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Back!

Wow – it’s been quite a week.  I will properly recap everything that happened in Vegas soon enough, but just know it was awesome to see Mom and Harv.  The best was having them meet Larry.   I think Mom enjoyed her gift too and I can’t wait to hear how the LA Opera was.  

Anyways, there are lots of pictures I need to download from my camera and post on my site and link to from here.  But that will have to wait a little bit. 

Here are some links to my most recent Amazing Race recap articles too.  I know few of you probably read these, but I want to at least preserve the links so I can find them later on down the line.  I have actually received emails from people though who thank me for the recaps.  That’s pretty cool.

Episode 4’s Insider Video recap:
http://www.realitynewsonline.com/cgi-bin/ae.pl?mode=1&article=article8459.art&page=1

I just mailed Episode 5’s in tonight and hopefully it’ll be there on Thursday. 

Did anyone catch the Obama Infomercial?  Pretty awesome.  I am honestly excited about voting on Tuesday.   I still hold out hope that any and all of my friends and family who vote in California will vote AGAINST Proposition 8.  Please please please don’t allow legislation to pass that will basically make gays second-class citizens.  

And oh yeah, guess who’s birthday is this upcoming Monday????  That’s right, it’s MY birthday!

Anyone dressing up for Halloween?  I may try to do something in the city that night – I’ve been told by Shelly that the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade has to be seen to be believed.  Mostly it’s because there’s ridiculously good-looking people in ridiculously silly and skimpy costumes.  But I may go to this club that has an all-Madonna night planned.  And how could you pass that up?

Alright, enough from me right now.  I’ll make sure to get back to you all soon with recaps of my life shortly. 

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
 

Fun with a Scanner (T-105)

You know I have no plans and am that bored when I actually decide to use my film negative scanner!

Got home after ‘work’ today and realized I had absolutely nothing to do. I could be productive and scan some documents and get transcripts and such so that I’d be prepared for interviews or document checks what-have-you in my quest for a job….so I was! I know, go figure. Usually that sentence ends with me going, “but I decided to play video games” or something. But while I had my scanner up and running, I decided to give the film negative scanner a workout. I had bought my new scanner specifically because it had that feature, but just hadn’t used it yet. And wow, I forgot that I had saved EVERY negative I ever had developed, and that’s a LOT. So I decided to find some sets of negatives that I knew that the pictures had either been given away or I just wanted to see again, and I found a great set of pics from back in 1995 and 1996 – yes, over 10 years ago – from AFROTC parties and Bookstar. Wow. I can’t believe how long ago that was. And when I think that I’m beginning all over again very soon, while I feel young still (although my hairline will disagree with that sentiment), to realize how LONG ago these pictures were taken makes me take a step back.

So while I figure out how to start putting up some of these ‘oldies’, here’s a taste of one from my birthday party in 1995 – this is the one in which I had tried throwing a birthday party and invited everyone in AFROTC (I got along with most everyone there) and EVERYONE said ‘No’ or they couldn’t make it. Turned out that a surprise party had been devised instead, and all those people were in fact there. Additionally, they had gotten me a stripper. Oh, the fun. I remember getting quite drunk that night. In fact, I think that was one of the first times I ever really got blitzed and it definitely got my drinking career off the ground! So this pic below is of my best friend Catherine and me at that party. I am quite sloshed. Oh the memories!

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Look at that hair! On me, you fools, not Catherine’s! She always had the best hair (and probably still does). I was just turning 19!!!!!!! CRAZY.

Nov 3, 1995 – My Birthday Photos

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Okay, in other news, I went and saw 28 Weeks Later last night. Scary effin’ movie. But awesome and if you can deal with horror movies, I say go for it. Otherwise, don’t go. So yeah, there it goes.

Happy Thanksgiving! I’m off to LA… (T-283)

It’s been a year since I’ve been back to Los Angeles – that’s hard for me to believe.

