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Fun Times at the Movies

Okay, so I’m reaching here but I’m kind of tired and my gift for headlines is failing me.   But the movies do have to do with the two topics I’m talking about today!

First up – let’s talk about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter that is opening up at Universal Studios Hollywood!  Yes, yes, this attraction already is open at the Universal Studios park in Orlando, but the OG park finally is getting its own.  We were lucky enough to get offered two of Brian’s tickets which was such an awesome gift to receive.  Brian still works at NBCU and employees were each given 4 tickets to come to the park in the evening and explore the new area.  Even better?  Everything was free – admission obviously – as well as parking (yay for Larry), but you were also given a wristband with coupons for a free butterbeer and free dinner in the park.  Very nice.   We ended up meeting up with Carey & Paras as well as Brian & Nicki so it was a very fun night.

As for the park itself – man, they are going to make some serious bank with this new addition.  The entire area is so well made and is on a level with what Disneyland can do, which is not always the case with Universal.  Going at night made the whole experience have a cool sense of mystery, as Hogwarts loomed over the area and was lit from within.  I’m sure it’ll still be great during the day but at night, it really feels like a castle.  Anyway, here are the pictures from the night:

March 10, 2016 – Wizarding World of Harry Potter

We went on the ride within the castle, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, and if I can describe it in one word:  Intense!  The line is LONG but happily for us, it was a very small crowd so the line kept moving, but I imagine in the summer it’ll be insane.  Anyway, once you enter the base of the mountain, you start to walk through really cool memorabilia and rooms from the movies, such as the moving staircases, Dumbledore’s office, and various classrooms.  It’s really well done.  The ride itself is similar to Transformers, in which cars are always moving along on a track and you hop on and strap in while then putting on your 3D glasses.  Yet with this attraction, you are getting maneuvered in all sorts of ways, sometimes with you ending up facing up to the ceiling.  I can see people likely getting sick on this ride – but it’s worth it.  The immersion and the mixture of 3D screens with actual animatronics is phenomenal.  It’s one hell of a ride – which makes the 2nd ride next door, Flight of the Hippogriff, so disappointing.  It’s a very traditional roller coaster and has an INSANE view of the valley from the top of the lift hill, but it’s obscenely short for a ride.  A few helixes after the drop and you’re done.  It seems real estate was in short supply – but we all kind of thought the coaster could have had more to it.  I thought perhaps going underground or over to the castle would have been a good touch.

Anyway, after the rides, we then explored more of Hogsmeade, the village leading to Hogwarts.  Of course we sample butterbeer – it’s a very sweet concoction, but honestly, it’s fucking good.  Kind of like a rootbeer float.  It was then off to Ollivander’s Wand shop which was just great.  I of course got a wand – I picked the Viktor Krum model as the guy was super hot in the movies.  A completely terrible reason for anything, but what can you do.  We then made it over to the newly expanded Simpsons Land for dinner at Cletus’ Chicken Shack….and it was actually really good food, surprisingly.  And free!  So yeah, that was a fun night and gotta give Universal huge props for creating such a delightful place.10

10-Cloverfield-Lane-JJ-Abrams10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

Saw this at the TCL IMAX Chinese Theater on March 12, 2016

After the surprise trailer was released a few months ago, I was ON BOARD.  Now, I knew after reading up on the new movie that JJ Abrams, who produced this and the 2008 movie Cloverfield, that this newest movie was being called a “blood relative” to the first.  What did that mean?  I know the answer now, but I’m probably going to do my best to save spoiler-y topics for the last paragraph, after which you can leave.

Anyway, the movie begins with Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) getting out of dodge after what seems like a fight with her fiancee over the phone.  As she’s driving through the unpopulated area north of Port Charles, LA, she gets into an accident that plunges her car off the road….and when she wakes up, she finds herself in a bunker.  Soon enough, she meets her “captor”, Howard (John Goodman), who insists that not only did he help her after the accident, he’s also saved her life as everyone outside of the shelter has been killed by an attack.  Unsurprisingly, Michelle’s not really buying this story.  Yet as we saw in the trailer, Michelle does get a chance to see much more about what’s going on outside the bunker and she starts to reconsider what she believes.  Yet events keep getting weird to the point where she has to determine where it’s more dangerous, here inside the bunker or outside?

Ultimately, I really enjoyed this movie.  It was scary as hell in certain points and while there are moments of levity, the movie is just fucking tense the entire time. John Goodman is fucking great as Howard and he plays him just right so you just don’t know what to believe.  And man, you get put through the wringer in this…

So, How Does it Tie Into Cloverfield?

Well, SPOILERS BEGIN NOW……so navigate away now.  I won’t talk about the entire plot, but certainly what I’m going to write will ruin any surprises this movie has…..

