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Yesterday was a fairly quiet day around here … I spent much of the day relaxing at home while David and his college BFF Diana went shopping all over town. I met up with them after they finished their little outing and we all met up with Josh and Darion for a fun dinner at Gobi Mongolian BBQ in Silverlake, CA:
While I must admit that Gobi isn’t quite as good as my beloved BD’s Mongolian BBQ back home in Detroit, it was a pretty passable runner-up. We all had a great time together.
Tonight, I’m planning to check out Tom Lenk‘s new one-man show at the Comedy Central Theater here in LA … I’m so excited!!
Happy Monday and Happy Week ahead!!
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After David and I had so much fun at the Sanrio Pop-Up Tour carnival here in LA Friday night we thought it would be fun to head on down to Anaheim, CA to spend some quality time together at Disneyland. I am still very bummed that we missed out visiting Disney during HalloweenTime this year so I wanted to make sure we made it down to see the Xmas edition of Disneyland:
We got to Disneyland at around 6:30 but it was already pitch black … nonetheless, we had an absolute blast! After the jump, check out some of the photos we snapped last night and see which BIG Disneyland star we got to meet and take a photo with … More »
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In honor of Sanrio‘s 50th Anniversary they have launched the Small Gift Pop-Up Tour here in the US in both Miami, FL and Los Angeles, CA providing a FREE carnival/art exhibit … yesterday was the first night the event was open to the public so David and I decided to check it out:
David is such a good sport about amusement part stuff so we really had a great time. There was Hello Kitty-inspired artwork on display, rides and games to play, fun fair food to eat and — of course — fun stuff to buy. After the jump, check out some of the fun photos I snapped last night — including a photo of David and me that I cannot EVEN believe I am sharing with the world (hint: there are costumes involved) … More »
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David very rarely insists that we go to the movies, I’m usually the one dragging him out to the theater, but last night he really wanted to see the new indie film Monsters and I happily complied. I had heard about Monsters over the Summer and was unaware that it was even in theaters (which is the really annoying thing about indie films, there’s never any promotion) … but Monsters IS playing in select theaters right now … we saw it … and really liked it:
Monsters is like a hybrid of Cloverfield and District 9 wrapped in a beautifully shot indie film. For the most part, I really liked the film … but it moved a bit slow for me to totally love it. I really loved the hyper-action of Cloverfield and was hoping that this alien film would be more like that. Instead, the monsters are not really featured all that much in the film … and when they are, they’re not all that scary. Monsters tells the tale of a world were alien creatures came to Earth 6 years ago and have flourished in most of Mexico. The US builds a massive wall along the border to keep these illegal aliens out (get it?) and protect itself. I will say I was very impressed with the way the film looked and really liked how it ended, for the most part. But the action film fan in me wanted a bit more … oomph. Still, Monsters is a fantastic indie “horror” film that I think needs to be seen on the big screen. BUT, if you can’t get out to see Monsters in theaters (or if it’s not playing in your city) you can watch in on On Demand at home. While Monsters wasn’t the best alien film I’ve ever seen, I really enjoyed the Hell out of it.
Tonight David and I will be having a lot of fun here in LA … we will be making our way to Santa Monica, CA to attend the first night of Sanrio‘s 50th Anniversary celebration called Small Gift:
Basically, it’s a Hello Kitty Carnival! It looks like fun … and the only other event of its kind is in Miami, FL so we’re gonna check it out here while we can. Then we are going to see Skyline … which looks like the action-packed alien movie I’ve been looking for.
Happy Friday, Happy Weekend!!
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Today, November 11, is Veteran’s Day here in the US and is observed as Armistice or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world. Altho I don’t have any military service people in my family, I think it is very important for all of us to pay homage and give thanks to the brave women and men who serve in our armed forces. Pink reader Geana sent in a photo from her husband Sgt. Chris Cossota‘s re-enlistment ceremony last month. After successfully completing his tour of duty, Sgt. Cossota willingly signed up for another tour of duty in Afghanistan:
It is brave men and women like Geana‘s husband that bravely defend our country each and every day … so I don’t think it’s asking too much for the rest of us to take a bit of time to give thanks for their hard and very dangerous work. Please join me in sending all of our love, thanks and best wishes to Geana, Chris and every other member of the armed forces both here in the US and among our allies around the world. If you would like to do more, head over to IAVA.org to find out how you can help the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America in a number of important ways.
Thank you, Veterans.
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Um, it’s cold here in SoCal, y’all. Not like “cold” cold like in the real world but pretty dang cold for SoCal. I had to bust out my fleecy A&F sweats and woolly flannel jackets … and that is just to wear around the house! It’s supposed to warm up again this weekend but, ugh, it already feels like Winter ;( That being said, not even the cold kept me indoors yesterday … and that is because I got a crazy craving for Chick-Fil-A. Thankfully, my friends Josh and Emma live fairly close to the Chick-Fil-A in Redondo Beach, CA so I hooked up with Josh and dragged him with me to enjoy some yummy fried deliciousness:
It is sometimes very difficult to get Josh to eat fast food but he was in a great mood last night to indulge with me … 3 trips to the counter later and after we scarfed more chicken nuggets than I care to mention, we were sufficiently sated. So, yeah, that was pretty much my Tuesday. I hung out at Josh’s for a while then made the trek back home. Sometimes it’s the simple pleasures in life that make all the difference ;)
I don’t think I have anything major planned for this chilly Hump Day. I do know that it’s getting close to the time of the year where I pack away my shorts and flip flops and dig out my jeans and long-sleeve t-shirts. I know some people LOVE the cooler weather of Autumn but I am NOT one of those people. Ah well. Hope you’re warm and cozy wherever in the world you are right now ;)
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Last night David and I made our way to The Wiltern Theater here in LA to see Florence + the Machine live in concert. Last night’s show was the last night of 3 sold out nights at The Wiltern and it was phenomenal!
