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Last Weekend in my Thirties

This year, 2016, has just been a shitshow.  Giant Asterisk, of course:  Getting married and going on our honeymoon in September was pretty sweet.  But other than that, it’s hard to look fondly at 2016.  And here I am having the last weekend of my thirties and while I’m not considering jumping out of a window it still is kind of like a big WTF.  How did we get from this:

When I turned 30
When I turned 30

to this?

My face when thinking about turning 40
My face when thinking about turning 40

The 10 years in between have gone by like crazy.  Is it really possible that I ended up living in NYC and New Jersey for a stretch, met the love of my life, and then ended up back in Los Angeles?  That all really happened, didn’t it?  I guess it did, and this here website kind of showed all those details too.  Still blows my mind though.  And maybe those 10 years didn’t exactly go by in the blink of an eye, but now that I’m at the precipice of 40?  Sometimes it feels like it.  40 is the new 30, though, so it’s all good. Continue reading Last Weekend in my Thirties

Benihana!

Larry’s birthday weekend continued the next day as we made it over to the Benihana in Arcadia to celebrate with my Mom, Stacie, and Trent.  Michancy was here for the weekend so she also partook in the gluttony.  It was a much-needed meal because even though we weren’t terribly hungover from Friday night, I think we still all needed something.   It never fails to please and our chef was pretty entertaining too.

31-May-2014 18:25, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.0, 4.96mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 400
31-May-2014 18:25, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.0, 4.736mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 400
31-May-2014 18:29, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 400
 
31-May-2014 18:29, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 400
31-May-2014 18:47, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 1600
31-May-2014 18:47, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 800
 
31-May-2014 19:01, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.6, 30.937mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 1600
31-May-2014 19:01, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.6, 30.937mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 1600
31-May-2014 19:46, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.1 sec, ISO 1600
 
31-May-2014 19:46, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 1600
31-May-2014 19:46, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 1600
31-May-2014 19:46, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 1600
 
31-May-2014 19:54, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 1600
31-May-2014 19:54, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 1600
 

Benihana Time!

 

IMG_3629Went over to Mom’s and tried to fix the printer (no dice – time for a new one).  Played some Wii Bowling to make ourselves feel better and then capped off the evening by going to the newly-opened Benihana at Westfield Santa Anita.  Chicken fried rice is the best thing in the world.

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