60 Years Of Disneyland

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’

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

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’

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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Best. Birthday. Ever.

The last few days have been a whirlwind of fun … it’s been a lot all at once but, truly, a string of really great days full of amazing experiences with some of the best people I am blessed to call family and friends. For my birthday yesterday, I awoke to an onslaught of the sweetest birthday messages from people all around the world! Readers in Australia got the party started on Saturday and, friends, I have been touched by each and every one of your birthday messages. Thank you all so much for taking the time. I love you all so dearly. My day got started at Disneyland with friends, my evening was spent hanging out with Veruca Salt and my night wrapped up with a late dinner hang with Tamar. It is no exaggeration to say that I really enjoyed the Best. Birthday. Ever. More »

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Veruca Salt Triumphant In LA

After my whirlwind trip to San Diego for Comic-Con this weekend, I hopped a train back to LA late yesterday afternoon so that I could get home, get changed and get my buns to the El Rey Theater to see Veruca Salt play a live concert — ON MY BIRTHDAY. I was really thrilled to see Veruca Salt play the first date of their new tour on Wednesday night in San Diego but I’m telling you, the band was on FIRE last night. OMG. So good. The band was great, the audience was great, the setlist … The Muffs opened … it was, honestly, one of those perfect concert nights that I live for. The ’90s were back in full swing and I am so happy that I was able to be a part of it. More »

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A Night Among The (WB) Stars

Last night was my last night here in San Diego for Comic-Con and Darion and I did our best to ensure that the night was a smash success. We were graciously invited to the famed Warner Bros. party to celebrate SDCC with various WB stars which, honestly, is the highlight of Comic-Con for me. Darion and I got to meet some of our fave actors from The Flash, Gotham, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and more. After the WB party, we were invited to the Nerdist late-night dance party to kick it with Zachary Levi and a few hundred of his closest friends. Altho I have to get back to LA later today, I am so happy I got to enjoy one last superfun night at SDCC last night. More »

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Nerd Pride

So, here I am … in the midst of the biggest comic convention in the world … and I am having the time of my life. Darion and I boarded a train for San Diego early yesterday and made our way here with ease. We checked into our hotel and got right to the business of nerding out. We spent a few hours on the convention floor getting a lay of the land before we met up with our friend Christina for a quick bite to eat. Then, the 3 of us made our way to Petco Park to attend the MTV Fandom Awards, courtesy of our dear friend Danielle. The food and drink was amaze, the entertainment was the best and we enjoyed a really fantastic first night at San Diego Comic-Con. More »

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Veruca Salt Rocks The Soda Bar

Veruca Salt, one of the most important bands of the 1990s and absolutely one of my fave bands of all time, kicked off their new tour in San Diego, CA last night at the super tiny Soda Bar. Because I wasn’t planning to go to San Diego Comic-Con this year, I figured I’d be able to just drive down to SD, see VS and get back to LA for the rest of the band’s live shows here at home. BUT, since I decided last week to go to SDCC this year, I had to drive down to SD, see VS, drive back to LA then meet up with Darion and get on a train bound for SD all over again today. Yeah. Crazy but so worth it. Veruca Salt was in fine form last night … performing songs from their new album for the first time in front of an audience, along with their classic songs, last night’s tour kick-off concert was entirely amazing. More »

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How Sweet It Is

Last night I got to hang out for a bit with my friend Angi who is visiting this week from Boston and we had the best time ever. We grabbed some grub, got all caught up and then spent WAY too much time playing at Dylan’s Candy Bar at The Grove. Angi was just here back in March so lucky me got to hang out with her twice in under 6 months. I hoping that she will continue to visit SoCal even tho she lives on the other side of the country. More »

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