David and I are big fans of the talented Ms. Flo and last night’s concert only solidified our love for her. I was must amazed by the power of her sonorous voice … she just opens her mouth and this beautiful sound comes pouring out. Her music is wonderful on record but you simply must hear her perform live to truly experience the magic of her talent:
I was so bummed when the first two Florence + the Machine concerts sold out that I jumped at the chance to get tix for the third show. Man, it was the best money I’ve spent in a while. After the jump, get a taste of last night’s show and check out a video I shot last night of the finale performance of Dog Days are Over … More »
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While David and I spent most of the day at home together we managed to get out of the house last night for a pizza dinner date at Prizzi’s Piazza before going to the ArcLight in Hollywood, CA to see the final Dragon Tattoo film The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (Luftslottet som Sprangdes):
I am very happy to report that Hornet’s Nest is a fantastic close to a fantastic movie trilogy. The first film, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is by far my fave of the bunch, The Girl Who Played with Fire and this final film Hornet’s Nest really work together to tell the amazing story of Lisbeth Salander. Salander has quickly become one of my fave fictional characters and I have enjoyed seeing her live in the acting prowess of Noomi Rapace. The original Swedish films have set a very high benchmark for the US version films to reach … but I am quite pleased that I was able to see the original films, in their original form well in advance of any remakes.
Tonight, David and I will be making our way to The Wiltern to see Florence + the Machine and we couldn’t be more excited! Mondays aren’t always the best days … but today promises to be a doozy :)
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Yesterday afternoon, David and I enjoyed a nice brunch together at Mauro Cafe at Fred Segal in West Hollywood, CA … it was the first time we had been out on a “date” in a while. David has been sick all week long and we’ve been pretty much holed up in our apartment for days. It was nice to get out of the house and enjoy the beautifully warm SoCal weather:
We were seated by an amazing photograph of Audrey Hepburn which I took an iPhone photo of and manipulated/destroyed with a photo app called Satromizer. I’ve been playing with a few new photo iPhone apps like this one this week including Decim8 and the new Salvador Dalí photopack for Hipstamatic (plus, I’m newly obsessed with Instagram). It’s amazing how many more fun photos I take with just these few photo apps. I don’t even carry around a camera anymore cuz all I need is my iPhone. But, I’m digressing.
After brunch, David wanted to see the new Danny Boyle film 127 Hours which is based on the true story of Aron Ralston who was forced to cut off his own arm to free himself from being trapped under a rock in the wilderness. The film is mostly fantastic if a wee bit heavy-handed (pardon the pun):
While I LOVED the movie, I do feel that the fantasy scenes that Boyle uses way too much in the film took away from my overall enjoyment of the movie. James Franco is fantastic as Ralston and much of the film looked great (a credit to Boyle) but I honestly feel the movie would be so much better if had less fantasy scenes (which, I’m guessing, is meant to convey the stuff going on in Rolston‘s mind in those 127 hours he was trapped) and focused more on Ralston in the moment. Buried is movie that I loved very much and is similar in the way the story of 127 Hours is told … and I personally feel that that movie did a better job of making the audience feel like they were in the movie more successfully. When the movie focused on Ralston trapped in the canyon, I found it entirely gripping and really compelling. There is a moment of realization where Franco as Ralston determines that the rock pinning his arm spent millions of years waiting for the moment he would be trapped … that he was fated to endure this particular situation. I don’t know … something about that part of the film really struck me as profound. Once the actual arm cutting off takes place, the story gets frantic and intense (as you can well imagine) and really finishes off the movie very well. Again, I really loved the best parts of the movie … but really could’ve done with a lot less over-the-top fantasy scenes thruout.
After the movie, we met up with Josh and Emma for dinner and then made our way to Hamburger Mary’s for a drag show called Stunning:
‘Twas a fun and crazy night. It was really great getting out of the house … we may even do it again today!
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Last night ended up being a pretty quiet one for me. After a quick trip to get my hair did, I ended up staying in for the night. David and I talked about going to see a movie but it got kinda late and I got caught up in watching a Season 2 two-part episode of Wonder Woman titled Mind Stealers from Outer Space:
Desipte the fact that I had not seen this two-part episode since it first aired back in the late 70′s, I still vividly remembered much of the plot. Wonder Woman battled alien invaders called The Skrill and managed to foil their plan to steal the minds of the most intelligent human beings on Earth. For the most part, WW battled human villains but sometimes the producers would throw in some aliens and some horrible special FX to mix things up for a bit. As a kid, I loved every second of shizz like this … but what I can’t understand is how adult viewers were able to stomach the cheesiness. I’m just glad that shows like Wonder Woman, The Incredible Hulk, Buck Rogers in the 21st Century and more introduced us to the fun of Sci-Fi ridiculousness at such a young age. I still have quite a few WW eps to get thru before I start watching The Bionic Woman Season 1 on DVD :)
Today, we are getting out of the house. David has been sick all week long and he has gotten stir crazy … not sure the plan just yet but I’m sure we’ll think of something fun to do. Happy Saturday!