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Not So Dynamic Duo

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Last night, in between laundry and packing for David’s and my trip to Maui, HI later today, I managed to find some down time so that I could watch Batman & Robin. I’ve been on a bit of a Batman kick lately and I started rewatching all of the Batman films … last night it was time to watch the worst movie of the bunch:


As a huge, life-long Batman fan I was really excited when Batman & Robin came out in 1997. I even talked myself into loving the movie so that I could see it a few times in the theater much like I did for the previous Batman films. But watching the film again after all these years, ugh, I can’t even stomach it any more. Batman Forever is pretty bad but Batman & Robin is worse … and it’s all because director Joel Schumacher is a hack. He completely ruined the Batman franchise but putting out these really stupid movies. I can’t even go into all the annoying things about B&R but the one thing that struck me most of all was the writing … some of the lines uttered by the actors in this film are downright idiotic. I was actually insulted as I watched Batman & Robin again. I just thank the gods that A.) Tim Burton managed to start out the franchise right with 2 great films and B.) the Batman franchise is now in the hands of the very masterful Christopher Nolan. I will never forgive Schumacher for ruining the Batman franchise … the less said about his shitty work, the better.

And with that off my chest … I can now look forward to my trip to Hawaii!! David and I fly out in a few hours and we’ll be in Maui by tonight. We have a very full wedding schedule so I’m not sure how our days/nights are going to play out. It will be really fun to hang out with all of David’s NYC friends … and, of course, we are very much looking forward to celebrating Marissa and Ryan’s wedding on Saturday. I’ll be working as usual during my trip so you’ll deffo be hearing some Alohas from me :D

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Prepping For Our Hawaiian Adventure

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Yesterday I managed to hit a few sales at the Beverly Center in order to pick up a few things for our upcoming trip to Hawaii. Tomorrow afternoon, we will be jetting off to the 50th State ahead of our dear friends Marissa and Ryan’s wedding on Saturday. I wanted to find an awesome Hawaiian print shirt to wear to the wedding rehearsal dinner so I went in search …


… I ended up finding a shirt (not this one) that was marked $40 but was on sale for $12! In fact, all the fun Summery stuff I found was so cheap … it was a great shopping trip. I need to do all my packing tonight and then … we’re off! I’ll be working as usual on this trip so no worries there. I actually can’t wait to get to Hawaii already … I am so excited :D

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Cold (Beach) Front

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Yesterday was (finally) an absolutely BEAUTIFUL warm and sunny day here in LA so I had to get out of the house, open up all the windows and sunroof on my car and get out so that I could enjoy it. I’m telling you, LA has been cool and gloom for most of the Summer so it was a real relief to enjoy a traditionally beautiful Summer Sunday for once. As the sun began to set, Darion and I trekked down to Manhattan Beach so that we could hang out with Josh and Emma … and freeze with them in the colder temps. Actually, it wasn’t that cold but since Emma decided to let Darion wear Josh’s parka so that he could keep warm we decided to have fun with it:


We talked about going to see a movie but we ended up just eatin’ and drinkin’ together. It was really fun.

Today I begin to prepare for David’s and my upcoming trip to Hawaii. Our dear friends Marissa and Ryan are gettin’ MAUIed next weekend and we will be heading to the 50th State on Wednesday. I’m really excited for our trip … neither one of us have ever been to HI so we’re really looking forward to gettin’ leied. Happy Monday, y’all … and Happy 08.09.10 Day!

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La Vie Bowl-ème

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Last night David and I met up with our friend Jordan and a big group of his friends for a night of theater at the Hollywood Bowl. We attended the 2nd of 3 performances of the Broadway musical Rent which was directed by actor (and Rent alum) Neil Patrick Harris:


As you very well may be aware, this cast of Rent is made up of theater veterans and pop stars to create a new Rent world. The show is predominantly kept intact but the updated production was changed a tiny bit here and there to accommodate the larger Hollywood Bowl stage. As a purist, I did bristle a bit at some of the changes but as a big Rent fan, I welcomed other very smart amendments to the usual production. After the jump, check out some photos from this incarnation of Rent and find out what I thought of the show … More »

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Long Overdue

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For the past few weeks I have rekindled my intense love for industrial music and have been missing the countless hours I used to spend at City Club, my fave Goth/Industrial club in Detroit, MI … and after 4 years of living here in LA, I decided it was finally time to go out and check out the industrial scene here in town. I heard that Das Bunker was the best industrial danceparty in LA and I’ve been keeping my eye on their events to find the right time to visit. Last night they hosted a History of Industrial Music party which was DJed by ex Nine Inch Nails drummer Chris Vrenna (among other DJs):


I figured checking out this party would be the best way to get a feel for the place. So … I put on my combat boots and made my way to the club. I am so glad that I finally decided to check this place out … the scene is pretty cool and the people seem very cool. IMHO, a goth is a goth is a goth … the dress is the same but it’s all about the vibe and the music of a place for me. Das Bunker reminded me a bit of my beloved City Club but nothing can replace it in my heart. Still, I’m glad I now have a place in LA to go to when the spirit moves me:


I had a total blast … I can’t wait to go back. I’m certain that none of my friends here in LA (David included) would enjoy the scene but I love it … and miss it. Last night was superfun … I deffo will be going back soon.

