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If You Seek Amy

That’s the title of one of Britney Spears’ new songs and if you say it just right, it is also highly juvenile yet HILARIOUS.  I can’t believe one of her songs is titled that.

WELL!  Here’s where things stand now that it’s 2009 –

  • I now have TWO apartments and ONE house.  I have officially become a real-estate mogul.  Okay, that’s taking it a bit too far.  But right now my name is associated with the Riverwalk apartment in Jersey, my soon-to-be swank UWS apartment, and my house in Colorado.  Oy.   A lesser person would pass out from the stress.  Me?  I just develop panic attacks!  LOL. 
  • Concerning the oh-so-awesome new apartment, I got the keys last week before New Years.   Before I went home to Los Angeles for Christmas (more on that later), I bought a new 52" Samsung flat-panel LCD TV which is effing AWESOME.  I was going to buy it from Best Buy, but those bitches had a) the nerve to not have a delivery date for it before JANUARY 20 (yes, still in our future) and 2) not even have the TV I wanted in stock in any of the 6 stores around the NYC area and iii) I know I mixed up the listing increments.  I did that for Jenny.  She has a love of the Bart that is the ultimate in unrequited love so I thought I’d give it some appreciation.  BWahahahahaqhahahahahahaha1!111111111!!!!!
    • I ended up using Crutchfield.com and man, I wonder why anyone would buy big-ticket electronics anywhere else.  I got the same price I would have paid for a lesser TV for the much higher-end model, FREE shipping, and no sales tax.  SahhhhWEEET.  They ended up delivering that this past Friday (Jan 2nd) to my empty apartment.  And it is awesome to behold.  I also bought from Crutchfield a matching TV stand and Larry & I built that yesterday and today, having fair to satisfactory success. I say that because the floor in my apartment is not what one would call ‘level’.  It took a bit of work to make it okay.  But once I put a lot more stuff in the place, it won’t look wrong.
    • Yesterday we went to Macy’s where I bought a new couch since I had sold all my previous couches before moving away from Colorado.  I got a Macy’s card and got it on 12-months same-as-cash, which is YAY!  Free shipping on the couch too, which is a 4-pc sectional.  Comfy.  I’ll get that this upcoming Friday, after…
    • …the movers come move me out of my current digs in West New York!  I set that up for Thursday which is all sorts of stress-inducing for me.  I hate moving with a passion.  I wish it was just over.  It soon will be, but still.  Hate it.
    • So come this upcoming weekend – well, I think I’ll have a pretty fucking awesome place. 
  • Christmas in Los Angeles!  Yes – I flew back to Los Angeles from the 23rd through to the 28th.  It was so great to get back home and see Mom and Harv, as well as a whole lot of other friends and family. 
    • The first day back, Harv picked me up and for dinner Mom had got us El Pollo Loco!!!!!  I heart El Pollo Loco and really wish it existed out here in NYC, just like I wish the Noodles chain from Colorado Springs was out here too.  <sigh> 
    • The first family outing was on Christmas Eve when we partook in the Sperske annual Christmas Eve celebration, although many of the cousins/kids didn’t make it this year, so it was a relatively quiet time.  Doesn’t mean I didn’t have a good time though seeing all my aunts and the cousins who did show up.  It’s always fun when this family gets together!
    • On Christmas Day, we went over to our friends EB & Andrea’s house in Monrovia, and of course had EB’s world-famous prime rib.  I ate far too much and literally had a food headache after getting back home that night.  It’s a good thing, but not really.  But it was so delicious!
    • The day after Christmas, I got to spend some time with my buds Mila and Sveta.  Mila came over in the early afternoon and picked me up and we began our Memory Tour ’08 in style, first going to Target.  Mila likes to pretend she celebrates Christmas and definitely enjoys the after-Christmas sales on all holiday items.  Then we went to BURGER BASKET(!) which is one of our cherished childhood places to eat.  We would eat there all….the….time.  We also swung by MHS and took some pictures (all my pictures are still on my camera for a little bit longer – sorry!).  We then headed out to North Hollywood where Sveta lives and we crested the Hollywood Hills and drove around West Los Angeles and ate at our spot, The Stinking Rose ( a great garlic-y restaurant).  It is never a dull moment with all of us together.  I really really hope those two can make it out to visit me this spring.  It would be redonk.  After dinner we drove around some of the Hobie highlights, including around and in UCLA and Westwood as well as various locales throughout Los Angeles.  It was so strange to see that Bookstar Beverly Connection was actually gone and replaced by an Old Navy!!!!!!!
    • Finally on Saturday, we met up with some of Harv’s brothers and sisters-in-law at Mimi’s Cafe which was awesome as I hadn’t seen them for literally five years.  Then that afternoon my stister Stacie and her husband Phil and two of their boys came over for some Christmas fun. 
    • As you can see, it was non-stop and it was EXHAUSTING.  I loved it, but seriously, that was not what anyone could call ‘relaxing’. 
  • And of course, New Year’s in New York!  This year was a  whole lot better than last year’s (and the year before that, and so on and so on…..) as one, I had someone to kiss that wasn’t family or a friend.  Two, it wasn’t spent alone, which I’ve done far too many times to count as an adult.  Third, it was a blast to celebrate it in New York City.  Shelly’s co-worker (and our friend, of course) Claudia had invited us to where her husband, Gualti, is the head chef at, a restaurant called Revel, in the Meatpacking District.  So Shelly, Larry, and I went along with Claudia and it was a great time.  It was definitely cold as hell outside, and I feel bad for those poor schmoes who felt that Times Square was their place to be to ring in the new year.  No gracias.  But inside the restaurant, where we had a full four-course meal and fantastic wine, the atmosphere was fun and exciting.  And warm.   It was nice to not be crammed into a place where you can’t even sit.  It was especially nice to be amongst friends and of course, Larry.  So yes, I hope this New Year’s celebration was a sign of good things to come. 
  • These last few days, it’s just been a matter of getting everything lined up for the move.  The TV is there and the cable guy was there this morning hooking up my high-speed internet and HD-DVR service.  Yay!  Thursday will be moving and Friday I’ll get a couch.  Saturday night is the loft party!!! Be there or be square (this is what cool people say when they throw parties….)  Larry & I even cleaned the windows today – ugh, those bad boys were Le Filthy. 

