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November of this Long Fucking Year

I write a hostile headline like that and you think I’m just going to be ranting like a madman.  I won’t be.  It’s actually been, for the most part, a very good month.

First, I Turned 42

Eh, maybe that’s not all that exciting or great, but it was time spent with friends and I can’t complain too much about where things are.  Knock on wood.

Larry made birthday cupcakes for me – I am definitely on board with that.  I think he may have been even more motivated because of the cake caddy that we bought when bringing a cake over for my mom’s birthday!

On the night of my birthday, a few of my bestest friends went over to the French restaurant in Highland Park called Cote Est.   The same people who run this also run Barbrix and All’acqua, so you know it’s good.  And this was no exception – we ended up spending like 3-4 hours there just eating, drinking, and having a fun time.

We Got Some Very Good News regarding Larry

Larry got a follow-up PET scan done the Friday before my birthday, but we didn’t get the results for a few days.  Larry’s 9th round of chemo occurred the week following my birthday, which was also a week when Fran & Joel came back out to visit and spend time with their boy.  So it was very much a happy coincidence that while they were out here, we also got the news about the PET scan results.   On Wednesday’s follow-up to remove the pump, one of the nurses let us know that he’d seen the results and while Larry would need to talk to the doctor, the results were realllly good.  And then on Thursday, they were all there for the Nulasta shot and had a chance to talk to Dr. Arzoo – and he basically said that the triplet chemo we’ve been doing has created results that are as good as could be hoped for.

Larry’s liver had been previously covered in hundreds of spots, which we knew about but didn’t actually want to see the pictures of.  We still haven’t seen pictures, but there’s basically only one 4x4cm spot remaining in his liver after the chemo he’s been getting…which is incredible.   The reason we didn’t have a parade though is that the reality is that this is still not over.   Dr Arzoo wants us to continue the current regimen of chemo, meaning basically finish it up through the end of the year.   I think we can push to at least reduce the oxyplatin as that is causing the neuropathy and Larry’s neuropathy symptoms are getting more intense and longer to recede.  We have to roll that back before the nerve damage is permanent.

Then there is the fact that this is considered a chronic condition – and that there will be some form of reduced chemo for at least another year.   Nothing as long and intense as what he’s getting now, which is good, but it’s not that we’ve ‘beaten the cancer.’  We actually may never ‘beat’ it – at least for the time being, but medical breakthroughs happen all the time.   Anyway, we have an appt with a UCLA liver specialist this week (he is the doc we spoke to about a second opinion this summer) and we should hopefully be able to get more information about next steps, whether it’s continued chemo or who knows, maybe some kind of surgery to cut the spot out?  That’s all guesses on my part, but it will be good to have an idea of what the next phase is.   But the fact is, while there’s a lot of ‘Yeah, but’ above, the chemo did its job and Larry is in a far better state than in July.  We just are processing the reality of his condition.

Fran & Joel Came Out for a Little Bit

They came out and stayed at the newly opened Hyatt Place down the street from our apartment on Central Ave in Glendale.   It’s a perfect location for them as well as us, as it’s on the way to all the restaurants from our place.  It was wonderful that they could be around when all this good news was coming through about Larry’s cancer, plus it was just nice to spend time with them.   We did take them out to eat a few times – and in fact, we ended up going back to Cote Est just a week later than the last time we were there as it’s really that good of a place to visit!

I also ended up getting my birthday gift from Larry while they were out – Larry was way too kind and got me a new Apple Watch!!!   I am a huge fan of this thing and a few weeks into owning it, I can’t imagine not having it.   It’s just the best device.  It’s the freakin’ future.

We did take Fran and Joel to visit the latest at the Glen LA, but I figure I’ll group those pictures together at the bottom of this post as then we took Michancy this weekend to see it and there was some significant progress witnessed this time too!

They wanted an LA brunch before leaving, so we took them to one of the fun places in Hollywood we’d been to before, Madera.   Goood times and good food, and loud music.  🙂

Dear Evan Hansen w/ Nicki

It has been a little bit of time since we’d seen a show (Come From Away back in May, I think, when we saw that in NYC) so when Nicki reached out to see if we’d want to see Dear Evan Hansen at the Ahmanson, it was like duh.  It was on a Saturday night so we had the ability to get some food beforehand, so we met up at Bottega Louie for a fabulous Italian dinner, then took an Uber to the Ahmanson.   Last time that Larry & I had been there was seeing Les Miserables 25th Anniversary staging of the show – which was an event unto itself.  Anyway, concerning the show itself – I really liked the staging and the music, but the story and plot were a bit interesting to consider. Obviously, it’s a damn musical – but it’s not that the situation was fantastical or unrealistic, it was that the main character is taking advantage of a situation that benefits himself and another family…only up until the truth of the situation gets out.   I’m being vague to not spoil anything, but it’s just hard to feel sad or empathy after a certain point with Evan Hansen as it’s like, come on, dude, this is fucked up.  So yeah, it was good….but also, I didn’t love it because of the above.  Whaddya gonna do.

Fireball Island!!!!

I subscribed to a Kickstarter for Fireball Island early this year as hello, Fireball Island was one of my favorite games as a 10yo kid.  I don’t know what happened to my original game (probably grew out of it and thought I was too cool for school) but when I saw a post on Kotaku about this being Kickstarter’d, I was IN.   I was IN for a lot too, as I ended up basically buying nearly every option.   Happily, they met their Kickstarter goal by a LOT and for the last few months, the updates were all about production and getting distribution lined up.  This past month or so was all about the games going out, and I was hoping it would be here for Thanksgiving and happy day, it was delivered!  We did get to play it finally with Michancy and I gotta say, I love it.   The new version has a lot more sophistication and structure to it, but there’s nothing so satisfying as getting to launch a fireball and it takes out your intended target.  It’s wonderful.

Michancy Visits for Thanksgiving

It isn’t Thanksgiving if Michancy doesn’t come down to visit!  It had actually been since last Thanksgiving when we saw her last, but a lot of curveballs were introduced obviously this summer, so not unsurprising.  It was really good to see her.   I think we had hopes to have been in the new house by this point, but that was not the case and so Michancy did get to enjoy the fact that we rearranged the office to allow for a bit more room when the air bed is set up.

On Thursday, Thanksgiving ended up just being the three of us as mom wasn’t feeling well, so we had a lot of food (from Whole Foods, again, as that option is the best option around for hosting Turkey Day).   We did drink plenty of wine but it was NOTHING like last year’s ridiculousness.  Still can’t believe how much wine was drank then.  We also played Fireball Island and I am so happy about that.  We went and saw Widows on Friday (it was okay, but somewhat disappointing), ate plenty of good meals, she got to see the house in its most current state, and then on Saturday she took off back to Vegas.  Her luck was awful though as there was an accident at the top of the Cajon Pass, holding her up for almost 3 hours.  Then it only got worse, and she finally got home like 8-9 hours after leaving.  That is not good.   I wouldn’t be surprised if she never came back this way again!  But we loved having her around so much.

Larry and I have had the remainder of the weekend to ourselves – first we did go to my mom’s yesterday to have Thanksgiving Round 2, as one can’t not have a turkey dinner this weekend.  She also has a good amount of turkey leftovers too for further meals.  Today Larry & I had brunch with Nicki and her sister and mother, who were in town for Thanksgiving.  Went to Republique in LA which was wonderful.   Then we went to see Ralph Breaks the Internet and it was fantastic.  Stay through to the very end of the credits, especially if you loved this part of the trailer:

And now it’s the end of the 4-day weekend!  BOOOO.

Updates from the Glen LA:

Before you leave though, here are pictures of the place at the Glen LA.   The first set is from the second week of November and is when we saw that we had tile in all our bathrooms and all the exterior work was finished!   It was exciting.

The best news that visit though was the fact that the gas company had FINALLY connected Phase 1.   At least part of it.  So people in Phase 1 finally closed escrow on their homes – not only that, while we were there, we saw some of those people moving in!   It was kind of…stunning.   It’s actually going to happen.  Our date is currently the later half of December – we’ll just have to see if that holds.  I have my doubts, but you never know.

