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Got It Made In Manhattan

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Late last night, I packed up my bag and made the LONG trek back up to LA to spend the weekend in my own home after spending a few days maxing and relaxing in Manhattan Beach, CA where I’ve been housesitting. Altho I’ve been mostly working while in MB, I did take some time to make my way down to the beach to recharge my soul with the warmth of the sun and the smell of the ocean air. The temps were a bit chilly yesterday but it was a gloriously beautiful day at the beach. More »

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‘The Killing’ Me Softly

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A couple of days ago, hungry for a new TV series to binge on, I started watching season 1 of the AMC series The Killing on Netflix. I had heard good things over the years about the show and because I’m such a big fan of the FX series The Bridge, I figured that I might like The Killing just as much. I managed to watch all 13 episodes of season 1 and about half of season 2. Overall, I like the show a lot. The characters are compelling and the dark & moody episodes are well filmed. The Killing is far from a perfect show, tho. I’m invested enough to watch the entire series but I must admit that there are a few things about the show that I do not like at all. More »

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Purple Movie’s Majesty

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Yesterday was a very nice, very relaxing day for me here in Manhattan Beach. After all the driving I did up to Santa Barbara and back over the weekend, the last thing I wanted to do was drive anymore … so instead of hauling my cookies back up to LA for the day, I decided to just settle in and relax here at the beach for my own sanity. It pains me that I had to cancel my plans with Eileen to hang out last night but I’m telling you, I just couldn’t bear the thought of a roundtrip trek thru the worst of LA’s unbearable traffic (FYI there is NO traffic to speak of down here, it’s glorious). I managed to get some writing done and around dinner time, I started binge-watching the AMC series The Killing. After powering thru Breaking Bad and Scandal and Orphan Black, I needed a new show to watch. I took a break late last night for a late-night showing of Purple Rain at the ArcLight Beach Cities nearby. I have never seen the movie on the big screen so it was quite a treat for me to see the original film in its original 35mm film glory. More »

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Santa Patrick’s Day

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Yesterday morning I woke up in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA and right now, I’m back in my temporary home in Manhattan Beach, CA recovering from a very fun St. Patrick’s Day. I didn’t drink and party like you’re supposed to on St. Patrick’s Day, instead I spent my day in the company of really good friends on a very LONG day. We were able to enjoy a leisurely morning in Santa Barbara before we made the drive back home to LA. The weather was bright and sunny and traffic, if you can believe it, wasn’t Hell on Earth. All in all, it was a pretty nice St. Pat’s. More »

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Mother’s Day

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Yesterday morning, I met up with Adriana and her mom Linda (who is visiting LA this week from snowy Detroit) and the three of us made our way up the California coast for a quick trip to Santa Barbara. Linda really wanted just one day/one night up in SB for a bit of relaxation from the craziness of LA and she asked us to come with her. Because I’m never one to turn down an offer from lovely ladies, I thought it would be a fun overnight trip and away we went. We made it to SB early enough in the day to grab lunch and shop and visit the beach … we had a really nice day together. More »

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Santa Barbara, Here I Come

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Last night I met up with my friend Adriana and her mom who is visiting LA from Detroit and today the 3 of us will be taking a drive up the coast for a quick little jaunt in Santa Barbara. During our dinner last night, we got to talking about taking a quick trip up to SB and it was decided right then and there that the 3 of us would be hitting the road today. So, instead of spending a solitary Sunday at the beach in Manhattan Beach, I’ll be spending my Sunday at the beach in Santa Barbara with a couple of lovely ladies. Lucky me! More »

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Wi Love To Party

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So let me tell you about my wild and crazy night last night. I met up with my friends Tamar and Ollie for a night that turned out to be fun … but kinda weird. Tam took Ollie and me to our first Korean Spa, which we loved entirely … even if it felt a bit odd overall. I was really intrigued by the idea of having access to a 24 hour spa that offers saunas, jacuzzi baths, salt scrubs, massages, etc. for an extremely low price. The 3 of us paid only $25 to have unlimited access to the saunas and pool rooms at Wi Spa and we really got our money’s worth. More »

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The Turtle Arty Art Club

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Last night I met up with my friends Tamar, Ollie, Amelia and Caleb for an impromptu night of art appreciation in downtown LA which turned out to be a lot more fun than was anticipated. Originally, our plan was to make our way to Ham & Eggs Tavern to see an art show featuring work by Annie Motel (who is one of our dear friends) and then grab some dinner nearby. We ended up chilling for a bit at Annie‘s show, then making our way to another gallery called Arty to say hello to one of Tamar’s friends. We ended up spending some time at that gallery appreciating the work of artist Len Aaron, the 97 year old co-founder of Aaron Brothers Art and Framing. We all fell in love with Len, who was at the gallery showing off his work, and he loved all of us … especially the young ladies. More »

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Throwback Thursday

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Last night I made the trek up from Manhattan Beach (where I’m house sitting near the beach for a couple of weeks) to meet up with my friend Eileen for a special showing of the 1985 film Back to the Future (one of my all time faves). As you may recall, I saw The Breakfast Club on the big screen earlier this week and on Sunday I’m planning on seeing Purple Rain. The Arclight theaters here in SoCal are having an 80′s movie extravaganza so there are lots of fun movie options going on this week. Last night, Eileen and I went back to 1985 and we had the best time together. More »

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‘True’ Blue

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After I binged on the entire Breaking Bad TV series AND all available episodes of Scandal, I was hungry for another show to devour as quickly as possible. On Monday, I started watching the 8 episode series True Detective on HBO just one day after the season finale aired on Sunday night. I had been meaning to get into True Detective when it started airing in January but I just never go around to it. Because it was only an 8 episode season, I knew I could blow thru it quickly so I decided to wait until the season was done so I wouldn’t have to wait in between episodes. I was very happy to learn that True Detective lives up to the hype — the show is superb. Altho I found the first episode a bit slow, I quickly got hooked by the second ep and from there it was a mad dash to watch, watch, watch until the season was finished. The show is dark but expertly produced. I loved it entirely. More »

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