Tonight David and I are meeting up with our friend Jordan so that we can all head out to the Hollywood Bowl to see the new Neil Patrick Harris-directed production of Rent! We are all very excited to see the show. I’ve tried to stay away from reviews of last night’s opening night performance but I hear they have been positive … I can’t wait to see for myself!

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I Scream For Ice Cream

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Yesterday afternoon I saw a TV commercial for Baskin-Robbins (aka 31 Flavors) that announced that the August Flavor of the Month at all Baskin-Robbins ice cream shops around the country is my FAVORITE flavor Pink Bubblegum! Pink Bubblegum has been my fave BR flavor since childhood, mainly because it has little bits of bubblegum in it … so, I made sure that David and I made our way out last night to enjoy a couple scoops of my fave ice cream flavor:

Baskin-Robbins, America’s Favorite Ice Cream Shop, is featuring Pink Bubblegum ice cream as its Flavor of the Month this August. Ice cream enthusiasts everywhere can satisfy both their candy and ice cream sweet tooth with Baskin-Robbins’ whimsical homage to everyone’s favorite bubble-blowing treat. Baskin-Robbins first created Pink Bubblegum in 1970 as a tribute to bubblegum lovers everywhere. It features vanilla-based ice cream turned pink with bubble gum-flavor along with candy-coated real pieces of bubble gum, making it a treat that’s double the fun! It will be available during the Month of August, while supplies last. “Baskin-Robbins and the color pink have been synonymous for decades. Our Pink Bubblegum ice cream brings together two iconic products — ice cream and bubblegum — into one terrific combination,” said Brian O’Mara, Vice President, Marketing for Baskin-Robbins. “Pink Bubblegum is the epitome of fun and the ultimate summer flavor. It reminds us all to enjoy the fun of summer while we can!”

I can’t even tell you how excited I was to get to Baskin-Robbins last night … unfortch, the store I went to did not yet have August’s Flavor of the Month. I asked if they had Pink Bubblegum and they told me that they did not. I asked why not since it is the Flavor of the Month and the girl behind the counter pointed to a poster and said, That is the Flavor of the Month. I told her the poster was for July and we are now almost a week into August and she just looked at me like I was speaking a foreign language. Thankfully, I was able to sate my ice cream hunger with a couple scoops of Pralines and Creme but still … I was bummed that I couldn’t enjoy the Pink Bubblegum that I wanted. David rationalized that we’ll just have to visit another store soon ;)

Ah well, David and I had a great ice dream date so all in all it was win/win.

I’m not sure what the plan is for tonight but … I’m thinking dancing. We shall see. Happy Weekend, y’all! Make it a fun one!

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No H8, No More

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In the wake of yesterday’s triumphant federal court ruling by Judge Vaughn R. Walker which determined that California Proposition 8 (which made same-sex marriage illegal by way of popular vote) is unconstitutional, jubilant celebration broke out in West Hollywood, CA last night. David and I made our way out into West Hollywood to partake in the celebration — after all — how could we not? — but the fantastic blog LAist was front and center at the celebratory rally at the West Hollywood Park on Robertson Blvd. to photograph and report on the event. Here are a few amazing photos shot by LAist photographer Tom Andrews and excerpts from the report written by LAist writer Zach Behrens:

About 300 people gathered in West Hollywood Park Wednesday night to celebrate the federal ruling in favor of gay marriage. The American Foundation of Equal Rights, which brought forward the case Perry v. Schwarzenegger, hosted the event, bringing together the plaintiffs, lawyers, politicians and celebrities. About a dozen people spoke — all with smiles, some with tears — about the huge step that was just taken. But they warned it was only a step. “So long as a person can be fired for being gay, or a kid can be threatened at school because of her sexual orientation, we will not have crossed the finish line,” said L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who opened the ceremony. Despite the very long road ahead, lawyer David Boies who represented Vice President Al Gore in the Supreme Court case against George Bush, summed up how difficult he sees the fight from here on out for proponents of Prop 8, which banned gay marriage in California. “Most of what you’re going to hear from the other side is going to be a series of attacks. they’re going to attack the judge, they’re going to attack the judicial system, they’re going to attack everything they can think of to attack except the court’s opinion because I guarantee you that the people that you hear criticizing this opinion are not going to be prepared to deal with what the opinion has found. I guarantee you most of the people that are going to criticize the opinion will not have even read it,” he said of the 138-page document. “Because what his opinion does, it goes through in a very orderly careful methodical way what all the claims were and what all the evidence was and the court concludes that there simply is no evidence to justify the invidious discrimination against some of our citizens based on sex or sexual orientation and that is something that the other side cannot deal with. They cannot come forward with any evidence. Their argument boils down to versicular bumper sticker [slogans.] Marriage is between a man and a woman. That’s the question, not the answer in the constitution.”