Well, I wanted to do an update before I headed home – I have some pictures from my Vegas birthday to put up and I knew you all wouldn’t have it if I went away for 5 days and left you with nuthin’. So below are the pics that need to be shown. Vegas was a lot of fun – of course, I didn’t leave up money, but I certainly didn’t lose it all. The one piece of gambling that I have the most regrets on was not betting the fire bet at craps one night – the guy I was next to ended up rolling all the points – which means if I had bet this bet at the beginning of his roll, I would have won 1000-1 money. Yes, $1 would have gotten me $1000. Oh well… But the trip itself was a lot of fun – Mila, Robbie and Byron all were there on Thursday night, so we had a chance to get some dinner and catch up. The next day, Mom and Harv were there and I got my first of many free breakfasts! That day though Mila and I went exploring to go see the new Red Rock Station casino out in Summerlin, which is beautiful. We hung there for a while, and then made our way back to the Strip in time to get ready for our dinner and show with Katherine. We met up with her at the Riviera for dinner at the Italian Ristorante there, which is great food. After that, we went to see La Cage at the Riviera, which is the big time Drag show in Vegas. It was awesome. The Britney Spears drag queen was amazing. I got the show’s DVD of the performance, and it pretty much captures what the show was like. Very cool. On Saturday, Mila and I again went walking around, taking in the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace and people-watching inside and outside the casino. We then got ourselves ready for that evening’s events, starting with the HELICOPTER RIDE over the Strip!!!!! Robbie, Byron, Mila and I were going to be joined on this by the Schofields – and it was certainly an awesome ride. See the pictures below!!! Then after that exhilarating experience, we went to the Las Vegas Hilton for Benihana’s!! Good times. On Sunday, it was off to NYNY for a ride on the Manhattan Express (Mila had 4 free tickets on the rollercoaster and she was determined to use them!) with Robbie & Byron. Mila then left for home and to hopefully not have an 8-hour commute. Byron, Robbie & I then went over to In-N-Out burgers, which they had never been to before. It was great to have one after a year, and it was fun to see someone’s reaction to their first burger here. Byron fell in love. Anyways, us three then went gambling at a few casinos, and Robbie joined me at playing craps, which he picked up very well. Fortunately for him, he’s also very lucky and got to very hot tables each time. I actually rolled quite a bit at Barbary Coast, which was cool. All in all, it was a cool vacation – I got some very nice birthday gifts (Guitar Hero II, engraved HRB cufflinks and a very sweet money clip) and it was just nice to be with some tried and true friends and family. Definitely sucked to come back, but I have great friends here too, so it’s not all bad.

In the meantime, I’ve barely been to work – seriously. I was gone for 6 days to Vegas, then worked a few days after that before we had another 3-day weekend. During that weekend I managed to get all bummed out again for stupid reasons, I finished painting my bedroom (meaning I now have only to put up the shelves and picture frames before it’s basically complete and I start working on my bathroom), and I dealt Blackjack at one of the Deuces Wild events. I love getting my gambling fix and not having to risk any of my own money.

I am excited about going home – not only to see Mom and Harv, but other friends and family I haven’t seen for pretty much a year. I’ll also get to hang out with Wendy and Jason for his birthday – he’s renting out a party bus and I’m sure it’s going to be fun, and by fun, I mean soaked in alcohol.

Well, without much further ado, here’s the pics – I’ll hopefully post some others soon upon my return from Thanksgiving. And to everyone out there, Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!!!

Vegas Birthday Fun, 9 – 13 Nov 06

On the other side of 30 now (T-299)

Not only am I now a ripe ol’ 30, I’m also LESS THAN 300 days to freedom!!!!

Anyways, can I just say how much I love my friends out here? They totally helped me celebrate turning 30 in style. The week leading up to the festivities on Friday was a painful one, only in that I just didn’t want to be at work. Nothing bad really happened. In fact, every day I pretty much got home early, as every day we had some event or another in the afternoon! There was a 33S (that’s the Air Force way to indicate a Comm Officer) functional meeting on Wednesday (basically, us Comm O’s are screwed – but I frankly don’t care anymore) so of course I went home after that afternoon meeting; then on Thursday, there was a going-away for two of my COMSEC folks at Fox & Hound, which of course afterward I had to go home! Then on Friday, the wonderful day that is my birthday, there was lots of fun. First at work, they filled my office with balloons and decorated it all birthday-style! Sweet. Then there was coffee and donuts and gifts, which made it that much harder to actually try and work. Fortunately that charade only had to go on till the late morning, as we had a quarterly awards luncheon to attend. Unfortunately, nobody from the 721st got the wing-level award this time. After that I had a fairly painful meeting down at Peterson AFB, but mostly because it was boring as hell. But guess what – that meant I went home afterwards!!! Then I spent some time just getting my house cleaned up, some laundry done, and listening to my awesome ‘Turning 30′ CD I made – some choice tunes were put on that CD, let me tell you.

