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Raining Like a Mofo

It’s been raining a LOT here in Los Angeles the past few weeks – much much much more so than it did during last year’s promising-but-ultimately-disappointing El Nino that didn’t provide us in SoCal any of the promised precipitation.  But this winter, the rain has been coming steadily and it’s kind of awesome.  We need it desperately and then what is good is that we’ll get a day or two to let it drain away and get the rain to soak in a little, and then rain will come back.   Anyway, it’s been a good thing to get in our region, and while a lot of northern California is getting a huge hit in their drought levels, I think SoCal, while doing better, would need a helluva lot more rain than what we’ve been getting.  But it’s better than nothing, that’s for damn sure.

The picture above is the extent of my exposure to the rain today.   Well, that’s almost accurate.  I did go out on to our balcony and started tossing buckets of soapy water against one of our outer windows that has had a nasty nasty screen for over a year, due to the construction that had been going on next door back in 2015.  I figured with all the rain coming down, no one would notice a crazy person tossing the water the way he was and even if they did, so what?  The rain was going to wash away any of the evidence.  I’m so glad I did this though as I’ll no longer get aggravated opening the blinds in the breakfast nook area and see the filthy screen.  The window will actually be able to be seen through!  Hallelujah.

Yesterday was a reassuring day – Larry & I didn’t go to any of the marches, but I’m encouraged by all those that did.  Especially with the reactions it is getting from those in office.  Love it.  I’ll be happily donating money to all sorts of causes in the next few years, and proud to do so.  We all do our part in various ways, and I happen to know money goes a long long way, and plays a part, just as does the visible and public acts do.  Here we go.

Last Weekend in my Thirties

This year, 2016, has just been a shitshow.  Giant Asterisk, of course:  Getting married and going on our honeymoon in September was pretty sweet.  But other than that, it’s hard to look fondly at 2016.  And here I am having the last weekend of my thirties and while I’m not considering jumping out of a window it still is kind of like a big WTF.  How did we get from this:

When I turned 30
When I turned 30

to this?

My face when thinking about turning 40
My face when thinking about turning 40

The 10 years in between have gone by like crazy.  Is it really possible that I ended up living in NYC and New Jersey for a stretch, met the love of my life, and then ended up back in Los Angeles?  That all really happened, didn’t it?  I guess it did, and this here website kind of showed all those details too.  Still blows my mind though.  And maybe those 10 years didn’t exactly go by in the blink of an eye, but now that I’m at the precipice of 40?  Sometimes it feels like it.  40 is the new 30, though, so it’s all good. Continue reading Last Weekend in my Thirties

Rain?

Woke up this morning and while lying in bed, I could hear some strange noise against the bedroom window.  I mentioned that to Larry and he got up and went into the kitchen to look out the window there (far easier to do that than for us to open our bedroom blinds!):  sure enough, it was raining!  We’d been warned that it might rain, but never actually thought  it would!

July 18, 2015 – Rain in July!

18-Jul-2015 09:26, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 5.3, 17.6mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 125
18-Jul-2015 09:26, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 5.3, 17.6mm, 0.01 sec, ISO 125
18-Jul-2015 09:26, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 5.3, 17.6mm, 0.01 sec, ISO 125
 
18-Jul-2015 09:26, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 5.3, 17.6mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 125
18-Jul-2015 09:27, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 5.3, 17.6mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 125
18-Jul-2015 09:27, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 5.3, 17.6mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 125
 
18-Jul-2015 09:28, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 6.0, 24.7mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 125
18-Jul-2015 09:28, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 6.0, 24.7mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 125
18-Jul-2015 09:28, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 6.0, 24.7mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 125
 
18-Jul-2015 09:28, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 6.0, 24.7mm, 0.01 sec, ISO 125
18-Jul-2015 09:28, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 6.0, 24.7mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 125
18-Jul-2015 09:28, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 6.3, 80.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 180
 
18-Jul-2015 09:28, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 6.3, 80.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 125
18-Jul-2015 09:28, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 4.5, 10.7mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 125
18-Jul-2015 09:29, NIKON COOLPIX S9900, 3.7, 4.5mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 125
 

Rain!

