Friday, August 28, 2009

Vacation, Here I Come!


Why does today seem like the longest day, ever? I'm guessing it's because I've turned into a clock watcher waiting for 5:00... As of quitting time today, my booty will be on vacation for 10 days. Woot!

I wish I was going somewhere exotic to relax, but I'm pretty much going to be taking a 'staycation', where I'll just putter around the house, and take little daily excursions....I'm thinking checking out The Getty Villa, Laguna Beach, and checking out a lot of local hot spots.

Any suggestions from the Peanut Gallery??

The heat will probably cause me to curse a lot and drain me of energy, but at least I won't be sitting in my air conditioned cubicle, reading blogs all day. My new camera needs a good workout so next weeks blog posts will probably be chock full of pics.

Come on 5:00...Daddy's cocktail is waiting for him.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Roman Numeral D


This is my 500th post....woot!

A good milestone, yes...but I feel like I should've reached this point much sooner. I blame sheer laziness for taking so long to spit out 500 posts. Well, laziness AND a memory that's beginning to betray me. There have been countless times when a stellar post idea pops into my head (usually while I'm in bed, late at night) and I forget to write myself a note to remind me in the morning.

For example, there was something that I really wanted to write about this week, and I remembered what it was yesterday afternoon, but during this morning's drive to work, I was trying to recall what it was about, but I just couldn't! Anyhoo, enough whining about my aging mind.

Thanks to all of my loyal readers for reading this babble. Please keep coming back for at least another 500 posts!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The Lion Has Passed

Senator Edward Kennedy
February 22, 1932 ~ August 25, 2009

Monday, August 24, 2009

Yogurt Covered Pretzels


Why have I NEVER had these before? My sweet ass tooth was screaming to satisfy it's craving for something sweet, so like any good emotional eater, I gave in.

I picked up a little bag of a dozen of these tasty little treats, and I am loving each bite.

Mmmm...sugary sweet with just a hint of saltiness. I thought I'd snap a pic to honor the occasion (please note the fancy linens).

Wait...where did the other 8 pretzels go?

[Burp!]

Friday, August 21, 2009

Chew the Fat

I just got back from lunch, where I ate an AMAZINGLY delicious flat iron steak sandwich... from the workplace cafeteria no less. I really enjoyed that lean cut of beef, grilled to perfection, nuzzled between toasty sourdough bread, with just the right mix of tomatoes, cheese, and grilled onions (with a side fruit salad!)...and it only cost me $5.00... Woot!

But then things turned ugly... I was eating lunch with 4 coworkers in the caf, and really enjoying my sandwich, when I realized that I had just bitten into a huge ass piece of gristle. So, now I was faced with 2 questions:

1. How do I EAT this piece of fat without puking, or
2. How do I get rid of the fat without being noticed

Inside my head, I was freaking out....the gristle tasted so nasty & greasy. In one smooth move, I put napkin-to-mouth and casually spit the chunk into the napkin and hid it between my legs. When I pulled the bread back to inspect for more fat, I was disgusted to see more gristle just waiting for me to chow down on. So glad that I had enough smarts to check for more fat before finishing the samich. I really didn't want to repeat that experience.

It's funny, when I was a kid, I loved it whenever my Mom made pork chops....I loved it because, I would always ask family members for their pork chop's strip of fat. I ate it with such delight....Now, the thought literally makes me gag!

Bon Appetit!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Project Runway Season 6

It is my GAY duty to remind y'all that the new season of Project Rungay starts tonight. There's a 2-hour All Star show at 8:00 pm, followed by the premier of season 6 at 10:00 pm.


Make it work!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Vampires, Gods & Monsters

I've been reading on some websites today that Robert Downey Jr. is in talks with Universal to play the Bi-Sesual Vampire, Lestat de Lioncourt, in another installment of Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles. I loves me a good vampire movie, and I am a fan of Anne Rice's work, so bring it!

Sidebar: Is it just me, or does anyone else get a gay vibe from Mr Downey? Ever since I saw him in Less Than Zero (a big time favorite of mine), I thought that there was a very good chance that he may be g-a-y....but not just because of what he does in that movie to score some dope, but more because of other clues that I've sniffed over the years.

Whatever his sexual preference may be, I'm truly happy that RDJ's career is alive & kicking.



This past weekend, I finally got the chance to see the movie Gods & Monsters, starring Sir Ian McKellan & Brendan Fraser. The movie is from 1998 (yeah, I know), and after watching the movie, I started to wonder: did Gandalf, I mean Ian McKellan ever NOT look old? I actually think he looks older in this movie than he does today (I'm guessing that it's due to the power of makeup)...On the serious tip, if you haven't seen this movie yet, you need to check it out!

Here's a synopsis:

The story of James Whale, the director of Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein, in the time period following the Korean War. Whale is homosexual and develops a friendship with his gardener, an ex-Marine. Set in 1957, James Whale, had long since stepped back from the glamor and glitz of Hollywood. A stroke triggers once buried flashes of memory of his life in Dudley, his film career, and, most influentially, the trenches during the Great War. Haunted and lonely, he recounts many of his experiences to his muscle-bound gardener, Clay Boone. Despite the divide that exists between them, their friendship develops. Reliant on his sternly disapproving housemaid, Hannah, the flamboyant director whose time has passed sees himself slipping away, unable to stop the decline, and indulges his fantasies by coaxing Boone to model for him.

Monday, August 17, 2009

What The Pho' Weekend

What a low key weekend I had. Basically, I just cleaned house, ran errands, watched a lot of TV, took a couple strolls around the 'hood, and went to dinner on Saturday.

