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Cabinets & Sound of Music for a Great Weekend

We just got back from visiting our in-progress home.   Yes, we’d been there just 2 weeks ago and saw that there was some major progress made as drywall had been put up!

Two Weeks of Travel & Stress, But We Made It

In two weeks time though, a lot has changed!     First thing we noticed once we were there was that the drywall had been pretty much sealed up.   If you look at the pictures from the post above, the drywall was up but it didn’t look finished yet.   It looks finished now.   What got us over here today though was that we had confirmation that all the cabinetry was up!!!  And boy oh boy, finished walls and cabinetry up in all the rooms makes this place look that much more finished.  It’s fucking fantastic.  Look for yourself!

Cabinets & Finished Drywall – Sept 23, 2018

You’ll see in those last few pictures that we ended up going for a long walk.   Larry’s commute will be markedly improved once we move, as he’s no longer going to have to cross the 101/170 interchange or the 5/134 interchange – both of which are terrible and soul-killing.  Mine though?  It’s going to take some figuring out.   For going into DTLA, I do have plenty of options but none of them are like, super easy.  There’s an Orange Line stop about a mile south of the house, so Larry suggested we walk it to see how it goes.   The day was right for it, so off we went.  Saw the pretty Valley Glen Community Park before getting to the Orange Line stop.   Definitely a do-able walk, but I’m thinking some kind of bike or scooter would make this easier.  Anyway, on the walk back to the house, we walked up Coldwater Canyon and saw the Great Wall mural of California History.  It’s pretty cool.   Walking through the neighborhood was a nice way to get a better feeling for the area, and I think we’re gonna like it here.

YESTERDAY was the Sound of Music Sing-a-Long at the Hollywood Bowl, and it was wonderful.  I don’t have to explain it again, do I?  It’s what we do every year and we’ll continue to do as long as they keep having it.  Based on yet another sold out crowd, I doubt it’s going away any time soon.  Melissa Peterman was the host (for her 14th time in a row!) and is just fabulous and glorious and so quick on her feet.  Love her.   There was a marriage proposal this year, which was new!  Anyway, The Sound of Music is just as glorious as it ever was, and I love it so.

Sound of Music Sing-a-Long, Sep 22, 2018

Sound of Music Sing-A-Long vs Me on Jeopardy!

Larry edited my chat with Alex and we tweeted it over to the flamazing host of the Hollywood Bowl Sound of Music Sing-A-Long, Melissa Peterman….and she responded!

So yeah, I’m ready for my second round of fame due to my Jeopardy Experience.  It’s gonna happen.  My body is ready.  Regardless of any of that, still very excited to go again this year.

A Front-Row Sound of Music Sing-A-Long!

People, I was BACK for this year’s Sound of Music Sing-A-Long at the Hollywood Bowl, unlike last year when I got scheduled for training in Dallas.  Let it be said that was all actually for the best, as I got to see my Dad and explore a little bit of Dallas.  I was totally ready for seeing 11/22/63 and finally understood the geography of that crazy area.  But I digress, as this is all about starting off our Hollywood Bowl season!

It’s weird that the SOM Sing-a-Long is on a Friday in June, when for so long it was a Saturday night in September, which made it much easier to get to.  It’s kind of a bitch to get to the Hollywood Bowl on a Friday night, justsayin.  Happily, we still just take the shuttle from the LA Zoo parking lot and it makes things much simpler.

Mila and Sveta were there this year, as were some of Mila’s friends and coworkers, Sonny, Ellen and Robin.  It was kind of jaw-dropping to see that we were headed right to the very front of the auditorium – like literally the front of the crowd.  It was awesome.  We got to see the costume contest in all its glory, and being that close felt like watching The Sound of Music in IMAX.  Loved it.

The costume contest winner ended up being this ridiculously adorable little girl dressed up as the Baroness – I think the cuteness was a good start, but the girl hit us all with a one-two punch with the “two” being when she dropped the line, “Haven’t you ever heard of this wonderful thing called boarding school?”  The Baroness’ most villainous line coming from this super cute little moppet won over not only those seek cuteness but also icy gays like myself who worship at the Baroness’ feet.

As for the movie, it was of course wonderful.  I had had a pretty stressful week and was in desperate need of something like this, which meant my weekend was not bad.  And I even avoided getting completely plastered like I did two years ago.  OOF.  I can still remember that.  Or I can still kinda remember that.

2016 Sound of Music Sing-A-Long @ The Hollywood Bowl – June 24, 2016

A Truly Amazing Day

…and I’m in Dallas for some anti-money laundering training for the WEEKEND never thinking how huge a day June 26, 2015 was going to be.  Fuck.   What I wouldn’t give to be back home today and celebrate this amazing day with Larry, my family, my friends….

Of course, first, we had the sensational news that the Supreme Court had effectively stricken down the laws against gay marriage in states that had them, and thus gay marriage was legal throughout the country.  About fucking time.  I’m going to quote here, for posterity, the wonderful statement made in Justice Kennedy’s remarks:

No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family.  In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.  As some of the petitioners in this case demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death.  It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage.  Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves.  Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions.  They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law.  The Constitution grants them that right.

The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed.

It is so ordered.

SO ordered, indeed.  I can’t wait to get home and start really getting ready for my completely nationwide-legal wedding to Larry!

Later in the day, as President Obama was speaking his eulogy for the slain pastor from last week’s slaughter in Charleston, he sang “Amazing Grace” and reduced anyone watching to tears:

Incredible.

I will miss this President when his term is finished.

And so now I sit here and wish I was back home.  Tonight is the Sound of Music Sing-a-long at the Hollywood Bowl, which is way earlier than it has ever been before.  My mom is using my ticket though so at least something good is coming of it as she’s not had the experience.  It is the 50th anniversary of the movie, so maybe some awesome surprises are on their way?  For my part, I’m listening to the soundtrack (“My Favorite Things” is currently playing).  GOD DAMN, why didn’t I look at my fucking personal calendar before signing up for this fucking training?????  I am actually physically angry at how this turned out.

The one good thing that I really am going to focus on is that things are going to work out and I’ll get to see my dad tomorrow after the session is done!  It’s quite a schlep he’ll be making so I’m super appreciative.  Can’t believe how long it’s been, yet again.

Finally, after today’s session, I quickly hightailed it over to the Book Depository here in Dallas, TX.  After reading 11/22/63 and of course just the morbid fascination that such a place in history holds, I knew that if I was going to do anything touristy, that would be it.  It ends up being quite an experience, as they’ve put up a very intense and immersive experience on the 6th floor of the depository, which is where Oswald carried out Kennedy’s assassination.  The corner of the building he was situated in has been recreated to look like it was, and it’s decidedly creepy.  A very good exhibit nonetheless – I’ve taken pictures but I don’t have an easy way that I can think of at the moment to get them here…but I may update this post shortly as I’m thinking of something.…Yay, Google Photos – thanks for making this work out after all…Pictures!

June 26, 2015 – Visiting the Book Depository in Dallas, TX

26-Jun-2015 16:54, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
26-Jun-2015 17:04, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, ISO 32
26-Jun-2015 17:04, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, ISO 32
 
26-Jun-2015 17:06, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
26-Jun-2015 17:06, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
26-Jun-2015 17:06, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
 
26-Jun-2015 17:07, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
26-Jun-2015 17:10, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 50
Looking down at about the same view as Oswald had
Looking down at about the same view as Oswald had26-Jun-2015 17:53, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
 
26-Jun-2015 17:54, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
That white X on the road is where it is presumed the fatal shot was experienced
That white X on the road is where it is presumed the fatal shot was experienced26-Jun-2015 17:54, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
26-Jun-2015 17:54, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
 
This was the stretch of road the motorcade was on before turning right below onto Elm
This was the stretch of road the motorcade was on before turning right below onto Elm26-Jun-2015 17:54, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
26-Jun-2015 17:54, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
26-Jun-2015 17:54, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
 

And did I mention how much I wish I was home?????

The Sound of Music Could Fucking End You

Okay, so Funnyordie.com is the best.  You probably already know that.  But here’s some more proof, coming on the heels of the already-known amazing Lady Gaga/Sound of Music performance from yesterday’s Oscars.  The Sound of Music, itself, wants you to know it fucking owns Hollywood (click the image below to read the full thing for yourself on the site):

fod_soundofmusicIt’s absolutely hilarious and I had no idea The Sound of Music was such a cokefiend.

As for previous epic and wonderful things that Funnyordie.com has made, here are some of my other favorite things:

I mean, this is just awesome….and we all know it’s not too far off from the truth!  But I’m not biased.

And of course, Funnyordie.com hosts the best Game of Thrones recap, Gay of Thrones.  Here’s the last one which I’ve already posted here but fuck it, let’s post it again, as it’s fucking awesome: