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Pictures from Colorado and of the New TV

Let’s have a post where I get the picture situation under control and take care of it before I get way out of date!   Got a few sets of photos for this post, one of work stuff while the rest are fun fun fun!

January 22 – 24, 2014 – Denver, Colorado

During this past week, I was out at the Dry Creek facility in Denver.  It was a good trip and I got to see a lot of interesting stuff and see a lot of people.  (I know, that was extremely detailed).  It was a trip that definitely needed to be done and I’m glad that I had the opportunity to do so!

Snowy night begins outside our hotel in the Denver Tech Center
Snowy night begins outside our hotel in the Denver Tech Center22-Jan-2014 22:45, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 640
22-Jan-2014 22:45, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
Kevin and Ranjit in front of the Dry Creek facility
Kevin and Ranjit in front of the Dry Creek facility23-Jan-2014 10:11, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 50
 
The resulting snow from the previous night's storm
The resulting snow from the previous night's storm23-Jan-2014 10:11, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, ISO 50
23-Jan-2014 10:12, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 50
Me!
Me!23-Jan-2014 10:12, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 50
 
Tom, Ranjit, Kevin and me at the Purple wall of NBCU
Tom, Ranjit, Kevin and me at the Purple wall of NBCU23-Jan-2014 10:24, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
23-Jan-2014 10:24, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
The NBCU Purple Wall
The NBCU Purple Wall23-Jan-2014 10:25, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 640
 
Friday morning - the snow had melted
Friday morning - the snow had melted24-Jan-2014 09:51, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, ISO 50
24-Jan-2014 09:51, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, ISO 50
24-Jan-2014 09:51, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 50
 
24-Jan-2014 09:53, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 50
24-Jan-2014 09:53, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, ISO 50
 

January 24-25, 2014 – Colorado Springs, Colorado

I was most excited about this trip to Denver as I was able to visit my Colorado Springs-based friends, Susan and KD & Eric.  Timing and availability all worked out for this to happen, and so on Friday after everyone at work called it quits, I went back to my hotel and awaited my chariot.  My chariot happened to be driven by Susan!  She was actually up in the Denver area for Guard stuff (hello, Major Ruby!) so it really did work out for the best.  She picked me up and drove me back to the Springs, which gave us tons of time to catch up.  After getting there, it was dinner time at Rock Bottom Brewery (their Mac & Chicken is especially good, as are their beers).   KD wasn’t going to be back until around 10:30pm as she had concert rehearsal, so we managed to kill time until then and went to KD & Eric’s awesome new home.  It’s ridiculously awesome.   More catching up ensued and I really got nostalgic for those days of 2006 and 2007.  These folks are the best.  We hung out until around midnight (BEYONCE tracks were played, to be sure), then Susan and I left for her place for the night.  Early the next morning, we headed back to KD’s as Eric was also flying out from DIA at pretty much the same time I was.  So we had more time to laugh and bond – LOVE THEM.

We are going to try to go back in March for vacation purposes – hopefully Breckenridge will be the destination!  Oh, and if you doubted my assertion re: KD & Eric’s place, THIS is the view from their backyard!

IMG_2623From L to R, that’s Cheyenne Mountain, then Pike’s Peak and the Garden of the Gods, with assorted views of the city also there.  IT’S RIDICULOUS.

Okay, here are the pics I took from my oh-so-brief adventure with Susan, KD & Eric:

Susan at Rock Bottom Brewery
Susan at Rock Bottom Brewery24-Jan-2014 19:55, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
Me too
Me too24-Jan-2014 19:55, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
24-Jan-2014 19:55, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
 
24-Jan-2014 18:46, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 640
Abel wouldn't take no for an answer
Abel wouldn't take no for an answer24-Jan-2014 19:02, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.063 sec, ISO 160
24-Jan-2014 19:40, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
 
Eric and his Lotus in their huge 3-car garage
Eric and his Lotus in their huge 3-car garage24-Jan-2014 22:25, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.059 sec, ISO 400
He's got an amazing set up in his garage
He's got an amazing set up in his garage24-Jan-2014 22:27, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 160
KD & Me!
KD & Me!24-Jan-2014 22:36, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 320
 
24-Jan-2014 22:36, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 400
24-Jan-2014 22:38, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 320
 
24-Jan-2014 22:38, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 50
 

January 25, 2014 – Pics of our New TV!

