Going Home For Christmas

Made the reservations yesterday – I’m going to be home in LA for Christmas for the first time in a few years. Yay!!!!

It’ll be nice to be back. I know i’ll get to see Mom’s side of the family, but I’m hoping to shoot for seeing some of the Dad side too. I won’t be back too much time though, so I’m definitely going to have to hustle if I wanna try to accomplish all that.

Anyways! So here we are again. How are you? It’s been such a long time. What? I’m a lazy bastard? How dare you say that! I..I, I – well, I resemble that remark! Okay, so my during-the-week updates aren’t exactly something you can set your watch to. Most of the time not much goes on, and this week really didn’t change that too much! I did have a fun Wednesday evening and an awesome Saturday day and evening, so that makes for a good week in my book.

Yesterday I was with Eddie and we went to see Avenue Q – and let me tell you that is a ridiculously funny musical – think a foul-mouthed Sesame Street (include puppets in your thoughts, they’re the stars of the show) with catchy songs that are aimed at teaching adults a thing or two about growing up and living life. It’s awesome. When talking with Eddie and doing a comparison between Wicked and Avenue Q (which is the extent of my true Broadway knowledge), I think Wicked is the more ‘fantastic’ one and has amazing production values, but the songs as a whole are not all that memorable. Avenue Q on the other hand is hilarious and the songs are very much ones that get stuck in your head because they’re so well-done.

As many of you may already know because I sent you an email concerning it, I’ve converted (succumbed) to the iPhone. On Friday, after work, I took a stroll over to Best Buy because I had been going through withdrawals and had to get my fix…and then I realized, why deny myself an iPhone when it is so freakin’ awesome…. so off I went to the AT&T store. I didn’t go to the Apple Store because if you ever have been to one of these stores, you know how ridiculously crowded they can be – now muliply that by 10 and that’s how crowded the NYC ones are. At the AT&T store though, it was very mellow and you get tons of attention and help without a bajillion tourists cramming around you. I was done in 10 minutes or so, including the pre-approval credit check and everything – you’d think for all the money it costs you’d have to spend some more time jumping through hoops, but I guess it’s mainly because you do most of the ‘hard work’ at home when you connect the iPhone to your computer and iTunes. I had to make a decision though, and I decided not to keep my Vegas-based cell phone # anymore. I’ve been living with that for quite a few years now and it just was time to get a more local #. So there I am.

Anyways, this weekend was quite nice and today I got to just stay in, continue re-reading Wicked (I had forgotten how incredible a book it was as I hadn’t read it for Years!), and basically veg around the house. It was glorious. And now I think it’s time to eat some dinner and watch a DVD!

I Got a Bag!

A fairly expensive one at that, but it’s a beautiful cherry red leather bag that will last probably forever.

I saw it listed in one of those Holiday Gift Guides for 2007 – this one was from the website arstechnica.com, which is a fairly geeky yet interesting website I frequent. I skimmed through the list fairly rapidly until I saw this bag and after reading more about it and then going to the website itself, I was hooked. The makers of the bag/briefcase is a company called Saddlebag Leather Co., and if you go to the site, you’ll possibly feel the urge to buy. They’re not cheap by any means, but man, I got mine today and I was so happy with what I got.

03-Dec-2007 21:49, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 12.523mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
 

I took another picture of the Rockefeller Center tree too – I also took some pics of me in front of it to be my Christmas Card, but alas, they turned out kinda blurry, so I’ll have to reaccomplish this tomorrow. But the pic I took of the tree was pretty outstanding, see for yourself:

03-Dec-2007 16:19, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.077 sec, ISO 233
 

You have no idea how close I was to walking down to AT&T or the Apple Store after work today. I want an iPhone so bad it hurts. But I reminded myself about the bag I had ordered and was like, calm down there Hobie. So I didn’t get the iPhone – but it doesn’t mean I don’t want one. Badly.

Tolerably Good Person

One of my coworkers described me with those words. I think it’s hilarious, because it’s actually hard to say what that is really meaning.

So once again I took it kind of easy on the updating – that’s becoming a regular occurence, isn’t it? Well, let’s just say work and social life have been actually taking up a lot of time. Plus, by the time I get home during the week (usually right around 8pm), I’m not really in the mood to update. But, I know, I know, you all want to see pics of the tree – I guess the NBC Special wasn’t enough for you? 🙂 I didn’t watch that damn thing either. In fact, I realized that I had no desire to fight the ridiculous amounts of people who had clustered around Rockefeller Center that night after the lighting ceremony, so I left for home before the lighting ceremony. I figured, I’ll get to see the tree nearly every day for a month and can take my time taking pictures of it. It was crazy that night though – the roads were clogged with FTPs and I ended up not taking the ferry home. Instead, I tagged along with Arielle who lives in Hoboken. She takes the PATH train home (the same train of infamy in which I sat next to PukesInPlasticPurseGirl one night a month or so ago) so I did that. A MUCH better experience this time, but mostly because Arielle and I crack each other up the whole time.