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okay, so, no, this movie has no direct ties to the first Cloverfield.  That monster which destroyed NYC has no appearance here.   Now, there are certainly things that are shown in this movie’s universe which are shared things, like the Slusho drink company, which if you read into the expanded lore, was the direct cause of why that monster existed in the first movie.  But here, there are monsters of a different sort and they look to be aliens from outer space.  In the end, Michelle manages to escape but finds out that oh shit, there WAS a fucking apocalypse happening up top and it wasn’t the Russians or Koreans.  Nope, aliens have arrived in their ships and are trying to decimate the planet’s species with some kind of gas.   It’s a pretty crazy shift in plot but one that makes you think that Howard can be crazy AND be right at the same time. One of those “broken clock is right twice a day” type of things, as he certainly was NOT sane.  So yeah, a good movie and quite intense and I look forward to seeing if the “Cloverfield” branding is just a fun way to indicate this WILL be a monster movie of some sort.

Running & Eating

No one should ever run and eat at the same time!  That’s terrible and will likely end in a mess.  But I’ve got nothing else in mind for a post title, so here we are.

Our Yearly Run in the Universal Backlot 5k

We’ve done this run for the last 5 years and it’s been fun to do a challenging run while going through the backlot of a very famous movie lot.  It may be our last run there though as according to an email that Larry says he got, this might be the last one being held on the lot.  Not sure how true that is, but if so, that’s a shame.  It did seem a bit less crowded this year than in previous ones, so maybe something did change?  Anyway, I think both Larry & I did pretty good:

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That first hill is still a horrendous bitch and maybe that’s why people stopped coming?  As to get beat down right at the get-go can be a bit demoralizing.  But it’s honestly better to get it done right at the beginning as the rest isn’t nearly as challenging in comparison.

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Doing this 5K helped reinvigorate a desire to do more 5Ks so I guess that’s good?  It was so damn cold that morning though – it’s great to have briskness when running, but it was fucking cold.

Nov 15, 2015 – Universal Backlot 5K

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15-Nov-2015 06:58, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 2.65mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 64
15-Nov-2015 06:58, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 40
 
15-Nov-2015 06:58, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 40
15-Nov-2015 07:05, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 32
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15-Nov-2015 07:06, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.007 sec, ISO 32
15-Nov-2015 07:06, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.007 sec, ISO 32
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15-Nov-2015 07:40, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 32
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In other news, Fran & Joel left to go back home yesterday.  We got to see them again on Friday and Saturday, with fantastic dinners both nights.  On Friday night, it was a birthday dinner for me at Bourbon Steak.  Wonderful food if not the quickest of service, but we weren’t in a rush so it was not the worst thing.  Saturday night we went out to Sherman Oaks to have dinner with Fran’s cousin Kathy and Kathy’s husband Fred (who happens to also be Larry’s GI doctor – it’s good to have doctors in the family!).  The next day though they flew back to Jersey while we did a 5k in the early early morning.  Oof.  Hopefully we’ll see them soon and before the wedding!

Nov 10, 2015 – A Fabulous Dinner at Bottega Louie

On that previous Tuesday night, Larry & I met up with Fran & Joel for dinner in the city before they headed down to Dana Point/Laguna Beach for a midweek vacation.  I was in DTLA already for work so I just walked down to meet her while Larry had to navigate the worst traffic of the city to get there, but he did get there!  Ah, Bottega Louie.  Such a great place for food.  Swanky, loud, and pretty damn impressive and trendy – and awesome delicious food and dessert.  Mmm…..

10-Nov-2015 19:34, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 640
10-Nov-2015 19:35, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 250
10-Nov-2015 19:35, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 250
 
10-Nov-2015 19:35, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
 

Visited by Fran and Other Photo Stories

Fran made a Los Angeles visit at precisely the right time, as she was able to be out here while the pretty intense snowstorm / blizzard went on back east.  That storm didn’t end up dumping a ton of snow on NYC and New Jersey but it definitely hit Boston and New England pretty hard.  She was originally due to go home on Monday but because of the storm, she was delayed until today.  I’m glad that she had the chance to stay longer as I really thought she was going to anyway?   I’m posting the pics from the visit that I took below – the last few days we didn’t really take many pics, but what can you do?  Below these Fran pics, I am also posting some random photos that apparently I’ve neglected to post from things like going to the Pantages with mom to see Wicked and the Broad City Season 2 Premiere Party we hosted two weeks ago.  So lazy of me!

22 Jan 2015 – Fran’s Arrival / Dinner at the Dresden

Larry picked Fran up at the airport and took her to a few places before I got home from work, so I don’t have pics from their endeavors going to a bagel place and walking around Sunset Junction.  But I did get the photos going once I got home and then when we went to the Dresden for a fantastic dinner.  It’s still surprising how good the food is while also being very decently priced.

