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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!

Inventor of the Internet! Pshaw.

So while my foot wasn’t really in my mouth, my mental foot was definitely in my mental mouth, if that actually makes any kind of sense.

We had a meeting at work today with some folks from various companies that deal with telecommunications technologies. From one company there were three guys who were telling us about one of their upcoming really groovy products that may be a great tool for our use in the future (I have to be intentionally vague in the details of what company and technology we were talking about, sorry!) but the main guy talking kept throwing things into the conversation like, “well, when I was designing the Internet…” or “when I designed that into the Internet, I was thinking that….” and seriously, I kept secretly rolling my eyes back into my head because I was like, “PuhLEASE stop claiming you invented the Internet”. Honestly. I think we all know that Al Gore was responsible for that (Okay, that’s an old joke, my bad). But seriously, he kept tossing these little bon-bons of fun out into the conversation and I definitely picked up on them. So after the FOUR HOUR Meeting finally ended, me and my boss eventually had a chance to sit down and talk about what our thoughts were. I actually had some smart things to say about things and my boss agreed with my assessment. But then snarkyHobie came out…and I started joking with my boss about this guy’s frequent claims about inventing the Internet. I went into full-on mock mode, doing my snobby voice and saying things like, “Well, yes, after I invented the Internet I had a chocolate sundae…” and “if you had invented the Internet, you’d understand things sooooo much better”…. yes, I was totally in my groove as I can only get when I’m mocking someone…especially behind their back. My boss and I had a good laugh…until my boss decided to do some googling of ‘Creators of the Internet’….which I wish he hadn’t. Because on the very first fucking page of results, THERE WAS THIS GUY’S NAME. I literally met one of the creators of the Internet today, and had the tenacity to mock him (at least it wasn’t to his face). There’s not too many people who can actually claim they’ve changed the world…but this guy has every right to say he did. I am such an asshole.

So I’ve been gone for a bit from the website, haven’t I? Well, it’s been kinda busy around HobieLand lately. A week ago I was in LA to see one of my best friends Mila get married and of course dance the Hava Nagila. I took pictures but I haven’t downloaded them yet from my camera and I will totally do that probably tomorrow (don’t you love that sentence – totally and probably are so totally probably related). It was such a great time to not only go home and see my family and their home and get some awesome food (In-N-Out Burgers and the illustrious meal of roasted chicken, italian sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes and broccoli are beyond compare) and to see some of my great friends from high school was awesome. When i put the pictures up tomorrow (after getting home I’m sure late as work has definitely picked up) I’ll explain more. But just know it was a lot of fun.

And my social life has been a lot more fun than I would ever have hoped after getting out of the military. It’s a relief to have this part of life finally.

Anyways, I just wanted to finally throw out an update before Thanksgiving and to tell my ridiculous story above. I should have some pictures up tomorrow once I get home (I’m staying up way too late for YOU!) so stay tuned!

And finally, I have to say thanks to everyone who’s not let the fact that I’m gay change things between us. You can probably imagine the fear and nervousness I had in finally being truthful (or at the least, not being untruthful…?) about things, but I guess let’s be honest, it wasn’t exactly hard (sts) to figure out. I’m no different than I was when you knew me before and don’t let my hot pink daisy dukes tell you any different….JUST KIDDING. They’re yellow. BWAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAA.

Remember, pics tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed.

Defying Gravity

This has certainly been one hell of a birthday weekend. It definitely defied expectations especially for being brand new to the city and having a very small small initial group of friends.

The week at work has been good – still making lots of progress and I think that I will totally not get fired. Yay for me!!!! But I have to be honest – it was hard to focus on work because I knew that I was more anxious anticipating my extracurricular activities. I’m not in the business of being too gossipy, especially about my personal personal life, but I am definitely happy to be out and about in the world of dating.

This first date out on Friday night was an incredible experience. I got to go out with a great guy and also see more of the city’s fun areas, this time over in Hell’s Kitchen. Went to a few very cool bars, a good Italian restaurant, a really fun dance club, and overall just have a great time. I was definitely tired though and I knew that I had still had more to do on Saturday, primarily going to see the musical Wicked and then anything that came up afterwards (sts). So I was able to get a bit of sleep in the afternoon (thank God) and then got ready for the theateh (you have to say theateh with a very snobby drawl). Shelly and I made quite the well-dressed pair going to the Gershwin Theater on 51st and Broadway!