What else has been going on? Work has been fairly busy lately and it’s been nice. I really think I’m beginning to feel like a contributing member of the group, although there’s still a long ways to go. But I seem to have carved out a good niche of responsibility and work closely with a really smart guy, Jim, who I also get along with great. So that’s that!

This past Tuesday I went to a screening of the upcoming movie, Atonement. I went along with some other coworkers here at NBC who are also gay and I just gotta say, it was a freakin’ blast. The movie, not so much. It’s beautifully filmed and there are definitely intriguing parts to it, but I just wasn’t blown away by it. On the walk back to Midtown though, I got to see even more of the city, and stumbled upon Park and Lexington Avenues, one time even looking up and realizing I was walking along the Citigroup building, which I’ve been trying to see closer. I don’t know, it was just a nice night and it wasn’t ridiculously cold yet so it was a good night for strolling along Manhattan. Especially at that time of night (between 9 and 10 pm) – the city is almost ‘calm’ if you will, and there’s not too many people milling about.

This morning, woke up and looked out the window: New York’s first true snow happened today! I don’t know how long it’ll stick around, probably not that much, but it was cool to see snow again. Just glad I don’t really have to drive in it! Can’t escape the cold aspect though, and it’s in the 20s today. But my Colorado friends can probably trump that.

Alright, enough rambling. My quality posts are never the ones where I’m trying to sum up a whole week or so of events. I usually try to cover everything so quickly that I end up glossing over the real fun or good stuff. Robbie told me he got a PS3 and I am ridiculously jealous of him now. And Greg (a guy I’m dating) has an iPhone and I want one of those ridiculously bad too. It’s probably a bad thing that I make a decent amount of money. I ended up buying a new leather briefcase/bag that should come in tomorrow – can’t wait to get it and replace my Gap Messenger bag with somethign that looks a bit more classy and nice. I’ll take pics of course.

With no more further ado, I present to you: Pictures from New York and of course, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree!!!

25 Nov 07 - Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Some animal clock at the Central Park Zoo
Some animal clock at the Central Park Zoo25-Nov-2007 13:32, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
Me at a bridge in Central Park
Me at a bridge in Central Park25-Nov-2007 13:35, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 10.487mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 141
A gorgeous scene in Central Park. You gotta agree!
A gorgeous scene in Central Park. You gotta agree!25-Nov-2007 13:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
 
The tunnel leading to the fountain (I'm sure there's real names of these things, but not to me)
The tunnel leading to the fountain (I'm sure there's real names of these things, but not to me)25-Nov-2007 13:43, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
Me in front of the 'Met'
Me in front of the 'Met'25-Nov-2007 14:04, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
Close up (taken by Greg)
Close up (taken by Greg)25-Nov-2007 14:04, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.5, 18.776mm, 0.002 sec
 
The Metropolitan Meseum of Art (we saw a Rembrandt exhibit)
The Metropolitan Meseum of Art (we saw a Rembrandt exhibit)25-Nov-2007 14:04, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
 

28/29 Nov 07 - The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Looking through my door to the rigs set up outside on the balcony for the lighting ceremony
Looking through my door to the rigs set up outside on the balcony for the lighting ceremony28-Nov-2007 13:28, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
A view behind one of the big displays
A view behind one of the big displays28-Nov-2007 13:28, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.013 sec
Ah - let the fun begin. The lighting was over 2 hours away still and it was this packed already.
Ah - let the fun begin. The lighting was over 2 hours away still and it was this packed already.28-Nov-2007 16:55, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.033 sec
 
The tree before its lights were turned on
The tree before its lights were turned on28-Nov-2007 16:55, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.067 sec
Here you can see the view looking towards Saks and their giant snowflakes. Every 15 mins or so they do a whole light/music show with those snowflakes
Here you can see the view looking towards Saks and their giant snowflakes. Every 15 mins or so they do a whole light/music show with those snowflakes28-Nov-2007 16:56, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.05 sec
Trying to include a view of the rink too
Trying to include a view of the rink too28-Nov-2007 16:56, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.025 sec
 
