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Badges Of Honor

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As I suspected early yesterday, I ended up spending pretty much all day in without leaving the house once. I haven’t been feeling too hot lately so I decided to just keep things as chill as possible here at home. Because I was pretty much laid up all day long on the couch, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to kick some ass in Pokémon SoulSilver. As a result of all the free time I had this weekend, I managed to work my way thru the game and successfully win 6 of the 8 Gym Badges in the game:


Without going into too much game-play detail for those of you unfamiliar with the Pokémon video games, you essentially work your way thru various levels of the game competing for 8 badges while collecting Pokémon creatures along the way. After you win all 8 badges, you compete against the Elite Four bosses of the game and then there is a final battle, I believe, with superstrong (or legendary) Pokémon … or something like that. Trust me, as anyone who has played the game long enough can attest, this video game is addicting. I haven’t been this engrossed in a Pokémon game since 2001 … and, to be honest, I can’t believe I’ve been away for so long. I’ve been having a blast … and I’m looking forward to beating this damn game so I can get my life back.

Tonight, I’m planning to make my way to the Grammy Museum in downtown LA to see my fave saxophone player Dave Koz live in concert. His new album Hello Tomorrow is out today and I’m excited to see him live again. It’s been many years since I’ve seen him in concert but I’ve been a big fan since the late 80′s. He was my idol when I played sax in high school … so yeah, that’s what I’ll be doing. Afterward, I’ll be picking up David from the airport … even tho he’s been away for only 2 days it feels like longer … it’ll be great to have him home again.

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Hallowe’enTime Is Here Again

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Because David had to leave town at the last minute yesterday morning I had to take care of a bunch of errands all day long, running around all over town. I hate scrambling for Hallowe’en costumes at the last second so I wanted to make sure that I picked up costumes for David and me as soon as we decided on what to be:


We are teaming up with our friends Josh and Emma for this year’s Hallowe’en fun … and I’m so excited! I don’t want to spoil the secret just yet but I will tell you that we will be going old skool with our costumes this year. Do YOU know what you’re going to be for Hallowe’en this year?

Because of all the running around town (which included stuffing my face with take-out food), I ended up gettin’ kinda ill last night. I had a few entertainment options for last night but I ended up crashing out early here at home. I’m still not feeling too hot today so I think I’ll be staying in at least for another day. It’s Columbus Day here in the US and Thanksgiving in Canada … I hope all y’all are celebrating today. Happy Monday!

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Artery Hardening Goodness

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Yesterday turned out to be a totally lazy day for me … I spent much of the day playing video games on my Nintendo DS and not doing pretty much anything else. I did venture out of the house last night to sate my hunger for a plate of Aussie Cheese Fries from Outback:


After my breathing became labored and my arteries had sufficiently hardened, it was time to get back home. David and I received some very sad news of a death in a friend’s family so David booked a flight back East to attend the funeral which will be held tomorrow. I dropped him off at the airport this morning. Since I’ll be flying solo for a couple of days I can get some things taken care of … hopefully I’ll find our Hallowe’en costumes today or tomorrow. The weather heated up considerably here in SoCal, much to my glee. Happy Sunday, y’all.

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Phair, Thee Well

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Last night my friend Josh and I made our way out to the El Rey Theatre here in LA to see Liz Phair perform live on her Funstyle Tour which got underway earlier this week:


Liz is currently on tour in support of her new album Funstyle which she released digitally in July and will release on physical CD on October 19. While she performed a few new songs, the lion’s share of the setlist was made up of classic Liz Phair songs that were the delight of every person in attendance. To be honest, it really felt like a Greatest Hits show to me. After the jump, check out some photos that I snapped of the show last night and check out video of two of my fave performances — Divorce Song and FlowerMore »

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The Ralph Lauren Big Pony Dinner Party & Concert

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Last night David and I were kindly invited to the Chateau Marmont as guests of Ralph Lauren for the launch event for their new line of fragrances called The Big Pony Collection. Unlike other launch event parties, last night’s affair was a full on dinner party with folks from Ralph Lauren as well as the band One Republic:


The whole night was just a lot of fun. After cocktail hour, we were led up to the photobooth room where we filmed a short 7 second video that got turned into a flip book! So fun!! Then we were treated to a 4 course meal of deliciousness with each course introduced by a different member of the band:


For dinner, David and I were seated next to One Republic guitarist Zack Filkins who was so charming, so nice to talk to … ’twas a very fun night. After the jump, check out some photos from dinner as well as photos and video from One Republic‘s acoustic set last night … More »

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The Art Of ‘War’

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Inspired by my renewed interest in video games lately, I finally managed to buy a copy of the new game Transformers: War for Cybertron for the Nintendo DS:


I’ve been meaning to get this game since it was released last Summer because my dear friend Darion is responsible for the game. He was the head honcho in charge of the game’s creation at Activision so it’s pretty cool being able to play a video game that your friend produced. The game is available in Decepticons version and Autobots version (naturally, I went for the bad guy Decepticons version). I haven’t been able to play with it too much but I did spend part of my evening last night figuring things out. It’s a fantastic game … and I couldn’t be more proud of Darion’s hard work :D

Tonight, David and I have plans to attend an event for Ralph Lauren but I have an appointment that might impede my attendance. I’m gonna try to work it all out as best I can so … we’ll see. Thankfully, the rain has gone away here in LA and the sun is shining again. Temps are supposed to go up a lot this weekend so I’m really looking forward to the warmer weather :D

PS: Congrats goes out to Pink reader Katrina who won the tickets to see Maroon 5 in concert tomorrow night. Thank you all so much for your entries! Be on the lookout for more fun contests soon!!

