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To Park or To Taxi

I’ve just spent about an hour kvetching over whether to take a cab to the airport next week or to instead try out driving myself there.  For some people, especially those who live at least a half hour away from LAX, there’s a lot easier of a comparison to make, as a cab or SuperShuttle can be quite a bit more affordable than long-term parking, if you’re going to be gone for a while.  But here’s the sitch:  where Larry & I live in Santa Monica, the drive to LAX, especially in the early morning, is like 15 minutes.  20 minutes max.  But the cab rate runs to at least $35 and then factor in a tip.  When coming home from the airport then you have to factor in the annoyance of waiting in a cab line.  I still smile when I remember flying back to Las Vegas (when I lived there) and being able to walk to the long-term lot and smirk in horror at the ginormous taxi line there.  All this is to say that I am going to try out long-term parking, as I’ll only be gone for 5 days.

Where am I going, you ask?  Why, I’m going back to NYC to go get my man and bring him back home.  Okay, that’s just one of the objectives.  Things timed out rather fortunately as the weekend of Feb 11th is also when the illustrious Jeff Crepeau is getting married.  I have not met his wife yet (they’re already married – this is just for the ceremony and parents and friends) so that should be fun.  KD and Melissa Milas will also be going to visit.  No Susan on this trip, but that’s kinda expected and definitely understandable.  I am flying out a few days early though so I can spend some “alone” time with Larry in NYC too.  I booked us a room at the Empire Hotel in the Upper West Side for two nights – it’ll be nice.  Very very nice.  I miss him quite a bit.  If you catch my drift.  And now I’ve entered TMI territory.  Just saying that gone are the days of me being a eunuch.  Oy!

Finally though, Larry will be back in the City of Angels on the 12th, and things will be back to some normalcy.  Yay!

Also, just because there hasn’t been hot guy goodness in a while:

https://www.hobiebarnes.com/?attachment_id=535

 

Effin’ Folgers Commercial Gets Me Every Time

Maybe I’ve become a weepy little bitch in my old age of 35 (egads, just typing that makes me a weepy little bitch), but I swear, EVERY TIME I see this recent Folgers coffee commercial where hunky brother comes home and the parents stayed up all night to wait for his arrival but he shows up late and his sister opens the front door and when he gives her a gift she takes the bow and puts it on him and tells him, “you’re my present this year.”  TEARS EVERYTIME.  WHY?????  It’s such a ridiculously cliched commercial and just like the one from the 80’s where “Peter” the (again) hunky son (at least if you consider it was the 1980s) comes home to the smell of Folgers.   These commercials shamefully manipulate your basest emotions, whether that emotion is the arrival of nice hotness or just the whole long-separated family member comes home and everyone is happy.  Also, that the coffee was the thing that made it happen.  Specifically the Folgers.  Obviously.  Although I drink Maxwell House at home so maybe that is preventing random hot guys from coming over.  That’s probably for the best then.  🙂

There is also that other commercial with the annoyingly cute “Jingle the Husky Pup” that makes me think I need to have that, just for the cute little stuffed husky pup you get and the fact that it barks when you say certain things.  Maybe this just means that we need to get a dog.  I keep leaning towards that conclusion and try to keep coming up with reasons why not.  It would definitely be a humongous change of lifestyle for both Larry & I, but I think it would be basically awesome to have a dog.  We will have to keep this in mind still.

Other News from this part of the world:

  • Larry has been making our loft office even more cool.  I have to upload the photos and post them here (later today when I get home) but he got these cool wall labels made that were clocks, and we have 4 of them, one for each time zone. They’re labeled with meaningful cities, so Pacific is Santa Monica, Mountain is Colorado Springs, Central is San Antonio, and Eastern is New York.  It’s pretty much AWESOME.  Can’t wait to show here.  Jan 2013 Update – Here are the pics:
06-Dec-2011 16:04, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
06-Dec-2011 16:26, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 250
06-Dec-2011 16:27, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 400
 
06-Dec-2011 16:27, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 100
06-Dec-2011 16:28, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.5, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
06-Dec-2011 16:28, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.5, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
 
06-Dec-2011 17:02, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.2, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
06-Dec-2011 18:01, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 250
06-Dec-2011 20:21, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 3.5, 7.152mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 800
 
06-Dec-2011 20:22, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.5, 10.262mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 1250
06-Dec-2011 20:22, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 320
06-Dec-2011 20:22, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 320
 
