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Last night David and I took our dear Kirsten out for dinner at La Bohème in West Hollywood, CA for a last supper of sorts for just the three of us. David missed out on hanging with us the last time Kirsten and I hung out so we decided to take her out especially, just the 3 of us:
As usual, we had a fantastic time … so fantastic, that I was in the mood to wear my fabulous Aretha Franklin hat. Fun, right?
As the rain continues to fall here in SoCal, we Los Angelinos continue to do as much hibernating as possible. That’s pretty much my plan for today :)
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LA has been pretty deary in the past couple of days but there have been peeks of sun every now and again to remind us that we live in the Golden State. For the most part, when the rain is falling (or even if it looks like it’s gonna fall) then the drivers turn into idiots so David and I decided to stay in yesterday:
Now y’all know that I’ve been on a reading kick lately so I had plenty to occupy my time as I took shelter from the rain. I know a lot of folks don’t love the rain but I think it’s a nice change of pace. I just heard thunder outside, I can’t even tell you the last time I heard thunder. I hope we get some lightning too cuz that’s my fave part of any rainstorm :) Today brings us the arrival of our second rainstorm and we still have one more to go later on in the week … right about the time that David and I fly back to Detroit to surprise my dad for his birthday. Fun times.
Tonight, David and I are taking our dear Kirsten out for dinner for the last time before she moves back to Australia at the end of this month. It’ll be bittersweet to spend time with her tonight.
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Thankfully, I got back to feeling fine yesterday and just as the rain started to really fall, David and ventured out into the night to catch a showing of the new vampire film Daybreakers:
I’m happy to say that I was very impressed and entertained by Daybreakers, even if the protagonist vampire was named Edward (I’m hoping for irony’s sake). The movie tells the tale of a planet peopled with vampires and a dwindling number of humans and all the drama that goes along with a situation like that. The story doesn’t turn out the way you think it may … which I loved. I know some people have problems with the way it ended but I thought it all wrapped up quite nicely. The story is inventive and really turns the vampire take on his ear (and pointy ear at that). There is just enough gore to satisfy vampire fans and a good enough story to entertain movie-goers with a brain. I had a great time!
After the movie, we grabbed dinner at the Velvet Margarita Cantina and called it a night. It’s been raining since yesterday and now we are experiencing intermittent power outages. It’s gonna be a fun time here in LA all week long, the rain storms have only just begun. Happy Monday!!
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Alas … yesterday didn’t turn out to be a great day after all. Altho I started feeling better Friday night and woke up feeling fine, I started getting ill again by mid-afternoon and woke up sweaty and feverish after a short nap. But, thanks to the advice of Pink reader Jamie, I started rubbing the sore and hard spot on my arm where I got my tetanus shot earlier in the week and I’ve started to feel a bit better. Blah. This is why people don’t like going to the damn doctor … shots not only suck when you get them, some of them suck for days afterward too! Anyways, if any of y’all get any shots in the near future do yourselves a favor and rub the area where you got injected and you may not suffer as long as I did.
Since I spent another day at home I did my best to get some reading done. David spent the afternoon volunteering with Lifeworks at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center which provides services for GLBT youth in Los Angeles. I believe he helped out with an ice skating outing for the kids. When he came home, we settled down to watch a movie … and chose to watch Beowulf:
I know everyone is going all gaga for Avatar these days but I remember been insanely impressed with Beowulf when it came out in IMAX 3D back in 2007. Not only is the story far superior to Avatar‘s in every single way (as the oldest written story in the English language, Beowulf still stands up after all these centuries) but all that impressive FX stuff that people think James Cameron invented was actually already done back in ’07 in Beowulf. Avatar has the advantage of a couple hundred million more dollars and a couple years of advanced technology but if I were to compare the two films, I would have to say that I prefer Beowulf to Avatar. While I wasn’t able to watch Beowulf in 3D last night, I vividly remember how awe-inspiring it was when I did see it in IMAX 3D back in 2007. It remains my fave 3D film of all time.
Today, I am getting out of the house, damnit. David and I are going to see Daybreakers this evening and I’m dying for margaritas so … today will be a better day — as I will it, so mote it be!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Yesterday was a pretty miserable day for me … not only was I still sore from the tetanus shot I got on Wednesday but I also came down with terrible body aches and a raging fever. Thankfully, my suffering started easing up last night around 8 but all day long I was in complete misery … blech. Because I was feeling like death, I stayed inside all day trying my best to not die. Once I started feeling better, I busted out my 5 graphic novels of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 and did some re-reading to brush up on what’s been going on in the Buffyverse, especially in light of the recent revelation as to the identity of the Season 8 Big Bad villain Twilight:
I had forgotten how amazing the books are. The first graphic novel, The Long Road Home, tells the story of how the US military (lead by the shadowy Twilight) has decided to make an enemy of Buffy and all the slayers of the world, No Future For You collects the books that tell the Faith portion of Season 8, Wolves at the Gate features the most famous vampire of all Dracula, Time of your Life throws Buffy into the future where she meets up with the sole Slayer in the future Fray and Predators and Prey features a fun segue that revolves around everyone’s fave, ditzy vampire Harmony getting her own reality TV show. Yes, the comics are a bit of a departure from the TV series but they are really fun, written by the actual Buffy writers and are advancing the mythos in such a way that could never be achieved on TV or in (dare I say it) movies. Now that we know who Twilight is, I’m really anxious to see where the story will go from here. It really sucked being sick yesterday but at least I was given the opportunity to bone up on Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 … which I’ve been really lax in reading lately.
I’m not sure what the plan is for tonight, I’m hoping to get out of the house tho … I’ve been cooped up for far too long. I need to bask in the SoCal sun while I still can. We’re supposed to get 3 big rainstorms starting tomorrow that will bury us under 20 or so inches of rain! OY!!
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Last night I met up with my dear friends Kirsten and Darion for a last supper of sorts in Venice, CA. Because Kirst is moving back to Australia in a couple of weeks to attend medical school, last night was the last time she, Darion and me could get together for a final dinner together. We make up the original trio of Le Gang TM (which has, for various reasons, grown apart in the last year) so we wanted to make sure to have one last dinner together before she leaves:
We supped at a great place called AXE (pronounced ar-jay) on Abbot Kinney Road and had a fantastic time. David and I are gonna try and take Kirsten out for dinner just the 3 of us and then she is having a going away party before she leaves for Oz. I’m gonna miss her to death but I’m so happy she’s going to medical school. She’s gonna kick ass … I love her!!
Not sure the plans for today just yet, I’m still not feeling great after getting that tetanus shot on Wed so … we’ll see how my Friday goes.
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Blah … yesterday was not the funnest day for me. David took it upon himself to schedule physicals with our new doctor and yesterday was my turn up to bat. I’m a relatively healthy person who has never, ever been seriously ill so it is very easy for me to NEVER go to the doctor ;) But, and David is right about this, it’s very good practice to check in with a medical professional to make sure that everything is OK:
My new doctor has this cute illustration hanging in the exam room which is a parody of Norman Rockwell‘s famous painting Before The Shot (which, funny enough, used to hang in the exam room of my pediatrician when I was a kid). After going thru all the poking, prodding and probing required of a male physical, I also had to give up about 6 vials of blood for testing and had to get a tetanus shot. Blah … ’twas not fun but is necessary.
I’m planning to do much more fun stuff today. My friend Josh Z and I are going the Under the Influence: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe exhibit at Gallery 1988 and then I’m planning to meet up with Kirsten and Darion for dinner. Today should be much more fun than yesterday but, as unfun as it was, I highly urge y’all to get medical check-ups if you can.
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Last night David and I met up with The Turtle Party: Book Club at our secret meeting headquarters for our first discussion of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon. Because some of us have been recovering from the holidays, not a lot of reading got done … and since the book is really long, we’ve decided to hold our next meeting in 3 weeks time. It was a very nice, chill night at the TurtleCave.
David and I rushed home to watch the series premiere of the new Spike TV comedy Blue Mountain State:
Holy shitballs, Blue Mountain State is funny as hell! Alan Ritchson is, hand’s down, the star of this show. It’s straight enough to appeal to dudes and just hot/gay enough to appeal to the homos … it’s THE perfect comedy for all men! In case you missed it, check out a video trailer for the show after the jump to get a taste of what you’re missing … More »
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Yesterday we bid adieu to Isaac who was staying with us for a few days and immediately got down to cleaning up the place and running a few errands. We have been dangerously low on supplies so I had to run out to Target to load up on essentials. I did manage to make it home in time to see the heavily-hyped 100th episode of How I Met Your Mother, which was billed as a “musical episode”. In fact, it was just a regular ep with a musical number in it … here are a few screencaps:
All in all, the ep was good but I was totally let down it wasn’t a full musical episode. Meh. I enjoyed irregardless. After the jump, in case you missed it or just want to see it again, you can watch the musical number that was performed on How I Met Your Mother last night … More »
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Yesterday was another fun, art-filled day for me here in SoCal. As I mentioned yesterday, I was planning to attend an art exhibit at Gallery 1988 titled Under the Influence: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe that featured on display various works of art themed on the classic 80′s cartoon. Let me tell you, the show is absolutely fantastic!
This exhibit at Gallery 1988 will run until January 29 so I urge all y’all here in the SoCal area to check it out. I fell in immediate love with two paintings on display so I had to get my butt down to the gallery to stake my claim and buy them. After the jump, check out some of the photos I snapped of some of the pieces on display and see one of the paintings I purchased … More »