22-Jan-2015 17:22, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.0, 10.591mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 400
22-Jan-2015 20:00, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
22-Jan-2015 20:00, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
 

23 Jan 2015 – At the Grove

I was working this day so I entrusted my camera to Larry so he would take pictures.  He actually did good!  They visited Fran’s cousin Kathy over at the Grove in West LA and by all accounts had a memorable time.  When they got back, and when I was at home, we walked over to Esperanza, the restaurant right up Hyperion from here.

23-Jan-2015 12:04, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 200
23-Jan-2015 12:07, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 400
23-Jan-2015 12:09, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
 
23-Jan-2015 12:10, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
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23-Jan-2015 13:59, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.5, 6.699mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
 
23-Jan-2015 13:59, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.5, 6.699mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
23-Jan-2015 14:00, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.5, 6.699mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 200
23-Jan-2015 18:23, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 2000
 
23-Jan-2015 18:24, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 1000
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23-Jan-2015 18:25, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 2000
 

24 Jan 2015 – Universal Studios day!

Fran hadn’t been to Universal Studios since the 1970s (or so she claimed!) and was excited to get a chance to go again and see how different it looks now.  It was a perfect day to do this as the weather was spectacular.   We made it to pretty much all the attractions, with Fran being a true sport and getting on everything.  We didn’t make it to the Simpsons Ride, but that’s fine.  We got on the Studio Tour which was entertaining as hell and slightly different than other times I’ve been on it – it seems that’s the case for every time you go on it that it will be slightly different.  Also went on Minion Mayhem, Shrek 4D, ate at Mel’s Diner for lunch, then down to the Lower Lot for Jurassic Park (Fran loved that ride), then The Mummy (she wasn’t such a fan of that, understandably), and Transformers The Ride, which had been closed all day but suddenly reopened while we were killing time in the museum.  We also watched the Waterworld Stunt Show and that was pretty damn cool!  After that it was a good time to go home, and after resting a bit, we went out for some delicious dumplings at Dim Tai Fung at Americana.  Very full day.

24-Jan-2015 09:17, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 11.0, 4.5mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 160
24-Jan-2015 09:17, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 11.0, 5.35mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 200
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24-Jan-2015 09:19, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.5, 7.549mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 160
24-Jan-2015 09:27, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.0, 10.591mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 160
24-Jan-2015 09:27, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.0, 6.319mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 200
 
24-Jan-2015 09:27, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.0, 6.319mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
24-Jan-2015 09:27, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.0, 6.319mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
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24-Jan-2015 09:28, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.5, 7.549mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
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24-Jan-2015 09:29, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
 
24-Jan-2015 09:30, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
24-Jan-2015 09:30, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.5, 7.325mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100
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25 Jan 2015 – Day of Open Houses

We had a nice Sunday Brunch at Edendale before spending the following 3 hours going all over Glassell Park, Mt Washington, Highland Park, Burbank, North Hollywood and then Los Feliz/Silver Lake to look at Open Houses I’d found on Trulia.  There were some very great houses that are actually kind of within our price range, including the following (you can click on the images below and the Trulia page for the listing will pop up in a new window):

3651RoderickI think I liked this one the absolute most.  It wasn’t especially huge, but it’s been gorgeously finished and the price is much more right than others I’ve lusted for previously.  It’s actually very much in the price range I’m looking at.  The views are stunning and the location is pretty awesome.  If this sticks around on the market until February or so, I may have to think seriously about this one.  Also other things have to line up too, but I’m counting on things working out for the best.

There was another house we saw amongst the 7 that I also loved.  This one was in Burbank and is just stunning.  Not as affordable as the one above, and the bathroom situation is a little janky (the master bedroom’s bathroom is a 1/2 bathroom, while the guest bathroom is the only full one), but still….everything else about this is just amazing.  The neighborhood in Burbank is also pretty great.

1320WOakThe others we saw were okay but nothing to really freak out about and post screenshots of!  It’s exhausting driving around town though – at the end we were trying to find this condo development in Silver Lake and the address was COMPLETELY wrong on Trulia, as it sent us on to Edendale Dr.  I think Edendale Dr may be the most steep fucking street I’ve ever been on.  It was frightening.   Anyway, we weren’t too adventurous about dinner that night so we went up to Barbarella.  They’re going to be converting their Lago Pizzeria section into a BBQ joint in a week or two.  Larry & I are really looking forward to seeing how good the food is.

25-Jan-2015 11:11, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 2.65mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 32
25-Jan-2015 11:11, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 32
25-Jan-2015 11:11, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 32
 
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25-Jan-2015 19:05, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 2000
25-Jan-2015 19:06, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 2000
 

The last two nights (Monday & Tuesday), we’ve kind of kept things pretty simple.  Monday was a rainy day and we went to Target during the day (exciting!) and for dinner, we made it back to the Morrison.  Also got Larry to see Fiddler on the Roof and he loved it, as he should.  Such a good movie!   Yesterday I went to work but when I got back in the afternoon, we had dinner at Cafe Beaujolais where we went for my birthday.  REALLY good French food.  Le sigh.