Looking up at the rigging from my awesome balcony view
Looking up at the rigging from my awesome balcony view28-Nov-2007 17:01, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.1 sec
Zooming in to the Swarovski crystal star
Zooming in to the Swarovski crystal star28-Nov-2007 17:02, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.9, 23.1mm, 0.167 sec
So crowded but beautiful... from up where I was.
So crowded but beautiful... from up where I was.28-Nov-2007 17:03, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.02 sec
 
28-Nov-2007 17:03, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.5, 18.776mm, 0.1 sec
LOTS of FTPs
LOTS of FTPs28-Nov-2007 17:03, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.5, 18.776mm, 0.1 sec
Thought it was a cool view looking straight up 30 Rock again
Thought it was a cool view looking straight up 30 Rock again28-Nov-2007 17:04, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.1 sec
 
The NEXT evening, on my way out from work, I took this picture of the fully lit tree. Awesome, yes?
The NEXT evening, on my way out from work, I took this picture of the fully lit tree. Awesome, yes?29-Nov-2007 19:04, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.05 sec
 

2 Dec 07 – My First NY Snow!

From Dec 2, I had to include a shot of the first real snow this season as seen from the comfort of my bedroom window.
From Dec 2, I had to include a shot of the first real snow this season as seen from the comfort of my bedroom window.02-Dec-2007 11:01, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
 

Total Lazy Day

And I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday-month gift from Father Time!

What, you didn’t know that I celebrate and accept gifts for my birthday during the entire month of November (and the first few days of December)? Now you do. I hope everyone’s Thanksgiving was great! As for me, CivilianJenny invited me down to the Philadelphia area to spend Thanksgiving with her and her family. It was nice to have a place to go this first year really far away from friends and family, and her family was great and made me feel right at home. Thanks again, Jenny!

But today, I slept in late, played video games and watched TV like all day, and finally showered around 5pm. It was AWESOME. I haven’t been that non-productive in a long time. I’ve been replaying Half-Life 2 (finished that today), HL2 Episode One (started & finished that today), and now HL2 Episode Two, which is actually pretty challenging!

I’ve got some more pics to share with you today. On Wednesday, went and took some pictures of the Rockefeller tree from my balcony because the scaffolding came down that day, so the tree is completely visible now. All the lights are on the tree too, but they’re not actually ‘on’ just yet. That’s next week some time. Then on my way home, I gave myself the ‘treat’ of walking up and down 5th Avenue with every effin’ tourist and their mother (literally) who was in town for the weekend and the parade and everything. Oy vay. Ridiculous. But I did stop by the Saks Fifth Avenue store to see their Christmas windows, which were pretty cool. Apparently I also need to stop by Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s to see their windows ans well. I’ll make sure to provide a detailed ranking report of whose windows were the best!

21 Nov 07 – It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas in NYC….

Rockefeller Tree without the scaffolds...it's FREE
Rockefeller Tree without the scaffolds...it's FREE21-Nov-2007 12:19, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.01 sec
And of course I had to go out and point at the damn thing
And of course I had to go out and point at the damn thing21-Nov-2007 12:19, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
The view straight up from our balcony. this is the central building of the Rockefeller Plaza Complex
The view straight up from our balcony. this is the central building of the Rockefeller Plaza Complex21-Nov-2007 12:19, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
 
Another point, this time with the damn star (thanks, Arielle!)
Another point, this time with the damn star (thanks, Arielle!)21-Nov-2007 12:20, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
21-Nov-2007 12:20, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.01 sec
Here's Arielle, one of my coworkers I've made great friends with. She's got a Queens accent, so she gets bonus points.
Here's Arielle, one of my coworkers I've made great friends with. She's got a Queens accent, so she gets bonus points.21-Nov-2007 12:20, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.01 sec
 
Dan and Arielle up on our balcony. You can see the TODAY show studio building behind them.
Dan and Arielle up on our balcony. You can see the TODAY show studio building behind them.21-Nov-2007 12:20, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
Here's the door/window into my office
Here's the door/window into my office21-Nov-2007 12:21, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.013 sec
The FTPs have truly invaded. It's so ridiculous right now.
The FTPs have truly invaded. It's so ridiculous right now.21-Nov-2007 12:21, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
 
The Tree! Look at that star too!
The Tree! Look at that star too!21-Nov-2007 12:22, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 10.487mm, 0.013 sec
I had to get a picture at work....
I had to get a picture at work....21-Nov-2007 12:23, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
...but let's be honest, you know I'm surfing myspace all day!!!! (I'm kidding of course)
...but let's be honest, you know I'm surfing myspace all day!!!! (I'm kidding of course)21-Nov-2007 12:23, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
 
The tree from the actual plaza
The tree from the actual plaza21-Nov-2007 15:21, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
Here are some pics I took of Saks Fifth Avenue's Christmas window displays - in the reflection you can see the tree from Saks
Here are some pics I took of Saks Fifth Avenue's Christmas window displays - in the reflection you can see the tree from Saks21-Nov-2007 15:28, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.025 sec
A perspective view of how the windows are all set up
A perspective view of how the windows are all set up21-Nov-2007 15:28, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.05 sec
 

Attack of the FTPs!

