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Holiday Cheer & Some Quick Thoughts on Recent Movies

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! 🙂

Sunday Rundown

Some things happened this weekend:

ramenburger
A picture taken from The Morrison’s menu webpage

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.

The-Imitation-Game-Quad-poster-Benedict-Cumberbatch1The Imitation Game (2014)

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.  Guardians-Of-The-Galaxy-Blu-ray-3D-Combo-PackIt 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.

14-Dec-2014 16:01, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 125
14-Dec-2014 15:59, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
 

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.

PHOTOS: A whole lotta catch up

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 blog 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, 2008 – Madonna at Madison Square Garden!

07-Oct-2008 18:38, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.033 sec
07-Oct-2008 18:38, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.05 sec
07-Oct-2008 18:51, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec
 
07-Oct-2008 18:51, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.04 sec
07-Oct-2008 18:51, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.5, 18.776mm, 0.05 sec
07-Oct-2008 18:53, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
 
07-Oct-2008 19:20, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.5, 18.776mm, 0.25 sec
07-Oct-2008 19:21, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.5, 18.776mm, 0.077 sec
07-Oct-2008 19:58, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 12.523mm, 0.017 sec
 
07-Oct-2008 19:58, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 12.523mm, 0.04 sec
07-Oct-2008 19:58, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.033 sec
07-Oct-2008 20:22, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.8 sec
 

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, 2008 – Day 1: Visiting Jeff in Maryland and D.C.

Jeff's view from his backyard porch
Jeff's view from his backyard porch11-Oct-2008 17:00, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
11-Oct-2008 17:01, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
It's the illustrious Jeff Crepeau!
It's the illustrious Jeff Crepeau!11-Oct-2008 17:01, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
 
There's my Larry!
There's my Larry!11-Oct-2008 17:01, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
And there's my old patio furniture in much more picturesque scenery
And there's my old patio furniture in much more picturesque scenery11-Oct-2008 17:02, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.01 sec
Me at the Hunting store, hitting on the mannequin
Me at the Hunting store, hitting on the mannequin
 
11-Oct-2008 17:30, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
11-Oct-2008 17:30, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.2 sec
At Medieval Times, Larry enjoys some ale
At Medieval Times, Larry enjoys some ale11-Oct-2008 17:31, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.077 sec
 
So cute
So cute11-Oct-2008 17:31, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec
The Jeffster
The Jeffster11-Oct-2008 17:31, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.1 sec
Scary me
Scary me11-Oct-2008 17:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.5 sec
 
11-Oct-2008 17:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.2 sec
Larry and me await the games
Larry and me await the games11-Oct-2008 17:37, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
One more shot
One more shot11-Oct-2008 17:37, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec
 

Oct 12, 2008 – Day 2: Visiting Jeff in Maryland and D.C.

It's the DC Metro - I love the spacey subway stations
It's the DC Metro - I love the spacey subway stations12-Oct-2008 10:06, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.067 sec
A different ISO setting
A different ISO setting12-Oct-2008 10:06, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.067 sec
And here's a cool shot (to me) of the trains as we were going up the escalator
And here's a cool shot (to me) of the trains as we were going up the escalator12-Oct-2008 10:11, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.077 sec
 
Playing Fallout 3 makes me chuckle seeing these photos
Playing Fallout 3 makes me chuckle seeing these photos12-Oct-2008 10:11, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec
We did visit the House Where Lincoln Died
We did visit the House Where Lincoln Died12-Oct-2008 11:05, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
12-Oct-2008 11:05, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
 
Here's the outside of the Spy Museum
Here's the outside of the Spy Museum12-Oct-2008 13:13, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
There's Larry!
There's Larry!12-Oct-2008 13:14, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
12-Oct-2008 13:14, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
 
And Jeff, iPhoning it up
And Jeff, iPhoning it up12-Oct-2008 13:14, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.01 sec
12-Oct-2008 13:15, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
12-Oct-2008 13:16, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
 
A long distance view of the Spy Museum
A long distance view of the Spy Museum12-Oct-2008 13:59, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
And here's the FBI Building
And here's the FBI Building12-Oct-2008 14:02, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
Jeff wants you to keep quiet about it
Jeff wants you to keep quiet about it12-Oct-2008 14:05, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
 

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, 2008 – Las Vegas for Mom’s 60th Birthday

24-Oct-2008 16:09, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
Larry up on top of Stratosphere
Larry up on top of Stratosphere24-Oct-2008 16:09, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
Me too! I survived Insanity!
Me too! I survived Insanity!24-Oct-2008 16:09, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec
 
24-Oct-2008 16:11, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
Insanity
Insanity24-Oct-2008 16:11, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
24-Oct-2008 21:11
 
