Despite the #BlizzardOf2015 that was ravaging the East Coast yesterday, the weather here in LA was sunny and absolutely beautiful. I swear, I’m not trying to rub it in or anything … it’s just that the usually perfect weather here in SoCal makes me so happy that I thank my lucky stars everyday that I get to enjoy living here. I had to run out to take care of some boring tax return stuff so I made my way back to my old neighborhood in West Hollywood to take care of biz. Last night, I randomly met up with Tamar and Caleb for a dinner/catch-up sesh, which rounded out a pretty decent day. More »
I randomly ended up spending my entire night with Whitney Houston last night, totally on accident. I was in Anaheim, CA for the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend when Lifetime aired their biopic Whitney so I wasn’t able to watch it live when it aired. It was recorded on my DVR but after I got back home from my weekend away, I wasn’t able to get around to watching the movie before I had to fly off to Detroit for most of last week so … my first chance to watch the movie was last night. After I watched the biopic, I watched a bunch of Whitney Houston interviews and then … it was 2 AM. More »
Yesterday was my last day in Detroit but, because it was my dad’s birthday, it was the whole reason I flew back to Michigan in the first place. Because my parent’s are getting more advanced in age, I am trying to be home for their birthdays … even tho my dad’s birthday is always in the dead of Michigan winter. They can’t really fly out to see me in sunny LA so I’m happy to make the trip back home. My best friends Sarah and Mark joined in the birthday dinner we had for my dad and a great time was had by all. I did get to spend a bit of time with my friends before I had to make my way back to the airport and back home to LA. More »
Yesterday was a fun, full day here in Detroit Rock City. For the early part of the day, Sarah, Mark and I made our way back to Royal Oak, MI to do a bit of shopping at my fave Detroit area record shop UHF. Detroit used to have lots of really great record stores but now the number of open stores is quite small. On my last visit home, I did some shopping at Dearborn Music … this time, I wanted to hit up UHF — and, of course, I hit the vinyl jackpot. I spent the evening with my parents at my home, home before I met up with the group at the Punchbowl Social House to kick off a night of mirth and merriment. Sarah and I ended up at City Club after midnight to close out the night … a place she and I have clocked many, many hours back in the day. It was good to be back again. More »
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Last night my friends and I went out for a sumptuous dinner at my fave place ever, Little Tree sushi in Royal Oak, MI, before we made our way to downtown Detroit to do a bit of bar hopping to close out the night. I deff try to get out to Little Tree every time I come home … and this time, I came prepared. My friend and fellow Sons of Anakin member Emily gifted me a pair of Darth Vader light up lightsaber chopsticks that I’ve been saving for use … so I brought them home to Detroit with me and broke them in last night. After dinner, we made our way to Gold Cash Gold for a drink and then settled in to The Sugar House nearby for a few more drinks. It was cold as EFF outside but the booze kept us warm on the inside. More »
Last night, Sarah and I met up with our friend Erik for a night of dinner and catching up in the oh-so-cold Detroit Rock City and we had a blast. We did a fair share of catching up over dinner but it was only after we made our way out for drinks afterward that the sharing really got good. I always have a great time when I’m with Sarah and Erik and last night was no exception. It may be cold in The D but it’s so good to be back home with my peoples. More »
It’s never been a secret that that, up until last night, I have never seen the pop culture classic movie Dirty Dancing. Whenever I’ve mentioned it to friends, strangers or here on the blog, people respond as if I just said, “I have never breathed air before”. “How have you never seen Dirty Dancing?“, people often exclaim. To be honest, I don’t even know. The movie was originally released back in 1987 so my memory from those days is kinda hazy. It just became one of those movies that I never got around to watching (like Goonies, I’ve never seen Goonies either) and then, as the years passed, it just became a thing for me. My BFF Sarah has always been mortified that I’ve never seen DD, which is one of her beloved favorite movies (a movie that she has watched repeatedly much like I’ve watched movies like Footloose, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, etc. repeatedly and lovingly over the years). For my birthday last year, my friend Eileen gave me a Blu-Ray set of the the movies I’ve never seen (including Dirty Dancing) so I figured, it was probably time for me to watch the damn thing. But after all these years, I couldn’t just *watch* it willy-nilly … it had to be a special showing. So, on my first night back home in Detroit last night, I watched Dirty Dancing for the first time in the home (aka Den of SlackTM) of my BFF Sarah with a meal of Jet’s Pizza. And I have some thoughts on the movie below … More »
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Yesterday was an errands day for me ahead of my trip back home to Michigan later today. I had a million things to take care of here at home and then I had to run out and take care of a few things. I had to swing by the Beverly Center to handle some thangs and was very proud of myself for not buying anything I didn’t need. I considered buying the sweatshirt you see to the left but realized that after I Instagrammed it, I couldn’t possibly be seen wearing it in public ever again so … I ended up passing on it. I was smart enough not to even walk into my favorite stores. All I needed was pen refills. What has my life become? More »
At long last, I finally made my out to the movies to see the Academy Award-nominated film Selma in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and I have to tell you — I was absolutely floored by what I saw. For hours after the movie, I found it difficult to synthesize my feelings about the film because of its powerful impact on me. I actually cried very early on in the movie (if you’ve seen it, you know what I’m talking about) and continued to quietly sob for the duration. I studied the work of Dr. King in college but it’s one thing to read about the events portrayed in this film and it’s quite another to see it play out in motion. I truly loved this wonderful and important movie but two very glaring things kept sticking in my mind like a burr that dug into my brain. First, I was angry to see the things playing out on the big screen echo and remind me of the injustice that still happens today. Second, I was dumbfounded that David Oyelowo wasn’t nominated for the Best Actor Oscar because I can assure you, he delivers one of the greatest movie performances of the year — hands down, absolutely no question. More »
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After my very busy morning yesterday running the inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon at Disneyland, you’d think all I’d want to do is rest and relax for the remainder of the day. Nope. That’s not what I did. After a quick shower, I packed up my stuff, checked out of my hotel and met up with my friends at the parks for a good ol’ Sunday Funday. I may have been walking around a bit slower but I had a lot of fun with friends — old and new. I even ran into a friend from my teaching days in Grosse Pointe, MI all those years ago. It was another great Sunday for me. More »