06-Dec-2011 20:23, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 400
 
  • Larry will be heading back to NYC this weekend and I follow him out there the following weekend, where I’ll be working at both 30 Rock and Englewood Cliffs while he will be visiting with his sister while she’s getting ready to have a baby.  Exciting times!  Can’t wait to go back to “The City” as well as see a lot of our friends and my coworkers there.  Plus I get to finally wear my heavy coats again!!!  I swear I miss wearing my awesome Michael Kors peacoat.  That thing is timeless AND awesome.
  • I rebuilt my PC again  – I think another post is in order to fully document it but I did that during the Thanksgiving Weekend.  My PC is insane now.  Pics and Post to come.  Jan 2013 Update – Here are the pics from that little adventure; I’m ready to do it again, to be honest!:
The obsolete-yet-unaware-of-that-status PC
The obsolete-yet-unaware-of-that-status PC25-Nov-2011 13:18, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 400
Getting a gander at the existing PC case
Getting a gander at the existing PC case25-Nov-2011 13:18, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 400
All the new pieces!  New MB, new graphics card, new memory (8 GB), and a new processor
All the new pieces! New MB, new graphics card, new memory (8 GB), and a new processor25-Nov-2011 13:19, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
 
Intel inside, baby.  i7-2600.  Recommended at that point in time!
Intel inside, baby. i7-2600. Recommended at that point in time!25-Nov-2011 13:19, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.2, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 125
My iPad served as the manual to follow while doing this upgrade.  I'm no rookie, but it helps to have this.
My iPad served as the manual to follow while doing this upgrade. I'm no rookie, but it helps to have this.25-Nov-2011 13:20, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.5, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 160
25-Nov-2011 13:22, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
 
Ah, the guts.  Some would be afraid to venture here.  I am not.
Ah, the guts. Some would be afraid to venture here. I am not.25-Nov-2011 13:23, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
Time to unplug and rip all this shit out.  I mean, remove these components gently for Larry's use!
Time to unplug and rip all this shit out. I mean, remove these components gently for Larry's use!25-Nov-2011 13:31, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 250
I do love to rebuild a PC
I do love to rebuild a PC25-Nov-2011 13:31, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.013 sec, ISO 200
 
Clearing the way to get the old mobo and processor out
Clearing the way to get the old mobo and processor out25-Nov-2011 13:36, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 125
It's all Larry's now - time for you guys to become a Hackintosh!
It's all Larry's now - time for you guys to become a Hackintosh!25-Nov-2011 13:39, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 400
I'm sure he'll figure it out
I'm sure he'll figure it out25-Nov-2011 13:39, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 400
 
The canvas is clean
The canvas is clean25-Nov-2011 13:40, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
With a new mobo, you typically get a new plate for your connections.  NEAT.
With a new mobo, you typically get a new plate for your connections. NEAT.25-Nov-2011 13:41, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 125
The motherboard fits!
The motherboard fits!25-Nov-2011 13:53, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 200
 
  • Video Game News (skip if you’re not a geek like me):  I finished Grand Theft Auto 4 finally.  Well worth it to finally get that done – now I just need to also finish the other Grand Theft Autos from the III series, like San Andreas, Vice City and the original.  I’m also playing Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and man, that thing is really cool.  Plus, with my super-powered rig, it can do full on awesome graphics.   I also just finished Assassin’s Creed: Revelations.  I was so stoked to play this as it took place mostly in Constantinople (or Istanbul, as it’s called now and funny enough, it was called that back in the 1500s too by the locals, at least according to the game) which Larry & I had just visited on our cruise this year.  I’ve been to pretty much all the primary locations from the Assassin’s Creed 2 series in real life, including Florence (AC2), Venice (AC2), Rome (AC2 & AC:B), and Istanbul (AC:R).  I’ll miss Ezio.  Now I want to get back into Batman: Arkham City and Uncharted 3.  I LOVE VIDEO GAMES.
Alright, I think that’s enough for now.  There will be some upcoming posts with either pictures or the PC upgrade post.  I like to keep track of what I’ve been doing in that realm as well as what pieces I use.  Awesomely enough, Larry was able to use my components that I replaced to build a “Hackintosh”, which is basically making a PC into a Mac, which is not something Apple really wants you to do.  But doing that means you can build a much more powerful system that what Apple may give you, plus you’re not paying the Apple “premium” too.  He seems to be very very happy with the performance he gets out of it as the components I replaced really weren’t that obsolete, as I had bought them just under 2 years ago and they were almost top-of-the-line then.
Okay, back to work, Hobie.  Someone’s bound to notice you’re not being productive for NBCU….  sshh…..