Normally I do a wrap-up of the year, and I think I still will.  Probably tomorrow.  But I at least wanted to let you know I was still kicking around and hope that everyone is doing well too.  Here’s to a fantastic 2009!!

Where the hell have I been?

Strong inflection on the ‘I’ there above! 

First, before I forget to put a link here, yet again one of my articles has been published on realitynewsonline.com!!  A guy is definitely getting used to this…  Here’s the Amazing Race 13 Insider video recap for Episode 7, by yours truly:
http://www.realitynewsonline.com/cgi-bin/ae.pl?mode=1&article=article8513.art&page=1

Alright, in regular stuff, Larry has been ridiculously busy at work so there haven’t been any really exciting things to report on.  Last weekend I did go see ‘Role Models’ which was pretty damn funny, but I probably could have waited to see it via Netflix.  That weekend was also a three-day weekend, and I ended up taking it VERY easy.  On that Friday night I had first gone after work to have drinks with coworkers (that is always fun to say and actually do) and afterwards I met up with Larry where we had dinner and then went to one of the nicer gay bars in town, Therapy.  We both proceeded to get pretty trashed.  The rest of the weekend was very lowkey as Larry had to work during most of it.  I did get to see his office.  He is up on like the 15th floor so he actually has a window and a view.   His company has two floors and because it’s an advertising company, it is much more about having an interesting aesthetic.  They have a common room area in one corner of the building that has this completely windowed dramatic view of Manhattan skyscrapers.  It’s incredible, and would be a fantastic place to have a company event.  So jealous, as this 2nd floor nonsense doesn’t provide for too dramatic of views.

But then again, this morning I was looking out the window and lo and behold, the Christmas tree has been wheeled in.  It’s on its side now and I will have pictures up shortly.  I just can’t believe it’s been a year already!!! The FTPs are soon to return!!!!!!!