We bought a new TV!  It had been since 2009 when I bought the 52″ LCD TV that had held the fort down in the living room starting with the UWS New York apartment, then to Santa Monica, and finally now with our Silver Lake apartment.  But in the time since 2009, TV technology has been constantly improving, and it was time for us to indulge.  The new TV is now 65″, 3D (with 4 pairs of glasses), a Smart TV, and is even thinner than the last one.   After setting it up when I got back from Colorado on Saturday, we played around with it and it’s just amazing.  I don’t have the best depth perception (I think it’s time to go to the optometrist to see what can be done about that) but I can still some of the amazing 3D we now have at home.  It’s awesome.  And the Smart TV functions are pretty amazing, as well as the fact that the TV can really act as media machine too with Netflix and Amazon Prime built in (along with a ton of other video features).  So yeah, it was an awesome upgrade.  We ended up moving the other TVs around too so that we’re making the best use of them.

The plasma in the bedroom was about to be removed
The plasma in the bedroom was about to be removed25-Jan-2014 14:14, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
The amazingly huge new TV in our lives
The amazingly huge new TV in our lives25-Jan-2014 14:21, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 100
The 2009 LCD in its soon to be old spot
The 2009 LCD in its soon to be old spot25-Jan-2014 14:22, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
 
2009 LCD down in its new home, our bedroom
2009 LCD down in its new home, our bedroom25-Jan-2014 14:30, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
25-Jan-2014 14:30, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
Ta-dah!  2009 LCD in its new home.
Ta-dah!  2009 LCD in its new home.25-Jan-2014 14:36, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
 
65 inches of goodness
65 inches of goodness25-Jan-2014 14:40, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 640
The stand for the new TV
The stand for the new TV25-Jan-2014 14:47, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 800
Larry prepares for the unveiling
Larry prepares for the unveiling25-Jan-2014 14:56, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
 
25-Jan-2014 14:57, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
Ah, yes.
Ah, yes.25-Jan-2014 14:57, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
The picture is insane.  Samsung's UN65F8000 LCD-LED 3D TV is truly a vision.
The picture is insane.  Samsung's UN65F8000 LCD-LED 3D TV is truly a vision.25-Jan-2014 16:08, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 400
 
Checking out what the Wizard of Oz 3D Blu-ray looked like
Checking out what the Wizard of Oz 3D Blu-ray looked like25-Jan-2014 18:08, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 400
Here's Finding Nemo 3D too - you can see the 3D blurriness here as you need the glasses on to experience it properly
Here's Finding Nemo 3D too - you can see the 3D blurriness here as you need the glasses on to experience it properly25-Jan-2014 21:32, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.12mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 100
2 COOL guys
2 COOL guys25-Jan-2014 21:33, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 2.18mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 1000
 

So yeah, it’s been a good weekend.  And then this upcoming week?  I’m headed to NYC for a few days yet again for work.  Another day in the life of me, the jetsetter.  LOL.

Random things:

– We ate at the Burbank Media Center In-N-Out yesterday after Larry picked me up from the airport.  We ended up eating next to Mirielle Enos (the star of The Killing on AMC as well as Brad Pitt’s wife in World War Z) and Alan Ruck (Cameron from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off!!!!) who apparently are together and have a little girl together as well.  It was kinda shocking to find ourselves next to them.  Larry first gave me the eye-indication that something to be seen was next to us.  Sometimes that look is for super hotness…in this case, it was celebrities!

– We checked out an open house on our walk back from the barbershop today.  It’s a fantastic house that we’d certainly be right at home in, as it’s got a modern design sensibility (the MLS listing calls it “architectural”) and a lot of great space.  Going for the super reasonable price of $1.2MM.  🙂  Chump change, truly.

Jon & Alyssa’s LA Debut

Larry’s sister Alyssa and her husband Jon came out and visited us for a long weekend – it was a blast!  They hadn’t been out here since their respective Teen Tours (an explanation on that in another post, I suppose) so it was going to be fun to show them LA from a native’s perspective.  Also, we now have a very centrally located place and a very comfortable guest room – so let the fun begin!

