Movie Review: ‘Straight Outta Compton’

Because it took me a bit of time to recover yesterday from my very busy day Saturday, I decided to take it easy until it was time to meet up with my friend Ashley at the Arclight in Hollywood so that we could see the new N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton together. I’ve been anxious to see Compton since we saw the first trailer back in June of 2014 (and even back in 2012 when we first learned the movie was going into production). But, I have to admit, I did go into the movie theater with some trepidation because of what I feared might be glamorized in the film. For the most part, I can say that I loved the movie almost entirely. With some exceptions, I feel the movie is an excellent representation of the events that led to the rise of N.W.A. It’s no surprise to me that it was the #1 movie at the box office and I’m certain it will continue to do well, even with its various flaws. More »

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Turnt Up

So, my Saturday turned out to be quite a doozy … one that has left me reeling a bit today. I somehow managed to keep my Saturday mostly free with the intent of resting up and being lazy by day (in the insanely scorching heat) and then going out to dance in WeHo with friends by night. Instead, I managed to pack quite a bit of fun stuff in my day before I eventually went out last night. I got to spend time with old friends and new friends, enjoyed some art and engaged in my first bit of dancing in ages. It was a fun, if tiring day ;D More »

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A Night With Bugs Bunny And The LA Philharmonic

Last night, Tamar and I made our way to the Hollywood Bowl to see a live performance of Bugs Bunny at the Symphony and we had the absolute best time ever. The show features live performances by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and screenings of classic Bugs Bunny/Looney Tunes cartoons and is probably one of the most magical things that I have ever seen at the Hollywood Bowl in my life. My first introduction to classical music was via Looney Tunes cartoons and now to see hear the music performed live by one of the greatest orchestras in the world, coupled with those beloved cartoons from my youth … it was an almost overwhelming experience. Tam and I were charmed from start to finish, it was truly a magical night. More »

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Hangin’ With My Boys

Wednesday was a really great day for me. I went for my first run in months (terrible, I know), I enjoyed an amazing massage (wonderful, trust me) and I got to hang out with two of my fave guys. Because I have a group of races coming up in a few weeks, I know that my lazy ass has to get back into the habit of running. I’m embarrassed to admit that I haven’t really run since my last race … in May. With so little time left before I have to run for real, I figured the time has come to remind my body that it has to move for long periods of time. After my run, my amazing massage therapist Gwinn came by for a massage and OMG, I am not worthy. Then I met up for a coffee date with my new friend Austin and then I spent the rest of the evening hanging out with Emma, Josh and Duke at their place. It was a great day, indeed. More »


Tiki Time

Yesterday was a busy day for me as I spent much of it running all over the place, taking care of tedious errands. I had plans to get together with Eileen so I knew that I had our night together to look forward to. We talked about hitting up a few Tiki bars around town and last night settled on spending some time at Tiki No in North Hollywood. Eileen was very familiar with their infamous Scorpion Bowl drink which is basically a fish tank that is full of booze for 2 or more people to enjoy. I told her I was up for one drink and, well, this fish tank of booze ended up being that one drink. More »


Out In Force

Yesterday was another trademark Sunday Funday for me and my friends at the Disneyland Resort theme park in Anaheim, CA. I had to miss going to the park last weekend because I had just moved into my new place so I was itching to get down to see my friends this weekend. I had to run a few errands early in the AM so I wasn’t able to meet up with everybody until early afternoon but once I got there, a lot of fun was had. As usual, we rode rides, we drank dranks and we ate our faces off … ’twas a very fun day with a group of very fun people. More »

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Nerd Dinner

After a week of being cooped up with unpacking and housekeeping in my new place, I finally found the time to get out of the house yesterday. Tamar invited to celebrate her BFF Danielle’s birthday at a leisurely afternoon brunch party in Santa Monica, which was followed by a super chill hang with her amazing parents afterward. Last night, Adriana invited me to a fun dinner party attended by a super spectacular group of her nerd friends. All day long, I was surrounded by great people — new friends and old — which made for a truly stellar Saturday. More »


Growing Pains

The unpacking continues here around the new homestead but I’ve also moved on to the arrangement of furniture stage of my move as well. Last weekend I paid a visit to Ikea to pick up some supplies and among them was a new storage unit for my growing vinyl collection. For some time now, my collection has reached the capacity of my smaller storage unit but I’ve made do with it because I knew I had to move. Now that I’m in my new place, which much more room, I am finally able to upgrade my storage capabilities to not only accommodate my collection as it is now but to allow for growth in the future, as well. I decided to invest in the very affordable Kallax unit and yesterday was my day to put the whole damn thing together. More »


The Healing Power Of Touch

It has been a busy week for me since I moved from my old place last Friday. In the days since, I’ve been slowly unpacking and putting things away … figuring out how to arrange furniture, where to put stuff, etc. And while the move itself has done a number on my back and neck, the truth is that I’ve been a mess of stress knots for many months now. Because I spend so much time writing at my computer, I have the worst posture ever and for months now, I’ve been dealing with the pain being hunched over a laptop computer. I finally decided to do something about it and I hired my friend Gwinn to give me one of her trademark massages. Gwinn is one of the best massage therapists I’ve ever encountered — and she makes house calls! I had Gwinn come to my place yesterday and she worked her magic on me, much to my extreme delight. More »


I Scream Social

Yesterday afternoon, Emma and Josh came by new new place to check it out and take me out to lunch and we enjoyed a nice afternoon together. We went out for pizza and ice cream and pretty much ate our faces off. The pizza place we went to was pretty good but the ice cream, yeah, it was NEXT LEVEL. Josh was telling me that the ice cream shop we went to, Quenelle, is one of the best in the country — and he is so right. Of the available flavors right now, I had a hard time deciding which one to get … but after I tasted the Guinness flavor, I knew I found the love of my life. More »