FTP = Fucking Tree People.

I’ve been meaning to use that acronym as a headline and it was totally going to be used yesterday but I HAD to draw attention to my mockery of a person who changed the world instead, so not only did I have to come back and bring pics but I also had to use FTPs on the site. So here it is! Anyways, this is an acronym (acronyms DO exist outside of the military) used here at Rockefeller Plaza to discuss the ridiculous amount of tourists that have descended upon NYC, but especially here at Rockefeller Plaza and our world-famous tree. Literally, the crowds have gotten so damn plentiful ever since the Christmas Tree went up. And that mo’fo is huge and impressive and it’s not even decorated yet. I can’t even begin to imagine how crowded it’ll be after the end of the month when the lighting occurs. That’ll be something to see.

Okay, I don’t have too much else to say – I’ll elaborate a bit more on the pics below as we go through them, but it’s been a good couple of weeks. I hope that you all have a great Thanksgiving and I look forward to surviving the holiday season here in New York and hopefully also back home!

11 Nov 2007 – My Folks Before I Left

11-Nov-2007 17:25, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
11-Nov-2007 17:25, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
11-Nov-2007 17:25, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
 
11-Nov-2007 17:26, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
 

13 Nov 2007 – Rockefeller Plaza Tree

13-Nov-2007 07:37, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 283
13-Nov-2007 07:37, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 289
13-Nov-2007 07:37, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 213
 
13-Nov-2007 07:41, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 

And now here are the pics from Mila’s wedding! It was great to see everyone again and you could tell Mila was relieved that the wedding went so well and everyone had a blast. I think she mentioned that was really her only concern going into the ceremony and she needn’t have worried. It was a fantastic affair. Great music (Hava Nagila at the beginning of the reception is SUCH a good idea) and great company and great food all combined wonderfully. Seeing Sveta and Mila again though was probably the highlight of seeing my friends again, although getting to see all of them pretty much rocked. That and seeing my family again makes me miss LA and home, but I can’t lie, when I got back to New York after a miserable red-eye flight, I was also happy. So I think I’ll be here for a bit – but one day, I’ll be back, West Coast-style.

10 Nov 2007 – Mila & Scott Got Married!

Mom and Harv that morning
Mom and Harv that morning10-Nov-2007 09:09, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
The reception tent before the ceremony
The reception tent before the ceremony10-Nov-2007 17:48, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
10-Nov-2007 17:48, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
 
Sveta!
Sveta!10-Nov-2007 17:50, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
10-Nov-2007 17:51, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
Sveta and Tony
Sveta and Tony10-Nov-2007 17:51, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
 
Me and Laryssa - it was great to see her again. She hasn't changed!
Me and Laryssa - it was great to see her again. She hasn't changed!10-Nov-2007 17:51, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
Sveta and Me
Sveta and Me10-Nov-2007 17:53, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
The rose-strewn aisle to the altar..(is that the right word??)
The rose-strewn aisle to the altar..(is that the right word??)10-Nov-2007 18:04, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
 
10-Nov-2007 18:05, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
10-Nov-2007 18:06, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
Me and Monina and random stranger guy - it was awesome to see Monina too!
Me and Monina and random stranger guy - it was awesome to see Monina too!10-Nov-2007 18:35, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
 
Mila getting escorted down the aisle by her proud parents, Roman and Ada
Mila getting escorted down the aisle by her proud parents, Roman and Ada10-Nov-2007 18:46, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
10-Nov-2007 19:03, Canon Canon PowerShot SD630, 2.8, 5.8mm, 0.017 sec
10-Nov-2007 19:04, Canon Canon PowerShot SD630, 2.8, 5.8mm, 0.017 sec
 

And as a note about the flashback picture on the frontpage – I just crack up everytime I see it. And I miss my buds back in Colorado Springs. Because even though life is definitely different and better in many ways now, I still miss the hell out of my friends that I had in the Springs. I seriously wish I could just transplant their lives and jobs out here into NYC. THAT would be perfect. Because I still haven’t found that great group of friends or such to just hang with. And then that pic also has my house’s kitchen in it!!!! I miss my house!!!!! <sigh> Oh well…

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