We started on Thursday night after they flew in – Larry picked them up at LAX and spent the day with them in Santa Monica and Venice while I was at work.  I imagine it was nice to revisit the old stomping grounds – I was just there today for a doctor’s appt and had small twangs of “awww…this is where I used to live” but honestly, yay new place!  After fighting ridiculous traffic to get back home along THE 10 and THE 110 and THE 101 (thanks, Dodgers Game!), they got back where I was waiting for them.  We grabbed a nice dinner at the Lago Italian pizzeria just up the street (yay walking distance) and kept them up just long enough to combat their jet lag.

Jon & Alyssa at Barbarella/Lago
Jon & Alyssa at Barbarella/Lago25-Jul-2013 19:18, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 400
 

On Friday, I worked a half day in the morning and then joined up with Larry, Alyssa and Jon at Universal Studios.  I missed the Studio Tour and The Simpsons Ride, but I joined up with them right afterwards.  Oh the humanity – it was effing PACKED at the park.  It was Friday and it was summer – but geez.  There were lines for everything.  I took those blessedly short lines for granted when we went earlier this year I guess.  Jurassic Park Cafe?  Line.  Transformers the Ride?  2.5 hour line – NO JOKE.  It’s an amazing ride, but damn.  After that, the lines were nothing, relatively.  The Mummy’s Revenge?  45 minute line.  Jurassic Park the Ride?  40 minute line.   It was all a lot of fun though, despite it all.  The weather was pretty nice and not blazing sunshine down upon us.  After the park, it was time for eats, and the recommendation was for Sugarfish in Studio City – best rec ever.  Sugarfish is a fantastic sushi restaurant – small, and you may have to wait (we did, but again, who cares about 30 minutes when you’ve waited 2.5 hours for a damn ride), but the food was spectacular.  Go with the “Trust Me” menu – you won’t regret it.  Did I say the food was fantastic????

Jon, Bart, Larry & Alyssa at Universal
Jon, Bart, Larry & Alyssa at Universal26-Jul-2013 12:47, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 160
At Sugarfish
At Sugarfish26-Jul-2013 19:25, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 200
26-Jul-2013 19:25, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 200
 
26-Jul-2013 19:29, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 160
26-Jul-2013 19:29, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 400
26-Jul-2013 19:31, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 4.0, 5.626mm, 0.013 sec, ISO 200
 
26-Jul-2013 19:31, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 4.5, 8.486mm, 0.01 sec, ISO 200
26-Jul-2013 19:32, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.5, 4.904mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 250
26-Jul-2013 19:33, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 4.0, 5.26mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 320
 
26-Jul-2013 19:56, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 1600
26-Jul-2013 19:57, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.5, 4.788mm, 0.2 sec, ISO 1600
26-Jul-2013 20:11, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 1600
 
26-Jul-2013 20:38, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.2 sec, ISO 1600
26-Jul-2013 20:38, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.5 sec, ISO 1600
 

For Saturday, it was time to be ambitious!  Alyssa wanted to see Rodeo Drive, so damn it, we were going to see Rodeo Drive.  The traffic wasn’t so bad getting there as I had dreaded, and the weather was perfect.  We first walked to the south end of Rodeo Drive which just also happens to lead to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, the setting and inspiration for the movie “Pretty Woman.”  Alyssa had to go in so we did do that – and then we decided to grab a drink in the bar, The Blvd.  As we were walking in, Larry happened to notice that who else but Christopher Plummer (Capt von Trapp!!!!) was seated at a table inside.  Alyssa had wanted to see celebrities – who knew we were going to actually make that happen?  The Beverly Wilshire is a Four Seasons hotel and the bar definitely does them proud.  The bartenders were fantastic and above all, very nice.  I ended up ordering what the bartender told me was the original Pretty Woman cocktail, a cranberry spin on a mimosa.  It was delicious.  Jon got a flight of premium Rieslings while Larry expanded his knowledge of Old Fashioneds.   After a nice stay at the bar and finishing our drinks, we explored Rodeo.  It’s so decadent there.  We didn’t buy anything but before leaving, we grabbed lunch at the restaurant called The Farm just a block away from Rodeo Drive.  Very good and they had a brownie to die for.  YUM.

