Thursday, December 31, 2009

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Against My Window

L.A. finally got some rain today...and I love it. The rain always reminds me of cities that I've visited & dream about living in someday. It makes me want to book a flight out of this town.

I didn't go anywhere in 2009.....very unusual for this Wanderlust....I didn't even make it to Vegas, despite the many mini-vaycays I planned throughout the year. I'm going to do my best in 2010 to visit either San Fran, Chicago, or NYC. Maybe I'll look for work related seminars in those cities... hmm...

Besides all of the fabulous (such a stereotypically gay word) U.S. cities, I'm dying...DYING to go back to London. I'd love to see my blogger friends Mark (and his hubby, Eiain) in their quaint little village....or have a spot of tea with Mr. Potter (Anthony, not Harry) and talk about poppycock, bangers & mash, and practice my Cockney English on the locals.

Looking out of my office window, I can see that the rain is coming down hard...just in time for my drive home with all the other "Angelenos" who suddenly forget how to drive, at the sight of the slightest drizzle.

Jet Blue....take me Away!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Blog-I-Versary # 3

Today marks the third anniversary of my blog. Woo-Hoo !!!

Funny thing is, I actually thought I'd been keeping this thing alive for at least 5 years. I have to admit that my posts for the year have really been pitiful. Earlier in the year, I had planned on writing something at least once per day....but "life" really got in the way of blogging this year. Looking at my stats, it's no surprise at all that my readership has dropped off...significantly.

2010 is a year filled with changes for sure...I'm planning on getting to know the true sense of the word DISCIPLINE. More fitness, more writing, more photography, more spending time with friends, more financial control... and less fatness, less boozin, less bitchin-n-moanin, less excuses, and no more laziness.

On January 1, 2010, I will rise from my bed, in a golden aura of Clarity & Conviction ... and I will proclaim to the world:

Behold... I am Reborn !

Monday, December 28, 2009

Post Christmas Post

This Christmas, I did something that I haven't done before. I hosted Christmas Eve dinner. My family and I celebrate the birth of Baby Jebus on the Eve and not the Day. I was pretty nervous about playing host, as I had planned for a lot of cooking. Normally, my family & I celebrate the Eve by going to a nice restaurant, and as a present to my parents, I foot the bill. I wanted to add a new level of stress to my holiday this year, so I decided to make dinner and all of the trimmings myself.

Dinner was a success, many thanks to the help of my 2 daughters and the fine folks over at Trader Joe's, for providing me with a D'lish pre-cooked ham. It was finger looking was all of the other dishes and the MANY cakes and pies my family brought.

This year, with everyone's personal economies in the virtual toilet, we kept Christmas simple and kept the spending to a minimum. Normally, my Xmas tree is drowning in presents, but not this year. There wasn't much under the tree, and that was just fine with us all. The true gift of Christmas is getting to spend time with loved ones that you don't get to see very often.....and of course, eating lots & lots of savory, buttery, fattening foods....and then going back for seconds.

Christmas Day was pretty much a suck-fest....I sat around in jammies all day...didn't shower til a book, and watched too much TV. I also felt extremely lonely. I guess the day before was such a stark contrast; a house full of loved ones, laughing and reminiscing on Xmas Eve, yet on Xmas Day, it was just me and an empty house.

The following day was Boxing Day, and Jim & Lyle hosted a cocktail party to celebrate the occasion. OH EM GEE....the man knows how to decorate....His tree had me stopped in my tracks, outside his house's front window. I really wish I had taken my camera for some stealth pic taking. The entire house and yard were decorated beautifully!.... I didn't stay long, but I have to say that Jim & Lyle have some really nice friends that I enjoyed chatting with. I firmly believe that you can always tell a person's character by the friends that they keep.....and Jim is such a character.....Har !

I took all of last week off, so getting up early today was a bit of a struggle. It's a short week though, and the workplace is ghost town...[More time to read blogs!]

Now, I'm looking forward to ringing in the new year and saying Adios to 2009!

Hope you all had a Very Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Monday, December 21, 2009

Bad Romance; A Parody

*** Warning: Audio is NSFW ***

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Looking a Lot Like Christmas

Earlier this evening, I took a walk around my neighborhood. I was really impressed with how creative some of my neighbors got decorating their homes this Christmas. I became a voyeur; mentally taking decorating notes... and actually getting a little jealous of some of my neighbor's casas.

In my next home I MUST have the following: dark wood floors, a bad-ass foyer, and a big-ass mantel...oh, and a bitchin' English garden would be nice.

Every year, I buy myself a "special" ornament. Well, I've been a damn good boy this year, so I treated myself to the 2 Polonaise ornaments above. I bought our Xmas tree last week, but it only has white lights strung up. Tomorrow, the tree gets all dolled up.

Funny thing...when I finished stringing it with lights, I took a step back and was impressed with how simply pretty it looked... with only white lights. I thought about leaving it bare, but a week has passed and I have since come to my senses. I'll post pics with the tree all done soon.

I'm in the mood for some Bing Crosby now!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Supping in Silence

The other night, I went to dinner with a friend, at a great little Italian restaurant [Vino & Cucina ]. The food was Da Bomb and so was the vino...if you're ever in this part of the LBC you should give it a try. But this post isn't so much about how good the food, this post is about a young couple that caught my attention.