The next set of pictures are from this past Friday – and while in the set above the tile was down, the hardwood floors were not.   Well, that’s not the case anymore!  All the floors are down, except for carpeting on the stairs, which won’t happen till the very end.   Even more, there’s running water in the unit, along with toilets and sink fixtures.   No power or gas yet, but it’s coming along!!!

Anyway, on to December 2018.  Let’s end this fucking year right.

Just Watched the Episode Before Mine!

So tonight’s episode of Jeopardy! was the one in which I saw the Returning Champion win his episode, and it is now very surreal to realize the NEXT EPISODE OF JEOPARDY! WILL BE THE ONE THAT I AM ON.  I can’t wait to un-hide the posts I’ve written about my experience.

And this has been an interesting Thanksgiving episode thus far.  It was a small affair with me, Larry, and my mom, and the food all came out pretty damn great.  But our kitchen sink decided to stop draining water shortly before mom came over and before Larry had started to cook. FUN.  Then today, while we were relaxing and watching the Blu-Ray of the Beatles’ 1 that Larry had gotten me as a gift for my birthday last year, our fucking TV shorts out.  IT SHORT THE FUCK OUT.  We’ve had it for just under 3 years at this point, and it’s still a great TV.  So after considering maybe just going and getting a new TV, instead I ended up calling a TV repairman service and after describing what we had seen (freakin’ SPARKS had shot out from the back of the TV where the power cord connects to it), they have to order a new power thing and so I’ve got an appointment on Friday to have it repaired.  No Big TV for a week.  Happily, we have TVs in both the office and the bedroom, so it’s not as if we have to talk to each other that much, but our living room is now a place for rest and contemplation.  FEH.

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Thanksgiving with a Side of Rose Byrne

If you managed to make it through my previous post about heading out to NYC for a night and then back the next night to LA, you may have seen that I watched Spy on the way back.  Or maybe I didn’t mention that at all in the write-up as I was trying not to get too pissed off about the journey back and have that online.  Whatevs.  Anyway, Spy is a fucking hilarious movie and I highly recommend you watch it.  It’s got Melissa McCarthy as a CIA agent who ends up having to go out in the field and is actually really good at being badass.  Her character has to intersect with the villainous character played by Rose Byrne, and their interactions prove to be comedy gold.  If you don’t know Rose Byrne, you might remember her as the perfect best friend from Bridesmaids that drives Kristen Wiig’s character insane with jealousy.  Rose Byrne is hilarious in that role and is when she first showed up on my radar as someone who’s hilarious as fuck. Paul Feig directed Bridesmaids and also Spy, so it was a reunion of two of the funnier elements from that movie.  So I was watching Spy during the last half of my flight home and jesus it was killing me to try not to laugh like a hyena on the flight as it was so damn funny.  I’ve linked to one of the scenes that is truly wondrous in its hilarity – unfortunately the major punchline is bleeped out for offensive reasons but it’s all in the delivery and Rose Byrne fucking nails it.

From the “it’s the Bulgarian clown in you” to the ending comment of “what a stupid fucking retarded toast” – it kills me.  This clip doesn’t even include the great lines from right before and after!  So yeah, watch this movie.  It’s funny while also being a pretty cool (and surprisingly violent!) spy movie.

Oh!  I bring this up as I had to have Larry watch this so we watched it after getting home from Thanksgiving with mom.  Then we were on a crazy lucky roll and after finishing this movie up (and rewatching that scene above a few more times:  “Premium Economy?  That sounds like a pen for dirty animals…”) surprisingly enough another movie starring Rose Byrne was starting on cable:  Neighbors.  That movie is also surprisingly good and shows ample amounts of Zac Efron hot and shirtless, which is always good.  It’s a movie about a couple (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) who buy a great house and then the house next door is bought by a college fraternity.  Shenanigans ensue – as do some jaw-dropping sequences that will leave you laughing while asking how the hell is this happening???  So yeah, a Rose Byrne Thanksgiving was had by Larry & me!

I jumped ahead to this part as I had to get that clip up – so funny.  But we also had a good, yet small, Thanksgiving with mom over in Duarte.  The food turned out pretty damn good and mom made a ton of good stuff, especially my favorite, the Italian sausage stuffing.  She makes it in muffin tins so every part is crispy.  Mmmm…..so good. Here are some pics from the main event!

Nov 26, 2015 – Thanksgiving 2015

26-Nov-2015 14:47, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 80
26-Nov-2015 14:50, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
26-Nov-2015 15:06, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 125
 
26-Nov-2015 15:06, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 64
26-Nov-2015 15:06, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 2.65mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 250
26-Nov-2015 15:06, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 160
 
26-Nov-2015 18:22, 2.2, 2.65mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 320
 

Thanksgiving + Michancy

It’s been a good few days thus far, although I think perhaps we are drinking a tad too much to celebrate the times?  Ah, maybe not.  It’s all in service of having a great time, and that is something we are definitely still having.

So Michancy came out for the holiday, arriving on Tuesday.  We took her to Edendale for dinner as any good friend should do.  Then on Wednesday, after I got home from work, we went to Americana for the best dumplings in the city at Dim Tai Fung, and it was glorious.  Larry then produced a quite amazing Thanksgiving spread, cooking up some stupendous food for us and it was utter perfection.  Mom and Stacie came over for the goodness, including the food and the music.  70s pop / rock can’t be beat!

And now, Pictures!

25 Nov 2014 – Michancy Arrives; Edendale

25-Nov-2014 19:27, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.077 sec, ISO 800
25-Nov-2014 19:27, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 320
25-Nov-2014 19:28, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 320
 
25-Nov-2014 19:28, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 800
25-Nov-2014 19:28, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 1250
25-Nov-2014 20:05, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.25 sec, ISO 6400
 
25-Nov-2014 20:06, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 2500
25-Nov-2014 20:06, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 1600
25-Nov-2014 20:07, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.25 sec, ISO 5000
 
25-Nov-2014 21:49, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 1600
25-Nov-2014 21:49, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 640
25-Nov-2014 22:22, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.077 sec, ISO 1600
 

27 Nov 2014 – Thanksgiving!

27-Nov-2014 10:35, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 400
27-Nov-2014 10:35, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 250
27-Nov-2014 10:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 400
 
27-Nov-2014 10:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.04 sec, ISO 400
27-Nov-2014 14:06, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.5, 8.794mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
27-Nov-2014 14:06, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.5, 8.794mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 1250
 
27-Nov-2014 14:06, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.5, 8.794mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
27-Nov-2014 14:30, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
27-Nov-2014 14:30, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 200
 
27-Nov-2014 14:30, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.0, 10.266mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
27-Nov-2014 14:30, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.0, 6.14mm, 0.04 sec, ISO 400
27-Nov-2014 14:32, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.6, 39.062mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
 
27-Nov-2014 14:32, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.0, 5.645mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 500
27-Nov-2014 14:38, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.5, 9.952mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 800
27-Nov-2014 14:38, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.5, 9.952mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 800
 

And if you didn’t know, the teaser trailer for the next Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, was released, and holy moly, it’s awesome.  Nothing is given away and it’s hard to tell what is happening, but the moment you see the Millennium Falcon accompanied by the Star Wars fanfare, it’s time for the tears.  Can’t wait for December 2015!

Mid-Century Madness & Other Tales

Up front, I admit I don’t have any real good tales to tell, and let’s be honest here, does anyone here actually read what I’ve got to say?  Now that Facebook and Twitter dominate the scene, anything beyond a few sentences elicits a tl;dr almost immediately from anyone.  Regardless, I can’t help it and will write up a storm anyway.

Lots of pics to get through, so let’s not dilly-dally, alright?  I’m going to go in reverse chronological order for this, as frankly, the new stuff is stuff I’ll remember better.  As I was updating my local picture cache, I was shocked at how much actually has happened since last I posted here!  I also realize that I have quite a bit of work in uploading all the stuff from my old site still.  I’ve been working backwards there too, and I think I’m at 2005 now.  I was looking for my Berlin pics recently and found I hadn’t put them up yet.  Travesty!

Mid-Century Living Room…Complete!  Dec 20, 2012

Well, even if we managed to put some art up on the wall the day before the apocalypse, it was worth it.  Completely worth it.  Just because it took us 2 years to do it…so what?  Larry & I have been toying with what to do with this giant living room wall the entire time we’ve lived here and finally, finally, it was done.  Larry seized upon some children’s book travelogues that had some very cool artwork of different cities throughout the world – we chose the author’s Rome, Paris, San Francisco and NYC books and Larry got these images.  The final result is AWESOME.  Also, you may notice that we also added a nice new recliner/ottoman to the mix too.  Yep, that’s an authentic Eames chair.  It’s Amazing.  Capital A Amazing.

20-Dec-2012 13:37, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 50
20-Dec-2012 13:42, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 64
20-Dec-2012 13:42, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 64
 
20-Dec-2012 13:46, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 50
20-Dec-2012 13:53, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 64
20-Dec-2012 13:53, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 50
 
20-Dec-2012 14:15, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 50
20-Dec-2012 14:16, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 64
20-Dec-2012 14:17, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 50
 
20-Dec-2012 14:17, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 64
 

We had gone to Room & Board a few weeks back after I finally realized I wanted to get a “real” chair and not a knock-off as we had been contemplating.  The knock-offs just were clearly inferior.  On Thanksgiving I had noticed that Room & Board was having a sale on Herman Miller furniture, which is much appreciated even if the sale price is still a LOT.  But hey, we now have a true piece of designer furniture.  Comfortable designer furniture at that too.  Yay.

Room & Board Visit on Nov 25, 2012

25-Nov-2012 14:26, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 100
25-Nov-2012 14:43, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 160
25-Nov-2012 15:01, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 100
 
25-Nov-2012 15:16, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 80
25-Nov-2012 15:16, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 100
25-Nov-2012 15:17, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 64
 

Back to NYC, Day 1 – Nov 12, 2012

Alright, let’s now fly back to shortly after my birthday.  I headed back to NYC for work (mainly for the CCWorld convention which ended up being quite useless) for a week and Larry came along with me.  He was able to work at Strategy Farm so it wasn’t as if he was bored, that’s for sure.  It was great to go back and see my team as well as the rest of my boss’ group, not to mention a chance to see Larry’s family.  Thanks, NBC!  Also it’s always great to visit the city.  Love that place.  Miss it still, but having wonderful space to live in LA isn’t easy to push off to the side.  So here are my pics from the trip back east.

I had a window seat on the flight back, and awesomely enough, the route followed I-15 to Las Vegas, then I-70 to Denver, effectively retracing much of my steps when I drove to Colorado Springs.  Felt a little like going home.  We ended up getting back to NYC in the evening around 7pm, then took a black car to the Sanctuary Hotel, which is ridiculously convenient to 30 Rock, as the hotel is right on 47th St near 6th Ave.  Awesome.

On I-15 - what ARE these towers by Primm?
On I-15 - what ARE these towers by Primm?12-Nov-2012 11:16, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 50
View of Primm aka Stateline
View of Primm aka Stateline12-Nov-2012 11:16, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 50
Down there is the Hoover Dam
Down there is the Hoover Dam12-Nov-2012 11:21, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 50
 
Lake Mead more visible
Lake Mead more visible12-Nov-2012 11:21, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 50
The Grand Canyon is out there in the hazy distance
The Grand Canyon is out there in the hazy distance12-Nov-2012 11:26, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, ISO 50
12-Nov-2012 11:26, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, ISO 50
 
That's Aspen on the right edge
That's Aspen on the right edge12-Nov-2012 12:15, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 50
Majestic Rockies in Colorado
Majestic Rockies in Colorado12-Nov-2012 12:15, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 50
12-Nov-2012 12:19, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, ISO 50
 
I miss you Breckenridge
I miss you Breckenridge12-Nov-2012 12:20, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 50
The area between Breckenridge and Keystone
The area between Breckenridge and Keystone12-Nov-2012 12:20, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 50
Keystone!
Keystone!12-Nov-2012 12:20, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 50
 
The arid plains south of the snow resorts
The arid plains south of the snow resorts12-Nov-2012 12:21, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, ISO 50
12-Nov-2012 12:22, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 50
That would be Pikes Peak
That would be Pikes Peak12-Nov-2012 12:23, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 50
 

Back to NYC, Day 2 – Nov 13, 2012

The Sanctuary Hotel has a rooftop bar of its own.  It’s ridiculously expensive.  The gimmick is cool though and the views are nice, although I’m sure it’s a bit nicer when it’s not covered in plastic.  But for the time of year, without the plastic, it would be effing cold.  Yet the fact they charge automatic gratuity on a party of one or two is a bit silly, and the prices are high, even for NYC.  I’m happy to schlep somewhere else for drinks, that’s for sure. But we made it there at least once.