Our next destination was the Getty Museum, which really has one of the best views of Los Angeles around.  It was a gorgeous day for it and of course that meant it was packed.  Regardless, it was worth the wait.  We perused a few of the exhibits but most of our time was spent looking around outside, as the Getty’s grounds are simply begging for you to explore.   We didn’t stay through till the evening – apparently the hottest underground band, The Geographer, was playing that night.  As we were leaving the parking lot, there was a mass of people still trying to come in.  Maybe for the band, but likely just to be there for the sunset, which I’ve heard is a fantastic thing to do.  We’ll have to go back.

We headed home finally via Sunset Blvd’s twisty path.  It was originally planned to cook dinner but by the time we got back, everyone wanted food NOW.  Including me.  So we shelved the cooking option and instead walked to Hyperion Public, our trusty neighborhood pub.  Well, on a Saturday night, Hyperion Public gets packed.  We kind of lucked into a table and took a reserved one by accident…the waitress came over and said it was fine, but we had to be done by 9pm.   That was okay as it was only like 7:15.  So we had a nice filling dinner and some great Alagash White beer….and then noticed that the other tables that had been reserved were filling up.  Uh oh – maybe 9pm wasn’t the deadline after all.  As more people show up, we realize that one of them is famous!  It was Jeremy Sisto, Elton from Clueless!  So Alyssa got TWO celebrities for the day.  It was awesome.  When we got home, we had to watch Clueless to finish out the night.

Alyssa & Larry at Rodeo Drive
Alyssa & Larry at Rodeo Drive27-Jul-2013 12:27, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 125
Jon & Alyssa at Rodeo
Jon & Alyssa at Rodeo27-Jul-2013 12:28, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 4.5, 7.815mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
Jon & Alyssa at Beverly Wilshire
Jon & Alyssa at Beverly Wilshire27-Jul-2013 12:37, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.01 sec, ISO 400
 
Great group shot at Bev Wilshire
Great group shot at Bev Wilshire27-Jul-2013 12:41, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 800
27-Jul-2013 12:43, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 320
My "Pretty Woman" martini
My "Pretty Woman" martini27-Jul-2013 12:43, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 100
 
Jon & Alyssa at The Farm
Jon & Alyssa at The Farm27-Jul-2013 14:44, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
27-Jul-2013 14:44, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
The remnants of the brownie
The remnants of the brownie27-Jul-2013 14:44, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
 
27-Jul-2013 14:44, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 1000
27-Jul-2013 14:44, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 320
27-Jul-2013 16:10, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
 
Getty time
Getty time27-Jul-2013 16:10, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
27-Jul-2013 16:10, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
27-Jul-2013 16:10, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
 

On Jon & Alyssa’s last day with us, Alyssa & Larry started out Sunday with a run around Silver Lake.  Jon & I drank coffee.  When everyone was back and cleaned up, we headed to Barbrix to finally partake in their brunch, which quite a few people have raved about, especially since they have $5 bottomless mimosas.  Well, the raves were well-earned.  The mimosas are five bucks and the food was delicious.  Also, our waiter was ridiculously hot.  Ah, LA waiters.  After that, we walked down to the Sunset Junction area where there are some cute shops.  Alyssa loved it.  It was a great way to spend the afternoon!  We then finally got to do some cooking while also watching American Ninja Warrior – that show is freakin’ awesome.  They had a red-eye flight that night so we drove them to LAX to conclude what ended up being a really great weekend.  I’m sure they enjoyed it but I also know they couldn’t wait to see their daughter again.  They know they always are welcome to come back though!

Jon & Alyssa on the deck
Jon & Alyssa on the deck28-Jul-2013 10:33, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 100
28-Jul-2013 11:25, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 1000
Enjoying brunch at Barbrix
Enjoying brunch at Barbrix28-Jul-2013 11:25, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 1000
 
28-Jul-2013 11:26, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 1600
28-Jul-2013 11:26, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.04 sec, ISO 800
28-Jul-2013 11:26, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.5, 5.021mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 1600
 
28-Jul-2013 12:31, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.04 sec, ISO 800
Walking to Sunset Junction
Walking to Sunset Junction28-Jul-2013 13:01, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 3.4, 4.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
View of the Hollywood Hills from our hood
View of the Hollywood Hills from our hood28-Jul-2013 13:15, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS, 5.0, 28.475mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100
 

For Jon & Alyssa’s education, here’s a map of where we ended up during the trip – both were completely oblivious to where they were most of the time and even when I would say where we were, it really didn’t matter.  But maps are cool, so here you go!