Then Susan, Jeff, Adam, KD & Eric came over around 7pm – and I had thought that the evening would start at my house, we’d take a cab or two from there and then head to the Ritz for dinner at 8pm. Sounded good, because I had been basically begging/advocating for us to take cabs for a long time so no one has to drive. And we finally were going to do it! But I was in for a surprise – as the truth was, they got us a limo!!!! Yep, a stretch white limo picked us up at my house and was going to pick us back up at closing time (here it’s 2am, unlike Vegas – what’s closing time?). Awesome!!!! We even had champagne waiting for us on the drive out Downtown. It was a great way to start a great night. So then we got downtown to the Ritz bar and restaurant, where we had some good eats. There, Melissa, Kyle, Wink, and Tom met up with us where we all drank and ate some more. We then moved on to a nearby bar called the Thirsty Pelican (I think – at this point, I was a bit faded), where they had some pool tables and a live band and about three different floors to explore. It was okay, and a nice place for me to burn off some booze, although I did drink more there, so I don’t think I really got much better. Regardless, we ended up moving on because the place where I wanted to go was the dance club/bar called Eden, which I had heard was a freakin’ awesome place to party at. Well, we made it there around 10:45 and the fun began! It’s all on one floor, but it’s divided up into really distinct rooms, one being the ‘Red’ room, one being the ‘Ice Blue’ room, and another room being what I call the ‘Skank’ room. We hung out briefly in the Skank room, but then Susan and I went back to the Red room and found a seat in someone’s reserved couch section. They didn’t ask us to leave, so we stuck around for a bit. But you could tell they just didn’t have the nerve too – but we eventually got up, because we’re nice. On the way to the Ice blue room, we discovered that the bathrooms were unisex – how contemporary. 🙂 Finally though we all established ourselves in the Ice Bluee room, which was definitely my favorite. It was lit in white and had a very cool techno sound in it. Needless to say, lots of dancing and drinking ensued. Lots of funny stories – oh the stories. But by night’s end, and when the harsh glare of ‘Last Call’ lights came on, I knew that I wasn’t going to end the night vomiting in the limo. I was just happy that the party was drama-free and everyone had a good time. Our limo picked us up around 2am (I think – by that time I really was blitzed) and then it was back to my house! We watched TV for a while, jacked with Tom for a little as he passed out first (see pics below), and then eventually passed out. Adam, Kyle, and Tom passed out at my place (it’s a good thing I have lots of places for people to sleep) and in the morning, we watched some more TV although mostly just to try to recover from our hangovers (which I didn’t do until much later that afternoon).

And now it’s today. I definitely had an awesome time ushering in my 30s. And to think, it’s only half-done (the celebrations, that is) – because this upcoming weekend is VEGAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t freaking wait, as I’ve even set up some actual fun stuff to do, including a night helicopter flight over the Vegas strip. Now that’s gonna rock. Also some Benihana’s, a show or two, dancing, drinking, and of course, some gambling!!!

The next 3 days will still be painful though – I really have no motivation to get any work done. Tomorrow night I go back to my craps dealing – this time I’m going to be a pit boss though, which I’ve heard is boring, but I still get paid. It’ll be at the Broadmoor again, which I can’t say no to. It looks like there are events every night if I so choose to work. That’ll be some good extra money in the long run.

So thanks to everyone who has made this birthday awesome, so far – my friends, my family, my coworkers – you all rock!!!!! Bring on Vegas now!!!! Anyways, here are pics from this weekend – I actually don’t have my trademark horrendous pics this time. Some aren’t exactly my best, but I have definitely looked worse….

30th Birthday Party – 3 & 4 Nov 06