midtown area around 30 Rock, after a brief detour to the Lever House and its art displays in its courtyard (think Hello Kitty fountains but they’re crying), and immediately you could tell the gays were in town, as you could hear the thumping of the dance music from blocks away. It was awesome. So Larry and I ended up watching the parade from right in the Midtown area, which is right where the parade started. It was quite a thing to behold – every shape and size and well, almost every cliche you could imagine were on display. Lots of ridiculously hot men, but plenty also of lots of lesbians, lots of drag queens, but most refreshingly, just lots of normal people who were marching just because. The weather while watching the parade got ridiculously muggy and of course, it started to POUR again, but that didn’t stop the parade, of course. Eventually the rain did stop and even though we all got soaked again (luckily Shelly had shown up with my umbrella by that point), the parade still went on (it was a LONG parade and a long parade route – about 60 blocks). It was a great time.

Afterwards, we all grabbed some dinner and then Larry and I went to see Wall-E (very entertaining Pixar movie, as expected).

Okay,….before this weekend? Can’t recall. but I’m sure it was good. Stay tuned for pics, hopefully later today.

And Jeff Crepeau is coming into town tomorrow! He’s now an East Coaster and lives/is stationed down in the DC area. Looks like there’s plenty of places to see the fireworks tomorrow so I’m excited about my first NYC fireworks display.

Muster, Moonbeam, M’boyfriend and Me

Hey there, Hi there, Ho there!

Alright, it’s been a bit of time since I told you I was Xanadu-bound! It has been an odd week – at work, I was really only there for 3 days, so everything was a bit rushed and I definitely didn’t get as much done as I’d like to have. But in OTHER things, well, it’s been going great.

First – Xanadu was great. I met up with Larry outside the Helen Hayes Theater on 44th Street just west of Times Square. This is a VERY packed-with-Broadway theater road, as also right there within the same block of street are the theaters for Phantom of the Opera, Gypsy, and another plus Xanadu. Our show was great – like I’d said before, I’ve never seen the movie but Larry had and basically the plot of the show sorta borrows from the movie but other than that, it’s a lot different. The main character (the Olivia Newton-John one) was awesome – she is a muse who when on Earth has to affect an Australian accent, which is hilarious. “They call me Keeeeeerraaaaa” It was a quick show but very entertaining and highly recommended for anyone looking for a great Broadway show. It led Larry and I to talk about other great shows and I had to remember how awesome Avenue Q is. Seriously, I could see that one over and over, as those songs are so memorable and the show is just ridiculously funny.

After the show, Larry and I went to dinner – and to make a long story short, I asked him to be mah Boyfriend. I’ve got a boyfriend for the first time….ever. And it’s incredible. I won’t go too much into it because frankly, I’m afraid of jinxing it. What a great feeling though.

Then on Friday, I had to wake up at the oh-so-military time of 5:30 in order to get up in time to get ready and leave by 6:30 to drive the two hours it takes to get to Delaware from NYC. I knew I was going opposite of traffic, so that wasn’t a concern; my main concern was the night before when I realized I’d probably need my insurance paperwork and when I realized that I hadn’t updated my insurance with my new license plate and driver’s license, I started panicking. Especially when Geico was only letting me print insurance cards for Colorado. So there I am the night before trying to get that straightened out before I drive all the way to the base. It did get resolved by that morning, fortunately, but it turned out not totally necessary for getting in to the Air National Guard base at New Castle, Delaware. And you know what organization is at that base? The Delaware Air National Guard, of course. And you know what that acronym is? DANG, of course. How freakin’ awesome is that? they have that acronym EVERYWHERE around that building we mustered in too. It was hilarious.

So what did I get to do for a muster? I got to remember why the AF is a happy memory of the PAST. Death by Powerpoint and briefings that I already had at TAP. Seriously, I drove all the way down to Delaware in order to fill out some forms and be reminded about benefits I have no interest in and the fact that I COULD be recalled if all hell breaks loose. Fantastic.

The redeeming part of that day: Getting to meet up with Moonbeam/Mickity for lunch afterwards. I love reading her blog (you should too) as she’s so damn funny and cranky. 🙂 It was fun to just catch up and realize she’s another of those friends who I can quite easily pick up right where we left off. After that, it was time to head back and that was an exhausting drive, let me tell you. It was hot, the traffic was a lot worse, and I wanted a nap in the worst way. I got home safely and promptly took that nap (for two.five hours) because I was headed out that night to…..

..Splash! Splash is one of the big NYC gay dance clubs, and I was heading there with Shelly in order to meet up with Larry and introduce them as well as check off another gay club that I’ve been to. It was a pretty fantastic club – on Friday nights, all the bartenders wear next to nothing and these guys have every damn right to wear nearly nothing. Damn. Definitely would love to get my body to some of the levels I saw there, but I’m sure they live at the gym and don’t eat. Eff that. But I’m slowly getting there, to some degree. And Larry’s not complaining…. 🙂 Larry had been nervous about heading there (he told me later) but he ended up having a blast, just like I did. Shelly stuck around for a little bit but she’s made some friends that she’s hanging out with a lot now, so it was good to at least have them meet. And since it’s a gay club, besides ogling the hotness around her for no real gain, I don’t blame her for heading out to more hetero-based venues! Larry and I had a blast the rest of the night though, and it was a good club as there was a great variety of people there. Funnily enough, I picked up the Zagat’s Nightlife guide today and was reading about all the clubs I’ve been to so far. About Splash, one of the comments was that it’s the place where ‘Bridge & Tunnel’ boys head to for their ‘gay fix’. I didn’t know this when I moved here at first, but B&T (or Bridge & Tunnel) is a sort of slam against us Jersey folks who come in and dirty up the Island, since we either take a bridge or a tunnel to get into the city. Uppity assholes giving us a label! Whatev. 😉

The next day, Larry and I headed out eventually and got some great grub at some cool restaurant on 2nd Ave up in the Upper East Side (UES), where all sorts of cool places to eat are. We then went and caught ‘Get Smart’ at the movies. It was an okay movie, but seriously, I would probably recommend it is a rental. We saw it a interestingly styled theater with lots of cool metal architecture and primary colors around the walls, but the theaters were the old-school sticky floor and non-Stadium seating type. ugh. Some things ‘Retro’ are not all that fun to revisit. We then got a couple glasses of wine one the way back and halfway through us hanging out at the outside bar area, this older (40s/50s-ish) couple came and sat by us. I had Heard them before they even sat down with us because she was busy yelling at him like he was a retard. Then they sat next to us. Joy. Just listening to her was giving me a headache (it didn’t help I was pretty dehydrated and I was drinking more – duh). But amazingly, my iPhone helped bridge the gap as the guy asked about it and then it was like we were all best friends. They turned out to be fun to talk to, but still, the woman was so controlling of him. Yowza.

And now it’s now. I came home today and I’m still recovering from my headache. Ugh. But it was an awesome Friday and Saturday with Larry.

And here’s a link to my picture with Michancy from Friday in Delaware:

PHOTOS: Latest from iPhone

I got the latest bunch of photos I’ve taken with my iPhone and put them here as I haven’t used my Canon for anything since my excursion with Larry last week.

So what do we have in this batch?

First, there is a pic of Larry from when we went out to dinner this past Friday and also when I took a pic when we were down in the Grand Central subway station for the 6.

And second, some pics from the Lincoln Center when Shelly and I went there to see Puccini’s Tosca performed in concert with the New York Philharmonic. Yep, we’re a couple of culture hounds.

June 13 & 14, 2008 – iPhone Picture Fun

It's Larry!
It's Larry!13-Jun-2008 22:16, Apple iPhone, 2.8
Grand Central
Grand Central13-Jun-2008 22:22, Apple iPhone, 2.8
At the Avery Fisher Theater in Lincoln Center
At the Avery Fisher Theater in Lincoln Center14-Jun-2008 19:44, Apple iPhone, 2.8
Right before the concert, Tosca, began
Right before the concert, Tosca, began14-Jun-2008 20:00, Apple iPhone, 2.8
Shelly and Me - I wasn't quite ready. iPhone actually has a bit of delay when taking a pic!
Shelly and Me - I wasn't quite ready. iPhone actually has a bit of delay when taking a pic!14-Jun-2008 20:00, Apple iPhone, 2.8
That's better, although I should probably composite the two of these so both of our smile faces are in one pic
That's better, although I should probably composite the two of these so both of our smile faces are in one pic14-Jun-2008 20:01, Apple iPhone, 2.8
The lights literally darken....
The lights literally darken....14-Jun-2008 20:02, Apple iPhone, 2.8
Just to show the side balconies
Just to show the side balconies14-Jun-2008 20:02, Apple iPhone, 2.8

PHOTOS: Jeff’s Birthday in CS / Brooklyn Bridge w/ Larry

Here’s where I am putting all my photos still although my main journal stuff will be found on my Livejournal blog page. Highlights from here will be put there.

I have a few weeks worth of photos to put up!

First up on the agenda, my trip back to Colorado Springs to help celebrate Jeff’s 30th Birthday party. What a great time that was, from flying out there on Friday and having a get-together that evening at Susan’s with everyone to the next day on Saturday where we had an all-day fun fest. It started out with the bike ride down Pike’s Peak (the same thing I did with my Dad in June 2007 (scroll to the bottom of the page) ) wtih a good group of folks to then strolling around Territory Days and finally the Disco Down party in the evening. Everyone committed very well to the party theme and had a discolicious time. Yours truly was a very convincing Construction Worker. Just sayin’. The next day I hung out with Jeff and Susan, re-doing some of the things that I used to always do back then, hitting up Old Chicago’s, Best Buy, and then catching a movie (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls). Ah, the good ol’ days! And then the next morning, a quick breakfast and then it was back to the East Coast – and amazingly, all my flights went as scheduled. I’m sure that means that all my future flights are going to be utter disasters!