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The Pursuit Of Trivia

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Last night David and I were invited over to Josh and Emma’s place in Manhattan Beach, CA for a home cooked meal and game night with a group of their friends. Along with Guy and Michael, the four of us supped on an amazing dinner which Emma put together for us before we hunkered down for a game of Trivial Pursuit:


I’m telling you, nothing tests the mettle of a group of friends like a spirited game of Trivial Pursuit. I’m happy to report that we all left last night as friends still … meaning we were all winners ;)

The rain continues to fall here in SoCal in buckets … an even that is so odd that people don’t know what to do with themselves. I plan on staying inside because, well, I hate the rain … despite its novelty. Stay dry, y’all!

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Gotta Catch ’Em All . . . Again

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Last week I started reading The Fall: Book 2 of The Strain Trilogy written by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan and last night I finally finished the book. I have to tell you, The Fall was one of the funnest books I’ve read in a very long time. Much like their first book The Strain, The Fall was a quick read … but it was chock full of amazing vampire fun. These books are the kind that you don’t want to put down because they are so good … I really cannot wait for Book 3 to come out. I understand the final book in the trilogy is due for release in Spring of next year. I don’t usually get excited for book releases like this but, man, I am really really looking forward to the final book.

Because I finished my book early, I decided to bust out my trusty Nintendo DS and finally start playing Pokémon SoulSilver Version:


I’ve been a big fan of the Pokémon video games from the very beginning and I LOVE that SoulSilver and it’s compliment game HeartGold are updated versions of the classic Silver and Gold games. With a new Nintendo 3DS game system as well as a new set of Pokémon games (Black and White) due out next Spring, I want to spend as much time playing this game in my quest to catch all 493 Pokémon. Of course, that will never happen but … the games are addictively fun. Have any of y’all played Pokémon SoulSilver? Ya got any tips for me?

It’s been uncharacteristically cool and rainy here in SoCal which is perfect video game playing weather … but tonight, David and I are trekking down to the beach where it will undoubtedly be cooler and rainier to have dinner with our friends Emma and Josh. Despite the bad weather, we’re gonna have a blast :D

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Kindle: The Next Generation

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I’ve mentioned over the past week or so that I’ve been reading again after putting my reading list on hold over the Summer. Now that the weather is cooling down and it’s easier to stay indoors, I decided it was time to get back to my ever-growing book pile. I also mentioned that I decided to upgrade to the Amazon Kindle 3 for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the smaller size and cool black matte color:


A few readers have asked me to comment on what I think of the latest generation Kindle so here goes … firstly, the Kindle continues to be the best e-book reader available. While other e-book readers have some cool features, none of them really touch the Kindle when it comes to book content, ease of use and readability. The new Kindle is super thin, super light and has a storage capacity for 3,5000 books. If you consider that the Kindle 3 starts at a price of $139 for Wifi-only and $189 for the Wifi-3G model, it really is a great bargain (the first 2 Kindle models cost well over $300). Because David and I share tech, it’s easy for him to just co-opt my Kindle 2 … and everybody’s happy. Since I got back into reading, I managed to get thru 2 1/2 books … tho, I also added to my reading list as well. Since the Kindle 3 is so small, I keep it in my bag so it’s always with me if I ever have some extra time to read. The Kindle just keeps getting better IMHO. I’m loving the hell out of mine.

No plans for tonight … so I guess I’ll be reading. Happy Monday!

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Marsters And Servant

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Last night my friend Angie and I made our way to a tiny hole in the wall club in Santa Monica, CA to see Buffyverse alum James Marsters and his band Ghost of the Robot play their first show in 7 years. Ghost of the Robot broke up back in 2003 and haven’t played a show together … until last night. Here are a few photos that I snapped from last night’s concert:


James was especially proud of the fact that his teenage son Sullivan was able to play a few songs with his dad’s band and you could tell that everyone had a blast. Angie and I were so excited to be in the same room with James that we were just giddy with excitement all night long. We were both very thrilled to get to chat with James for a bit after show. He very graciously took as much time as possible to pose for photos and sign any autographs asked of him by his loyal fans … he really is the nicest guy you’ll ever meet. It is plainly obvious that he appreciates every single fan and is happy to do whatever he can (within reason, I’m sure) to put a smile on every face. That moment came for each of us when we got to snap pics with our fave Buffyverse vamp (I mean, let’s be honest, Spike is just way cooler than Angel). We had so much fun … I’m so glad I got to share last night with a fellow Buffyverse geek ;)

I have to give a shout out to Pink reader Alex who I got to meet at the show last night … it was my pleasure meeting you :)

After the show, Angie and I made our way to Pink Taco to eat, drink and be more merry. It was a very fun but very late night … and I loved every second of it.

Not sure what the plan is for tonight … I might lie low … keep it simple, possibly indoors. Happy Sunday, y’all!!

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