Yesterday was a very important day for the advancement of civil rights in this country but the speakers at yesterday’s really are correct, this is but the first step of a still very long road ahead. Hatred and malice will never die out … never. Along long as evil people can draw breath, they will work vehemently to oppose the equal treatment of others in any way they can. They will manipulate facts, they will use horrible scare tactics and they will outright lie to try and convince people that they are right. But I believe, with everything that I am, that truth and justice will prevail. Our country has a long history of struggle … notions like the inability of women to vote or interracial couples to marry are so archaic that when someone tries to argue for their practice, they are laughed off as crazies. I know that one day the same will happen to those who oppose marriage equality. The day when all US citizens are free to marry will come one day … I know it … and we will look back on yesterday’s ruling as the first step towards that happy, happy day.

It was very hard not to get swept up in the excitement of yesterday’s events … it was a really great day for the US, indeed.

[Photo credit: Tom Andrews / LAist; Source]

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A Quick Trip To Mexico

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After a quiet afternoon at home David and I went out for a walk last night to enjoy the cool Summer air and grab a quick snack at Mexico Restaurante Y Barra so that we could eat a bunch of tortilla chips and I could drink a couple of Micheladas:


While we were hangin’ at Mexico, we ran into our friend Peter who showed up for a dinner date there as well. Afterward, we continued our walk to the local Starbucks for a quick caffeine fix. I’m sure all of this sounds incredibly boring but it was really nice … David and I really enjoy our time together so it was the perfect night for us.

Tonight we’re supposed to meet up with some friends for drinks so I looking forward to another nice, relaxing evening. Happy Hump Day! Hope your Wednesday is going well :D

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Riddle Me This

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Last night I continued my quest to rewatch all of the Batman films that have been made thus far and after watching Batman and Batman Returns last week I moved on to the third Batman film Batman Forever last night:


Batman Forever, which stars Val Kilmer as Bruce Wayne/Batman, was the first of 2 Batman films helmed by Joel Schumacher and is among my least favorite Batman films. The only other film that I like less is the next Batman film Batman and Robin. That’s not to say that I hate these films, it’s just that they are my least fave of the franchise. Schumacher was hired by Warner Bros. to make the Batman films more “family friendly” … which apparently meant they had to be hypercolor and frantic … with a soundtrack that featured all the biggest pop stars of the year, including U2:


I remember all the hoopla that was made at the time by Schumacher that he wanted the Batsuit to have nipples … that’s when I knew the franchise was going to take a turn for the worse. Rewatching the film again last night, I was reminded that Jim Carrey did a decent job as The Riddler … but Tommy Lee Jones as Two Face was just horrid. The only other acting job which is worse that TLJ‘s is Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze in Batman and Robin. While these Schumacher films hold a lot of nostalgia for me, I really wish Tim Burton had been allowed to make more Batman films in his vision. As much as I don’t love Batman and Robin, I am looking forward to watching it again … Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy is amazingly fun! And I really like Alicia Silverstone as Batgirl … I just wish she would’ve been utilized more in the film (and, by the way, where were the nipples on her Batsuit?). Ah memories …

No plans for tonight … it may end up being another quiet one for me :D

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Flashback

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Yesterday was a very nice, very nostalgic day for me. I spent much of my afternoon watching season 2 episodes of Jem and the Holograms as I lazed about the house. Season 2 of the show was when they added new characters to the series … Raya joined The Holograms and Jetta joined The Misfits. I watched up to the episode The Bands Break Up where Kimber left The Holograms and Stormer left The Misfits to start their own band:


I was in such an 80′s mood that I dug around in my closet and found one of my beloved Swatch watches to wear:


Last night I met up with my friend Adriana for dinner and a movie and on my way to see her I listened to the Top 40 Countdown from this week back in 1988 on Sirius/XM. I’m telling you, my Sunday was totally tubular.

Adriana and I met up for dinner at Mexico City in Los Feliz … where she gave me a very fun gift she procured at 2010 San Diego Comic-Con last weekend:


Then we made our way to The Vista to see Inception. Altho I had already seen it, AY had not so I decided to see it again with her. Loved the movie again but I found Leonardo DiCaprio much more annoying the second time around.

I gotta say, all in all, my Sunday was pretty rad. No plans for tonight … our place is a disaster area, I’m prolly gonna spend tonight tidying up. Can you believe it’s August already? Summer is already practically over … boo.

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