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Altho my actual birthday is today, I was able to convene last night with some of the most amazing people on Earth — my friends — for a fun night of food and fun in celebration of turning one year older. We spent the night in downtown Los Angeles at Katsuya at LA Live where we supped on an AMAZING multi-course meal and then made our way to Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge also at LA Live for some bowling fun:
There are a lot of fun photos from last night that you can find behind the cut. I had a hard time whittling down the selections so … there are quite a few photos to check out. After the jump, check out how much fun I had at these posh venues with my amazing friends … More »
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Last night David and I spent another trademark quite night at home together … he was willing to do whatever I wanted, I just wanted to veg on the couch and read. I did manage to watch Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on TV tho … I hadn’t watched the film in full since it was released in theaters about a million years ago so it was a nice refresher for me:
I couldn’t get over how little the HP kids were … they’ve grown up so fast. Poor Emma Watson … she never brushed her hair or plucked her eyebrows during her first year at Hogwart’s. At least she’s grown into a fine young fashionista these days :)
Tonight is gonna be a fun night tho … altho tomorrow is my actual birthday, my friends and I are getting together for a lovely dinner and night of bowling at Lucky Strike! I wanted to do something fun for everyone, something that we never do … and bowling at Lucky Strike is pretty damn posh. It should be fun … I’ll be sure to have some photos to share tonight on Twitter and tomorrow on the blog.
And so … today is my last day of youth. I’m one year older tomorrow. In the immortal words of Charlie Brown‘s dog Snoopy … Blaurgh!
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So … with my birthday rearing its ugly head in just a few days, David has been putting together a little bday celebration for me and my friends and I’ve been bizzy doing … well, nothing. I figure I’ll get my mourning over and done with before my actual birthday so that I can actually enjoy the day with my friends. On Saturday there’ll be an intimate dinner followed by a fun party. On Sunday, David and I are going to be pampered at the spa. On Monday we are going to see Beyoncé in concert here in LA. Next Wednesday, my BFF Sarah arrives from Detroit and on Thursday and Friday we will be seeing Tori Amos live in concert. Next Saturday David is taking me to the ballet … it’s gonna be a fun week. SOOOOO … I thought it best to mope around the house about turning another year older last night to get it out of my system.
Not sure about plans for today … mebbe a movie, mebbe not. I do have a few chores I need to take care of around the house before all the fun gets underway this weekend. My Friday night will prolly be spent gearing up for the big weekend. Wish me luck.
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After taking care of a few errands around town yesterday, David and I met up with Jordan for dinner at a new restaurant in West Hollywood, CA called Mexico. From the first moment I saw the vibrant color scheme of the place, I knew I wanted to try it …
… and I am happy to report that the place is great. Good drinks, amazing food and very fun decor. Honestly, tho, the highlight was getting to spend time with Jordan who we don’t get to see nearly enough. A fun night was had by all.
No plans for tonight … of course, there are always options. I guess we’ll have to wait and see where the day takes us.
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As I’ve mentioned before, David and I were among the lucky folks who were able to attend the public memorial service for the late Michael Jackson at the Staples Center here in downtown Los Angeles, CA yesterday morning. There is so much to share that the best way I know how to do so is to just start at the beginning and go from there. Both David and I registered for tickets for the event but like so many other people, neither one of us were selected to receive tickets. I cannot explain why but deep down I always knew that we would attend the service somehow. Late Sunday night, after I had already received confirmation that I did NOT win tickets I received an email from Pink reader Heidi in Houston, TX. She entered for tickets never believing that she would actually win … and she won. Because she was unable to just fly to LA for the event, she very graciously gave her tickets to me. Heidi had NO interest in selling the tickets and she did not want them to go unused … so she asked if I would take them off her hands. We weren’t sure if I would be able to redeem the vouchers for tickets (since she had to enter her personal info to get the voucher and photo ID was required to pick up the tickets) but it turned out to be no problem at all. All they did was scan the barcode on the voucher and we were given our tickets and wristbands. Heidi has been insistent on not being repaid for her kindness but I want to take this opportunity to publicly thank her for her generosity. Once we got our tickets and wristbands, David was very relieved. He had been really excited to see Michael Jackson in concert in September … so he really wanted to say goodbye to the King of Pop in person.
We arrived at Staples early yesterday so that we could sign the memorial wall before the service began. On our way into the secure area, we were met with an onslaught of street vendors. One man was selling sparkly gloves for $5 … because I was wearing a Michael Jackson-esque red jacket, I thought it would be apropos to buy one. When I saw that Michael‘s brothers were also wearing white sparkly gloves, I was happy that I wore one too. Here are a few photos of the tribute wall that people were signing in front of Staples Center:
I was able to snap a lot of photos inside the service and those can be seen behind the cut. Because there are so many and the post will get much longer you can see the rest of the photos/text after the jump … More »
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Like the rest of the 1.6 million people who registered for tickets to attend Michael Jackson‘s memorial service at the Staples Center here in downtown LA tomorrow at 10AM, I kept checking my email inbox to find out if I had been selected as one of the lucky few who will be allowed to attend the services tomorrow …
… and in just a few hours I will find out for sure if I will be allowed to attend. If I am able to procure tickets for tomorrow’s service, I will do my best to share as much info from the service via Twitter (you can read my Twitter profile HERE) to try and include as many of y’all as possible in the service. If I am not allowed to attend, then I will be at home just like so many of you watching the events unfold on live television. I am hopeful that I will be successful but, well, you just never know until you get that wristband secured to your arm and those tickets are placed in your hand.
No big plans for tonight just yet … David and I have been invited to a fun event in WeHo that we may attend but we’ve not decided whether or not we’re going out. Keep those fingers crossed, hopefully Pink is the new Blog will be able to report live from the Michael Jackson memorial service tomorrow morning.
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I hope all my fellow Americans out there had themselves a nice, relaxing 4th of July yesterday. David and I had a grand time staying home alone. We went for a walk (his choice) and watched Jawbreaker (my choice) … did some reading, just generally hung out:
It had been AGES since I watched Jawbreaker and I had forgotten how fun that movie is. Even tho it really wants to be Heathers (and it’s not), it is still a fun movie to watch. I had also forgotten that Julie Benz is in it … great flick, you should see it if you get the chance.
Last night I finished reading The Strain and, oh man, did that book freak me out. I can’t wait to read the next book in the triology. Other than that, our day was pretty quiet. We stocked up on food so we didn’t have to go out … ’twas nice.
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Yesterday afternoon, David and I made our way out to the ArcLight Theater in Hollywood, CA to see the new Johnny Deep/Christian Bale period gangster movie Public Enemies … a movie I have been looking forward to seeing for months now. In short, I loved it thoroughly … while David was pretty lukewarm about it:
But, around these here parts, it’s my review that matters ;) In all honesty, I hate period piece movies. I rarely find that they are believable enough to keep my attention and interesting enough to entertain. Neither was the case for Public Enemies. The careful recreation of Depression-era Chicago was well done and the story was wholly fascinating. I admit, I did not know much about the life of John Dillinger other than he was a “rock star” bank robber who garnered fame from his slick ways and his good looks. Johnny Depp really brought the man to life for me and gave a great performance. I was also very impressed by his fellow gangsters played by Stephen Dorf (as Homer Van Meter), David Wenham (as Harry Pete Pierpont) and Jason Clarke (as John Red Hamilton). They were Dillinger‘s boys … and they did a great job. It seems that Christian Bale is incapable of playing a character where he doesn’t do funny things with his voice but he was pretty good in this movie. His performance in Public Enemies is much better than the one he turned in for Terminator: Salvation. Marion Cotillard (as Dillinger‘s girlfriend Billie Frechette) and Billy Crudup (as J. Edgar Hoover) also gave very strong performances. I was bummed that Channing Tatum‘s appearance in the film as Pretty Boy Floyd was nothing more than a cameo. He still looked hot tho :) I loved this film a lot … I found it wholly interesting and entertaining. If it had one flaw, I’d say it feels like a long movie. Even still, I give it two thumbs up.
The rest of the night was spent at home, together. David and I had a great, quiet night at home. We’ve been invited to a couple of parties this weekend but, honestly, I dunno that we’re gonna make it out. It’s just too fun being lazy, I’m afraid. Happy 4th of July, y’all! Enjoy y’all’s independence.
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Last night was a quiet night in for David and me … so I decided to pop open a nice bottle of Chianti and watch the very trippy Michael Jackson movie Moonwalker (which I hadn’t seen in over 15 years). The movie features some of MJ‘s coolest music videos (namely Smooth Criminal and Leave Me Alone) but also features some of the most insanely ridiculous nonsense I think I have ever seen:
I had forgotten about all the fun stuff in this movie as well as how good Michael Jackson looked at this time in his life. Sure, he had already undergone some plastic surgery but I think his “look” in 1988 was his best and was deffo where he should’ve stopped on the cosmetic surgery train. I really loved seeing the Badder music video in the film, which is an all kids version of his hit music video Bad. If you, too, had forgotten about that cute video or just want to see it again (or for the first time) then check it out in full after the jump … More »
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Again, no big news to impart on the personal front today. I really feel like David and I are easing into the lazy Summer and are really planning on laying low for a while. We’ve spent so much time flying all over the place for the first 3 years of our relationship, I think we’re happy doing nothing too strenuous for the next few months. It’s nice not having to do anything. I’m getting reading done, David is running more … life is good.
There is an event at the Roosevelt Hotel tonight that we may attend but, then again, we may not. Summer is my fave time of the year. And it’s only just begun :)