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Off to Scottsdale! Oh, More Pics too…

So for the rest of the week, I’m going to be in Scottsdale, AZ for a work event.  I just looked at the temperatures for the week – a jacket will not be necessary.  This weather reminds me why I’m in no rush to live in Arizona or to ever move back to Las Vegas.

So to get these photos out while they still are fresh in my head, here are the rest of the pics from this past week back East!

May 28, 2015 – LAX when on my way to Newark

This was the beginning of my journey.  It was also the beginning of a very shitty set of flights, leading to me getting very little sleep.  I have complained before about this fact.  Anyway, for my flight from LAX, I actually had to take a shuttle bus from the American Airlines terminal over to the American Eagle satellite terminal.  This bus gives you a tarmac-level view of the airport and it’s kinda cool!

May 30, 2015 – Larry’s Actual Birthday while also Jake’s 6th Birthday Party

There was a big family event happening on Larry’s actual birthday, so we celebrated Larry’s the night before and after.  We headed over to his cousin’s amazing house where a very nice barbecue was being held, and it was a perfect chance to catch up with a lot of his family I normally don’t see all that much.  I love them all and it was a blast.

My pics (including our morning walk with Fran):

Jon’s pics:

May 31, 2015 – Seeing the Mad Men exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens

There is an AMAZING exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image all about the show Mad Men.  There are costumes, props, writers’ notes, etc all in an exhibition celebrating the show.  Incredibly and most impressively, the sets for Don’s office in the SC&P building as well as the old Draper kitchen were re-assembled here.  You can walk into them up to a point and it’s amazing.  All the little details you remember are in place too, like ashtrays, record players, and family knick-knacks.  A truly fascinating exhibit for a splendid show.

Unfortunately, no pictures were allowed in the exhibit.  Feh!  But I did get some of the museum’s exterior as well as the drive to Queens from Ft Lee and back.  A must see though if you get the chance (it’s there until September of this year!).

June 3, 2015 – Visiting Alyssa, Jon & Stacey in New Jersey

June 1 & 2 were mostly focused around work.  I went to Boston on the 1st (up AND back) and it was exhausting.  Then i went into the city for work on the 2nd, getting back that night for Fran’s birthday dinner at a great Italian restaurant, which was a lot of fun.

But on the 3rd, it was the day when Fran & Larry were going to pick Stacey up from daycare.  So while they did that, I worked from Jon & Alyssa’s house.  Once they got back to the house, we then went to dinner – again, lots of good food and drink while getting to spend some extra time with Jon & Alyssa, which we don’t get to do all that often.

June 4, 2015 – Thursday in NYC

Thursday is the new Friday, as always, when it comes to going out in NYC.  Larry and I went into the city on the bus together that day, but while I went to work, he met up with Treva and had some adventures over by the new Whitney museum, which pictures you can see included in this collection.  I met up with Larry after work and then we headed over to Gramercy Park Hotel to have a drink (or three) with our awesome pal, Amy, who we met back in 2011 on our first Med cruise.  So much fun.   Larry & I then headed to dinner at Pigalle, the scene of our first date nearly 7 years ago.  Where’d the time go????

June 5, 2015 – Morgan Library with Stuart & Treva

Friday night we met up with Treva & Stuart to close out our time back east in a proper fashion.  It’s always necessary to see these guys as they’re also the best.  The meeting point was at the Morgan Library, which was truly J.P. Morgan’s stand-alone library that he had built for himself.  It’s fascinatingly over the top.  The museum has some modern additions that make it quite a stunning space, as you’ll see in the pics.  Of course the old-school libraries are stunning in quite a majestic way too.  A Lincoln exhibit was there but it was fairly mobbed so I didn’t see all the writings there, but a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation I did see so that was cool.

After the museum we ate a fun taco place in the Murray Hill area (I think) and then grabbed dessert at the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park.  The options for eating in NYC are endless and it’s wonderful.