Anyways, here are MY pics from the Colorado Springs weekend back from the weekend of May 24 – there are literally a ton more pics but seriously, I don’t have the patience to put them all up. I think they’re all on another website whose link I have misplaced….but there’s a TON more. Like I said: My patience is not THAT extensive! 🙂

May 23, 2008 – Jeff Turns 30 in Colorado Springs!  BBQ at Susan’s!

Susan and KD are happy I'm back!
Susan and KD are happy I'm back!23-May-2008 18:01, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
See, we're all so happy
See, we're all so happy23-May-2008 18:01, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Even Melissa, who's like "Why the hell is he leaning on me? How much has Hobie been drinking??"
Even Melissa, who's like "Why the hell is he leaning on me? How much has Hobie been drinking??"23-May-2008 18:58, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 141
Eric, KD and me
Eric, KD and me23-May-2008 18:59, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
23-May-2008 18:59, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Grilling and drinking - a Southern pastime for the ages
Grilling and drinking - a Southern pastime for the ages23-May-2008 19:03, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
23-May-2008 19:03, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
23-May-2008 19:03, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
Me and Jeff - the over-30 members of the group
Me and Jeff - the over-30 members of the group23-May-2008 19:07, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
Melissa and Chips - a Southern pastime for the ages
Melissa and Chips - a Southern pastime for the ages23-May-2008 19:08, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
23-May-2008 19:08, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
23-May-2008 19:13, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec

May 24, 2008 – Jeff Turns 30 in CS!  Pikes Peak Bike Ride!  Disco Inferno Party!

24-May-2008 06:54, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
The next day (Jeff's Birthday!) - here are KD and Jeff at the office for the Bike Ride
The next day (Jeff's Birthday!) - here are KD and Jeff at the office for the Bike Ride24-May-2008 06:57, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Is Melissa cold or is she just a fan of self-hugging?
Is Melissa cold or is she just a fan of self-hugging?24-May-2008 07:00, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
24-May-2008 07:09, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.9, 23.1mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 238
24-May-2008 07:13, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
24-May-2008 07:13, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
24-May-2008 07:14, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 176
Susan with a helmet - she wasn't riding a bike. That's just her fashion accessory of choice lately.
Susan with a helmet - she wasn't riding a bike. That's just her fashion accessory of choice lately.24-May-2008 07:19, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Here's as high as we got that day - the wind was REDONK
Here's as high as we got that day - the wind was REDONK24-May-2008 08:27, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
You can see the road keeps going while our van was not.
You can see the road keeps going while our van was not.24-May-2008 08:27, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
I got out for a quick pic. If I had backed up two feet I would have been blown off the mountain
I got out for a quick pic. If I had backed up two feet I would have been blown off the mountain24-May-2008 08:28, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
Jeff at the beginning of our ride
Jeff at the beginning of our ride24-May-2008 08:45, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
Laura (with KD behind her)
Laura (with KD behind her)24-May-2008 08:46, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
Eric and KD
Eric and KD24-May-2008 08:46, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
Keladora and Me
Keladora and Me24-May-2008 08:52, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec

So the next batch of photos is from this past week – the first two below are for the fans o’ Arielle – but the rest are of my trip out with Larry to go do some touristy stuff. We ended up heading out to Brooklyn to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, which is one of those things I’ve definitely wanted to do since coming to NY. Of course we decided to do this when a ridiculous heat wave came to the East Coast, but c’est la vie. We subway’d it to Brooklyn first, as I really didn’t want to walk the bridge back and forth, which was a good idea, all agreed. But before leaving Brooklyn, it was recommended to go to this famous Grimaldi’s Pizza place, and that we did…. and waited in the nice half-hour line outside just to get inside. But it was actually worth the wait, as the pizza was amazing. Having refueled, we explored a little bit of the Brooklyn side of the East River before crossing – and taking some pics of the great view. There’s also this cool thing called the Telectroscope, which looks like something out of the 20,000 Leagues under the Sea set (aka Steam Punk style). You go up to the viewing panel and look into it and what you see is a view of people staring back at you from London in front of the Tower Bridge. And what they must see is us in front of the Brooklyn Bridge. It’s really cool. Here’s a ‘site’ about it:Telectroscope. We then found our way to the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge pedestrian level and began the crossing. It’s a great experience and amazing view to undertake. You can see the Statue of Liberty, Downtown, Midtown, the Manhattan Bridge… it’s all pretty amazing. And this was something that Larry hadn’t ever done before too, which is surprising but maybe not so much, as I bet a lot of native NYers probably haven’t bothered with this trek either. Anyways, it was a cool experience with lots of pics taken, as seen below. We then spent the rest of the afternoon wandering around Chinatown and SoHo – and I contained myself from spending lots of money, which is very possible down there. We also went to the Apple Store, where I strangley now want to get a MacBook. Those things are slick!

June 7, 2008 – Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge