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Larry Visited the Picard Set

I had sent one of the pictures that Larry took of himself while at the Picard set when I reached out to the TNC podcast guys, but there were more that he took.  It was a nice day in August when his friend Greg brought up that he could take Larry to go visit the studio in Santa Clarita.   This was before Larry was going to go back to NYC to get the hepatic pump surgery at Sloan Kettering, so it was kind of essential timing for us to do this while Larry was feeling okay.  Actually, Greg ended up picking Larry up from the Burbank UCLA infusion center when Larry had gone back to get his portable pump removed, and they then drove together to Santa Clarita.

Once there, Larry had the chance to go to producer offices, where this TNG chair actually sits, and with their approval, he was able to sit in it and be a Starfleet Captain for a moment.  He also got to then go into the set, seeing the set for the Picard spaceship (which we still haven’t seen in the show thus far, but we’re only 2 episodes in – it is visible in the trailer, so these pictures aren’t spoilers), as well as seeing the set where a fight scene was being filmed that involved Jeri Ryan’s character.  He got to go through the propmaster closet and see all sorts of cool shit and talk to the propmaster about all things Trek.  No Patrick Stewart meeting unfortunately, and that never did come about – at one point, there was a chance Larry could go to Malibu to visit the set and meet him the next week, but production issues curtailed that possibility at that time, and of course upon return Larry was in no shape to really try that again.  But one cool thing was Larry got to meet Akiva Goldsman, one of the executive producers of the show, and a giant Star Trek geek.  Of course, Larry and Akiva went on and on about Star Trek while Greg endured it.  🙂   I’m so glad that was able to happen and I thank Greg so much for making this all happen.    Larry was so happy because of it.

August 16, 2019 pics from the Picard Production Offices:

And here’s a video of Larry as Picard:

Website Note:  Posts from January 20 through now are obviously posted in real time, but posts between January 2019 (anything except the lone Rescue Me post from September) and January 20, 2020 are retroactively being inserted – their datestamps won’t indicate or show that I’m posting them now, but yeah, 2019 will start having more and more posts.   I want to post all the pictures I can of things we did last year, but I didn’t have the mental mindset to post at the time.   I can’t let Larry’s last year go unobserved.  It’ll hurt, but also, it’ll be wonderful to see his fighting spirit as he continued to try to live a life of fun and joy and happiness and love.

Larry Loved: The Next Conversation Podcast

If you knew Larry, you knew he was a giant fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation.   He loved Star Trek in general, including the movies and The Original Series, but TNG was his jam.  You’ll see on our Netflix that he’d pretty much watched every episode multiple times, and those that don’t have a complete red progress bar are those that he deemed “meh”.   TNG was his drug, and man did he love watching it – and I think he loved the cast/characters that were on the show.   Picard, of course, but also Riker, Data, Dr Crusher, Deanna Troy, Worf, Jordie….the whole crew.   I could get into some episodes, but for me, I always would have the “Larry Commentary” to help me understand what was going on or what those passing references actually meant.

So fortunately for Larry, a few years back, one of the guys behind the James Bonding podcast, Matt Mira, joined up with his co-writer friend, Andy Secunda, to go through every episode of TNG, in order.   And then talk about it.  Andy was a newbie to the franchise, so he’d come in with the new view point, while Matt was like Larry, someone who’d seen these episodes plenty.   It’s a very funny podcast series, but warning, these episodes can go on for a loooong time, and sometimes the episode itself isn’t talked about for like an hour.   It is perfect for if you’re working and just listening to something, as it feels like you’re just hanging out with two good friends.

You can subscribe to their podcast, Star Trek: The Next Conversation, via any of the podcast services.   They’re currently up to midway through Season 5.

I am bringing this up today because earlier this week, I sent an email to their podcast letting them know that one of their biggest fans had passed, and how he listened to their podcast through chemotherapy and recovery over the last 18 months.  Happily, they responded yesterday – and right on cue, I started sobbing as it was just such a happy thing to receive but also just another reminder of what I’ve lost.  They posted about Larry on Twitter here:

And they indicated that they’d read my email on the next official TNC podcast episode, which we’ll see if that actually happens as I don’t know how much they want to bum their listeners out, but still, I think Larry would be very thrilled to know two of his favorites have him in mind and are thinking of him.  I know it makes me happy.

Michancy Visited

This past weekend obviously was focused on Larry’s memorial, and to be able to make it through that without losing my mind, Michancy came down and stayed with me for the weekend.  She finally got to stay in the guest room too!

The visit was wonderful – she flew in on Thursday evening to Burbank Airport (yay!), and on Friday I took the day off so we could hang out.   We swung by a dispensary to stock up, and for the first time in a long while, I smoked some weed.  And if you just manage to pace yourself, it’s amazing.   We just hung out and watched TV (I was inspired to watch MacGruber because of the “Unspooled” podcast – very dumb movie, but still hilarious;  we also watched the first episode of Picard and it was very very good.  Again, I’m so pissed Larry wasn’t able to see it), and then that night, we sat out on the patio and drank, smoked weed, and had a dance party.   Every Friday night should be so chill.

On Saturday, the chilling continued.  We watched Looper that morning, and having not seen it since 2012, I had forgotten how fucking gREAT it is.  Rian Johnson is a helluva storyteller.  Also watched Across the Universe that evening as I was in the mood for some Julie Taymor Beatles fun, although even though it’s a spectacle, the story really is just kinda dumb.   The performances of the songs really are what make the movie.

Sunday was obviously the memorial, and then afterward when we got back, we just relaxed some more and watched some ST:TNG episodes, and watched one that was relevant to Picard, “The Measure of a Man”.  TNG is a good series, but I just couldn’t watch it as much as Larry could.   I have started listening to the podcast Larry loved, “Star Trek: The Next Conversation”, as they talked about the first episode of Picard.  I ended up writing them a message letting them know about Larry’s death as he had been an occasional mention on the show and each time that happened, Larry just got so happy.

Anyway, I’m so glad to have spent this weekend with Michancy.  Never a dull moment, and she indulged my wine drinking, so yay me.

Guinan Returns

I just saw that on The View today, Patrick Stewart was on to talk about his show, Star Trek: Picard, which is premiering on CBS All Access this week.  So right out of the gate, this news just is so bittersweet, as I know Larry was so excited to see the return of Jean Luc Picard to television.  I will wait until after the show premieres to post the pictures and video I have, but Larry was able to go with his good friend Greg and visit the set of the show in Santa Clarita this past fall.  Talk about an awesome treat.   He didn’t get to meet Patrick Stewart unfortunately, but he did get to go on the set of the show’s spaceship as well as see a couple scenes being filmed, notably one with Jeri Ryan.  But Larry died too soon to be able to get to see the show itself.

That was preamble to the news today from The View:  Patrick Stewart extended an invitation to Whoopi Goldberg to be on Season 2 of Picard.  So. Fucking. Cool.   Larry would have been so excited to learn that news.   I know stuff like this may seem trivial but goddamn Larry loved ST:TNG and the return of the cast in Picard was something that made him happy.  And god damn the fact that he died of cancer so fucking soon.  I’ll never be okay with this.

Larry Got Some Star Trek:TNG Love

I neglected to add something fairly awesome from this past weekend in my previous post:  Larry’s childhood friend Greg stopped by to visit and cheer Larry up.  Greg’s been great about checking in while Larry goes through chemo, but we had no idea what to expect when he asked if he could come over on Saturday!  Greg not only brought his son Asher, but he also brought a SIGNED STAR TREK:TNG BOOK – signed by SIR PATRICK STEWART HIMSELF!!!   It’s a slightly involved story, but Greg is in the Hollywood producing world and had the ability to meet Patrick Stewart this past Friday and provide what is possibly the world’s most perfect gift for Larry!

The inscription reads:

Hi, Larry, I am so happy to sign this for you.  I hope you are well soon and I send you all my best wishes.  Patrick Stewart

HOLY SHIT.  I got tears in my eyes when I saw this, as did Larry.  It is a fantastic thing to know that one of his idols was thinking of him just the day before.

We started Round 5 of chemo today.  I think Jean-Luc Picard’s encouragement will go a long way towards this being a good 2 weeks!