A New Sons Of Anakin Apprentice Is Born

Yesterday was a great Sunday Funday at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure with my Sons of Anakin friends. Not only did we get to the business of having lots of fun, like we always do when we get together, but we also officially welcomed a new prospect/apprentice into the fold. In order to become a member of SoA, you have to hang out with us for a few weeks to see if everyone gets along (which isn’t hard to do because we are fun to hang out with). Then, like we did yesterday, we determine if we would like to extend the offer to have someone begin the official prospecting process to see if they would like to join the group. We’ve been hanging out with our new friend Alex for a month now so it was time to make him a Sons of Anakin apprentice. More »

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‘Blue Monday’ On A Saturday

On Friday night, I traveled back to 1987 to see Dokken in concert. Last night, I traveled back to 1997 to see Orgy. I used to love Orgy back in the day when I was still really into industrial music but kinda dabbling a bit into more electronic, EDM music in the late ’90s. Orgy was the perfect mix of industrial dance music and their hit cover of Blue Monday (by New Order) really made me a fan. I saw that they were playing a small show at the Whisky A Go Go on Sunset so I decided to check ‘em out. I’m happy to report that the show was much better than I thought it would be. The place was packed, the band was pretty on point and I got to enjoy a night of music that I had forgotten I used to really love once upon a time. More »

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Dokken Rocks The Whisky A Go Go

Last night I traveled back to 1987 so see Dokken play a rock show at the Whisky A Go Go on the famed Sunset Strip and I had a pretty fun ass time. Any kid who grew up in the ’80s has fond memories of the hey day of hair metal and any self-respecting ’80s kid has to count themselves as a Dokken fan, no question. Dokken was already a big metal band for most of the decade but when they did the song Dream Warriors from A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 their popularity shot them into the stratosphere. I must admit, I kinda only went to the show last night to hear Dokken perform Dream Warriors at the Whisky but I was very pleasantly surprised by how well Don Dokken sounded and looked on that stage. He put on a helluva show last night. More »

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Movie Review: ‘What We Do In The Shadows’

Last night I met up with my dear Adriana for our second hang-out in two days. We met up in Pasadena, CA for a sushi dinner date, followed by a movie date at the Laemmele 7 Theater. She suggested that we see the vampire comedy film What We Do In The Shadows and I begrudgingly agreed … thankfully, because it was really a very fun, very funny movie. I must admit, I totally discounted this movie the first time I heard about it and didn’t give it a second thought until now. I even went into the theater with a huge chip on my shoulder, daring it to make me laugh. Well, it did make me laugh … a lot. I’m really glad I listened to Aide because we ended up having a really great night. More »

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Movie Review: ‘It Follows’

For a few weeks now, I’ve been hearing about this indie horror film called It Follows that has been described as the “scariest American horror film in decades” which really caught my attention when I learned it was filmed in the Detroit metro area. To be honest, I didn’t really put much stock in this movie even tho it’s been getting rave reviews but I did get interested in seeing it when I learned of the Detroit connection. Last night, I met up with Adriana for a showing of It Follows at the Arclight and I can confirm the good word of mouth. Not only is this movie one of the best horror films I’ve seen in years but it’s really one of the better movies I’ve seen overall in quite some time. More »

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Chillin’ With The Littlest Leprechaun

My St. Patrick’s Day yesterday was really fun because I got to hang out with my fave person EVER as he celebrated his first St. Paddy’s Day ever. Emma took the initiative and reserved a table at The Peasant House in Sherman Oaks, CA so that we could celebrate St. Patrick’s Day together. Duke, wearing an adorable shamrock onesie, took a break from eating and napping to party with Emma, Josh, their friend Becca and me. As far as St. Patrick’s Days go, this one was a great one. More »

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The Juliana Hatfield Three Rock The Roxy

Last night I made my way to The Roxy on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, CA to see the Juliana Hatfield Three live in concert for the first time ever. As a long time Juliana fan, I have seen her many, many times on tour with my first concert going back to 1995. But when she was called the Juliana Hatfield Three (along with bandmates Todd Philips and Dean Fisher), I wasn’t yet going to rock concerts so I missed out on seeing the group way back then. Last night, the band performed their 1993 debut album Become What You Are In Full with an encore of his Juliana solo songs and it was only the best show ever. More »

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Hot In Herre

Yesterday was a very fun but VERY hot Sunday Funday for me. The temps soared well into the ’90s so I’m sure you can appreciate how sucky that can feel. I ended up not running the LA Marathon this year, thankfully, but I did make my way down to Anaheim, CA to hang out with my friends at Disneyland all day long. All day long … in the blazing sun all day long. It was hot but we had fun cuz we always have fun. No one melted, no one died and a great time was had by all. More »

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You Guys, I Went To The World’s Oldest McDonald’s And It Was Awesome

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Jessika inadvertently introduced me to the world’s oldest McDonald’s that is still in operation and yesterday — after much delay — I finally got to pay a visit. When I first laid on this hallowed place, it was night and it was all lit up … and it looked nothing like any McDonald’s I’ve ever seen in my life. Back home in Michigan, I lived near a “’50s McDonald’s” that was a new store renovated to look like a McD’s from the ’50s (kinda like the Cafe ’80s in Back to the Future II). This one is a genuinely vintage McD’s so I knew I had to visit. Jessika suggested we check it out and that’s what we did yesterday. More »

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You Can’t Sing With Us

For some time now, my Sons of Anakin friends and I have been talking about taking a field trip outside of Disneyland to do a bit of karaoking after I told them about the amazing night of karaoke I enjoyed with some peeps last summer at a newish place in Koreatown. After much talk and lots of delay, we finally got our shizz together last night. Most of the crew met me at Pharaoh in Ktown and we proceeded to destroy every single song that we say we love but managed to butcher to death with your horrid singing :) More »

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