There was a young couple sitting in my direct line of sight, and what fascinated me was that the entire time that they were in the restaurant, they didn't speak to each other....well, that is, not until their dinners showed up. From what my sleuthing eye could deduce, they weren't angry with each other. They just sat there, looking out the window, at the ceiling tiles, or at the floor. No eye contact, no under the table fondling, no suggestive tongue Un-Gay.

Seriously, I just don't understand how 2 people sitting directly across from each other could go almost an entire meal without speaking to each other. When they did speak, it was in hushed tones, so that the homo checking them out all night couldn't make out what the hell they were saying. So frustrating!

I pray to Baby Jebus that my relationship never gets so old, that we run out of things to say to each other...or make suggestive expressions to each other, in a room full of heteros.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Saturday Night Dancing!

Not the official video, but the audio will get that azz shakin. The intro is a sample of a Divine song, but I can't remember which one.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

40 Years

We took a coworker to lunch yesterday to celebrate his 40th anniversary with the company. He's even been in the same department for the entire 40 years. I can't imagine being with the same company, let alone the same department for that long. Now that's dedication. He hinted at retiring next year and that makes me a little nervous, since I depend on him A LOT to answer questions that only someone with his work history can.

We forced him to give a speech at lunch, and half way through thanking us all, he looked down and paused for a moment. When he raised his head again, his eyes were a little watery. His voice began to quiver. I silently prayed that he wouldn't lose control and cry, because I was on the verge myself. Thank Santa that my fork had sharp tines, because a quick jab to my leg, quickly helped me to get my cool back.

We took up a collection a few weeks back to get him a gift, and we were able to raise $130 for a gift certificate to his favorite French restaurant. Not too shabby.

Side note: We took the coworker to Benihana. I've never been there before, but knew all about them and their "shows" they put on. I was shocked to see how expensive they were. I wanted the giant prawns/chicken combo, but at $24, I wanted to make sure that I wasn't the only person NOT ordering off of the lunch special menu ($7 - $9 per plate). Well, when my boss's boss' boss said "Let's start with Chris", I said screw it and ordered what I wanted. I wasn't paying so why should I care? SonuvaBitch, I was the ONLY person that did NOT choose from the lunch specials.

What can I say....I'm expensive, but totally worth the expense!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Friday, December 4, 2009

Narcissus Update

Since I know you are all losing sleep not knowing how my Narcissus bulbs are doing, I've decided to ease your pain and post the above pic...The pic was taken about 2 weeks ago, but I'm horrible when it comes to uploading pics.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A 3-D Xmas Carol

Last Saturday, I was feeling the Xmas Spirit, so I naturally wanted to see a movie about a few Xmas Spirits.

So, I took my 2 youngin's to Downtown Disney (free parking....woot!) to watch Disney's A Christmas Carol (in 3-D!). I loved it. This movie is not for young children. It was a little dark and I actually jumped in a few scenes. Jim Carey, whom I don't care for much (as an actor), was brilliant, voicing many of the characters.

The 3-D effects were...well, awesome! When it snowed, it actually appeared as though the snowflakes were falling into the theater. Loved the 3-D glasses too...they're very Ray Ban-ish....Maybe I'll sport 'em the next time I visit The Abbey.

I brought my camera to Downtown Disney, to capture all of the Disney Christmas Decorating Magic, but I totally forgot about it....Bah!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Tuesday's Child Came A-Knockin'

Good thing I woke up a little earlier than normal this morning, because I had a salesman at my door around 8:00 am. Well, he wasn't really a salesman, he was more of a con artist...and not so much of a man, but more of a boy.

I recognized the song & dance from the young man at my door step this morning, because it was identical to the one that duped me years ago. I was scammed into signing up for a magazine subscription, which never materialized. I even paid up in full. I was young, dumb, and full of....(rum?)

Here, before me, stood a young man with manners that would make his mama proud, wearing oil/grease stained khakis, a khaki colored button down shirt, and a necktie that had a Christian scripture embroidered on it...I'm a heathen so I couldn't tell you from what testament or book it was from.

Our conversation went something like this:

Marcel (the Christian con-artist): Good Morning Sir...hope you're doing well, on this fine morning.

Fabulous Me (squeeeeezed into a size 32 pair of slacks [I know, I couldn't believe it either] whose button was leaving a permanent mark on my belly, yet at the same time, lifting & shaping my under-developed butt cheeks into a somewhat perky booty): I'm running late for work...what can I do for you?

Marcel: Blah, blah, blah, lies, lies, lies....I took a 2-hour bus ride just to get here...I'm trying to straighten out my life and become a better man...I only need to sell 20 more subscriptions and I can pay for my college tuition.

Moi: A 2-hour bus ride? Where were you coming from?

Marcel: oh, uh..L.A....Downtown L.A., Sir.

Me: L.A. is only 20 miles away....that must have been one long bus ride...What college are you attending?

Marcel: Yes Sir, it was a long ride. Well, I'm not in college right now, but like I said, only 20 more subscriptions and I'll be set.

I could have continued to interrogate this young man, just to see how tangled up he'd get, telling his lies, but my patience were wearing thin and I had a job to get to. He continued to press the hard sell, but I cut him short and told him that I wasn't interested and wished him luck. His face dropped and he then asked for a donation. Yeah, like I didn't see that one coming.

He left my doorstep, none the richer.