Mother’s Day

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

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

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

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

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

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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Back To The Beach

For the next few days, over the next couple of weeks, I will be spending some time near the Pacific Ocean here in SoCal as I enjoy a mini-vacay while I house sit for my friends Emma and Josh. They are off enjoying a much-needed holiday together and I have been tasked with keeping an eye on things at their home while they’re away. Honestly, they are doing me the favor because I get to spend time near the beach — something that I always want to do but never find the time to do … despite the fact that the ocean is less than 10 miles from my home. As I type these words, I can smell the fresh ocean air as the sun shines down gloriously … I’m basically in heaven right now :) More »

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I’d Like To Thank The Academy

After my long, grueling but ultimately successful run of the LA Marathon yesterday, all I wanted to do was just … sleep. But, as I’ve learned after previous marathons, it’s best to stay active (within reason) after a long run to ensure that my leg muscles don’t tighten up too terribly. I’m so bad at stretching. You runners know how important it is to stretch but I’m just not good at doing as much stretching as I should after a run. After the best shower of my life, I did step out for a quick dinner last night to celebrate my run and to meet up with Eileen, Tamar and Rob. Eileen surprised me with a very thoughtful gift that really made my night :) More »

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Movie Review: ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’

Last night I met up with Tamar, Ollie and Caleb at the ArcLight Theater in Hollywood for a showing in the Cineramadome of the new Wes Anderson film The Grand Budapest Hotel. To be honest, it’s been many years since I’ve truly enjoyed a Wes Anderson film but with each new film that he releases, I hope to feel the same joy that I felt (and continue to feel) when I watch his earlier films, like The Royal Tenenbaums. Invariably, tho, I’ve come to learn that with each new film that Anderson puts out, there is less and less emotion and feeling and more and more technical smoke and mirrors. The Grand Budapest Hotel is a Wes Anderson film to the nth degree … and for me, that is not necessarily a plus. More »

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Gladiator In A Suit

After my whirlwind week of powering thru the entire 5 season series Breaking Bad last week, I found myself ravenous for a new show to devour. For some time now, I’ve been hearing about this show on ABC called Scandal, maybe you’ve heard of it? On the advice of my good friend Shannon, I decided to watch a few episodes to see if Scandal might become my new obsession. Yeah, 2 eps in and I was HOOKED! Season was was short, with only 7 eps, so I breezed thru those first eps really quickly. I just finished the entirety of season 2 this morning — all 22 eps of season 2, watched! OMG, I feel drunk from all the craziness that comes from watching so many Scandal episodes so quickly. More »

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