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A Fresh Start

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Today is the day that I start the next chapter of my life here in LA. Now that I’ve been living here in LA for 9 years, I can say that my LA life has had 3 eras. The first era was the first 3 years I lived in LA. The second era was when I lived with my ex. The third era has been since my relationship ended, leaving me to figure out where I go from here. I moved from West Hollywood to Hollywood a year ago in an attempt to reinvigorate my life with excitement and promise. It was a noble effort but one that didn’t really play out the way I imagined. For the most part, my life has been pretty good over the past year but in recent months, it’s taken a turn for the bad … so the time has come again to make a change to get my life back on track. More »

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TV Review: ‘I Am Cait’ (Pilot Episode)

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Yesterday afternoon, I was invited to attend an early screening of the debut episode of Caitlyn Jenner‘s new docuseries on E!, which I was very excited to attend. I have been looking forward to watching I Am Cait ever since it was first announced back in the spring. Because I am wholly unfamiliar with the other reality TV series that Bruce Jenner used to appear on, I wasn’t sure what to expect from her new series produced by the same team as that other reality TV show. For the most part, I really enjoyed the premiere episode. The first episode makes it clear that Caitlyn‘s intention for the series is to help others as she shares her personal story with the world. There are funny parts, highly emotional parts and also very serious parts in just the first episode. There is a lot to digest in the pilot episode of I Am Cait which, I think, signals what we might expect from the rest of the 8-part series. More »

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Swimming Along

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Sooooo … I’ve been staying with Emma and Josh for about a week now, as construction continues in my apartment. Because of the construction dust all over everything, I cannot really be in my place until work is complete and the place can be cleaned. As such, my amazing friends have opened their home to me graciously and happily. I cannot even tell you how much Emma, Josh and Duke mean to me … they are like family, I just love them. Since I’ve been here, I’ve been able to get into the family routine … playing with Duke in the morning, doing an afternoon activity with him, evening dance parties … it’s been fun. So much so that I know I’m going to miss him (well, them but mostly him) when I leave). Yesterday, Duke had a swimming class … and I was lucky enough to tag along. More »

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Brunch & Funday

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Yesterday was a very fun, pretty busy day for me. Veruca Salt performed an intimate acoustic show at The Federal Bar in North Hollywood FOR FREE so I made sure to get my buns out to the Valley to see them live. Afterward, I made my way down to Anaheim, CA to hang out with my friends at Disneyland … which, un/fortunately was totally doused in rain all afternoon/evening/night long. We still had fun, obvs, but had to keep the fun indoors as much as possible. My day started out bright, sunny and hot and ended dark, rainy and muggy … and I loved every minute of it. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Trainwreck’

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Yesterday was a mostly quiet, kind weird day. LA never gets rain, surely not torrential downpours in July, but that’s exactly what we got yesterday morning. The city was awoken to the sound of massive thunder and lightning, scaring the Hell out of pretty much everyone. Since I’m staying with Emma and Josh, we were able to avoid the storms due to location but we got to read all about it on social media. By the afternoon, we got a bit stir crazy so Emma and I met up with her sister Chelsea for a matinee showing of Amy Schumer‘s new movie Trainwreck, which we all enjoyed. I’m not the biggest fan of Amy, mainly because I don’t really watch her TV show, but I was impressed with what I saw of her first big movie. More »

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Party Like It’s 1955

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Altho Disney kicked off their 60th anniversary celebration for the Disneyland Resort on Memorial Day weekend back in May, yesterday was the park’s actual 60th anniversary. On July 17, 1955, Walt Disney himself opened up the Happiest Place on Earth to the world and for 60 years, brought happiness and magic to countless people from all around the world. Because of my usual work schedule, I have never been able to be at the Disneyland park when the gates open in the morning but I decided to make an exception for this occasion. I wanted to be among the first people to enter Disneyland exactly 60 years after the park was originally opened … and I had the best time ever. More »

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60 Years Of Disneyland

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Today, exactly 60 years ago, Disneyland Resort opened for business here in SoCal and for the following 6 decades, legions of people have visited the park and its companion theme park Disney California Adventure to experience the magic and wonder of Disneyland. I am planning to be at Disneyland when the park opens today at 8AM to mark the 60th anniversary (like, right now … as this post is being published). I never take days off — ever — and I’ve never been at Disneyland when it opens first thing in the morning so I figured I’d make an exception for the park’s 60th diamond anniversary. The folks at Disney are requesting that patrons dress as if it were 1995 — the year that Disneyland opened — so there, too, I am making an exception (I hate dressing up but I’m doing it — kinda — for the occasion today). I am hoping to be back home and in front of my computer by afternoon but it’s possible I may not get any work done today, please forgive me. And please help me wish the Happiest Place on Earth a very Happy 60th Anniversary today :)

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Movie Review: ‘Amy’

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Last night, Adriana managed to get me out of the house for a belated birthday celebration. Honestly, the week I’ve been having has been so difficult that I wasn’t sure I’d want to leave the house but I’m glad I capitulated to her insistence because we had a really nice night together. First, Aide took me out for a lovely sushi dinner and then we decided to see the new Amy Winehouse documentary Amy. As you might expect, Amy is a difficult and sobering film to see but I think it was done so well that her sad story is treated with the respect that her memory deserves. I can’t say that Amy put me in a better mood but it did put many things I thought I knew about her life in perspective. It’s an excellent film that any music fan will likely enjoy very much. More »

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Taking The Day Off

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I’ve been going back and forth about getting into my personal drama here on the blog but considering the week (going on 2) that I’ve been having, it’s getting impossible for me to not address it here on the blog. I briefly mentioned a week or so ago that construction overtook the bathroom in my apartment due to a leak that was affecting other apartments. I didn’t suffer from any of the effects but the leak had to be fixed in my bathroom to remedy the problem for others. As a result, I’ve had construction workers in and out of my home, daily, demoing my bathroom … turning my home into a disaster area. This week, the construction mess got so bad that I had to flee my home due to all the the dust that has started to cover everything. It is a nightmare. Ugh. Thankfully, Emma and Josh have are letting me stay with them while my home is destroyed so that’s where I’ve been holed up for the last couple of days … a blessed oasis in a desert of frustration and inconvenience. More »

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Movie Review: ‘Ant-Man’

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Last night, I was graciously invited to an early screening of Ant-Man at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, CA and I jumped at the chance to attend. Altho I have never been a big fan of the Ant-Man comic book series, the promo push for this new movie really got me excited to see what Marvel has come up with to introduce this character to a wider audience. I love Paul Rudd (or Josh from Clueless as he will forever be to me) so it was a no-brainer that I would enjoy this movie. What I didn’t expect was how much I loved everything about this movie. And I mean everything. The writing, direction, the story, the acting, the casting, the emotion, the action, the humor, gags, THE CAMEOS … I loved this movie from start to finish (including the TWO credits scenes that you MUST stay after the movie for — one mid-credits and one after the credits). I know there are lot of people who may not be all that familiar with Ant-Man and, therefore, may feel they might not be interested in seeing this movie but I think this movie will win over a lot of new fans. More »

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