Saturday night's dinner was had at a Vietnamese restaurant for Pho' soup (is that redundant?). Been a long time since I had Vietnamese food and it was so worth the 20 minute drive. I know you're all wondering what I ordered so I'll tell you that I got the "Super Bowl", which had skrimps, beef, squid, white fish, meat ball, tripe, and beef tendon. I was feeling a little daring so I thought I'd try the tendon, and if you've never had it, lemme tell you that it tastes like Styrofoam soaked in chicken broth.....in a word: disgusting. The rest of the soup was super delish and only cost around $7 [wheeeeee!].

After dinner we drove over to my favorite Indian sweet shop in Artesia (aka Little India), Ambala Sweets (another place I haven't been to in years). All throughout elementary school and junior high, I was best friends with an Indian boy (Partha, where are you?), so I am very familiar with Indian dishes (especially desserts). Little India is crazy busy on a Saturday night, yet I was a little surprised when I walked into the bakery to see the huge ass line (basically a mass of people). It would've taken us at least 15 minutes before being served and I wasn't in the mood to wait, so we left empty handed [booo!].

Something that normally happens to me on a nearly daily basis happened in that sweet shop, but I wasn't prepared for it. Once I walked in, all eyes were on me. It was as if the Elephant Man had just walked through the door. Since I was the only non-Indian in the place, I apparently was the one to watch. Such a strange, unfamiliar feeling. It took, literally, all of my strength to not strike poses for these people, 'cause you know that's just what they were wanting [smirk!].

Hope ya'll had a good weekend!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Miss Pokeno

Alannah Currie, one third of one of my all time favorite bands, The Thompson Twins, has long left the pop music world behind and reinvented herself .

Under the moniker "Miss Pokeno", Alannah, dubbed an "armchair destructivist", now re-creates furniture by combining upholstery and taxidermy. Her collection of furniture is, in a word: surreal.

Here's a red velvet armchair that she designed, with the back cut away to reveal two entwined foxes.



All of the animals in her work are either road kill or died naturally. Click here to check out some of her other pieces of work.

Here's a video of The Thompson Twins that brings back so many good memories of a simpler time in my life.




ps: I'm still holding out for a Twins Reunion Tour!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Just Saying...


To all of my 10's of Loyal Readers: If I am ever invited into your home, and I see a wall full of hanging baskets....please be advised that I will:

  • Rip each basket off the wall
  • Destroy each basket
  • Slap you in the face
  • Take a bottle of your best booze
  • Resist police arrest

You've been warned.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Determination

Where there's a Will...


There's a Wino!

I Want to Cruise


Over the last few days, the local weather has been just perfect. Such a nice break from that nasty heat wave that had me bitchin & moanin day & night. (I actually looked forward to coming in to work just for the A/C). Sad, but true.

Last night's temps were so comfortable that I decided to go for a moonlit stroll....alone....Sad, but true. So there I was jiggling my jelly down 4th Street when I noticed all of the cyclists that were whizzing past me on much lusted after beach cruisers. Families, friends, and straight & gay couples kept passing me and teasing me with their high-gloss finished bikes...some with old school bells even!

Well, I guess it's a good sign to see some fellow Americans getting off their couches and getting some exercise. Only, I just want to be part of that scene....le sigh!

ps: Dear Santa, please DO NOT get me the bike in the picture above for Christmas. I was just representing "Pura Familia"...Make it a Schwinn, Betch!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Has This Ever Happened to You?

Have you ever found yourself in a restroom stall, and just for $hits and giggles, let's just say that the stall is located at your place of employment....Then, when you're finished with your afternoon stall visit, you attempt to leave....but the damn door is locked and won't unlock. The dial chingadera just spins loosely around and doesn't release the pin chingadera.

In a state of panic, you start to shake the door violently. So violently in fact that you break the locking mechanism and the door finally swings open.

So....has this ever happened to you?

No?

Yeah, me neither.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

You Light Up My Life


" I won! ....I won!.... I finally won something!! "

That was me a few weeks back after Thomas, author of one of my new favorite blogs, My White Shirt, notified me that I was the winner in his lamp giveaway. Thomas got 2 of these lamps for his own apartment, and gave one away to a lucky reader (ME!). If you'd like to buy this lamp for yourself, you can do so here (they retail for around $20....what a deal!)



The lamp looks great on a table in my living room.



Thanks Thomas!!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Never Want to Cool Down

On Saturday, I finally caught one of Cinespia's weekly screenings, at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. They were showing the Marilyn Monroe classic, "Some Like it Hot". There's something so uniquely "L.A." about watching a movie in a cemetery with a picnic, some wine, and hundreds of other Angelenos. The weather was perfect, and so was the company, and despite getting to the cemetery a little late (thanks to some ridiculous traffic) we still had a blast.

I'm planning on going again before the summer screenings end, only next time, my arse is going to be early, have a better selection of nibbles, wine stored in a cooler, pillows, and I'll have an entourage with me (I'm looking at all of my L.A. readers/bloggers/lovers/friends).

After the movie, Paul & I decided that a drink was in order (never mind the 2 bottles of wine that we just polished off). I wanted to pop Paul's cherry by taking him to a Tiki bar, and I had my mind set on the Tiki Ti in Silverlake, but when we drove past, the line outside made me reconsider. Lucky for us that the Tiki was packed, because we ended up checking out Akbar just across the street.

It's been years since I last shimmied & shook at Akbar. Great crowd (fun mix of people with zero attitude), music that was literally stolen from my Itunes 80's playlist (Yazoo, Total Coelo, Sparks, Cee Farrow, etc. ), and strong, cheap drinks all added up to make this one helluva place to get your drink/groove on.

Oh, and I may have lied to the Colombian Go-Go Boy and told him that it was Paul's birthday...and Paul may have gotten felt up by Senor Bogota as a result.

Note to self: Make sure to have camera with you at all times.