13-Nov-2012 17:54, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.063 sec, ISO 800
13-Nov-2012 17:54, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
13-Nov-2012 18:12, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
 

Back to NYC, Day 3 – Nov 14, 2012

No trip back to NYC for me & Larry is complete without at least attempting to go to Blue Smoke for dinner.  Sweet Jesus, their mac&cheese is other-worldly.  I took so many pictures of Larry not because I love him so much, but in my drunken state, I could have SWORN that Anne Hathaway was sitting behind him.  In the light of sobriety, I see I was wrong.

14-Nov-2012 20:18, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 3200
14-Nov-2012 20:18, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
14-Nov-2012 21:10, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 3200
 
14-Nov-2012 21:16, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 3200
14-Nov-2012 21:17, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 3200
14-Nov-2012 21:17, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 3200
 
14-Nov-2012 21:17, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 3200
14-Nov-2012 21:17, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 3200
 

Back to NYC, Day 4 – Nov 15, 2012

This night, we met up with friends in NYC down in the Murray Hill/Turtle Bay area for some Chinese food.  On my way there from Rockefeller Center, I took some pictures of 30 Rock.  Then I went to Grand Central to see the new Apple Store.  Of course I went there after work when it’s rush hour.  Probably not my best move, as it was super packed with people.  There’s nothing like it though that’s for sure.

Sharon still has a mail slot
Sharon still has a mail slot15-Nov-2012 15:35, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 320
The tree was put up the day before
The tree was put up the day before15-Nov-2012 17:57, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 400
15-Nov-2012 17:59, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 320
 
15-Nov-2012 17:59, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 400
15-Nov-2012 17:59, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 250
15-Nov-2012 18:00, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 200
 
15-Nov-2012 18:00, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 200
15-Nov-2012 18:00, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 200
Grand Central at rush hour
Grand Central at rush hour15-Nov-2012 15:16, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 640
 
15-Nov-2012 18:16, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
 

Back to NYC, Day 5 – Nov 16, 2012

Ah, Friday nights in the city.  I had been dying to hang out with some coworkers from NBC, Alison & Jessica (now of AMC Networks), for the longest time.  Even when I lived in NYC, we had meant to hang out but never did.  So we rectified that situation.  We first met up and had dinner at the funnest Mexican food place in Hell’s Kitchen, Arriba Arriba.  Le sigh.  Love LOVE that place.  The food is pretty good but what really makes this place worth it is all the HOTNESS in room.  You see, the waiters are almost all uniformly hot.  Charming, and hot.  It’s wonderful.  Our waiter was probably one of the cutest/hottest we’ve ever had too.  So there’s that.  Also, their margaritas are fantastic, and of course, I knocked back a few.  Michancy would be proud.  The music in the place is almost always crowd-pleasing and ensures a fun party atmosphere.  Wonderful place.  Oh, so to backtrack a bit, we first had to wait at the bar for a while, during which time Alison & Jessica met up with us.  We finally got a table with a hot waiter, got suitably blitzed on food and drink, then made our way to a new(ish) gay bar in Hell’s Kitchen called Flaming Saddles.  Yep, that’s its name.  As you’d expect, it’s a gay country-western bar.  And it’s awesome.  The pics below are from the sexy bartenders dancing on the bar.  Turns out I understand the allure of Coyote Ugly after all.  I just needed ridiculously attractive men up there, not women.  Who knew?

Oh Flaming Saddles, your bartender dancers are fantastic
Oh Flaming Saddles, your bartender dancers are fantastic16-Nov-2012 23:17, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 1000
Especially that guy - yum
Especially that guy - yum16-Nov-2012 23:16, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
16-Nov-2012 23:16, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
 
It's awesome to have a gay honkytonk bar
It's awesome to have a gay honkytonk bar16-Nov-2012 23:16, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
16-Nov-2012 23:16, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 1600
16-Nov-2012 23:16, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 1000
 
16-Nov-2012 23:20, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.059 sec, ISO 1600
 

 Back to NYC, Day 6 – Nov 17, 2012

On our last full day on the East Coast, we spent the day with Larry’s family, specifically taking the time to go to New Jersey where his sister and brother-in-law, Alyssa & John, now live and where they’re raising their daughter, Stacy.  We got the grand tour of their new home and it was amazing, especially considering that they had an already swank place in Hoboken.  But Hoboken money translates into even more amazingness when you go further away from the city.  It was crazy to also see how much Stacy had grown even in just the few months we last saw her.  I had started the day a bit hungover from the previous night’s excitement, but as the day wore on, I was able to recover and enjoy alcohol yet again.  We also watched the UCLA v USC football game (UCLA won, bitches!) while there and then went out for sushi with John & Alyssa.  It was a great way to spend a Saturday.

Oh yeah, also seeing these pics again, I forgot that Larry & I had the chance to walk from our hotel uptown through the UWS, passing by where we once lived.  My name is still on the buzzpanel.  Miss that place a bit, but yeah, I think I like having plenty of space.  It was a beautiful day for walking around, that’s for sure.

My old homestead on 72nd
My old homestead on 72nd17-Nov-2012 12:40, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 50
My name is still on the list
My name is still on the list17-Nov-2012 12:41, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 50
 
3 generations
3 generations17-Nov-2012 15:19, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
17-Nov-2012 15:20, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
17-Nov-2012 15:20, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
 
17-Nov-2012 15:20, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
17-Nov-2012 15:20, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
17-Nov-2012 15:20, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 640
 
Uncle Larry and Stacy
Uncle Larry and Stacy17-Nov-2012 15:23, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
Adorable
Adorable17-Nov-2012 15:23, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
Feeding time
Feeding time17-Nov-2012 15:34, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 160
 
17-Nov-2012 15:34, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 125
 

Thanksgiving 2012!

Did I say I was gonna go reverse-chronological?  Anyway, during Thanksgiving, our great friend Michancy came down to spend it with us.  Yay!  Always a blast to drink and laugh with her.  She came with us to my stister Stacie’s house for Thanksgiving, along with of course my mom and Harv.  My mom ended up giving us a frozen turkey too, which we still need to do something with.  That’s a huge amount of our freezer that’s occupied now.  Cool story about going out to dinner with Michancy the Friday after T-Day:  we went to Lares, our favorite Mexican food place in Santa Monica so far, and while dining, Michancy casually mentions that at the big table, John Slattery is eating there.  Holy shit, Roger Sterling from Mad Men is right there!  It was pretty cool to see him as well as the fact that he was properly shitfaced.  NICE.

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012

21-Nov-2012 21:22, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 400
21-Nov-2012 21:22, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 320
21-Nov-2012 21:23, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 320
 

Thanksgiving – Nov 22, 2012

22-Nov-2012 14:23, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 200
22-Nov-2012 14:25, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 125
22-Nov-2012 15:06, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 64
 
22-Nov-2012 15:06, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 2.18mm, 0.042 sec, ISO 250
22-Nov-2012 15:06, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 160
22-Nov-2012 15:07, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 2.18mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
 
22-Nov-2012 15:08, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 100
 

Friday, Nov 23, 2012

23-Nov-2012 18:34, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 3200
23-Nov-2012 16:38, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 2.18mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 250
23-Nov-2012 16:39, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 2.18mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 250
 
23-Nov-2012 16:39, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 2.18mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 160
23-Nov-2012 16:39, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 2.18mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
23-Nov-2012 18:34, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 3200
 
23-Nov-2012 18:34, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 3200
23-Nov-2012 19:36, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
 

We Put Up Our Christmas Tree

Not much to say except that it was the right weekend to put up our (fake) Christmas Tree.  Yay!

Sunday, Dec 2, 2012

02-Dec-2012 13:52, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 400
02-Dec-2012 13:52, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 400
02-Dec-2012 13:52, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 400
 
02-Dec-2012 14:22, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 320
02-Dec-2012 14:22, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 320
02-Dec-2012 14:22, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 64
 

Who Loves 5Ks?

