Ryan Adams Rocks The Wiltern, Night 1

So, last night I made my way to The Wiltern for what I thought was going to be my last concert of the year but it turns out that I actually attended the first to TWO Ryan Adams concerts … which follow recent Ryan Adams shows that I saw in Pomona, CA and Northridge, CA. I managed to get a pit ticket for last night’s show so I was very excited to be up close and personal with Mr. Adams. For the most part, the show was really great … but after the PA system blew, the show had to be cut short early and, well, I can’t go for that. I managed to procure another pair of pit tickets for tonight’s second show at The Wiltern, Ryan‘s last of the tour, for my friend Josh Rosebrook and I so … last night was merely a prelude to tonight :) More »

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Lobster Rollin’ With My Homie

Last night I met up with my friend Stacey for a dinner date that we planned last week and we decided to make our way to West Hollywood, CA to feast on a delicious seafood meal at Connie & Ted’s. Stacey is from Boston, MA so se knows good seafood and after I raved about Connie & Ted’s lobster rolls, she was game to give the place a try. OMG. Dinner was so good. We had a great time stuffing our faces together last night. Stacey and I have been hanging out a lot lately, which is great for me because she is only the best EVER :) More »

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Just Friends

Yesterday was a pretty quiet day for me, even tho I did go out last night to meet up for a much overdue dinner hang with my friend Tamar. I haven’t seen her since she moved into her new place but she has been crazy busy getting resettled into her new place. When last I saw her place, it was a crazed jumble of boxes. Over the last few weeks, Tam has transformed her new place into a beautiful home. After we chilled for a bit at her place, we grabbed a bite to eat on Abbot Kinney. After I got home, I got to watch a preview of my friend Darion on his new Bravo TV show Friends to Lovers? and that was my night. More »

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For Whom The Drake Bell Tolls

After more than 8 years as an Annual Passport holder for Disneyland Resort and Disney California Adventure theme parks here in SoCal and after about 8 months as part of the Disneyland social club Sons of Anakin, I finally reached the pinnacle achievement in any Disney regular’s life. I finally, at long last, got to meet and take a photo with Nickelodeon star Drake Bell. Now, for the uninitiated, this might sound like nonsense but I can assure you … among the community of locals who frequent the parks year round, it’s an achievement that doesn’t mark your status as a truly legit regular until it happens. You may think I go to Disneyland often but you don’t even know. Drake Bell is THE king of Disneyland and you ain’t shizz until you get a photo with the man himself. More »

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Merry Sithmas

After my race yesterday morning, I got some work done (and some rest accomplished) before I made my way over to my friends Jessika and Jesse’s home for the Sons of Anakin holiday party. A couple of weeks ago, we club members drew names for a gift exchange and Jessika and Jesse graciously offered to host the party in their home. It was the first time since I joined that all of the members were able to spend time together outside of Disneyland. I always have a great time with these folks so it should come as zero surprise that last night was a lot of fun. More »

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The Last Race Of 2014 (I Think)

A few days ago, I was reminded that I had signed up a few weeks ago for the Holiday Half Marathon 5K race and when my alarm went off this morning, I was really reminded that the time had come to run the race. I was hoping to squeeze in at least one more race before the year was over and thankfully, this 5K race fit the bill. I was originally planning to run the full half marathon but in the ended, I decided a 5K was good enough so … earlier today, I ran one of my fastest 5Ks to round out a year of races for 2014. More »

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Ryan + Jenny + Mereki

Last night I met up with my dear friend Eileen so that we could make our way to Pamona, CA to see Ryan Adams and Jenny Lewis live in concert. I was lucky enough to see Ryan in concert in early October and I have two more Ryan shows in my near future but last night’s performance was really freaking fun. After Ryan and Jenny sufficiently rocked our asses, Eileen and I made our way home to LA … and then I met up with my friend Stacey for an even later concert performance by Mereki at an afterhours place called Overpass. It was a VERY long night/morning but a very fun night/morning as well. More »

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American Hi-FTW!

Last night I made my way to The Viper Room in West Hollywood, CA on the famed Sunset Strip to see American Hi-Fi in concert. I’ve been a Hi-Fi fan since the band came out in the late ’90s. Before lead singer Stacy Jones formed this band he previously played drums for Letters to Cleo and then Veruca Salt, so I have been a fan of his since the early ’90s. I’ve seen American Hi-Fi in concert a few times over the years, most recently when they played The Viper Room back in 2010 … but I have really fond memories of seeing the guys back home in Detroit as well. With a new album out this year, I’ve been anxiously awaiting them to start playing shows again and last night was my chance to see them. More »

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OMG Did You Watch … ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Series Finale: ‘Papa’s Goods’

Last night, the series finale episode of Sons of Anarchy aired on FX bringing to a close the 7 season series that loosely told the tale of Shakespeare‘s Hamlet through the lives of a California motorcycle club. I made sure to be in front of my TV set last night to watch the series finale episode Papa’s Goods live as it aired so that the finale wouldn’t be spoiled in any way. I will recap the episode below with commentary and animated gifs so if you have yet to watch last night’s episode, you might want to come back after you do. Altho Sons of Anarchy was far from a perfect show, it definitely ended in a way that left many fans very satisfied and other fans very unsatisfied … which is exactly what one should expect from a series finale episode of any TV show. More »

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Evening With ‘The Vampire’

Last night was a pretty chill night for me at home. I decided to get some work down around the house and settle in for a little TV. I recorded the 1994 movie Interview with the Vampire, starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, on my DVR a few days ago and decided to watch it last night. I was obsessed with the movie when it came out so I’m already a big fan of this movie adaptation of the book. It has been many years since I’ve seen the movie but my interested was piqued again after attending that Anne Rice book signing last month. Even tho I already know how much I enjoy the movie, I was reminded by how good it still is. More »

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