LA Map - Alyssa Jon trip v2 notated

The LACMA Breakfast Club Adventure

When I got to Los Angeles at the beginning of this year, one of the first things I did was get a membership to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) as well as the Film Club addition.  Part of that Film Club perk is occasional invites to really cool screenings….and this month, one of the events was a live table reading of the shooting script for The Breakfast Club.  If you haven’t seen that classic 80s movie, it’s probably worth going to go see, especially if you’re going to pay $5 each to see a table read.  One of the mysteries about this event was who was going to actually play the parts….and with the curator of this event being Jason Reitman (son of Ivan Reitman and director of Thank You for Smoking, Juno, and Up in the Air), there was potential for a stellar cast.  Part of me was thinking it could be a TV show cast, something like Happy Endings or Community, but that wasn’t very apt, as it turned out.

I met Larry at the LACMA complex around 5:30pm after work so we could get some lunch at this fab restaurant, Ray’s, which is situated in the main patio area in the center of the complex.  We were having a fantastic dinner with delightful cocktails (I was on my second or third Lost in Yonkers) when all of a sudden, Larry sucks in his breath and mutters ‘oh my god’.  I look at him and realize there must be someone behind me that is a big deal, as he reserves that kind of shocked voice for celebrities and really hot guys.  Somebody walks by me from behind and to a table in my view.  I can’t tell who it is yet and he stammers out to me, “it’s Jennifer Garner!”  HOLY CRAP.  Sidney Bristow of Alias?  13 Going on 30?  Mrs. Affleck??  Awesome.  She was gorgeous in person.  And she was so close.  It looked like she was meeting some friends before taking the stage of the Bing Theater, which Larry correctly figured out.  He even guessed which role she’d be playing….Molly Ringwald’s Claire.

After dinner, we headed to the theater, waited in the long line to actually enter, and then got our seats (me with my glasses on since I knew it was probably going to be important to be able to see their faces!).  Sure enough, the lights dimmed (but not before both Larry & I saw that the crowd was filled with tons of attractive men) and the cast was introduced after Jason Reitman first came out:

  • Carl the Janitor:  JK Simmons (the character actor in everything, from Spiderman, Juno, to the Farmers’ Insurance commercials)
  • Mr. Vernon:  Michael Chiklis (star of The Shield!)
  • Brian (Anthony Michael Hall): Patton Oswalt (hilarious funnyman in United States of Tara, the voice in Ratatouille)
  • Andy (Emilio Estevez): James Van der Beek (Dawson!)
  • Allison (Ally Sheedy):  Mindy Kaling (Kelly from The Office)
  • Claire (Molly Ringwald):  Jennifer Garner (our new friend)
  • Bender (Judd Nelson): Aaron Paul (from Breaking Bad, a show I haven’t seen but now want to, as he was awesome)
The writing of the movie, which of course was flawlessly directed by John Hughes, is extremely compelling for a “teen” movie and definitely lends itself to this kind of performance.  They all delivered with emotion and a lot of humor.  The time flew by, and now I can’t wait to sign up for the next Table Read…almost don’t care what the movie is.  But I am betting it will always be a movie that has lots of interesting and well-written dialog.  Can’t wait, especially to see who will be the next guest cast.  Jason Reitman is curating this whole experience, so maybe it’ll be more of his friends….who knows, George Clooney could show up!
Anyway, after the fantastic show, Larry & I strolled by LACMA’s fabulous light structure that becomes quite amazing at night…as seen below:

After the Breakfast Club at LACMA, Oct 20, 2011

20-Oct-2011 21:08, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 100
20-Oct-2011 21:09, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 80
20-Oct-2011 21:09, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 80
 
20-Oct-2011 21:09, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.059 sec, ISO 160
20-Oct-2011 21:09, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 160
20-Oct-2011 21:10, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 200
 
20-Oct-2011 21:10, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 125
 
Okay….and to just keep your attention some more, a nice looking hot man that desperately needs to take his shirt off.  Seriously.