I don’t want to jinx things, but working out steadily and safely while also adding running into the mix has resulted in my back not being a total fucking bastard.  Knock on wood.  So I’ve been entering some of the races that Larry has been doing too.  Our first one was a repeat from the one we both did last year, the “Say No to Drugs 5K” held on the Universal Backlot.  Last year, I had to walk it as I was still in the throes of my sciatica being miserable.  This year, I was able to run it….well, mostly.  There’s a part at the end as you return to the starting point where it’s ALL uphill.  Had to walk after a point.  Oh well.  Still did it.   The following weekend, there was a Christmas Run held just a few blocks from our house along the Santa Monica/Venice shore.  Quite a bit of holiday spirit by the participants, that’s for sure!  (quite a bit of hotness there too….)

Say No to Drugs 5K, Sunday, December 2, 2012

Here’s my results:

Overall Place: 282/753 | 37.5%
Chip Time: 34:08.5
Pace: 10:59
Age Group: M 35-39
Age Group Place: 16/31 | 51.6%

02-Dec-2012 07:35, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 64
02-Dec-2012 07:35, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 64
02-Dec-2012 07:36, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 50
 
02-Dec-2012 07:48, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 50
02-Dec-2012 08:45, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 50
02-Dec-2012 08:57, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 64
 
02-Dec-2012 08:58, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 50
 

Christmas Run 5K, Saturday, December 8, 2012

Here’s my results:

Overall Place:  649/1704
Chip Time:  29:39.3
Pace: 9:33
Age Group:  M 35-39
Age Group Place: 59/88
Male Place: 357/614

08-Dec-2012 10:13, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 50
08-Dec-2012 09:04, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 50
 

And finally….my last set of pictures.  Whew!

Ugly Sweater Christmas Party

A coworker and friend at NBCU threw an Ugly Sweater Christmas Party at her and her boyfriend’s downtown LA loft this past weekend.  It was a lot of fun, although I must confess I don’t really remember much of it past a certain point of time.  That time = when I got close-to-blackout drunk.  Oof.  I’ll rewind a bit though.  First, Larry & I had to go get an ugly sweater, as our wardrobe collection is always refined and always in good taste.  🙂  We ended up finding some good stuff at Urban Outfitters, although of course it wasn’t cheap.  Fashion never is, though.  My drinking started in earnest there, as we were at the Santa Monica Third Street Promenade and after shopping, had to stop at La Sandia and have a few margaritas.  That night, we then headed to DTLA early so we could grab some dinner in the city.  Many of the trendiest places had no reservations and rather than chancing waiting, we found availability at Wokcano, a few blocks from the party.  We also wore our ugly sweaters proudly, which definitely garnered a few bemused looks.  While dining, I heavily partook in hot sake.  Yummm.  Finally, headed over to the party.  It was great to see this loft, as it was very spacious although it was truly a loft as the only doors were found for the bathrooms.  I’ve been very fascinated with one day living in DTLA just because it has a lot of similarities to NYC life.  One big difference though is that at night, DTLA still gets quite empty compared to NYC.  Anyway, lots of fun was had at the party, at least that’s what I’ve been told.  I think I had quite a few whiskey and cokes, made by others so who knows what the proportions were.  Happily, the next day I really wasn’t all that hungover.  One good vomit and I was good!  TMI?  Eh, too bad.

Party Time!  Saturday, December 15, 2012

15-Dec-2012 12:56, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, ISO 50
15-Dec-2012 13:13, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 80
15-Dec-2012 13:13, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 64
 
15-Dec-2012 19:48, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
15-Dec-2012 19:48, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
15-Dec-2012 19:57, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
 
15-Dec-2012 19:57, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
15-Dec-2012 19:57, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 3200
15-Dec-2012 20:14, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 2000
 
15-Dec-2012 20:14, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 3200
15-Dec-2012 21:36, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
15-Dec-2012 21:36, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
 
15-Dec-2012 22:44, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
15-Dec-2012 23:29, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
15-Dec-2012 23:29, Apple iPhone 5, 2.4, 4.13mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800