It's ridiculous
It's ridiculous24-Oct-2008 16:12, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
You're looking straight down. And can see the Stratosphere from angles no one should ever see it from.
You're looking straight down. And can see the Stratosphere from angles no one should ever see it from.24-Oct-2008 16:12, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
The rapidly developing skyline of the Strip. Wow.
The rapidly developing skyline of the Strip. Wow.24-Oct-2008 16:14, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.004 sec
 
Me and Larry!
Me and Larry!24-Oct-2008 16:16, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
The view right before you strap in for X-Scream. Ugh.This ride is just as intense as I remembered.
The view right before you strap in for X-Scream. Ugh.This ride is just as intense as I remembered.24-Oct-2008 16:23, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
That's the teeter-totter of doom right there aka X-Scream.
That's the teeter-totter of doom right there aka X-Scream.24-Oct-2008 16:25, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
 
24-Oct-2008 17:28, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.017 sec
24-Oct-2008 17:28, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.4 sec
Down at MGM, the lions were playing around
Down at MGM, the lions were playing around24-Oct-2008 17:28, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.067 sec
 

Oct 25, 2008 – Saturday

25-Oct-2008 15:28, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.01 sec
25-Oct-2008 15:28, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.01 sec
 

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, 2008 – Election Plaza

The set up of the Rink and the Plaza
The set up of the Rink and the Plaza03-Nov-2008 11:15, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
You can just see the outline of the states before they got colored in the next night
You can just see the outline of the states before they got colored in the next night03-Nov-2008 11:15, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.5, 18.776mm, 0.01 sec
03-Nov-2008 11:15, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.5, 18.776mm, 0.01 sec
 
And thar she be
And thar she be03-Nov-2008 17:25, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.02 sec
Pretty dramatic, eh?
Pretty dramatic, eh?03-Nov-2008 17:25, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
That's a dramatic building for ya
That's a dramatic building for ya03-Nov-2008 17:25, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.033 sec
 
A little further back towards 5th Avenue
A little further back towards 5th Avenue03-Nov-2008 17:27, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.033 sec
 

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

The tree all scaffolded up
The tree all scaffolded up17-Nov-2008 14:54, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.033 sec
Me and the NBC logo - notice in the pictures in the Election Plaza section - these are from that
Me and the NBC logo - notice in the pictures in the Election Plaza section - these are from that17-Nov-2008 14:55, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.025 sec
Goofy Hobie
Goofy Hobie17-Nov-2008 14:55, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.025 sec
 
17-Nov-2008 14:55, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.025 sec
17-Nov-2008 14:55, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.033 sec
17-Nov-2008 14:56, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.017 sec
 
17-Nov-2008 15:05, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.125 sec
17-Nov-2008 15:06, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
17-Nov-2008 15:07, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.017 sec
 
17-Nov-2008 15:07, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.0, 15.599mm, 0.017 sec
 

I Got a Bag!

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.

03-Dec-2007 21:49, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 12.523mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
 

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:

03-Dec-2007 16:19, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.077 sec, ISO 233
 

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.

Tolerably Good Person

One of my coworkers described me with those words. I think it’s hilarious, because it’s actually hard to say what that is really meaning.

So once again I took it kind of easy on the updating – that’s becoming a regular occurence, isn’t it? Well, let’s just say work and social life have been actually taking up a lot of time. Plus, by the time I get home during the week (usually right around 8pm), I’m not really in the mood to update. But, I know, I know, you all want to see pics of the tree – I guess the NBC Special wasn’t enough for you? 🙂 I didn’t watch that damn thing either. In fact, I realized that I had no desire to fight the ridiculous amounts of people who had clustered around Rockefeller Center that night after the lighting ceremony, so I left for home before the lighting ceremony. I figured, I’ll get to see the tree nearly every day for a month and can take my time taking pictures of it. It was crazy that night though – the roads were clogged with FTPs and I ended up not taking the ferry home. Instead, I tagged along with Arielle who lives in Hoboken. She takes the PATH train home (the same train of infamy in which I sat next to PukesInPlasticPurseGirl one night a month or so ago) so I did that. A MUCH better experience this time, but mostly because Arielle and I crack each other up the whole time.

What else has been going on? Work has been fairly busy lately and it’s been nice. I really think I’m beginning to feel like a contributing member of the group, although there’s still a long ways to go. But I seem to have carved out a good niche of responsibility and work closely with a really smart guy, Jim, who I also get along with great. So that’s that!

This past Tuesday I went to a screening of the upcoming movie, Atonement. I went along with some other coworkers here at NBC who are also gay and I just gotta say, it was a freakin’ blast. The movie, not so much. It’s beautifully filmed and there are definitely intriguing parts to it, but I just wasn’t blown away by it. On the walk back to Midtown though, I got to see even more of the city, and stumbled upon Park and Lexington Avenues, one time even looking up and realizing I was walking along the Citigroup building, which I’ve been trying to see closer. I don’t know, it was just a nice night and it wasn’t ridiculously cold yet so it was a good night for strolling along Manhattan. Especially at that time of night (between 9 and 10 pm) – the city is almost ‘calm’ if you will, and there’s not too many people milling about.

