Ah, Twitter. Especially Gay Twitter. Some days Twitter can be an awful awful place and serve to make you feel utterly hopeless and despair about the world. And then? Some days Twitter provides you this:
Holy hell. Suddenly I’m going to be much more interested in the Winter Olympics.
These fine-ass specimens also help to reinforce my goal to get into better shape. I’ve actually been really good about being a morning workout person. I LOVE that I have the workout room here in this complex and I am a huge fan of the Fitbit Coach app – it’s always an interesting iteration of bodyweight exercises which keeps me from being bored. But yeah, now being 41 means that it’s even harder to avoid being overweight as just it’s so easy to eat and enjoy oneself. Anyway, just hope to be healthy and avoid bad things. And in the interim, gaze upon some hot athletes. 🙂
I may have stopped recapping these for a while as life gets in the way as does motivation, but I never stopped watching the show. And with a Cody & Jessica from Big Brother on this season, it was certainly going to get viewing rotation!
Amazing Race 30 – Leg 1: New York, NY to Reykjavik, Iceland
So this season’s gimmick for casting is that every team is super competitive in whatever arena it is they do. So there’s competitive eaters, Big Brother contestants, Indy 500 winners, etc. I am not nearly motivated enough to care about all of the teams yet, but there are some standouts…including the cute Indy 500 winner and then these hotties:
I’m assuming they’re gay from their outfits, speaking voices, and hotness, and apparently they’re hip classical musicians too. Please let them stay in this race for awhile, and let’s have a Turkish mud bath challenge please?
Anyway, we start this season at Washington Square Park in the Greenwich Village area of NYC, get introduced to the teams, and then they’re off to get their clues in the fountain and then over to JFK to fly to Reykjavik, Iceland. No drama in getting tickets on a quicker flight, but we all know that shit’s coming in a later episode. The early frontrunners are the Yale Debate Team (Henry & Evan) and surprisingly Big Brother (Cody & Jessica).
I say surprisingly as Cody & Jessica didn’t really make it that far in this past season of Big Brother, and managed to actively turn the entire house against them. It was pretty astounding. Jessica’s game was definitely hurt by Cody’s stubbornness and terrible gameplay instincts, as she had a serious chance, at one point, to do well in BB. But she, along with many of us with eyes, got swept up by Cody’s looks and body and managed to utterly ignore the damage to her game he was causing. But they’re still together so I guess maybe she’s not too unhappy with the results. But based on their ending leg stumble which completely hinged on Cody’s stubbornness on where they were supposed to go, I’m predicting yet again that Cody hasn’t learned anything and will cause them to lose the $1MM grand prize at the end. Guess we’ll see.
Once in Iceland, each team had to drive to this big ass waterfall that a steel-line had been strung across – with one of the team having to climb out and get an Icelandic flag and the other having to pull them back in. I honestly think this challenge would be one I’d be able to do as most of the time, you have no chance to look down and see how high up you were. Who knows, I could be full of shit. Larry & I watch this and try to figure out who would do each Detour/Roadblock and there are some clearly suited for one or the other. He immediately said he’d not be doing this particular one.
This detour is where things go all sorts of jumbled as the damnable Attention To Detail snared up nearly EVERY team…except surprisingly Cody. To this twist of fate, I’ll only say that I think he got lucky, as while most figured out that while riding around in the little dune buggy and looking for letters, the small number associated with the letter indicated its position, it was the fact that there were two types of Os present that caused chaos. If you luckily put your O with an accent in the right place, yay you! And I KNOW that’s what Cody lucked into. The poor basketball players though got super screwed by this challenge as he just did NOT see that there were differences in the Os. Here’s where the typical Amazing Race errors are seared into teams’ brains, as if it’s not “Read the Fucking Clue” then it’s “Pay Attention to the Details” that will always get you. Also, “Learn to Drive a Fucking Stick Shift” and “Figure out how to read a FUCKING MAP.” I digress. This Detour definitely allowed some people to make up some time while others like the Cute Indy 500 guy lost a few places.
There was another challenge where you had to find out some Icelandic beverages from clues that some super-weightlifters gave them, but it proved not to be all that big a deal except for some footage of some really shitty parking attempts.