Anyways, the rest of that weekend was cool, as I watched blu-rays and played lots of Fallout 3 (LOVE THAT GAME).  Also visited Larry on Sunday and we went to see ‘Zack and Miri Make a Porno’, which was pretty entertaining.  I just didn’t like that it ended without resolving to my satisfaction one of the KEY aspects of the movie.  WTF?  But I think I was alone in my letdown. 

So now it’s been a decently busy week at work.  There’s been plenty to do and I’ve been doing it, but I sense upcoming drama.  Actually it comes from the fact that I am planning to move out when the lease ends.  Shelly & I have discussed it but I don’t really know what she will do.  Of course she’ll land on her feet, but I really just have to move into the city and I want some privacy again.  I knew the roommate thing was only going to be just to get me on my feet here in NYC, but I’ve got my footing and I want to have some privacy again. 

This weekend looks to be another lowkey one though, as Larry has to work yet again.  I really want to catch Quantum of Solace, as it looks fantastic.  I know the reviews are mixed, but I read one from the Digital Bits this morning that most closely aligned with what I was anticipating.  Basically, this looks to be the second part of a narrative that encompasses both Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.  If looked at in that way, and taken together, these two movies combine to totally reintroduce Bond.  The following movie will probably be where it truly starts with a whole new story.  I really didn’t capture what The Digital Bits had to say, so here’s a link to what Bill Hunt was saying on 11/14/08:
http://digitalbits.com/#mytwocents

So that’s where we’re at now.  Happy Belated Birthday to Jenny from the Block!  Of course it’s still my birthday month so any further presents are welcomed and encouraged.  🙂

Peace out!

It’s My Birthday!

Woo hoo!  Turning 32 doesn’t happen everyday, now does it?  Nope!

I started the weekend off (Halloween) in a pretty blech and bleak mood, to be honest.  I’m not a Halloween fan and didn’t have any plans, so I just went home.  I had packed up Fallout 3 and Little Big Planet so those helped take my mind off things.  Fallout 3 freakin’ rules.  I haven’t played Little Big Planet and am a little afraid to, as I have a feeling I’ll get seriously addicted.

Oh yeah, I still haven’t uploaded and messed with all my pictures, so that will still have to wait. I’ve got pics from Vegas, DC, and Madonna (!) and just random ones too.

Then on Saturday, I met up with Larry and we had a great evening, first going to the restaurant where we had our first date (awww…..) and then walking a helluva lot, first through Times Square, then down to the Meatpacking District (no snide remarks here, people) where all the very trendy clubs and bars are (where we got mistaken for cops by some drug dealers, ha!), and then finally over to Union Square.  We ended up at a fairly trendy bar called Coffee Shop (I’m not kidding) and had some very nicely priced drinks there before heading back.  On Sunday, Larry made me breakfast (he’s a dynamite chef) and then we met up with Shelly at the WinterGarden Theater on Broadway to see Mamma Mia!!!!  Yay!  It’s the musical I’ve seen…a lot.  And it doesn’t get old.  Afterwards, we all went to a restaurant called Blue Smoke that has FANTASTIC BBQ.  Plus there is some hellaciously good Mac & Cheese there.  In fact, it reminded me a lot of that bbq place right near Nellis that I can NOT remember the name of.  What the hell was it called?  But the Mac & Cheese there was delish too.

And now today is my Birthday.  It’s nearly over now, but it was a pretty decent one.  Not bad for the 32nd, and considering it was spent on a Monday and at work.  So I’ve been sick though the past few days with a crappy cold and I woke up as expected with a bunch of phlegm to clear out.  I know, gross.  At work though, I got there and saw that Rockefeller Plaza had been transformed in to NBC’s Election Plaza – it’s pretty fantastic looking.  And now 30 Rock is bathed completely in Red, White, & Blue and the rink has an Electoral Map underneath the ice.  Anyways, this morning I was able to make some serious strides in solving some work issues that have been bothering the hell outta me the last week or so, which was a welcome victory.  Then some awesome coworkers picked up Magnolia Bakery cupcakes for my birthday!!!  How sweet is that?  These things were delicious, and apparently (and deservedly so) quite well-regarded in the dessert circles.  In the afternoon, there was a ‘meeting’ about Super Bowl clearances I was supposed to attend but it was a ruse to get us birthday folk there for cookie cake!!!!!!  I Heart Cookie Cake.   So yes, the birthday at work was pretty sweet.