Fran left this morning to go back home.  It was a wonderful visit and it was nice for her to be here during this kind of stressful time, and I know Larry loved getting to see his mom.  Hopefully we’ll be back east sooner than later to see the whole extended family.

In Other News!

I realize that I’ve been derelict in my duties concerning posting pictures from other festivities.  In all honesty, it’s been a fairly hectic January in that every weekend, we’ve had something planned to do.  That’s a nice thing but it’s also an exhausting thing.  It also means I get a little backed up in posting pictures!

10 Jan 2015 – Wicked at the Pantages

First up is that Larry and I took my mom to go see Wicked at the Pantages the day before we went off on our Disneyland 2-day trip.  I had only seen Wicked on my birthday back in 2007 when I first moved to New Jersey.  That time, I went with my roommate Shelly and it was a lot of fun.  I can’t say the musical blew me away and I won’t say much different about it now, but it really is an entertaining show.  The big numbers like “Popular”, “Defying Gravity”, and “Something Good” knock you out and are worthy of all the praise.  It’s just that the rest of the songs are fairly meh, at least to me.  The actual plot of the musical is fantastic though and that’s what keeps you interested.  It’s fun to see how the threads of the movie start popping up in the show.  It was also cool that Madame Morrible was played by Kim Zimmer, who my mom and I both know from her days as playing Reva Shayne in Guiding Light, the now-cancelled yet extremely long-running daytime soap that was on CBS.  She was wonderful in the role.  The woman playing Galinda was absolutely killing it too – her comedic timing was pitch-perfect.  “Defying Gravity’ is still stunning as the Act I ending.  I’m glad to have gotten a chance to see it again.  One day soon I’ll re-evaluate my rankings of Broadway shows to consider this as well as all the new shows seen since my last iteration.

10-Jan-2015 13:17, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.0, 11.272mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 160
10-Jan-2015 13:17, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.5, 9.07mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 125
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10-Jan-2015 13:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 1600
 
10-Jan-2015 13:36, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 3.8, 4.5mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 1600
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10-Jan-2015 13:38, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.0, 15.939mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 1600
 
10-Jan-2015 13:39, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 5.0, 14.96mm, 0.125 sec, ISO 1600
 

14 Jan 2015 – Broad City Season 2 Premiere Party!

The return of Broad City is always a reason to celebrate, so we did!  We had a special guest in the form of Rekha, who had been out here to do some project turnover with Nicki while also visiting family.  Additionally, everyone came over and it was wonderful.   Best thing was that Broad City came back very strong and was ridiculously good and funny.  Here’s hoping to a continued strong sophomore season.

14-Jan-2015 19:04, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
14-Jan-2015 19:04, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
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14-Jan-2015 19:18, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 800
14-Jan-2015 19:18, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 640
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14-Jan-2015 19:49, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
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14-Jan-2015 19:51, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 500
 
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14-Jan-2015 20:39, Apple iPhone 6, 2.2, 4.15mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 250
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Alright, I think that’s everything.  Like I said, January has been nuts and I’m hoping that things calm down and resolve themselves soon in February.  That would be great.  Also great?  If we can find a new place to call home, especially one that is something we buy.  I’d love the hell out of that.  Anyway, first things first.  Crossing fingers for a fabulous February.

A Universal Day with Fran

I won’t go into the whole excursion today as I’m pretty damn tired, but here are just a tiny sampling of the pics I took today.  By the way, it was freakin’ glorious weather today and the Santa Ana winds ensured an absolutely gorgeous clarity in the air.  Just great.

24-Jan-2015 09:17, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 11.0, 5.35mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 200
 
24-Jan-2015 11:12, Canon Canon PowerShot SX600 HS, 4.0, 5.083mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 200
 

Larry on the Lot!

Today was a fun day, especially considering it was just your average Tuesday.  First, Larry traveled on up to the backlot of Universal Studios where I happen to work!  He rode the Metro here as we were going to North Hollywood for dinner and a movie (Nebraska – more on that in tomorrow’s post) and it is such a pain in the ass to come from Los Feliz back to this area later in the day.  So while he was on the lot and getting to see my office area for the first time, we took the liberty of finding our way onto the theme park….crazy how that works sometimes.  We of course took a ride on the Transformers ride – it never gets old and is so much fun.  After that, Larry noticed that the little museum area near Transformers had a sign indicating Back to the Future‘s actual DeLorean was inside….sure enough, it is!  It’s kinda awesome to see it up close and personal.  Had to get some pics: