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We Moved!

I had a good long run going for updates on the site….not a perfect run, but definitely a very active and responsible run.  But then, moving happened and now look at me.  Well, no time for excuses – it’s been hectic and exhausting moving to Glendale but it has been completely worth all of the stress and exertion.  Larry & I love our new place and I think we are about 70% of the way towards it being livable.  We’ve gone and installed tons of shelving and organization to make things fit, we’ve gotten rid of even more stuff, we even ended up getting a storage unit as it was just too hard to say “trash everything that won’t fit.”

Work has also been good, although I am still not officially on an “engagement” at this point, but I am poised to be involved in hopefully two different ones.  I’m probably in the boat of “be careful what you wish for” as I am enjoying not having to travel all that much.  But I’m sure it’s coming.  I’ve been loving the SHIT out of riding the Metrolink into Union Station and taking the Red Line to work.  I can’t tell you how little the commute stresses me out now that I don’t even have to deal with the 110 or the 101 at all.  Like, I’m not on the freeways.  My drive is up and down Central in Glendale, which can feel like a fucking demolition derby at times, but hey, that is STILL better than the stupid DTLA freeway jam.  Believe that.

Alright, so lots of pictures below.  Enjoy, or not.  And I pledge to be a little more frequent and active on this site.  I miss it too!

March 28, 2015 – Moving Day!

28-Mar-2015 07:55, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 40
28-Mar-2015 07:56, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 40
28-Mar-2015 07:56, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 2.65mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
 
28-Mar-2015 09:08, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 125
28-Mar-2015 09:09, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 80
28-Mar-2015 09:09, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 32
 
28-Mar-2015 09:11, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 32
28-Mar-2015 09:11, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
28-Mar-2015 09:12, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 32
 
28-Mar-2015 09:14, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 32
28-Mar-2015 09:15, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 32
28-Mar-2015 09:15, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 32
 
28-Mar-2015 11:23, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 32
28-Mar-2015 11:23, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 32
28-Mar-2015 11:23, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 32
 

March 29, 2015 – Storage Unit Day!

29-Mar-2015 10:17, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 32
29-Mar-2015 11:23, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 2.65mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 40
29-Mar-2015 15:38, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 40
 
29-Mar-2015 15:39, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.042 sec, ISO 250
29-Mar-2015 15:39, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 250
29-Mar-2015 15:39, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 320
 
29-Mar-2015 15:39, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 320
29-Mar-2015 15:39, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.042 sec, ISO 250
29-Mar-2015 15:39, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 64
 
29-Mar-2015 16:49, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 64
 

March 30, 2015 – Reducing the Trash Day!

30-Mar-2015 12:59, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 50
30-Mar-2015 12:59, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.042 sec, ISO 250
30-Mar-2015 13:41, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 125
 
30-Mar-2015 13:41, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 250
30-Mar-2015 13:42, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 32
 

April 2, 2015 – DTLA and Metrolink Pics Day!

02-Apr-2015 12:48, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
02-Apr-2015 12:48, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, ISO 32
02-Apr-2015 17:50, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 32
 
02-Apr-2015 17:52, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 32
02-Apr-2015 17:52, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 32
02-Apr-2015 17:53, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 32
 
02-Apr-2015 17:53, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 32
02-Apr-2015 17:53, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 32
 

April 4, 2015 – IKEA and Home Improvement Day!

04-Apr-2015 12:57, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
04-Apr-2015 12:57, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
04-Apr-2015 16:00, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 64
 
04-Apr-2015 16:01, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 40
04-Apr-2015 16:07, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
04-Apr-2015 16:07, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 125
 
04-Apr-2015 16:17, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 250
04-Apr-2015 16:29, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.042 sec, ISO 250
04-Apr-2015 16:45, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 64
 
04-Apr-2015 17:20, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
04-Apr-2015 17:20, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 40
04-Apr-2015 18:50, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
 
04-Apr-2015 18:51, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 160
04-Apr-2015 19:48, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 160
04-Apr-2015 20:10, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 160
 

April 5, 2015 – More Improvements Day!