What we did get though was a pretty epic Leg Finish. Miss Iceland and Phil were there and greeted the Pro Lady Skiers (Kristi & Jen) as the winners of Leg 1 as stupid-ass Cody lost he & Jessica the lead getting lost wandering around Reykjavik. I was so impressed that Cody & Jessica were about to win this leg and then OF COURSE he gets them lost. Ridiculous. But anyway, that’s not really the best part of this leg’s end, as in the end, it literally ended up a photo finish as the final two teams were having a foot race to the mat and I don’t think either realized they were in that position.
It really was like they stumbled into there and honestly, if the girl with the backpack in the picture above had dropped that damn bag LIKE SHE SHOULD HAVE AS SHE’S RACING FOR A MILLION DOLLARS, she probably could have outrun Yoga Goat Girls and beat the blonde woman to the mat. But hey, if I had just studied European Flags some more or not bet like a dumbass in my one chance at Jeopardy, I could have possibly had at least ONE WIN on my belt. So we all have our regrets.
In the end, I’m loving this season already and can’t wait for there to be a ‘who looks best in a speedo’ Detour that the Gay Orchestrators win in a landslide.
It’s been a rough month or so for me in terms of work. Basically been nonstop in order to try to stay ahead or keep up (it changes, depending on the day), and for quite a few weekends, I would take Saturday off for my sanity but be working from home on Sunday to keep getting shit done. What have I been doing? Making myself invaluable in the world of COBOL apparently:
Take a gander at that article. That’s been my life, getting to know the client’s COBOL programs and decipher them into readable pseudocode. What’s amusing to me is that I honestly might be learning this skill that keeps me gainfully employed; it’s not sexy by any means, but so much still runs on a COBOL backbone and industry is just not really ready to ignore the ol’ adage of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
Anyway, the 3-4 weeks of intensity has managed to finally get lessened due to that hard work. So that’s been great. It’s still busy during the week of course, but I have been able to take a full weekend both this one and the last. Yay!
So, what else has been going on? Let’s go through some of the pictures, shall we?
OH MAN. So much excitement with Season 3 coming up in like a month. I have to keep expectations in check, but it’s so exciting to realize we’ll get some answers one way or another so soon.
A few weeks ago, Entertainment Weekly released 3 covers that all had to do with Twin Peaks. If you lined them all together, you could see they all formed one “last supper”-ish picture of major components of the cast. When I realized this was happening, I managed to finally get to Barnes & Noble and snag 2 of the 3 covers, but of course the ‘good’ cover was the one I couldn’t find, which was the one with David Lynch, Cooper, Laura and Audrey. Of course. I held out one piece of hope though – that Larry’s subscription issue would come with that cover, and happily enough, that turned out to be the case. All 3 covers were MINE.
I am so freakin’ excited for this.
Here are some more official photos of the covers in their full glory:
In the midst of all my geekery, I went back to Welcome To Twin Peaks and looked at their video links. One of them was to what has been thus far an amazing analysis series that covers the entirety of the show, and while it leaves a lot of the charming and esoteric details for when watching the show, you can watch this analysis and get a pretty great sense of what has happened in advance of Season 3:
I’d just managed to finish watching through to the recap of winding down from solving the Laura Palmer mystery, and am interested in how it deals with the Windom Earle plot as well as Miss Twin Peaks and the dive into the Black Lodge. And of course, the frustrating then-“series” finale which is no longer the bane of the show’s existence. “How’s Annie?”, indeed.
Fun @ WeHo’s Flaming Saddles
Yeah, so when you make it to one of WeHo’s very festive gay bars, you can rest assured eventually some hot mofo will be dancing around for you to ogle. And sure enough, a weekend ago, Larry & I got to enjoy that pastime. Greta was celebrating her birthday and her girlfriend Stacey invited us out to Flaming Saddles, a WeHo outpost of a place we’d also visited in NYC many years back. Anyway, we had a blast. After a few pitchers of beer, how could you not have fun? Drag queens, gays, hot guys dancing around….yeah, you tell me how you can’t have fun. Well, I can actually tell you the best way to fuck it all up: add shots. Larry & I had been drinking $13 pitchers of beer for a while, but of course when it’s a birthday party, people always think you need to add shots. OOF. Larry wisely and by necessity passed, but I was like SURE. Danger, Will Robinson, Danger! Yeah, I entered the zone of blackout drunk and a 36-hour hangover period. Day drinking is a fun thing, but it’s not a right. And you can easily fuck that up if you’re not careful. Anyway, still a blast, and something I’d love to do again. Just don’t mix.
