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Because David and I have decided to join the Target Boycott due to their funding of horribly homophobic politicians in this country, we found ourselves in need of a new store to buy our household products. We decided, after hearing many great things, to take our business to Costco. Now, for many years, I’ve resisted shopping at Costco because I have a hard time swallowing the notion of paying a $50 annual fee to shop at a store BUT … we decided to give it a shot:
While we managed to find many of the things we needed in large bulk sizes (and at surprisingly low prices) we were a bit bummed by the limited brand selection. I was thrilled to find cases of bottled Mexican Coca-Cola (which is made with pure cane sugar rather than fructose corn syrup) but chagrined not to find our favorite kinds of shampoo, body wash, hand soap and dry snacks. As you can tell from our very full cart, we did find many of the things we needed but left the store with much of our shopping list left unfulfilled. To be honest, the whole shopping experience at Costco was really stressful. We’ll have to see how we manage to use all the stuff we bought but I fear that shopping at Costco may not be for us.
After our harrowing shopping adventure, I made David take me to one of my fave dining places — find out how I stuffed my face, after the jump … More »
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I spent my Monday running around taking care of errands which included paying a visit to the Swatch store in the Beverly Center so that I could see Dr. Swatch. For 2 weeks, all Swatch locations in the US are offering free battery replacements, free strap adjustments and free crystal buffing on all of your Swatch watches:
I’ve been collecting Swatch watches since 1989 (which I used to buy at Hudson’s department stores back home in Michigan) so I’ve got quite a few … and some of them had dead batteries. But one visit to Dr. Swatch yesterday and I got them all new batteries, installed for free! If you have any Swatch watches that need new batteries, just take them to any Swatch store here in the US and get free batteries … but you have until Sunday so, get a move on it ;)
There are still more errands to take care of today … David and I are no longer shopping at Target due to the company’s support of homophobic politicians in Minnesota, so we have to stock up on household supplies elsewhere. Believe me, it pains me very much to boycott Target (which used to be one of my fave stores) but it’s much more important for us not to support their support of homophobia. We’ll be visiting Costco for the first time so hopefully they will be an adequate replacement. Lots to do … and it’s gonna be a hot day here in SoCal today so … Happy Tuesday :)
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Yesterday was a very nice and quiet day for me … I managed to get my day’s work done on the blog and tidy up the place a bit before David returned home from his quick trip back East. I spend the rest of the day just relaxing … after all the running around I’ve been doing lately, I was only interested in doing a whole lotta nothing. I did managed to set aside time to watch True Blood last night:
I really loved Lafayette and Jesus‘s psychotropic trip out session … seeing the Virgin Mary bust a move was really cute ;)
Last night, I hung out with Emma and Josh for a bit in Manhattan Beach, CA before going to LAX to pick up David from his flight. Now he’s home, we’re together again and have no plans to do anything too strenuous for a few days. I have a trip home to Detroit in a couple of weeks but in the meantime, I’m planning to do as little as possible. Happy Monday!
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After a bit of a lackadaisical day yesterday I met up with Darion for an evening showing of the cinematic masterpiece film Piranha 3D:
The film, which I loved immensely, inspired so much in me that I had a hard time coming up with a concise way to adequately convey just how much I liked the film and, in addition, express what the film entails overall. So, I will post the Piranha 3D review that my friend Eric posted on his Twitter profile:
Pirhana 3-D….titties titties titties… Chewed off cock… Titties titties titties… Blood… Titties… Fantastic plot.
And that, folks, is THE best review of the film you’ll ever read. Utterly ridiculous? Yes. Wholly entertaining, HELL yes! Piranha 3D is a B-Movie in the grandest sense … hell, there were so many bared boobs in the flick it can actually be classified as a Double D-Movie. The plot is just ridic … but you must see the film for the inventive death scenes. I have a few faves which I will share in the comments for those of you who have seen the movie. If you’ve not yet seen the movie, check it out cold … I think you’ll have a good time ;)
After the movie, Darion and I supped at Fat Fish where we ran into our friend Sebastian and then we met up with Emma and Josh in Hollywood for some after dinner drinks. ‘Twas a fun night!
Today, I have some crap to take care of around the house before I venture out to pick up David from the airport. It’ll be nice to have him home again :D Happy Sunday! Happy Weekend!
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Last night my friend Jordan and I made our way to the Greek Theater here in LA to see Rufus Wainwright live in concert. Rufus‘s extremely talented little sister Martha was the opening act and they put on one hell of an amazing concert together. Martha‘s set was short but very sweet and Rufus‘s show was, well, unlike anything I’ve ever seen before:
The first half of the show was intended as a self-contained art piece complete with visuals and some theatrics. Before Rufus took the stage, this announcement was read aloud:
The first part of the program will be performed as a song cycle with visuals by Douglas Gordon. During the first set, Rufus has asked that you please do not applaud until after he has left the stage. His exit is part of the piece. After a brief intermission, Rufus will return for the second part of the show during which you may applaud to your heart’s content. Please also refrain from photography during the first set.
Then Rufus took the stage wearing a costume with a 15 ft. train and performed in its entirety, in chronological order his entire new album All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu. Some folks in the audience found it difficult to refrain from applauding but all in all, everyone complied with Rufus‘s instructions. This portion of the show was haunting and very beautiful. The second half of the show as more concert-like and very fun. After the jump, check out some photos from that part of the show … More »
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Last night David and I met up with our friend David Brind for an intimate drinks thing at his friends home to celebrate his birthday … but on the way to the soiree, we had to stop off to get a birthday card at a Rite Aid … which, coincidentally, was right next to a Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop. Since my fave BK flavor Pink Bubblegum is the August Flavor of the Month, I had to get myself a wee taste to celebrate:
MMMM … the ice cream was so delish, I love it. After my dessert, it was time to party … we got to meet a bunch of David’s friends and had a really spectacular night together.
This afternoon, David flies back East to attend a wedding this weekend in Cape Cod but I’m staying here at home. My friend Jordan and I will be seeing Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright in concert at the Greek Theater tonight. I’ve been a huge Rufus fan for YEARS … so I’m excited to see him live tonight in one of my fave LA venues. Should be a fun night … Happy Weekend!!
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Yesterday afternoon, David and I went for a leisurely drive down to Redondo Beach, CA so that we could enjoy a quiet dinner together at the South Bay Galleria Mall. That’s right, we were in the mood for some Chick-Fil-A:
Despite the fact that a new Chick-Fil-A store opened in LA, it’s proximity to where we live isn’t all that better than the Redondo Beach location we frequent all the time so we decided to hit up our old haunt for dinner. While we shopped around the mall, I was taken by a display of very colorful Swatch watches that caught my eye:
As I mentioned before, I’ve been a BIG Swatch fan for years (yes, since the late 80′s/early 90′s) and I’m currently obsessed with their new designs and, well, I have a hard time resisting pink things ;) I kinda love that my new Swatch goes perfectly with the new corded telephone I picked up earlier this week. Yes, folks, I’m living in the past … and I love it :)
Tonight, David and I will be celebrating our friend David Brind’s birthday at a soiree here in town … so it should be a blast!! Wee.
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Yesterday evening I ventured out to Glendale, CA to have a shopping/dinner/movie date with my dear friend Adriana. She and I had been talking about a hang out session for a while and last night was the night. We did a bit of shopping at the Glendale Galleria and the Americana Brand outdoor mall and I ended up finding an amazingly fun clear telephone at Urban Outfitters which is exactly like the first telephone I got for my room back in the late 80′s:
As you may have guessed, I’ve been in a BIG 80′s mood lately and seeing this phone reminded me of the days before cell phones even existed when it was SO COOL to one’s own phone line in one’s own room. Even tho I’ll prolly never use it (cuz no one calls our landline except for telemarketers who David loves to yell at), this new phone is now sitting on my desk to remind me of the good ol’ days of telephony.
After we finished with the shopping, we supped at Katsuya and then went to see Scott Pilgrim vs. The World:
AY had already seen it but she wanted to see it again with me … which I love. The movie is hella cute and I loved every second of it. I know people are calling it a comic book movie (which I suppose it is since it’s based on a graphic novel) but it is way more a classic video game movie than anything else. The FX are very inventive and I loved all of the characters. To be honest, I’m still not a Michael Cera fan but he was OK as Scott Pilgrim. To be honest, my fave character was Wallace Wells played by Kieran Culkin but the whole movie is very cute … and now I can’t wait to read the comic books. Comic book and video game fans will prolly love this film as much as I did … it’s really very cute.
Today, I have a bunch of errands to take care of so it’s prolly gonna be a quiet night. I’m hoping to talk David into doing a mini date night … we’ve not had a night to ourselves in ages. Hope your Hump Day is a happy one!!
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Yesterday afternoon I decided to venture out for a drive … and ended up making the biggest mistake of MY LIFE! I got caught in the massive traffic jam that crippled all of West LA due to all the street closures to accommodate President Obama‘s visit last night. I can’t even tell you how frustrating it was … I sat in traffic for over 3 hours … it was pretty horrible.
As soon as I got home, I wanted to relax with a good movie … so I decided to watch the 2005 film Catwoman starring Halle Berry:
Now, I know what you’re thinking … but honestly, I really like the Catwoman movie. No, it’s not the best movie ever … but I think it it light years better than the shitty Batman films Joel Schumacher made in the late 90′s. I will agree that Berry‘s acting performance leaves much to be desired … but overall, it’s a fun movie. I love Sharon Stone as the villain and Benjamin Bratt is always fun to watch. Since I’m rewatching all of the Batman films all over again, I figured Catwoman counts as well. I really don’t get why so many people hate the film … I’ve seen way worse.
I’ve had a hankering for Outback cheese fries lately so I think I’ll have to have some tonight … now that Obama has left the State, I think I can count on traffic being relatively normal.
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And so … David and I have left paradise and made our way back to the mainland, back home to LA. Before we had to pack up and leave for home, we managed to take a walk along the beach together one last time before we had to say goodbye to Maui, HI:
We walked the length of the beach and back as the sun rose in the east … it was a very nice way to say goodbye to Hawaii. I managed to go for a quick dip in the Pacific Ocean but then we had to pack up and say goodbye. On our way out, we were able to grab brunch with Mr. and Mrs. Ryan and Marissa Kamin Miller … and then it was time to say Aloha to Hawaii.
The 6 hour flight home was long but I managed to entertain myself for the duration. I watched Batman Begins on my iPhone, continuing my quest to rewatch all of the Batman films:
As much as I love the films directed by Tim Burton, Christoper Nolan‘s Batman films are truly the best of the bunch. I was reminded how fantastic Batman Begins is from start to finish. Not only is the film a true representation of what a real life Batman might be like but the story is so clever, so full and so well orchestrated that I don’t ever want another director to take on the Dark Knight. If you haven’t seen Batman Begins in a while, I urge you to check it out again … I think you’ll be surprised again by how good it really is.
I flew home still wearing my lei and didn’t take it off until I got home. Sadly, the Hawaiian shirt and flower lei combo just doesn’t work as well here on the mainland as it did on the island of Maui. I promise, I’ll get back there some day soon :)
But now … back to life, back to reality. Happy Monday!!