Thanks to everyone for the well-wishes and the birthday greetings.  Much love and thanks to Mom & Harv and Larry too for the gifts too.  Thank you so much!!!

Here’s a gift that I’d like to get from the U.S. tomorrow though:  Elect Barack Obama as the President.  And from California, please vote NO on Prop 8.  Thank you in advance, as I know the right thing will be done.

Oh, and here’s a link to last week’s Insider Recap article for the Amazing Race:
http://www.realitynewsonline.com/cgi-bin/ae.pl?mode=1&article=article8478.art&page=1

So, here I go with 365 days till the really cool birthday age of 33!  LOL.

And as a present to you all, here are two fantastic videos with Natalie Portman and Rashida Jones – the first, we shall just call:  Puppies.

And this one, we shall just call, Kitties.

PHOTOS: Latest from iPhone

I got the latest bunch of photos I’ve taken with my iPhone and put them here as I haven’t used my Canon for anything since my excursion with Larry last week.

So what do we have in this batch?

First, there is a pic of Larry from when we went out to dinner this past Friday and also when I took a pic when we were down in the Grand Central subway station for the 6.

And second, some pics from the Lincoln Center when Shelly and I went there to see Puccini’s Tosca performed in concert with the New York Philharmonic. Yep, we’re a couple of culture hounds.

June 13 & 14, 2008 – iPhone Picture Fun

It's Larry!
It's Larry!13-Jun-2008 22:16, Apple iPhone, 2.8
Grand Central
Grand Central13-Jun-2008 22:22, Apple iPhone, 2.8
At the Avery Fisher Theater in Lincoln Center
At the Avery Fisher Theater in Lincoln Center14-Jun-2008 19:44, Apple iPhone, 2.8
 
Right before the concert, Tosca, began
Right before the concert, Tosca, began14-Jun-2008 20:00, Apple iPhone, 2.8
Shelly and Me - I wasn't quite ready. iPhone actually has a bit of delay when taking a pic!
Shelly and Me - I wasn't quite ready. iPhone actually has a bit of delay when taking a pic!14-Jun-2008 20:00, Apple iPhone, 2.8
That's better, although I should probably composite the two of these so both of our smile faces are in one pic
That's better, although I should probably composite the two of these so both of our smile faces are in one pic14-Jun-2008 20:01, Apple iPhone, 2.8
 
The lights literally darken....
The lights literally darken....14-Jun-2008 20:02, Apple iPhone, 2.8
Just to show the side balconies
Just to show the side balconies14-Jun-2008 20:02, Apple iPhone, 2.8
 

No More April

Thank God. It started out great enough….okay, part of my life was okay when April started, but overall the month was just shitty.

Don’t get me wrong – I’ve definitely had shittier months. Just refer to February 2008, or 2003, or the beginning of 2006….or hell, any of my entries usually has some sort of pessimism in it. Let’s be real. But it’s always tinged with my trademark sarcastic enthusiasm, so hey, it’s not all bad. But April….. the beginning of the month was the rollout of my project/program to a challenging bunch of people at work that made me want to do very bad things. But of course, I didn’t. But it was stressful as all get out and to think that was all within April when it feels like FOREVER ago…distressing. At least in that regard, things have gotten modestly better (knock on wood). And then of course the fun of having someone who I really liked in my life and then suddenly not having him in my life (aka getting dumped) was a real reality-settling-in moment. It was good to have happen though. I have a date this Wednesday evening (yay!) and I’m not going in with anything but just the expectation to have fun and meet someone new. Whatever happens – happens.

Alright, I haven’t updated in a few weeks. And there’s been times where I just wanted to post a random thought. I really need to figure out how to integrate a blogsite to this here website, as I have some wonderful things to write about but by the time I get home, I am so far removed from motivated that it never happens. That may be what occurs on this site very soon. And maybe I’ll finally put up the Flash-based theme site I got for this here site. But that would take some work.

