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Decadent ‘Sex’ Is Fun

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Last night David and I attended an early screening of Sex and the City 2 at Mann’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood after we toasted the night with Moët & Chandon at a preparty event at Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum. The whole night was just crazy fun … especially since we got to celebrate with a bunch of really fun folks. While SaTC 2 is getting some pretty negative reviews, I have to say that I enjoyed the film very much and cannot wait to see the film again:

Now, the movie isn’t perfect … I wasn’t too keen on how the movie felt fairly disjointed and lacked a sense of flow for the better part of the 2 1/2 hours run time. What the film lacked in cohesiveness, it more than made up for in opulent fun. Some reviewers take issue with the level of decadence and “vapidness” they claim is in the film … but I completely disagree. This film seems to me like a lavish “action film” for women. If you consider that most Summer blockbuster films are rife with garish explosions, blood and extreme violence (which reviewers often have no problem praising), then a film like SaTC 2 should be able to feature garish luxury, bling and extreme opulence. The movie is a fantasy … it’s fun. I think producers were kind of asking for trouble by setting a movie like Sex and the City in the Middle East (where sex isn’t really openly celebrated) but I found it kind of fun to see these characters we know and love operating in unfamiliar territory. That being said, I contend that the first Sex and the City film was much, much better than this sequel but — then again — not many sequels tend to surpass the original films. I think if you let yourself go and just enjoy the ride the Sex and the City 2 can be lots of fun (imbibing a bottle or 2 of Moët & Chandon champagne can’t hurt either). I am looking forward to seeing SaTC 2 again … and prolly repeatedly. It’s just fun.

Much love and thanks goes out to Isandra from Moët & Chandon for taking such amazing care of us last night:

We had a blast and we love the Clinique goodies that were stashed in the fun giftbags, thank you so much!! Last night was even more fun because we got to hang out with new friend Wynter and her peeps and old friend Andrew who I haven’t seen in ages. I hope we all get to hang out again soon … last night was just way too fun :)

Tonight, I’m having dinner with Darion to do an early celebration for his birthday tomorrow! It’ll be really fun to just hang out the two of us. I hope your Thursday is treating you well!!

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A Toast To ‘Sex And The City 2’

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Unfortunately, I did not make it out to see Band of Horses last night at The Roxy due to an ill-timed stomach ache that struck around 7pm … I thought I could rally in time to see the show but, alas, I guess it just wasn’t meant to be. But, things will be much different tonight because I have every intention of attending an early screening of Sex and the City 2 at Grauman’s Chinese Theater tonight. Hosted by champagne giant Moët & Chandon, SaTC2 will screen tonight around 7pm with an champagne afterparty to follow:

Tonight’s screening promises to be a fabulous event … I am SO excited. Remember, Sex and the City 2 opens in theaters tonight at midnight so if you’re as anxious as I am to see the film, you don’t have much longer to wait. Wee!!

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Straight From The ‘Horses’ Mouth

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Last night was a very welcome quite night for me. After all the traveling and the emotional heartache going on, it was nice having nothing at all to do for once. I ran out to Staples to pick up some needed supplies but, overall, it was a day devoted to nothing … which was glorious. I spent some of last night reading, writing in my personal journal and just trying to enjoy being home.

Tonight, I have tickets to see a special performance by Band of Horses at The Roxy on Sunset Blvd:

I am a huge fan of the Horses and I am planning to go to the show … but I did buy the ticket last week and now I’m not too sure I’m really up for a concert. I’ll see how the day progresses … I missed seeing the band here in LA last Fall, I’d hate to miss seeing them again.

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Downtown Motown

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Yesterday was my last day in Detroit before returning home to SoCal last night and I got to spend the early part of the day with Mark and Sarah and the latter part of the day with my parents. Sarah, Mark and I ventured into downtown Detroit to have lunch at Slow’s BBQ and to drive around the city. It’s so sad to see the dilapidated parts of the city but I am happy that the Detroit Train Station is still standing:

I understand the city of Detroit is planning to demolish it, which would be such a shame considering how beautiful a building it still is … even in it’s near condemned state. As sad a sight as it is, I was happy to see it still standing.

