Yesterday I met up with my friend Grace at Disneyland for a hang sesh in the park and we ended up having only the best day ever. Because of the massive number of people who came out to the parks on Saturday July 4, not as many people came out for Sunday July 5 … which meant that the park was mostly empty … which meant we were free to ride as many rides as we liked without having to wait in long lines. Grace and I met up around noon and didn’t stop until near closing. We laughed, rode rides, ate, took photos and had a really great Sunday Funday together.
Britney Spears was also in the park yesterday and we did our best to keep an eye out for her … but, alas, we never ran into her. I did manage to recreate a photo that she took in the park so … that was as close as I got to seeing Britney in Disneyland. No matter, Grace and I had the best time together. She cosplayed at Scarlet Witch (from The Avengers: Age of Ultron) and I kinda half-assed my Captain America look. We were able to ride pretty much all of the big rides and many of the smaller, must-see rides. I always have a great time in Disneyland but on the visits where I get to show newcomers all the fun that can be had, yeah, those are the best visits. I had a really great Sunday to close out a really fun weekend, I hope you did, too :D
I spent most of my 4th of July yesterday celebrating my independence by laying on the couch playing video games on my phone while I watched TV. By late afternoon, I started to feel bummed out that I wasted the day so I got ready and decided to go out for a drive … and a Slurpee. I figured I’d go up to Griffith Observatory to watch the fireworks explode all over LA but pretty much everyone else had the same idea and, well, I decided to go back home. Right as I was about to park at home, Darion texted me and invited me over to watch the fireworks with him as we ate take-out sushi — that was an offer that I couldn’t refuse. More »
Because my day got off to a rough start yesterday, I kinda needed to bail and get out of the house for a while. I went over to Tamar’s place for an afternoon hang and she told me that she had decided to get her first tattoo. After the year that Tam has endured, she is ready to move forward with a bright new chapter of her life and she wanted to mark the occasion with her first tattoo. She was able to get an appointment with our friend Annie and I drove her to the parlor to get inked. It has been many years since I got my last tattoo and, well, I might’ve been tempted to get some new ink myself. More »
Last night I met up with Eileen so that she could take me for a ride in her new car and the two of us made our way to Echo Park for a night of psychic fun at the House of Intuition. Tamar and I had been talking about HoI on Tuesday night and I decided that I would to there for a reading on Wednesday. Unfortunately, the guy I wanted to see was unavailable and I decided that it probably wasn’t meant to be. Then, Eileen texted me out of the blue early Thursday and suggested we go to House of Intuition. Clearly, I was meant to go to HoI … just on Thurs. rather than Wed. :) More »
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Yesterday evening, I met up with my friend Jessie at the Regal Cinemas Theater at LA Live in DTLA to see Terminator: Genisys on its opening day. Truth be told, I wasn’t really comping at the bit to see the movie … but I was really excited to enjoy seeing it in my beloved 4DX. I learned yesterday that July 1, 2015 was the 1 year anniversary of the opening of the 4DX theater here in LA so it was really fun to also celebrate a year of this really amazing technology as well. My friend Jessie had never seen a movie in 4DX before so, I was very much looking forward to his reaction afterward. I wish I could say that the movie was good. Believe me. Except for the very entertaining 4DX effect upgrades, there wasn’t really much about Genisys that I liked. I will say that it wasn’t the worst movie I’ve ever seen in my life but that’s not saying much. It just failed on pretty much all fronts, which was a real bummer for me. More »
Last night, I met up with my friend Tamar for a night hike in Griffith Park so that we could pay a visit to the observatory to see a celestial event. The planets Venus and Jupiter aligned last night to look like a “twin star”, which is a feat that happens very rarely. We hiked up to the observatory at dusk so that we could see the planets as night set. After we spent some time admiring the view, I made my way home … where I was met with a surprise visit from my friend Jessie … who brought me a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup donut, right to my doorstep. Needless to say, I had a very nice night. More »
Last night I was invited to an early screening of the much-anticipated sequel film Magic Mike XXL so I rounded my my all-too eager friend Eileen and away we went. I remember how much fun Ollie and I had seeing the first Magic Mike movie so I was hoping that this second go-round would be just fun. I am very pleased to share the Magic Mike XXL is a LOT more fun then the first movie was. You should know right off the bat that the central “story” is a very simple one. The development of that plot is … well … nonexistent. But MMXXL isn’t a movie you see for plot, it’s a movie you see to have fun with. There are more dance sequences and lots of skin … and Joe Manganiello‘s full bare ass in the first 5 minutes, so, yes … it deff gets two enthusiastic thumbs up from me. More »
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After far too many weeks away, I finally made my way back down to Anaheim, CA to spend the day with my friends at Disneyland. My social club Sons of Anakin held our monthly meeting so it was the perfect chance to meet up with the friends I hadn’t been able to see for a while. Altho it was insanely hot, I really had the best day hanging out with my friends. But, as the afternoon turned to evening, I had to jet back home to LA to meet up with Eileen at the Hollywood Bowl to see Basement Jaxx in concert. We only learned about the Basement Jaxx concert last weekend when we went to the Hollywood Bowl to see Underworld> live in concert. If last week was the perfect chill techno experience, then last night was the perfect dance party rave experience — under the shining stars of Hollywood. More »
The past few days have been a whirlwind of emotions for me, so much so that I’ve had a bit of a hard time catching my breath. As you are well aware, so many things — both big and small — have turned our culture and our country upside down. From the tragedy that came out of South Carolina with that racist terrorist attack to the stunning revolutionary civil rights decision that came out of Washington DC and everything in between … we’ve all been through the ringer for better or worse. I, personally, have been going through some stuff lately and well … it’s been a lot. Thankfully, I’ve been able to find support and love from my friends who, themselves, are dealing with their own issues. Needless to say, change is in the air. But, above it all, is my intense sense of happy pride. This weekend has been full of rainbows and love and positivity for me … and I am just trying to revel in it all for as long as I can. More »
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Yesterday, in the wake of the momentous Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage in the entirety of the United States of America, I made my way to the heart of West Hollywood, CA so that I could revel in the jubilant celebration that erupted there. People from all over the Los Angeles area flocked to WeHo to be part of the electric excitement that exploded. Media outlets from all over the area sent reporters to West Hollywood to document it all. It was a really spectacular sight to see. Many of my friends convened in the West Hollywood park to participate in the celebratory rally that took place there, in much the same way we gathered in the very same spot 2 years ago when the Supreme Court invalidated and abolished the Defense of Marriage Act. While there were numerous celebrations big and small all around the country, it was really a wonderful thing to be part of the celebration in West Hollywood. More »