What else has happened? Plenty. Two weeks ago when I was over in the Jersey/CNBC facility in the morning, my friends Arielle and Dan decided it would be fun to do something to my desk (which is where I was relocated to after squatting in a pretty damn sweet window office for the first 6 months) while I was away from 30 Rock. So before I got to 30 Rock in the afternoon, I had received an email from someone I didn’t know at work wishing me a Happy Birthday….hmmm…that’s odd. Then I get to work and as I turn the corner to see my desk, it’s COVERED in birthday decorations and there’s even a birthday card for me. Yes, a birthday card. Signed by quite a few people. I went over to Arielle who is laughing hysterically. They decided to tell everyone it was my birthday and they got streamers, a banner, and even a singing balloon (which is LOUD) for the occassion. These people are nuts.

Also went with Shelly finally to a gay bar – I’ve gone a few times, but not with her (typically while on a date). So this past Friday night, we had decided to meet up and she’d come into the city while I’d just stay and hang out until she got in. So first I went to City Lobster and grabbed some food and a few beers and basically texted a ton of folks while waiting. Then when Shelly arrived and after she had some dinner, we strolled over to Posh, a gay bar I had heard was a lot of fun but with minimal attitude (which unfortunately is typical of many of the gay bars around – I usually ignore it but it’s very evident when you go to most places that you’re evaluated and appraised as soon as you walk in) – luckily Posh turned out to be a lot of fun, and they played great music. That’s one of the things I love about the gay bars – us gays know from good, fun music. 🙂 Shelly and I had a blast and were dancing the entire time. I wasn’t on the prowl (nor will I ever be, to be honest) but I think many in the bar were confused as to what my deal was, as here I was dancing with an attractive female in a gay bar. Were we a straight couple lost? Was Shelly my Grace? I noticed plenty of looks my way but I’m not sure if they were looks of interest or looks of trying to figure things out. One guy leaned over and mentioned to Shelly that we were adorable as we were obviously having so much fun dancing. I realize, now, that was a possible opening for me…and I’m retarded. But I just was having so much fun. And I was a little blitzed. Luckily it was all beer though so no nasty hangover the next day. I can’t wait to go back there though. As well as some other clubs/bars – including apparently one of the mega (although also ‘touristy’) gay clubs called Splash. Oh well, I like touristy!! And hotness. Just sayin’.

BTW, Madonna’s new album, Hard Candy, is fantastic.

And one final thing: I got a PlayStation 3. Yes, Byron and Robbie, I have finally joined your ranks. And it is wonderful. I got it mainly because of Grand Theft Auto IV, which is un-frackin-believable. I have been playing GTA3: San Andreas again just to get in the ‘mood’, but damn, the graphics differences are mind-boggling. Literally, the virtual world in GTA4 is jaw-dropping in its realism. And now having been in NYC for a while, it’s very authentic. I haven’t made it into the ‘Manhattan’ section yet, nor the ‘New Jersey’ side either, but I can’t wait to see if there’s a Rockefeller Center-ish place. They seem to have made everything else. I also picked up 2 Blu-Ray movies: 300 and Happy Feet. Blu-Ray is unreal and has to be seen to be believed. So yes, I’m finally a member of the High-Def cool kids in both movies and the video game generation. YAY!

Okay, one real true final thing: Jeff Crepeau just invited me to a 30th Birthday Party bash in Colorado Springs at the end of the month…and I think I’m going to accept. Now it’s just a matter of seeing what the price of plane tickets are for Memorial Day weekend…but who goes to CS for Memorial Day weekend????? 😉

And for your viewing pleasure, some pics from my not-birthday.

Apr 24, 2008 – My Not-Birthday

It's NOT my birthday
It's NOT my birthday24-Apr-2008 12:17, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
That's my new window-less desk
That's my new window-less desk24-Apr-2008 14:03, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
Evan my coworker who also got to experience my not-birthday
Evan my coworker who also got to experience my not-birthday24-Apr-2008 14:03, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
 
Later that evening after everyone had left, I transplanted the decorations to Arielle's desk
Later that evening after everyone had left, I transplanted the decorations to Arielle's desk24-Apr-2008 18:14, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
And there she was the next morning, enjoying her not-birthday
And there she was the next morning, enjoying her not-birthday25-Apr-2008 08:10, Canon Canon PowerShot SD900, 2.8, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 141
24-Apr-2008 12:04