05-Apr-2015 09:47, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 160
05-Apr-2015 09:47, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 40
05-Apr-2015 10:37, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 80
 
05-Apr-2015 10:37, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
05-Apr-2015 11:40, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 125
05-Apr-2015 18:09, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
 
05-Apr-2015 18:09, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
05-Apr-2015 18:30, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
05-Apr-2015 19:00, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
 
05-Apr-2015 19:48, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 32
 

It’s Happening

Today’s our last full day at our Franklin Hills home!  We’ve reduced a whole lot of our possessions, we’ve moved a good percentage of things there on our own, we’ve even added some new furniture to aid in getting rid of other stuff.  And now, it’s time to get ready for tomorrow and all that entails.  Movers, stress, and relief when it’s all over.  I can’t wait!

Here’s some pics of our handiwork from last night – those shelves were a bitch and a half to actually complete.  Ugh.  But they’ll be worth it.

26-Mar-2015 18:42, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 32
26-Mar-2015 19:50, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 250
26-Mar-2015 20:15, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 400
 
26-Mar-2015 20:42, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
26-Mar-2015 21:16, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
 

Thinning the Clothes Herd

We’ve had kind of an eventful week around here in the Larry-Hobie Household.  On Monday, we went to Glendale and got a couple of tours at apartment complexes there.  The first one we went to was pretty decent but we weren’t actually able to get a tour of an open unit (I don’t understand why I would be allowed to go to the office if that’s the case, but whatever) and instead just a Youtube video and a chance to talk to the leasing office rep.  Found out the units are completely carpeted.  That’s kind of INSANE in this day and age.  Why would you want that?  In the bedrooms, sure, but everywhere else?

So we then went to the next apartment complex, and BAM!  It’s exactly what we were looking for, and cheaper than what we’re paying now.  Disclosure: we’re paying a pretty big amount for where we live, and we both think it’s not exactly money well spent.  Multiple reasons, really:  living space is really spread out but the actual living room is compressed with the dining area, which is clumsy.  ANYWAY – we loved the complex and after getting a tour of the unit and all the amenities, we were given a pretty great offer.  We slept on it and then on Tuesday, after reaching out to our auto insurances to check how badly our premiums would go up and instead found out they’d be going DOWN (guess we’re in a worse neighborhood/zip code for auto insurance than even Glendale), it became a no-brainer.  We’re moving!  We’ll have an overlap during the month of March to conduct a soft move, with us aiming to be out of our Franklin Hills/Los Feliz place by March 31.  Exciting!  Pictures to come when we get our keys on Saturday.

Anyway, what about my headline for this post?  Well, I’ve been continuing work on the effort to Marie Kondo my stuff, and today was finally getting into the clothes situation.  It’s very satisfying to throw all the items of clothing in each category (coats/jackets, t-shirts, shirts, sweaters) on to the ground and then take each one in hand in order to determine if the item actually brings you joy/happiness.  It’s kind of shocking to see how much stuff I kept schlepping along with me all these years.  So here are the pictures from today’s efforts in getting coats/jackets, t-shirts, shirts and sweaters thinned out.  It was exhausting, so pants, shorts and underwear are happening tomorrow.  Then a trip to Goodwill on Friday to get rid of it all, along with to the UPS Store in Silver Lake for their paper destruction facility.  Be gone, excess!  (This is going to make moving soooo much easier!)

The shirts on the upper right and the polos in the lower-left are mine.  Maybe surprisingly, this is an AFTER shot.  I had a lot of junk that needed to go.
The shirts on the upper right and the polos in the lower-left are mine.  Maybe surprisingly, this is an AFTER shot.  I had a lot of junk that needed to go.25-Feb-2015 15:40, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 250
Polos were cut by half, easily.
Polos were cut by half, easily.25-Feb-2015 15:41, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 320
Just looking back the other way and at all my hangars that no longer have a use.  I DID Joan Crawford my way to no wire hangers though!
Just looking back the other way and at all my hangars that no longer have a use.  I DID Joan Crawford my way to no wire hangers though!25-Feb-2015 15:41, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 250
 
The initial stack of clothes (on the left) that are going to Goodwill.  Those on the right aren't salvageable and are headed to the trash.
The initial stack of clothes (on the left) that are going to Goodwill.  Those on the right aren't salvageable and are headed to the trash.25-Feb-2015 15:41, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 640
Off to Goodwill with you!
Off to Goodwill with you!25-Feb-2015 15:41, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 640
BEFORE:  my kind of hectic t-shirt and sweater storage area.  UGH.
BEFORE:  my kind of hectic t-shirt and sweater storage area.  UGH.25-Feb-2015 15:42, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.059 sec, ISO 250
 