It’s been since February of this year since Los Angeles has had a good rain storm, and today and yesterday were fantastic rain days for us.  Here’s some shots from Curbed LA showing some of the impact….yay for rain!

3Dec2014

Rain & Legos & The Theory of Everything

Well go figure – it’s raining in Los Angeles.  Not only today, surprisingly, but also it’s going to rain this week and apparently quite a lot.  I love that we’ll get the rain but I dread the traffic that’ll arise from it.  UGH.  I took some pics today of the rain because it’s always an event when we get it!

30-Nov-2014 17:33, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 1250
30-Nov-2014 17:33, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.0, 10.926mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 1600
30-Nov-2014 17:33, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.0, 10.926mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 1600
 

For the final day of November, I figured it was finally time to put together my other LEGO gift from Larry, the Trevi Fountain set.  It was a blast to see it all come together and I am now needing to get many more of these LEGO Architecture sets.  I long ago got the Rockefeller Center one and that sits in my office, but this Trevi Fountain one is likely staying at home.  I like the memories it carries with it as it makes me think of our trip to Rome.  I added some of the photos from Rome we took in 2011 to show some contrasts with the LEGO set and the real place.  I should put a LEGO guy where we sat when we tossed our coin into the fountain!

Here are the pics of the set I took after building it today:

30-Nov-2014 17:54, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 1600
30-Nov-2014 21:06, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.1 sec, ISO 1600
30-Nov-2014 21:06, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 160
 
30-Nov-2014 21:06, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 1600
30-Nov-2014 21:06, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.5, 9.07mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 160
30-Nov-2014 21:06, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.5, 9.07mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 400
 
30-Nov-2014 21:07, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.5, 9.07mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
30-Nov-2014 21:07, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.5, 9.07mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 200
 

This month’s posting schedule was certainly lacking, wasn’t it?  I think I’m going to try to finish off the year strong, as I had intended when I started this renewed effort to post much more regularly at the beginning of 2014.  Here’s hoping I get to post about good stuff in December.  I’ve been quite stressed about certain things going on and I have a feeling that one way or the other I will find some stuff out this week.  I actually feel confident about the situation, but I am well aware that things can definitely not go your way.  I’m ready for that too.

Oh, I think regardless of how the above turns out, I’m dragging Larry & myself back to Disneyland.  This time, we’ll spend the night there and go for 2 days though.  Not wanting to do the 16-hour adventure again!

2014-11-11-movieposterThe Theory of Everything (2014)

Saw this at the Hollywood Arclight Cinemas on Nov 29, 2014

Oh Yeah!  Larry & I went to the movies yesterday.  We went and saw The Theory of Everything, the movie that tells the story about Stephen Hawking’s life with his wife, Jane, and the ups and downs they experienced from when they met, when he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, and his eventual great success in the world of astrophysics and cosmology despite his physical conditions.

I have to put it out there that I fully expected this to be a romantic and a defying-the-odds portrait of a superhuman couple that pushed through the hardest of circumstances and came out the other end even more in love and successful.  It’s clear I hadn’t read a Wikipedia entry on Stephen Hawking, isn’t it?  As while the movie starts off on a path of being a beautiful biopic of someone with a fantastic intelligence beset by terrible tragedy and the strong woman beside him through it all, about halfway through, that movie goes away.  Something much more interesting and real ends up on the screen instead, and while jarring at first, you end up thinking about these characters as real people who aren’t perfect and superhuman.  They do their best but aren’t afraid to face the facts when they need to be faced.

It’s a fantastic movie about a very fascinating couple and will likely get nominated for quite a few awards.  Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking is amazing and becomes unrecognizable once he starts portraying the stricken Stephen Hawking;  Felicity Jones is also quite good as Jane Hawking, and both give performances that make you like and respect each of these real persons.  This is NOT a movie that will help you to understand what Stephen Hawking’s scientific theories are about though – you’ll need to watch Cosmos or go ahead and read “A Brief History of Time.”  Honestly, I think I do want to read that now, as in this movie you are reminded how interesting and awe-inspiring Mr. Hawking is.