If you get the chance to visit some place like Flaming Saddles or the Abbey, I highly recommend it. What’s not to love?
Work Goes to the Standard Rooftop in DTLA
The new partner overseeing the national practice that I work in came to visit our humble Los Angeles office and meet us. It was a good day and all of us were in the area so why not have an after-work happy hour atop the Standard Rooftop? It’s just a block away from where we work, the weather was stunning, and the view was great.
See for yourself!
So that brings us to this weekend. I’m obviously skipping a lot, but I’ll have to make up that differential with some more posts, like movies we’ve seen, etc. In the meantime, it’s getting close to bed time and today has been a long one, with our Griffith Park run kicking it off and then a lot of work doing laundry, ironing, watching TV, and well, getting mentally prepared for another week. Le sigh.
Hope all is going well out there for everyone else in this nutso time we live in.
It’s been a week, that’s for sure! Let’s do this bullet-point style:
Work was pretty busy this week. Had a NYC contingent come out and we’re doing so much advance preparation work that I am starting to dread just what the actual work-work will be like when it’s finally time for that to occur. Good thing about them coming out is that we will have team dinners, so that’s kind of cool and fun.
Worst part of the week? Getting rear-ended on my drive into work on Wednesday morning. Added fun was that I also had a coworker in the car with me as we were carpooling to the client site. Even better? There was absolutely nothing I did to contribute to this incident. Basically, while we were all waiting on Los Feliz Blvd approaching the 5 freeway, and while I was literally stopped in traffic, the new Uber driver behind me was busy looking to see if there were any fares and apparently missed the fact everyone was stopped. My car helped out in that regard, it seems. It was quite a slam, and happily the seat belts kept us firmly in our seat, but we got slammed into the seats due to the force of the impact. I had expected to see my rear bumper on the ground, but Mazda makes a pretty solid car, and I think the fact it was a solid bumper-to-bumper hit helped a lot. But his license plate frame is firmly indented in my bumper. He kept repeating that it was his first day as Uber driver, to which I asked if this was his first day driving too? Probably a good thing I didn’t get my ass kicked after that, and the guy really wasn’t a bad guy about it. But still, not a great way for the hump day to go. Add to that that while I’m feeling quite achy, my coworker seems to have gotten whiplash-y feelings in his neck area, so that’s good times.
Next week I might get to be on a jury! yayyyyyyyy…… here’s hoping I don’t.
We saw ‘Masterminds’ last weekend – funny, but stupid. Love the cast though, as they always make me laugh.
Celebrated Sveta’s 40th birthday during brunch this past Sunday, and it was just such a good time with epic friends. Guess I’m under 30 days now till my big day. YAY.
Got way more pics to post from the honeymoon – which btw seems like such a long time ago now. 🙁 Lots of work to go through all the pictures, but I do love doing it as it really is fun to review and since I take pictures of nearly everything, it’s quite a great record of all the activities we did. Next up is our champagne tour in France….so cool.
Lots of TV returned, didn’t it? We’ve been watching the latest season of American Horror Story, Survivor, and….well, there’s other TV too, but I’m spacing out. We finally caught up on My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and that is just the best show. So good.
Larry sent me the following Instagram feeds of seriously hot doctors that for some reason have to do with his work. Somehow I love it but also want to know just why this has to do with work? 😉 (Spoiler: I don’t care and am just jealous)
I just realized that it’s “8/8/2016” which is 8 years after “8/8/8” (aka 8/8/2008) which was when NBC’s coverage of the Beijing Olympics began. MAN. That doesn’t feel like 8 years ago, but here we are.
It’s sometimes very strange to consider I used to work at NBC! That’s weird, but it also isn’t. I was talking to Larry yesterday about how my interest in the Olympics is back to the levels it was before I was employed at NBCU, which is basically nil. The only things I do care about….the Men’s Gymnastics Team(s), that’s for damn sure – hello Sam Mikulak and Jake Dalton:
Sam Mikulak, fine as hell
Sam Mikulak really coming into his own in the hotness arena
This team is insane.
And Jake Dalton, with the most American name ever, quite the picture of hotness.