Larry Conquers Olive Garden (MM)

How, you ask, did Larry conquer Olive Garden?  Because Larry made freakin’ Zuppa Toscana soup, almost exactly like Olive Garden makes it.  I found a recipe online after googling “Olive Garden Toscana recipe”, there it was!  He got the ingredients, and after using his culinary expertise, he rocked the hell out of the soup.  Next thing to conquer – how to make those addictive breadsticks!  “Olive Garden” was Sunday’s dinner; you know what he was able to make on Saturday?  My favorite meal from Chili’s, the Cajun Chicken Pasta!  On the same website, I also found the recipe for that meal too, and amazingly, he made a very good representation of that dish too.  Can I say I am one lucky guy?  Because I am.

Anyway, if you want to endeavor and recreate some classic Chili’s or Olive Garden dishes, here’s the site I got the recipes from.  Not sure how long this site will stick around, so get the recipes fast:

http://secretrecipeworld.com/

The weather here in NYC has been stupid.  It was 56 degrees here today.  What figures is that the 30 Rock maintenance folks can’t turn the heat off, so the heat was on full-crank too, so it was a fuckin’ sauna at work today.  A few times today I thought I must be catching a fever as I got so hot while sitting at my desk.  That can’t be good for you.  What I’ve heard is that by the end of the week, we’ll be back to 20-degree weather and snow.  Yay!

My Colorado Springs friends are going to be having SnoFest this weekend.  :-(  I wanna go.

Other Colorado Springs news:  my previous tenant has been evicted, and after some cleanup, it looks like I once again have a tenant in the house.  Thank God.  It’s not exactly cheap to pay two mortgages all by myself.

Did I tell you that I’m going to be starting guitar lessons next week?  I decided to try something new.  I had already started violin while back in the Azores, and while I think I could have eventually been decent on it, I just don’t have the motivation and discipline for it anymore.  Violin is hard!  I’m sure guitar isn’t super easy either though, but I think it’ll be fun to play an instrument that lends itself to group singalongs.  Because you know I LOVE group singalongs!  🙂

The NYC Half Marathon training plan is going forward still, and I seem to have persevered through the initial leg/calf soreness that usually dissuades me from continuing.  I couldn’t run the 7 miles I was supposed to today, but it is EXTREMELY difficult to run for over 60 minutes in one spot.  I got so bored.  After 5 miles, I was like, Peace out, I’m done.

West Side Story!

That’s my life, of course.  But I also did see the Broadway production of it last night with Larry (it was my birthday gift to him).  A little bit of drama preceded the show of course.  In the morning, Larry texts me with this message:
“Hobie, you do realize these tickets are for the 2pm show, right?”

Here’s me walking in the Rockefeller Center concourse on the way to work….. reading the text…. stopping…. beginning to panic sweat….. freak out commences.  I text him back, “please tell me you’re kidding…”   He’s not.  I check my email and see that yep, I moronically bought the matinee tickets.  No WONDER I got such great seats.  So, now I’m thinking through all the options I have:
1)  Ditch work for the afternoon — Unfortunately, there’s no way I can do that especially that day with the meetings I’ve got to be involved with
2)  Larry goes without me and takes someone else like a coworker or family —- a viable backup option but it would still suck for ME, so I wasn’t content to go that route; plus, Larry wasn’t necessarily able to leave work either!
3)  Beg TicketMaster to exchange the tickets from the matinee for the evening show.  I really did think I had bought the evening show.  This goes to show my attention to detail leaves a LOT to be desired.
4)  If all else fails, I bought ticket insurance (the first time I’ve EVER done that), and one of the covered reasons is work responsibilities.  i was totally ready to make up a story in that route and get my money back to buy tickets for another performance later on.

Option 1 and 2 sucked, so I started the phone calls for Option 3.   Surprisingly, Ticketmaster was helpful.  But when they put me on hold for a while as they made calls to their client rep, they finally came back on with me and told me they couldn’t get in touch with their contact.  She tells me that if I don’t hear back from them by 1pm, all sales are considered final.  What the hell does that mean?  She obviously has to say that, and in response to my questioning of what my insurance options, tells me to call the insurance folks.  So that’s what I do.