25-Feb-2015 16:30, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 320
AFTER:  T-shirts in a much more manageable quantity; Sweaters too and also organized by function and weight.
AFTER:  T-shirts in a much more manageable quantity; Sweaters too and also organized by function and weight.25-Feb-2015 16:30, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 250
Me!  (in my Veronica Mars Kickstarter t-shirt)
Me!  (in my Veronica Mars Kickstarter t-shirt)25-Feb-2015 16:30, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 400
 
The stack of Goodwill-bound clothes grows bigger
The stack of Goodwill-bound clothes grows bigger25-Feb-2015 16:31, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 400
My trash
My trash25-Feb-2015 16:35, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 2.65mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
These things will have new forever homes soon enough with Goodwill
These things will have new forever homes soon enough with Goodwill25-Feb-2015 16:52, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 320
 

2010/11 – Moving to California

After having moved to New York/New Jersey for my career at NBC following my time in the US Air Force, I was able to get the opportunity to then move to Los Angeles while still working for NBC.  Even better, Larry was up for moving with me!  We ended up driving across the country via a southerly route as it WAS the middle of the winter and driving I-70 or I-80 at that time sounded pretty horrible.

Of course I took a ton of pictures during this voyage in Larry’s newly-acquired used Toyota Prius, as while it’s always fun to explore new parts of the country, we also managed to visit each of our dads on the way out.  All things considered, it was a pretty great roadtrip, and better yet, we didn’t kill each other!

Legs of the Journey

December 28, 2010 – Moving Day

I’m a wreck during a move.  Even if it’s all paid for and such, I get so stressed out about the entire process, whether it’s the packing of the boxes, the moving of the boxes, where the movers have to park the truck, how they have to move the stuff there, who’s watching the stuff, thinking about how much stuff I have and feeling guilty, UGH – so much stress.  And that’s just the first half of things!  (you know what though?  my stress is seriously lower after this first half; the receipt of goods and unpacking is so much easier in my mind)  During this move, it was going to be a 2-day move, with the first day being the packing of boxes and the second one the loading of boxes into the truck.  Mother Nature, being the bitch that she is, decided otherwise though and dumped a giant amount of snow into NYC on that first day. Because of that, traffic was halted and the moving truck couldn’t get in, so we lost a day.  That next day was a LONG day then as they got there first thing and were packing and schlepping into the truck all day, and then we had to get Larry’s stuff at his storage unit.  SOOOO LONG OF  A DAY.  Even writing about it in July 2014 gives me anxiety.

28-Dec-2010 13:22, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.042 sec, ISO 80
28-Dec-2010 13:22, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.042 sec, ISO 80
28-Dec-2010 13:22, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 100
 
28-Dec-2010 17:33, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 1000
28-Dec-2010 17:33, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 1000
28-Dec-2010 17:33, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 1000
 
28-Dec-2010 17:33, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 1000
28-Dec-2010 21:23, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 1000
28-Dec-2010 21:23, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
 
28-Dec-2010 21:24, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 640
28-Dec-2010 21:27, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 1000
28-Dec-2010 21:28, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 1000
 
28-Dec-2010 21:28, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 1000
28-Dec-2010 21:28, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 640
28-Dec-2010 21:28, Apple iPhone 4, 2.8, 3.85mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
 

December 29, 2010 – Ft Lee, NJ to Frederick, MD

2014-07-01_1429

We spent that evening over in Fort Lee with Larry’s mom as we no longer had a place to live in or stay within the city.  It was also nice to have a comfortable place to start our journey from.  After saying goodbye to Fran and Joel, our immediate next stop was down in Hoboken, where we had a chance to have breakfast with Larry’s sister Alyssa.  After that though, it was time to head out, taking I-95 out of the state.  Before we could, we hit a HORRENDOUS traffic jam right after the last NJ toll booth in which 25 toll lanes try to merge into 2 lanes, but that day, one of those lanes had an accident in it.  It was awful.  We persevered and eventually got through Delaware and then into Maryland, where our destination was to where Larry’s father lived, in Frederick, MD.  This was my first real chance to interact with him and it was a good time, especially as we also got to play with his father’s many dogs.  I remember having to take some allergy medicine to survive though.

29-Dec-2010 09:52, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 80
29-Dec-2010 09:57, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 80
29-Dec-2010 09:57, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 80
 
29-Dec-2010 10:09, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 80
29-Dec-2010 10:10, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 80
29-Dec-2010 10:11, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 8.0, 6.2mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 80
 
29-Dec-2010 10:11, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 8.0, 6.2mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 80
29-Dec-2010 10:45, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 8.0, 6.2mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 80
29-Dec-2010 10:45, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.013 sec, ISO 80
 
29-Dec-2010 11:41, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 8.0, 6.2mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 80
29-Dec-2010 12:50, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 8.0, 6.2mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 80
29-Dec-2010 12:54, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 8.0, 6.2mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 80
 
29-Dec-2010 12:59, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 8.0, 6.2mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 80
29-Dec-2010 13:20, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 9.0, 7.23mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 80
29-Dec-2010 14:44, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 8.0, 6.2mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 80
 

December 30, 2010 – Frederick, MD to Columbia, SC

2014-07-01_1437This was one of our big drives of the journey.  It’s also one of the most boring stretches of highway there is, as it’s a lot of beautiful green and lush countryside, but damn, there’s absolutely nothing out there.  After we said our goodbyes to Larry’s dad, we headed back towards 95, skirting Washington, DC, and then doing the long slog through Virginia and North Carolina.  Even when we got to South Carolina, there was still a long ways to go along the highway from I-95 to Columbia, and by this time, it was dark.  I remember when we got into Columbia, the city felt deserted.  There was almost no one out, but I’m sure that it was due to the fact that it was cold as hell outside and a rainstorm was coming this way.   We really did feel that we were racing against the weather at this point.

30-Dec-2010 08:24, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 640
30-Dec-2010 08:24, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.013 sec, ISO 400
30-Dec-2010 08:24, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 800
 
30-Dec-2010 08:24, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 250
30-Dec-2010 08:25, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
30-Dec-2010 10:26, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
 
30-Dec-2010 10:26, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
30-Dec-2010 10:27, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
30-Dec-2010 10:31, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
 
30-Dec-2010 10:34, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 80
30-Dec-2010 10:34, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 8.0, 6.2mm, 0.01 sec, ISO 80
30-Dec-2010 10:34, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 80
 
30-Dec-2010 10:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 4.5, 14.303mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 80
30-Dec-2010 10:40, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 80
30-Dec-2010 11:01, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 80
 

December 31, 2010 (New Year’s Eve!) – Columbia, SC to Biloxi, MS

2014-07-01_1456And now our wonderful trek through the American South.  At least it was along pretty decent corridors, as Atlanta is pretty decent as is Montgomery.  I’ve got two longish periods of time from the AF spent in Montgomery, but it was so strange to notice how different it felt than the last time I was there.  It’s been REALLY developed since 2004, which was my last real period of substantial time there for SOS.  The drive from Montgomery to Biloxi though turned into kind of a nightmare, as the promised rainstorms found us something fierce.  There were hellacious periods of rain when you couldn’t even see through the windshield it was that thick with water.  Kinda stressful.  We did manage to make it to Mobile and pull off the road for a little bit, just to de-stress and get gas.  At that point, the rain actually stopped – thankfully as that was when it was pretty dark.

It was also New Year’s Eve, and it was a good thing that we had booked ahead.  I remember I had tried to get a room at one of the casinos there, but that was a no-go.  Ended up getting a room at the Hampton Inn, but I’m pretty sure it’s on the site of the old Ramada Limited I had stayed in for my first month of BCOT back in 1999.  Of course that particular structure didn’t survive Katrina, so this is a new hotel.  After relaxing a bit, we “celebrated” our NYE by going to the Beau Rivage for some dinner.  I marveled a bit more at how much different Biloxi looked too – so many of the casinos I knew were gone due to Katrina.  Beau Rivage looked familiar but it definitely had received a lot of work to reopen.  We then wandered over to the Hard Rock Casino to see if there’d be anything to do, but it ended up just being every redneck out with his woman enjoying the night.  So safe to say, it wasn’t our cup of tea.  We made it back to the hotel around 11:30 or so, figured it was NYE on the East Coast, and called it a night.  It had been a long day.