June 6, 2015 – Going Home

Well, it was finally time to head home.  Honestly, I was more than ready for our own bed again!  I got back to LA first as we had booked our flights separately.  I ended up getting through a majority of a book that Nicki highly recommended, Ready Player One.  It’s realllly good and of course because it deals heavily in 1980’s pop culture and videogames, I’m totally invested.  It’s also a very fun story in and of itself, but the sheen of the 80s on it definitely makes it more interesting.

And the pictures are now caught up!  I’ll need to get some thoughts together on the movies I’ve seen over the past few weeks that I’ve neglected to write about, Pitch Perfect 2 and San Andreas.  Maybe tomorrow from Arizona!

Toasting Mad Men’s Ending, and other stuff

We got home from Magic Mountain way earlier than closing time as there was some good good television to watch on Sunday night.  Game of Thrones didn’t disappoint while also setting off quite a few people in the viewing audience as the ending scene was horrific….because it depicted the brutal and awful wedding night consummation of Sansa with Ramsay. Sansa-Theon-e1431929013199-1940x1089 We all know Ramsay is a terrible bastard in all meanings of the word but he’s also depraved, and we were hoping Sansa wasn’t going to become a victim yet again.  Here we are though, left with the awful image of Theon/Reek having to witness what we can only hear.  Will Sansa emerge from this a victim, or is this a necessary evil she willingly suffered in order to continue the hopeful revenge story of the Starks against all their betrayers?  Who knows? We’re firmly in non-book territory with this plot point as what happened in Book 5 was with a fake-Arya character and was far more horrific than what happened this episode.  I’m going to hold out hope that Sansa isn’t made into a victim yet again and also inserts Littlefinger as her ultimate target for retaliation.  But of course, only when the time is right.  That motherfucker deserves a whole lot of payback.

Mad-Men_LogoBut yeah, the best part of the TV night was the series finale of Mad Men.  It was a wonderful hour+ of television and a very fitting end to the series.  Lots of happy-ish moments found within, including a Peggy-Stan relationship long in the making, Joan taking the reins of her life and not waiting on some man to make it okay, Roger finding happiness with a lady who matches him perfectly, the Campbells OWNING their new station in life as they head to their waiting Learjet….those things were awesome.  Don Draper’s existential crisis though?  That was amazing to behold.  Devastating, but amazing.  And then to see him pull through at the very end and it implied he came up with the most famous Coke ad of all time? Mad-Men-finale-690 LOVED IT.  That smirk at the end was just perfect  – he’s made it finally through this cycle of pain, and he’s ready for the next cycle to begin.  I hope, as much as one can hope things for fictional characters, that he is there for his children as that was still the saddest and most tragic part of the hour.  But I think even if he still remains at the level of engagement he had before with them, Sally will pull it off.  Man, what a ride this show was.  Just an amazing series, and one that’ll be sorely missed now.  I’m just glad it went out on a high note and stuck the landing….coughLOSTcough….

In other things?  Work is certainly picking up!  I’m nervous, excited, and all around ready for this to get going!  I just hate the stress I cause myself when I’m in this phase.  Let’s do this!

Fun Stuff in the Universe Today

A few things have been released today that just are so wonderful and incredible that I just need to make sure I’ve preserved it somehow.  This is all for me, clearly, but if you get enjoyment out of these, that just means you’re okay in my book.

First up?  A first teaser trailer for the upcoming Blu-Ray release of the complete Twin Peaks story, including both seasons of the show, the movie Fire Walk With Me, and even better?  FUCKING 90 MINUTES OF DELETED SCENES FROM THE MOVIE.  I watched the trailer and nearly lost my damn mind seeing brand new footage obviously restored to like-new quality.  A-mah-zing.

Next!  Just saw this morning on my Facebook feed that last night on Watch What Happens Live on Bravo that Jon Hamm and Amy Sedaris were on.  They reenacted a scene from Season 4 of Mad Men, with Jon Hamm playing Don Draper (duh) and Amy Sedaris playing JERRI BLANK from Strangers With Candy(!!!!!) playing Peggy Olson….. it is so incredible.  so incredible.

If this embeds, this is possibly my most favorite scene from Strangers with Candy:


What ELSE is this fabulous Thursday going to bring?  Stay tuned!