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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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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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UGH … I cannot even express what a hellacious day David and I have been having since yesterday. We missed being able to check into our flight by 2 minutes and Delta — which was oversold all day long — couldn’t get us back home at all yesterday. We ended up having to stay at a horrible airport motel in Jamaica Queens, NY for the night … this is our view:
We were able to book travel on a Jet Blue plane (always to the rescue) tonight so we’re trying to get as much work done at this motel as we can before we have to leave for the airport (again, another apology as I may not be able to write up as many posts as usual). All of this travel mess, coupled with the ONGOING server issues with my website (which is why many of you are getting 404 Error messages and/or cannot comment or read full/older posts) AND the sad news going on at home in Detroit has really got me at my wit’s end. I’ve wanted to fall apart and break down on numerous occasions … my only saving grace has been David and his level head. He has been taking care of everything … our travel woes, my tech problems and offering support emotionally … I don’t know what I would’ve done without him. Our woes aren’t over yet but … hopefully soon.
Thank you all so much for your well-wishes, they are most appreciated. Thank you, as well, for your continued patience with all the tech problems on the site. I hope it all gets sorted soon. Much, much love to you all. I sincerely hope everything gets back to normal soon so I won’t have to throw myself in front of a bus.
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Yesterday I accompanied David’s family to Hawthorne, NJ to attend a 50th birthday for his aunt Mary Ellen at her home and we really had a fantastic time. I got to meet more of David’s family and a great time was had by all:
It felt really nice to be a part of the celebration … David’s family is so loving, so welcoming. They are amazing people to know … I’m so glad that we were able to make it out for the party. Birthday Lurve, again, goes out to aunt Mary Ellen! May she enjoy 50+ birthdays to come!!
But, as I mentioned yesterday, I received very sad news from Detroit and that has been weighing on my mind so much. My heart goes out to my dear friends at home who are suffering with so much pain right now. If I can work it out, I may fly back to Detroit later in the week to attend a funeral service. Please, if you have the time and inclination, send your thoughts and prayers out in order to bring healing comfort to my friends who are in pain. More importantly, please take some time today to tell the ones you love how much you love them. Life can be so fragile, love the people in your life as hard as you can and be thankful for your lives.
This afternoon, David and I fly back to LA … my coming week is still up in the air.
ALSO: the site is still experiencing server issues … I’m told it will all be resolved today, so I do apologize if any of you are having problems with the site. Again, thank you for your patience.
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Today is a bit of a rough day for me … as a day of celebration has turned into a day of sadness. David and I enjoyed a great visit with his aunts Judy and Susan at their home here in Manhattan last night chatting away on their rooftop patio as we watched lightning roll across the city. Afterward, we met up with our good friend Kanani for a quick drink in the West Village.
Today we are making our way to New Jersey so that we can celebrate David’s other aunt Mary Ellen … who turns 50 years old today:
And while today should be a happy day of celebration, a family very close to me has suffered a great loss today. I’m not comfortable talking about the details publicly just yet but needless to say, the family is in great pain and all of my love and condolences go out to them today. I am looking forward to celebrating with David’s family but my heart and my mind is back home in Detroit with my friends who are dealing with much sadness today.
ADDITIONALLY: The site is having server issues today … it is working for some people, not at all for others. I understand the server hosts are cycling out the malfunctioning servers but I’m not sure how long it will take for the site to be totally back to normal. Thanks for bearing with all of the tech headaches.
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At last … the beautiful weather has returned to NYC and yesterday was a fantastic day for me to enjoy it. After I finished with work, I got my ass out to Central Park so that I could enjoy the natural beauty there on my way to 5th Ave. to do some window shopping:
I made friends with a nice horse, managed to hit my fave stores on 5th (including my fave store Diesel) and spent some time in Rockefeller Center on my way to the Longacre Theater to see last night’s performance of La Cage Aux Folles:
As you may recall, I was really let down by the musical Green Day’s American Idiot earlier this week but I am THRILLED to say that I LOVED every single second of La Cage. After the jump, check out some photos from the show and read my take on one of the funnest Broadway musicals I’ve ever had the pleasure to attend … More »
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Last night David and I met up with his sister Eden and his friend Issac for a delicious dinner at Havana NY. I was in the mood for Cuban food and Havana NY did NOT disappoint … dinner was amazing. But, I have to say, the best part about dinner last night was that our dear friend Jordan (who lives with us in SoCal) met us for dinner cuz he’s in town for a couple of days. We love Jordan so much and are happy to hang out with him wherever in the world we can find him:
It was kinda cold last night (and I was lookin’ like ass) but nothing could keep our spirits down. We had a great time out on the town.
Tonight, David and I are going to see La Cage Aux Folles the new musical starring Kelsey Grammar:
I’m hearing good things about this show but I hope I don’t spend the whole time comparing it to the film version The Birdcage (which is one of my fave comedies ever). We shall see!!
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R. Pattz reveals his first job choice was "rapper"
The principal cast of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (namely Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner) will appear on tomorrow’s episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show but today we get our first look at their appearance on the show. In one part of the interview. R. Pattz reveals to Oprah Winfrey that his first career choice was not actor … it was rapper:
“I used to want to be a rapper when I was, like, 14,” the actor says during an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show alongside costars Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, which is set to air Thursday. Rap music wasn’t the only American entertainment Pattinson, who turns 24 on Thursday, enjoyed. “I grew up watching American movies and stuff,” he tells Oprah. So, what’s it like to star in one of the most popular American movie franchises in recent years? “It’s a great position to be in because you can walk into a room and everybody’s screaming,” he says of the rapturous fan response, which will only grow stronger as their latest chapter, Eclipse, hits theaters June 30. But Pattinson thinks a lot of the enthusiasm is less about him and more about his character, Edward Cullen. “It’s not really about you,” he says. “So, it never really goes to your head and you can kind of participate in it. It’s about the fans themselves. A lot of people, they just like doing Twilight-related things.” And his costar, Taylor Lautner, agrees. “It’s really unlike anything else,” Lautner, 18, says. “It’s amazing; over the past two years, I’ve had the time of my life. I couldn’t be more thankful.”
Oh man … I’m thinkin’ Oprah is gonna enjoy some major ratings from tomorrow’s show. Make sure you tune in (or set those DVRs) Twihards, I understand the whole ep is chock full of Twilight goodness. After the jump, check out a promo video for tomorrow’s Twilight episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show … More »
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After many recommendations and suggestions from many people, David and I decided to see Green Day’s American Idiot musical at the St. James Theater on Broadway last night. I’m gonna cut right to the chase and say that the show wasn’t really my thing. I had heard and read many good things about the show and was hopeful that I would love it as much as so many others do … unfortch that turned out not to be the case. Before I get to the negative, let’s talk about the positive. The New Yorker magazine wrote the positive review of the show that I most agree with, here’s what they had to say:
Green Day’s theatrical reimagining of the punk band’s 2004 album is an exciting example of the innovative director Michael Mayer’s single-minded attempt to drag the musical into the twenty-first century. In telling the show’s minimal story, Mayer, who co-wrote the book with Billie Joe Armstrong, Green Day’s lead singer and guitarist, jumps between vivid, fragmentary moments, letting sensation substitute for psychology. Three disaffected youths, Johnny (John Gallagher, Jr.), Will (Michael Esper), and Tunny (Stark Sands), decide to leave suburbia (“this hurricane of fucking lies”) and go in search of themselves. Johnny finds drugs; Tunny finds himself in the military and then an amputee; Will, who never actually leaves home, gets a girl pregnant and finds himself a couch potato. “American Idiot” answers the digital age’s requirements of speed, instant gratification, and accessibility. It is a rip-roaring and original musical event. It has not, however, cracked the challenge of characterization. The show has personality, but its characters don’t. Armstrong’s mischievous twinkle is the missing ingredient in the show’s sensational nihilistic hubbub.
While I can sorta see where all the rave reviews are coming from, I do not really agree with them. Wanna know my take on the show? Read on … More »
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Yesterday was a fun day in the city … after we finished with work, David and I met up with Marissa so that we could run around the city together. We did an early dinner at Blue Ribbon Sushi in SoHo and then spent the rest of the evening walking thru the West Village on our way to the Meat Packing District. We did a bit of snacking at SoHo House and decided to play a friendly game of Scrabble:
Right around the corner from SoHo House is the on-going art show ICONS featuring work of the street artist Mr. Brainwash (who is featured in the new Banksy film Exit Thru the Gift Shop). As you might imagine, MBW‘s art is all over the meatpacking … the Madonna photo above is hanging in the SoHo House lobby.
After we finished at SoHo, we met up with Shane, Jason and Issac at The Jane Hotel so that we could catch up … and that was pretty much our day.
Tonight, on the advice of many folks (including quite a few Pink readers), David and I are going to see American Idiot: The Musical on Broadway:
While I’m not certain I believe that American Idiot is “the new Rent“, I’ve heard far too many good things about the show. We’re excited to see it … I’ll let you know what I think about it tomorrow.
It’s chilly and gloomy here in NYC this week but we are having a great time.