After our quick trip downtown, I said my goodbyes to Mark and Sarah and went home to hang out with my folks. Even in their early 80′s, they are healthy, active and vibrant. I am so lucky to have them … we had a nice afternoon together.

My flight home wasn’t too bad and it was really great to be back home with David. We’ve got a few things going on this week but I’m looking forward to a whole lotta nothing tonight. Hope your Mondays are going well :)


Family Ties

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Firstly, I must send lots of love and thanks to all the well-wishers who have been sending in their messages of condolence and support in the past week and especially yesterday. As I mentioned before, yesterday was devoted as a day of memorial for Michael Kora III … father and friend to many. The entire day was filled with a stream of family, friends and well-wishers who came to his memorial service yesterday to pay their respects:

While it was a very emotional day, it was also a time to celebrate the life of a man who touched so many. I was honored to be here to show my support for the Kora family and truly feel blessed to have known the man we called Pseudo. The pain of death can be a lasting one but I really think yesterday’s memorial service proved to be a very cathartic experience for Pseudo‘s family and friends. We shared stories and remembrances with one another and just focused the entire day on the life of a man who gave so much to so many.

My trip home to Detroit was far too quick, I fly back to LA in a few hours. But it was an honor and privilege to be home for Pseudo‘s memorial and I wouldn’t be anywhere else in the world. I am very much looking forward to my next visit home to Michigan, hopefully under much happier circumstances.

See y’all from the West Side tomorrow :)


In Memorium, Michael Kora III

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Today is one of those rare days when I must take pause and refrain from indulging in the fun and frivolity of blogging in order to pay my respects to something greater. As I mentioned last weekend, my dear friend Mark suddenly lost his father and the shock and pain still resonates strongly still one week later. I mentioned yesterday that I have made my way back home to Detroit, MI to be with Mark and his girlfriend (my BFF) Sarah to attend a day-long memorial service at their home for Mark’s dad today. As a result, I am only writing one post today … in honor of Mark’s father Michael Kora III, who I had the extreme pleasure of knowing:

Michael Kora III, or Pseudo as he was known by close friends and family, touched many lives in his 66 years. Before he built his family with his wife Clare, he proudly served his country in the US Navy in the mid-60′s serving aboard the USS Intrepid (which is now permanently docked as a museum ship in NYC, NY) from which he was honorably discharged in 1967. After he returned home to Michigan from his loyal service, he and Clare settled down and brought into the world 3 beautiful children … Denise, Mark and Michael.

Pseudo was the kind of man that could immediately make you feel loved and welcomed as part of his family, his life. He was they kind of guy you could easily have a deep conversation with or laugh riotously over pints of beer or glasses of his homemade wine (from Pseudo’s Psellar) telling silly stories. He instilled in his children, Mark especially, the ability to listen with an open mind and love with an open heart. In all the years I’ve known Mark, it became evident to me that the amazing man that his is a direct reflection his father’s influence. Pseudo was a thinker, a talker, a joker, an artist and a friend. He is sorely missed by all who knew him and it is my sincerest belief that he is now a part of each of us because even tho he is gone from this physical plane, he lives in our hearts and minds … forever.

Pseudo was very fond of the 1920′s poem Desiderata written by Max Ehrmann and I think it absolutely represents everything he was about. Understanding this poem is understanding Michael Kora III:

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Rest well, Pseudo … thank you so much for blessing our lives with your love, knowledge, artistry and friendship. We love you, always.

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Release Your Inner ‘Glee’k

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Last night my friend Jordan and I made our way to Universal City to attend the first LA performance of the Glee: Live Tour at the Gibson Amphitheater and let me tell you … we had a BLAST!

I had a feeling the show would be fun but I had no idea that it would be FAB! After the jump, check out some photos from last night’s performance to see what’s in store on the Glee: Live TourMore »

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Happy Birthday, Emma!

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I have to send out all of my Birthay Lurve to my dear friend Emma whose birthday we celebrated last night at an amazingly fun karaoke SURPRISE party! I couldn’t really say anything at all about anything here on the blog because Em reads religiously (well, maybe not religiously but enough that any hint on the blog would’ve tipped her off). I had tickets to see Massive Attack and was gonna hit up her party afterward but I decided celebrating with her was more important than the concert. Her boyfriend Josh managed to get us all together at Rosen Music Studio in Korea Town ahead of her arrival for the surprise:

She was completely shocked and surprised, everything went off without a hitch! After the jump, check out some of our fun photos from last night’s party and find out which songs I performed for Emma. Anyone who knows me knows that I do NOT do karaoke … but the spirit moved me and, well, read on … More »


Gimme Grimoire

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Things have been settling nicely around here, thankfully. With over 24 hours of no technical difficulties, travel woes or emotional breakdowns, I’m starting to feel like my old self again. David and I did a whole lotta nothing yesterday so that we could just chill out and relax … let me tell you, it was nice. I was very excited and pleased to receive a very special book in the mail yesterday. I had ordered this particular hand-made book a few months ago and, at last, it arrived. You may recall that previously I mentioned that I managed to track down a prop replica of the Spirit Board that was featured in the Charmed TV series. Well, I also managed to track down a book maker who crafts full size replicas of the Book of Shadows featured in Charmed. I had hoped the book would be as similar as possible to the one featured in the show, I was completely unprepared for how almost EXACTLY this replica is to the original magic book see on the show:

I am a sucker for prop replicas from my favorite TV shows and movies. I have quite a few items from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (including Buffy‘s stake, the Slayer Scythe, the Orb of Thesulah and Angel‘s sword) but the Charmed Book of Shadows has to be the one of my fave acquisitions. THIS is the book maker who crafts these Charmed replicas and I can assure you, the quality and craftsmanship is unbelievably stunning. All of the spells used on the show thruout the entire 8 seasons of the show are included in the book along with hundreds of blank pages for one’s own additions. I’m just such a sucker for these kinds of collectibles (much to David’s chagrin, I can assure you) and this book is among the best of the bunch. I spent hours last night going thru all of the pages, it’s really a very cool grimoire. Okay … enough of my geekiness … I just had to share :)

Tonight, I had planned on seeing Massive Attack at The Wiltern but I think I’m going to skip it. Considering the emotional loss that my friends and I have suffered over the weekend, I think it might be nice to get together with friends tonight instead. Not sure exactly what the plan is but I hope it’ll be fun. Hope YOU are having a Happy Hump Day!!

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Back To Normal

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OMG … at last … David and I made it home, safe and sound, and after far too many headaches things seem to be back to normal with the site. To be honest, I don’t even have the strength to recount all the horrors that we went thru over the past couple of days … as if our travel nightmare wasn’t bad enough, the technical difficulties with the site almost did me in. Without over-exaggerating at all, the entire site was almost lost … but, thankfully, David managed to sort everything out and get the site back in working order. I cannot even tell you what I would do without out him. He is my hero and I love him so much.

As things begin to level-off and settle back into normalcy, I am trying to get back into my regular routine. I was happy to find this little surprise in the mail today:

This small Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Legos set may not look like much but its arrival cheered me up a bit and has brightened my day a bit. Jake Gyllenhaal looks really cute as a little Lego man … how could I not be cheered up.

As happy as I am that things are normalizing for me, I still have much sadness back home to contend with. A very good friend of mine lost his father suddenly and without warning due to a heart attack. His family and all of my friends back home are still reeling from the loss. As a result, I will be flying back home to Detroit this coming weekend to attend a memorial event with my friends and loved ones. This death has really affected me and it’s hard to focus on fun and frivolity when my dear friends are suffering but I’m trying to just stay on track, do what I do and soldier on.

I have to say it again, THANK YOU all so much for your ceaseless messages of support. Your kind messages and well-wishes have been so helpful … you have no idea. I’m sending all my love to y’all today … and always. From the bottom of my heart, love to you ALL!!

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