Not a good day either. Started off miserable, and continued to be miserable all day. Larry wouldn’t come downstairs for a long time and refused to eat, although he would but unhappily. A lot of gagging. I got the tree out from the garage and set it up – it was very nice and it was Fran’s first time getting to experience a Christmas tree. Regardless, lot of gagging. Then Larry fell at the top of the stairs after slipping – so I’ve bought some grip socks from Amazon which will hopefully arrive Saturday. During the evening, it really did feel like Larry was giving up. Joel arrived back today, and that’s a relief to have someone for Fran. Alas, I don’t have that but still at night, Larry and I had another moment that was nice, as I was kind of losing my shit and talking out loud quietly to myself – he reached over and grabbed my hand. I love him. We can and will get through this.
We put up our holiday tree today while listening to the Real Jazz SiriusXM station so all in all, today was a nice afternoon. The 6 mile run in the morning was also much-needed but ends up kind of knocking us out in terms of energy for the rest of the day. So yeah, we got the tree up, watched last night’s SNL with Emma Stone (we thought it was hilarious), and now I’m thinking, do I drink a glass of wine OR do I drink TWO glasses of wine right now?
Man, what a week this past one has been! The Jeopardy! stuff has been pretty crazy to consider and relive, and of course it brings up the woudla-couldas that are awful and terrible. I’ve gotten over these feelings before and I will again, with time and realizing there is no fucking time machine so get over it. 🙂
In the meantime, recent movie recommendations for you: Go see Arrival, it’s amazing; go see Moana, it’s wonderful and the music is so good. Below is one of my favorite songs, “We Know the Way,” but there are so many other great songs too. It’s a really wonderful movie.
Doctor Strange and Fantastic Beasts… were both enjoyable, although with the passage of time, there wasn’t really anything super remarkable about either that would make me rave about them. Really looking forward to La La Land – just take a look at these trailers:
If that one alone doesn’t just make your heart swell with happiness, I don’t really want to know you.
And then the songs…and the LA scenery….I get tears just watching and listening. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone ooze charisma and charm in these spots. The following is the first song released ahead of the movie, and I just really can not wait to see this movie – we need this kind of movie magic now:
Honestly, every time we’ve seen a trailer for this in the movie, I almost feel like standing up and clapping as it just seems so damn magical.
Of course, the other movie coming up I can’t wait for is Rogue One, and happily PwC is providing us a preview screening the Thursday before the Friday it officially opens. This time, unlike last year’s screening for The Force Awakens, we can bring guests, so yeah, Larry & I are going. We’ll of course likely be seeing it again…and again. Very hopeful, and after what my friend George has described, I feel confident in that hope.
So here’s to December not being as shitty as November! 🙂
Some things happened this weekend:
I ate a Ramen Burger. We went out to dinner last night to a new place (for us) in Atwater Village called The Morrison. It was wonderful and lots of fun, with it being kind of a more contemporary version of a pub. Great food and I finally tried out a Ramen Burger. Well, color me surprised, but that is a fucking great burger. You get a regular burger but instead of a bun, you get cooked ramen formed into a bun shape. It’s wonderful. Larry’s cousins back east were part of the original craze that swept the NY area last year as they supplied the meat for the official burger. We ended up meeting the owner of The Morrison and he told us that the originator had come out here and taught them how to make it. Thumbs up! Will definitely come back here.
We saw The Imitation Game. Actually saw this back on Friday, as I ended up taking that day off due to the rain and our Disneyland plans falling through for this upcoming Monday and Tuesday due to more anticipated rain. ANYWAY, so we went out to the Arclight Hollywood theater again, which is rapidly becoming one of our favorite movie theaters especially since it’s not attached to a shopping center. We’re not going anywhere near a mall until after Christmas, that’s for sure.
Saw this at Arclight Hollywood on December 12, 2014
Larry & I are doing fairly well with regards to Oscar-bait movies this year, although when I saw what got nominated for Golden Globes, it seems that we’ve got a ways to go. The Imitation Game tells the story of Alan Turing and his efforts for the Allies to crack the Nazi’s Enigma code-machine during WWII. It also bookends the movie with Turing’s childhood at his boarding school as well as the end of his life when he was prosecuted for homosexuality. It is a very entertaining movie though and fascinating to see what went into Turing’s machine, but I think you’re left wanting a little more. You don’t really get more than a taste of his personal life except when it runs up against his work, nor do we get much more about how big of an impact Alan Turing has had on the world. Obviously we get his impact on WWII, but his genius and ground-breaking work in the realm of computer science and artificial intelligence are just mentions. Obviously that could be another movie.
Like I mentioned, it’s a good movie and likely going to be Oscar-nominated. It was devastating to see how Turing ended up though, getting prosecuted for a ridiculous “crime” and the tragic results. I can’t understand how he wouldn’t have been protected from those kinds of actions just by virtue of helping to end WWII earlier and saving countless thousands of lives. All for being gay. Imagine the possibilities of what else he may have discovered.
Watched Guardians of the Galaxy again, this time at home. It is such a fantastic movie, and the 3D at home was ridiculously impressive. I was talking with Larry during the movie that I think Star Wars: The Force Awakens has some pretty decent shoes to fill here. While GotG is a Marvel movie, it’s really one of the best space movies that’s recently come out. Larry thinks Star Wars just has to worry about other Star Wars movies – he’s right, of course, but I think it can shoot for more than that too.
We set up our Christmas tree today. Our fake tree is still trucking along and it looks great in our apartment. Also finally put up a string of our color lights – it’s a veritable Chrismukkahpalooza up in here.
And that’s that. No Disneyland this week because of the forecasted rain, which of course means it won’t rain. It’s FINE though, as we’ll still go sometime next month. And it won’t be nearly as crowded. Also, going back to the doctor tomorrow as he wants to talk to me about my physical’s results. I’m keeping positive and hoping it’s a lecture on having to eat healthier. Please let it just be that. I can deal with trying to eat healthier, even if I won’t like it.
So there’s a veritable plethora of photos to post since October and through to today. Oy.
Let’s start, shall we?
First up are some photos from when Larry & I went to see Madonna at Madison Square Garden. I’ve written quite a bit about the experience on my livejournal blogÂ here, including the full rundown of the setlist. Needless to say, it was an incredible concert and I can only hope that it is released on DVD soon.
Oct 7, 2008Â – Madonna at Madison Square Garden!
The next set of photos is from when we went down to visit the illustrious Jeff Crepeau in his new residence in the town of Hanover, Maryland. That’s about a 3.5 hour drive from where I live so it was very cool to get to visit him. First off, his house is situated on a little reservoir lake so literally his backyard porch has a gorgeous peaceful view. We ended up going to Medieval Times that first evening, which was a blast. The next day, we headed into Washington, D.C. While there, we saw the International Spy Museum (very cool), 5 Guys Burger Joint (basically the food tasted almost exactly like In-N-Out burgers out west, which was AWESOME), the WWII Memorial, the Washington Monument, and finally the Air & Space Museum. There was a lot of walking. Crazily enough at the end of the voyage on the last Green Line metro stop, we were walking to the car and I hear this person call my name. It was Byron Kelly along with Connie and Aidan. He was in town for an inspection and they had come up to visit. Talk about a small world! It was a good trip and I look forward to eventually heading back and/or having Jeff back up.
Oct 11, 2008Â – Day 1: Visiting Jeff in Maryland and D.C.
Oct 12, 2008Â – Day 2: Visiting Jeff in Maryland and D.C.
Then we had a few weeks of low-key activities and then it was off to Las Vegas to celebrate my Mom’s 60th Birthday!!!! Of course it was a blast, Larry got to meet my folks (and vice versa), and I got to win (and lose) a lot of money in Blackjack and Craps. It was a good time and a nice vacation. I also was so happy to get to see my Mom and Harv, as well as Aunt Mary and Uncle JC. Good times!! For Mom’s birthday dinner, we went to Benihana’s, which was fantastic. It’s hard to go wrong with that. Other events were going to see the Beatles’ LOVE show at the Mirage (these were even more optimal seats to sit in as opposed to the first time I saw it – alone – as this time for the Within You, Without You number, you could see the total surreal moment when the little bed is flying on the ultra-large, arena-filling sheet), checking out the Donny & Marie show at the Flamingo (they put on a very good show and have a great sense of humor and fantastic voices – and they were working it), and of course going to the Rollercoasters all around the city. Oh yeah, also drinking a lot! It was a long and fun time, and here are the pics I took from it!
Oct 24, 2008Â – Las Vegas for Mom’s 60th Birthday
Oct 25, 2008Â – Saturday
Flash forward a few days and it was then my birthday! I turned 32. Ugh. But I am being dramatic. It’s not really all that bad and I am in a pretty good place, all things considered. Larry & Shelly took me to see Mamma Mia! on Broadway and to Blue Smoke BBQ for dinner on the Sunday before my birthday, which fell on that Monday. Unfortunately Larry had to go to Boston on that day, so I didn’t really do anything all that interesting on the day of my birthday, but that was okay. At work, it was a great birthday with cards, cake, and cupcakes. Oh yeah! I didn’t take really any pictures of any birthday festivities though. Instead I took pics of Rockefeller Center because it was all decked out as Election Plaza because of course the Presidential Election was taking place the next day. It is a pretty cool thing to see 30 Rock all lit up – check it out for yourself:
Nov 3, 2008Â – Election Plaza
And that brings us to today! The Rockefeller Plaza Christmas Tree has been brought in already (it showed up either last Thursday or Friday) and now it’s been lifted up and scaffolded. There’s lots of workers working on trimming the tree and loading it up with lights. I believe the tree-lighting ceremony isn’t until the week after Thanksgiving. At that point, I will need a healthy dose of relaxants as the FTPs will converge right on the Plaza and it makes life here ridiculous. Oy.
Nov 17, 2008 – Random 30 Rock shots
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.
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:
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.