This morning, woke up and looked out the window: New York’s first true snow happened today! I don’t know how long it’ll stick around, probably not that much, but it was cool to see snow again. Just glad I don’t really have to drive in it! Can’t escape the cold aspect though, and it’s in the 20s today. But my Colorado friends can probably trump that.

Alright, enough rambling. My quality posts are never the ones where I’m trying to sum up a whole week or so of events. I usually try to cover everything so quickly that I end up glossing over the real fun or good stuff. Robbie told me he got a PS3 and I am ridiculously jealous of him now. And Greg (a guy I’m dating) has an iPhone and I want one of those ridiculously bad too. It’s probably a bad thing that I make a decent amount of money. I ended up buying a new leather briefcase/bag that should come in tomorrow – can’t wait to get it and replace my Gap Messenger bag with somethign that looks a bit more classy and nice. I’ll take pics of course.

With no more further ado, I present to you: Pictures from New York and of course, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree!!!

25 Nov 07 - Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Some animal clock at the Central Park Zoo
Some animal clock at the Central Park Zoo25-Nov-2007 13:32, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
Me at a bridge in Central Park
Me at a bridge in Central Park25-Nov-2007 13:35, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 3.5, 10.487mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 141
A gorgeous scene in Central Park. You gotta agree!
A gorgeous scene in Central Park. You gotta agree!25-Nov-2007 13:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.008 sec
 
The tunnel leading to the fountain (I'm sure there's real names of these things, but not to me)
The tunnel leading to the fountain (I'm sure there's real names of these things, but not to me)25-Nov-2007 13:43, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 8.0, 7.7mm, 0.006 sec
Me in front of the 'Met'
Me in front of the 'Met'25-Nov-2007 14:04, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.003 sec
Close up (taken by Greg)
Close up (taken by Greg)25-Nov-2007 14:04, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.5, 18.776mm, 0.002 sec
 
The Metropolitan Meseum of Art (we saw a Rembrandt exhibit)
The Metropolitan Meseum of Art (we saw a Rembrandt exhibit)25-Nov-2007 14:04, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.005 sec
 

28/29 Nov 07 - The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

Looking through my door to the rigs set up outside on the balcony for the lighting ceremony
Looking through my door to the rigs set up outside on the balcony for the lighting ceremony28-Nov-2007 13:28, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec
A view behind one of the big displays
A view behind one of the big displays28-Nov-2007 13:28, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.013 sec
Ah - let the fun begin. The lighting was over 2 hours away still and it was this packed already.
Ah - let the fun begin. The lighting was over 2 hours away still and it was this packed already.28-Nov-2007 16:55, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.033 sec
 
The tree before its lights were turned on
The tree before its lights were turned on28-Nov-2007 16:55, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.067 sec
Here you can see the view looking towards Saks and their giant snowflakes. Every 15 mins or so they do a whole light/music show with those snowflakes
Here you can see the view looking towards Saks and their giant snowflakes. Every 15 mins or so they do a whole light/music show with those snowflakes28-Nov-2007 16:56, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.05 sec
Trying to include a view of the rink too
Trying to include a view of the rink too28-Nov-2007 16:56, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.025 sec
 
Looking up at the rigging from my awesome balcony view
Looking up at the rigging from my awesome balcony view28-Nov-2007 17:01, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.1 sec
Zooming in to the Swarovski crystal star
Zooming in to the Swarovski crystal star28-Nov-2007 17:02, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.9, 23.1mm, 0.167 sec
So crowded but beautiful... from up where I was.
So crowded but beautiful... from up where I was.28-Nov-2007 17:03, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.02 sec
 
28-Nov-2007 17:03, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.5, 18.776mm, 0.1 sec
LOTS of FTPs
LOTS of FTPs28-Nov-2007 17:03, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 4.5, 18.776mm, 0.1 sec
Thought it was a cool view looking straight up 30 Rock again
Thought it was a cool view looking straight up 30 Rock again28-Nov-2007 17:04, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.1 sec
 
The NEXT evening, on my way out from work, I took this picture of the fully lit tree. Awesome, yes?
The NEXT evening, on my way out from work, I took this picture of the fully lit tree. Awesome, yes?29-Nov-2007 19:04, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.05 sec
 

2 Dec 07 – My First NY Snow!

From Dec 2, I had to include a shot of the first real snow this season as seen from the comfort of my bedroom window.
From Dec 2, I had to include a shot of the first real snow this season as seen from the comfort of my bedroom window.02-Dec-2007 11:01, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.002 sec