After about 30 minutes, during which I have been talking to Larry (and apologizing for being a dumbass), I finally get a call back from Ticketmaster.  They exchange my tickets!  My original tickets were center orchestra, row H.  I know, awesome seats, right?  The rep tells me the best seats she can get me now are row N, against the right side of the theater.  Well, that sounds okay.  I’m just stoked to get seats and not have to do an insurance claim (I know, an insurance claim for Broadway tickets?).

Fast forward through the workday, then it’s evening.  I pick up my tickets at the theater, then wait for Larry.  I see the seating chart and realize that the seats are literally far right.  I’ve been there before, and usually you end up not being able to see that far right part of the stage because it’s just blocked by the wall.  Oh well, you don’t have to SEE music, right?  Anyways, we finally go inside and find our seats.  Jackpot!  The seats, while on the edge, are also unlike what I’ve seen before.  The middle orchestra is normal, but the side sections are raised up a little bit.  Plus, row N was at the front of the particular section, so we had no seats in front of us and a little wall too, so lots of leg room and no giant heads in front of us.

Whew, that was a long way to tell a story about seats.  It’s my blog though, so I’ll talk about whatever the hell I want!  West Side Story was really good though – although the performer who played Tony, while ridiculously hot, was not a good actor at all.  He could sing decently, but his acting was a lot about exaggeration and talking in a funny Broadway voice.  He’s lucky he’s hot and in jaw-dropping shape.  I’m sure that’s how he got the job.  ;-p  The other performers were amazing.  My favorite scenes from the performance were ‘Somewhere’ (I absolutely love that song – it makes me tear up every time), ‘America’, and ‘Dance at the Gym’.  One of my favorite songs from the movie, ‘Officer Krupke’, just wasn’t done all that well, so I couldn’t get all happy about it.  Some interesting choices the show had versus the movie were that America was sung amongst only the girls, ‘Somewhere’ had a kind of dream/fantasy sequence sung by the whole cast for most of the song before it became only Tony & Maria, and very noticeably, ‘I Feel Pretty’ and ‘A Boy Like That’ were sung in Spanish.

Alright, enough of that.  Here’s an awesome video my friend Dan sent me – it’s an over-dubbed ‘Literal’ version of the video for ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart.’  If you’ve seen it before, you probably know it’s kind of a weird, creepy-in-a-bad-uncomfortable-way video to a great song.  Well, this video version addresses all that head on.  Glee Club of the Damned, indeed.

Morning at the gym

I have made a life change – I am working out in the mornings again.  I will admit that one day does not a habit make, but it’s a start.  I finally had to admit to myself that my workout habits have been broken due to the fact that at work, I typically end up having to stay late for issues.  So when this happens, by the time the crisis is resolved, it’s late enough for me to say Eff that to working out.  Mornings though almost always are a slow start, and would guarantee that I can get some exercise in.  So I got up at 6:15 AM (!!!! – I haven’t done that since AF times, I swear), got ready and headed in to the gym at work.  I realized then that NYC is definitely a city that does sleep, it’s just not until 7am in the morning.  My commute was awesome!!!  The subways were not crowded and the sidewalks were almost…quiet.  I could get used to this.  It was great to be done and it is a good way to get awake, although I still grabbed a cup of coffee afterwards.  So Day 1 done – here’s hoping I can stick with it.

This weekend was Larry’s birthday weekend.  He got the first season of Star Trek on Blu-Ray and some awesome center orchestra tickets to see West Side Story on Broadway this week.  He’s got a great boyfriend.  We also went to see ‘Up’ (so good…and so emotional too!), went to the Whitney museum (not Whitney Houston, alas; it’s a very cool museum focused on American art); had BENIHANA for dinner (I LOVE that place); also saw Terminator Salvation on Sunday.  I enjoyed the movie and it does seem that it is keeping in step with events that have been told in the earlier movies.  I’m not sure it’s that great of a movie… I really enjoyed the first three a lot more (I watched T1 last night at home – damn that movie still is good).

So now back at work.  It should be a good week as we’ll get to see West Side Story on Wednesday and if all goes well, I’ll even get home every night at a decent hour as my workout will be done in the morning.  I’m also going to be writing for RealityNewsOnline the Thursday night recap of ‘I’m a Celebrity, Get Me out of Here!’  I enjoy writing for the webpage and it gives me something to do that has nothing to do with my job, although this time the show is on NBC….  🙂