31-Dec-2010 08:29, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 80
31-Dec-2010 08:29, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 4.9, 18.6mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
31-Dec-2010 09:29, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 8.0, 6.2mm, 0.01 sec, ISO 80
 
31-Dec-2010 09:29, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 80
31-Dec-2010 09:39, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 80
31-Dec-2010 09:39, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 4.5, 14.303mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 80
 
31-Dec-2010 09:39, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 80
31-Dec-2010 09:40, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 4.9, 18.6mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 80
31-Dec-2010 09:40, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 4.9, 18.6mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 80
 
31-Dec-2010 09:41, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 80
31-Dec-2010 10:13, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 80
31-Dec-2010 10:16, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 80
 
31-Dec-2010 10:35, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 80
31-Dec-2010 10:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 2.8, 6.2mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 80
31-Dec-2010 10:49, Canon Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS, 8.0, 6.2mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 80
 

January 1, 2011 (Happy New Year!) – Biloxi, MS to Castroville, TX

Biloxi_SanAntonioAh, 2011 – I remember thee well.  I think it was nice that we went to sleep before NYE hit the Central Time Zone as it had been exhausting, and what was even more fun was that when we departed Biloxi, it was raining and foggy.  Yay!  This was probably the longest segment of the journey (I think I keep saying that?) as not only were we leaving Mississippi, we were crossing all of Louisiana and half of the great state of Texas.  A LOT of ground to cover.  I think after BCOT when returning to San Antonio, I stopped in Lake Charles because I had no ambition to cross that much distance on my own.  It does help to have shifts to make it.

The drive ended up being fairly easy though, as once we got out of Mississippi, the weather cleared up.  Stopped for gas at a Louisiana rest stop that was all sorts of crazy, having a casino attached to it as well as a knife shop.  Why’d you ever want to leave?  At the end of the day’s journey was my dad and Pat – and I wasn’t sure what to expect.  Were they going to have us stay in an inflatable dinghy out in the rain?  A tent?  But no, they actually got us a really nice hotel room which was much appreciated.  It was also so nice to see them again after not having seen them since leaving Colorado.  Haven’t seen them since though, so wow to that, I guess.

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January 2, 2011 – Castroville, TX to Van Horn, TX

Castroville_VanHornHere’s where I thought it would be fun to have an adventure.  🙂  First, we had a very nice breakfast with Dad and Pat and the pups – a typical Texican breakfast and it was delicious.  Had to say goodbye though and head out on the road, which is where I was thinking, let’s not be boring and take the I-10….let’s take 90!  That way we’ll get to see the distant vistas and eerie emptiness of a state that you find in the beginning of a horrific Stephen King novel.  My dad warned that it probably wasn’t the best idea, but I was undeterred.  It would be fun.  And you know what, even though I’m writing this as if it all went to shit, nothing terrible happened.  In fact, it was a pretty awesome way to go and see parts of the state that you definitely wouldn’t from I-10.

It was just the idea of what might happen to you if your car broke down while out there.  Because THAT was frightening.  So we took Route 90 west from Castroville, putting you right on the fairly decently-traveled route between San Antonio and Del Rio, which is where Laughlin AFB is.  That wasn’t a big deal and fairly innocuous.  It was when you kept going on 90 though when things got a little creepy.  At one point, we passed a completely empty and deserted ghost-town.  At that same point, I looked at the cell phone signal and saw that there was absolutely no signal available.  Holy shit.  When we stopped at a “rest stop” just to pee off the side of the road, I asked Larry to leave the car running.  There was no way in hell I wanted to take that chance.  After a certain point of desolation, it was like, let’s not press our luck much more – so we headed back from 90 to I-10 at the next possible point, which took us to Fort Stockton.  It also took us to a delicious and beautiful McDonald’s right off the highway!  Best food ever at that point.

After getting back on I-10, it was time to finish our leg and head to Van Horn, TX, a city I had also stopped in long ago on my way to BCOT in 1999.  It looked fairly the same, but this time, I didn’t just grab fast food like back then.  After we checked in to our comfortable Holiday Inn Express room, we went to a pretty cool restaurant, the Hotel El Capitan, with a great art deco theme.  Decent food too, and surprisingly expensive if I remember correctly.  Surprising because it’s freakin’ Van Horn!  Regardless, it was nice to just make it nearly out of Texas without a terrible story.

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January 3, 2011 – Van Horn, TX to Phoenix, AZ

VanHorn_PhoenixAnother pretty desolate drive, to be honest.  It’s a slog especially through New Mexico and southern Arizona as there is almost nothing from the time you leave El Paso until you get near Tucson.  It’s a long, bleak drive.  When we finally arrive at our pretty swanky hotel in Phoenix, it was like a breath of fresh hipster air.  The restaurant we ate at wasn’t crowded at all but it just felt like civilization again.

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And Finally, We Reach our Destination!

January 4, 2011 – Phoenix, AZ to Duarte, CA

Phoenix_DuarteThis drive was positively easy – a mere 350 miles or so.  The desert crossing was nothing, we stopped in Indio for some much-deserved In-N-Out for lunch, then got to Duarte in the afternoon where Mom and Harv were waiting for us!

It was a fun drive to do with Larry and I was impressed neither of us tried to kill the other.  Also impressed that his Toyota Prius was a total champ the entire time, with there never being a hint of a problem at all.   After that drive though, I’d have to say I may have had my fill of cross-country drives.   Unless it’s about moving, count me as one who definitely appreciates the efficient transport method of air travel!

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Movin’ on up (movin on up!) to the Upper West Side!

Where the hell have I been?  Gosh, it’s been awhile, hasn’t it?  Sorry ’bout that, y’all!

What’s the crazy exciting news going on right now, you ask?  I am moving to NEW YORK CITY!  I know, I know, didn’t I do that  over a year ago?  Kinda.  But I was still across the river in Jersey.  Close, but definitely no cigar.  But I knew back in November that I was ready to finally live on my own and most importantly, move into the city.  I’ve been checking listings a lot over the past 30 days.  Mostly through craigslist because hey, it’s free.  Of course, you get what you pay for.  But one listing I clicked through on had a link to the actual site.  The ad in craigslist was actually quite informative so I was impressed enough to follow the link to the real site.  Good move on my part.  The site belonged to this guy who not only puts great pictures of the properties up, he also puts up detailed floorplans (a huge rarity in the online world) and great descriptions.  Here’s the link to it while it’s up of the place I fell in love with online and once I saw it in person, I had to have it:

http://www.ccrny.com/?detail&rrecno=54495

Go ahead, be jealous.  Sure, it’s ‘only’ a studio.  But DAMN.  It’s a huge giant space with 12′ ceilings.  Those windows are awesome.  It’s in the Upper West Side on a fantastic street (72nd).  It’s a block and a half away from the Dakota (where John Lennon and Yoko Ono lived) and Central Park.  My commute to work, via two possible subway routes, is about 15 minutes.  It’s basically ridiculous.  The rent will probably appall anyone who doesn’t live in NYC and the immediate area around it.  I know it’s appalling to me when I really think about it.  But for the area and what I’m getting, it’s incredible.  Also, there’s a freakin’ attic over the kitchen for storage.  Plus, the closet is incredible in that over the two sides where the clothes hang, shelves go up like another 10-12 feet.  You think i’m exaggerating.  I am so not.  I will need a damn Lex Luthor library ladder to get up to the top shelf if I need to.

So that has been an exciting thing to do.  My lease will start Jan 1 but I will also have both places at the same time during January.  Hopefully that will make moving not so stressful.

Other than that – let’s see… it’s been a while but it’s mostly been busy at work or hanging out with Larry.  Thanksgiving I spent with him and his family in Fort Lee, which was a lot of fun.  I am headed home to LA for Christmas though, so look out California!  You’re lucky Prop 8 passed or I may have just got myself gay-married for kicks!

Of course plenty of fun things have happened in the meantime, but I really can’t detail them all.  I’ve been writing like crazy still for RealityNewsOnline but Amazing Race just ended!!! Booo….  They are asking me back to recap the new NBC show “Momma’s Boys.”  I would never watch something like this but if they want me back to write for them, who am I to complain?

I haven’t linked to my stories lately, so let me see if I can find the recent ones and link them here:

Episode 8’s Insider Video recap:
http://www.realitynewsonline.com/cgi-bin/ae.pl?mode=1&article=article17367.art&page=1

Episode 9’s Insider Video recap:
http://www.realitynewsonline.com/cgi-bin/ae.pl?mode=1&article=article8542.art&page=1

Episode 10’s Insider Video recap:
http://www.realitynewsonline.com/cgi-bin/ae.pl?mode=1&article=article8551.art&page=1

Hopefully my recap of the finale’s Insider videos will be up really soon.

Peace out!