About Wicked….AWESOME. For those that don’t know, Wicked is based on the book Wicked that details the Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West from the world of the Wizard Of Oz. It aims to show just why and how the Witch (her name in this story now Elphaba) was truly ‘wicked’ and gives a fascinating story that lets you see that your perceptions can be totally off if you don’t have the whole story. It’s fun to rewatch the Wizard of Oz with Wicked in your mind. So the story is actually very interesting and when I heard they were making a musical based on it back in 2003, I was intrigued. Unfortunately I hadn’t had the chance to ever catch it as it didn’t start touring the country until this year, I believe. One time in Colorado Springs at a Barnes & Noble, I saw one of those coffee-table books all about the making of Wicked and it looked amazing, mainly based on just how fantastic the sets, staging and costumes were. But I had never heard the songs, so I picked up the soundtrack. I was kinda bored, to be honest, by it. In hindsight now, it’s hard, especially in musicals, to really identify with Broadway-style music if you don’t have an associated visual memory to help you remember how you felt when you heard the song. So flash forward to now – I decided why not treat myself to an awesome experience by going tix to the hottest show on Broadway? And after paying a ridiculous amount of money for two tickets, me and Shelly were off to the theater! And wow….just wow. It’s an amazingly staged production and the performances were outstanding. There were a few standout songs for me, including ‘Popular’, which if you hear DOES NOT LEAVE YOUR HEAD ever; ‘Defying Gravity’, which has a mind-blowing production associated with it and a chill-inducing performance mixed with mesmerizing special effects; and also one called ‘What is This Feeling?’ which almost starts you thinking it’s about two college girls realizing they feel more than friendship for each other….when in fact it’s pure and utter loathing for each other. So those of you out in LA where I know Wicked is also playing right now: Go See It!!!! You won’t be disappointed.

Anyways, after Wicked, Shelly and I met up with her boyfriend, Ray, and her best friend, Claudia, who also brought her brother, Ray 2. We first went to the Marriott in Times Square, which on the top floor (48th) has a bar/lounge called The View. It’s kind of obvious why the title exists but in addition to a knockout view centered in Times Square, is also the only revolving restaurant in New York City. Pretty damn cool, yet also damn expensive and a little touristy. It was definitely something to experience though. After a few hours there, we then headed downtown to 3rd Avenue and 4th Street, where there were some more cool bars. Seriously, NYC has cool bars everywhere it seems. It helps to have a good guide, which my date from the night before and Shelly’s Ray both were, as they knew all sorts of fun cool places to go.

And now here I am, sleeping in and happy as hell to get some long needed sleep! I took some pics from yesterday so they’re below for your enjoyment. We were in the middle of Times Square and I realized, “HEY, I need some pictures from my birthday!!!” I didn’t think it would be appropriate to take pictures during my date, so that will have to just go in visual memory.

So in consumerist stuff, I picked up the Twin Peaks Gold Box DVD set that has every episode of Twin Peaks in it. Ah, I miss that show. I haven’t gotten Guitar Hero III yet – I haven’t even hooked back up my video game systems to the TV in the living room yet, but eventually I will. And in something I feel only a twinge of embarassment about (just a twinge), I did get the new Britney Spears album. I am hooked to that song, Gimme More. That seems to be the song du jour at the clubs too, but that’s a seriously awesome song to dance to.

Okay, I think I’ve caught up enough for you for now. Happy Birthday to me – I’m 31 and don’t care at all. 30 was the stressful one and even that turned out not to be all that bad. I think I haven’t felt this good in a long time, so seriously, if my 30s are the best time, which they certainly seem to be looking to be, then score! Oh yeah, I totally ran the New York City Marathon too this morning, just knocked it out before breakfast. That’s how I roll…..NOT! My lazy ass woke up at noon today…actually 11am when I realized daylight savings time had occurred (which I should have known about anyways – that damn time change causes all sorts of ridiculousness in the scheduling system we maintain and design at work)

3 Nov 2007 – Wicked and Times Square

The stage for Wicked before the show started. I've never seen such an intricate and decorated stage like this.
The stage for Wicked before the show started. I've never seen such an intricate and decorated stage like this.03-Nov-2007 17:57, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec
Ray, me, Claudia and Ray 2.
Ray, me, Claudia and Ray 2.03-Nov-2007 23:39, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
A more angled view up of us
A more angled view up of us03-Nov-2007 23:39, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
 
Me, Shelly, Claudia and Ray 2
Me, Shelly, Claudia and Ray 203-Nov-2007 23:40, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
Me and Shelly facing the other direction. BTW, this is where the Naked Cowboy plays..when it's warmer I'm guessing
Me and Shelly facing the other direction. BTW, this is where the Naked Cowboy plays..when it's warmer I'm guessing03-Nov-2007 23:40, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
Me and Shelly laughing at how awesome NYC can be
Me and Shelly laughing at how awesome NYC can be03-Nov-2007 23:40, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
 

Central Park

I made it to Central Park today – and man, there really is nothing like Sunday in Central Park, especially when the day is beautiful.

So I went to Central Park today because I decided to take rollerblading lessons, and when I found out I could do it in Central Park (sts), I was totally there. And because this was the first day of sunshine in a couple days (while SoCal has been burning up, we’ve been drenched with rain – talk about bad timing on that) it was even more amazing. Had a good time though and I definitely feel a lot better on rollerblades now.

It’s been an odd week at work for me – had a few days there where I got a little bummed because I wasn’t sure of my role but I had a great talk with my officemate, and she is a project manager expert and she gave me some good advice on how to tackle things at work. Made a huge difference for my mindset and made the rest of the week a lot better.

And things are going well so far in the personals thing. Might be meeting up with one or two this week – I know, I’m a raging whore. I’m just stoked that someone may actually be interested in me right back. Go figure.

I’m a little distracted right now for some reason – hence no REALLY long paragraphs for you today. Maybe I’ll be more focused tomorrow.

Oct 23 & 28, 2007 – Pics from 30 Rock, Central Park, and the Ferry Terminal