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2011-11-29 01:03 pm
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Real Snow, Real Snow, Real Snow. Plus, Fake Snow.

The first time I saw actual snow fall from the sky was in San Diego. I was in 10th grade, and we were in first period math class. It was so cold that morning, that San Diego got a little unusual weather. We were amazed. All of us except our teacher, who made us continue class after a one-minute peek at the snow. He was a jerk.

The second time I saw snow, I went snowboarding with my friend Becky. We had heard that the conditions may lead to actual snow, but we didn't expect the huge storm that came through. At one point, I was snowboarding through heavy, beautiful snow. It was enchanting! Then it got a little scary, and we had to get off that mountain quick before being snowed in. We survived.

The third time I saw snow, I had just come back from The Netherlands with my friend Michelle. We were in Austria, walking back to our friend Matt's place. Just a few blocks from his apartment, it began to snow. It was thrilling, experiencing real snow in a big city.


This time of the year, Disneyland ends their "Holiday" fireworks show with the song "White Christmas" along with a snow simulation all around Main Street. It's quite moving. Matt and I caught it last night. Even I got a little misty-eyed (much like Mark did last year).
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2011-11-28 12:47 pm

Last day of vacation

Between Thanksgiving and taking a day off for Morrissey, I wound up having 5 days off of work in a row. It was oddly relaxing and uneventful. Usually I cram my free time to capacity with traveling or big tasks, or at least shopping. Not this time.

On the last day of vacation, JP and I met up for brunch at a local greasy spoon called The Old Mill. Mark and I used to go all the time because it's cheap and normal. It's a little run down, but it's charming, in a local cafe type of way. I had the veggie omelet with cottage cheese, and JP had the veggie burger.

Breakfast at the Old Mill

Later, we walked to the local coffee shop with the intention of reading. Unfortunately, the people next to us were on some kind of blind date or interview and were really loud. I wound up cracking open my laptop and looking at funny ebay sales.

331/365 Twilight'ddd

That night, we watched Breaking Dawn Pt 1. I thought it was great! I was a big fan of the books. I can't wait for Pt 2, which comes out next November.
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2011-11-27 02:32 pm

The Good ol' Mike Show - Episode 2

Hey, I put together another episode of The Good ol' Mike Show!

In this episode, I go to Gays Days at Disneyland. Gay Days is always a fun and unique experience, and I always wind up seeing a bunch of my LiveJournal/Twitter/Instagram friends there. I took out a lot of my narration this time, because I thought the shots spoke for themselves. Enjoy!

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2011-11-26 12:58 pm
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My morning, listening to music

It's been a slow morning. All I've done so far is sit around and listen to music. What have I been listening to? Let me tell you.

James Brown - Funky Christmas

[ profile] xxtapemakerxx hipped me to this one. It's really fun. I'll have this one in rotation for the next month. I was happy that JP identified it as "early James Brown" instead of saying, "Is this Kanye West?"

Scott Weiland - The Most Wonderful Time of Year

OMG What?! This album showed up on a site where I occasionally get my music. Under the album cover, it said, "Because you *know* you're intrigued..."

It's really fun! For most of the disc, he sounds really good. There were a few songs where he sounded affected and out of tune, but what do you expect from a 90's grunge rocker who can't stop doing heroin?

Morrissey - You are the Quarry Deluxe Edition

I have a few Morrissey Deluxe Editions, but I need this one. You Are the Quarry is so well-produced and catchy. The deluxe edition has a bunch of b-sides and comes with a bonus DVD. I found it on Amazon used for $6. Yes.

My morning, listening to music.
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2011-11-24 09:27 pm
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I think I'm turning Japanese

The other day, I had a total craving for sushi.

It's funny about that. I used to never want sushi. It wasn't because I didn't like sushi; it was because Mark, my ex, always wanted sushi and cuisine along those lines, so we'd always default to that. Now that I don't have to go to sushi/Thai/Vietnamese, I love it.

There was a great sushi buffet by my house, but it was torn down a few months ago. Turns out its replacement, TORA Seafood Buffet & Sake Lounge, was added to the food court on the other side of the attached mall.

Matt, who was still in town from the Morrissey concert the night before, and I went for lunch. $16, all you can eat. Loved it!


All you can eat sushi! All you can eat sushi!
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2011-11-21 09:24 am
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Wet Disneyland

On top of everything else going on this past weekend, we had plans on meet some friends at Disneyland on Sunday. JP and I got there at about 11am. By noon, it was raining hard and [ profile] martini_tim and [ profile] bigsabu were ready to go.

JP, Matt and I decided to tough it out. We wound up having a really fun, albeit wet, day.

Yikes!  Rain! Matt's pancho was perfect for the rain.  I bought one, too.

At one point in the afternoon, we ducked out of the pouring rain and in to the Grand Californian for some cocktails and lady time.

JP's drink came with a light-up Tinkerbell.  JP is kind of like a light-up Tinkerbell. 324/365

Later, we saw the Aladdin show and hit Tower of Terror, Little Mermaid, Haunted Mansion and Star Tours. We did not appreciate It's a Small World. Our boat was partially flooded (not our fault!), so our shoes got soaked.

At the end of the long day, we were all glad we came. Matt and I wound up renewing our annual passes, so we're back to being able to go whenever we want!
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2011-11-19 04:07 pm

Friday, Friday

Last night, we met up with some guys from LA for dinner. As I was hugging one of them, I joked, "We don't have as many celebrities here."

But at dinner, sitting a few feet from us was Rebecca Black. Yay!

Rebecca Black.  Aka "The girl that sang Friday"  For reals, I think.

You don't know who she is? Lemme help.

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2011-11-18 10:43 am
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My Guns N' Roses morning

I found out Guns n Roses are playing a show in Los Angeles on December 21st. I'm aware that "Guns n Roses" now means Axl Rose and a hired backup band, but I'm still a fan. Plus the people watching will be off the chain.

However, my patience and endurance were tested this morning.

- 8am I got up and listened to some new footage of GnR on YouTube. Yikes. Axl can't hit a high note to save his life, and the band plays every note verbatim, with no soul or improvisation. That guitar player is no Slash.

- 8:30am I got a random call from New York. For a second, I thought "Maybe it's Andy!!!" but I let it go to voicemail anyway.
- 9am I got a text from Bank of America (the people that had called) that my debit card was compromised and I need to call them back. I called. Sure enough, they cancelled my card due to a "security breach".

"But, I need to pay for something in an hour. I'm just hosed?" I asked.
"Well, you can get a temporary card at the nearest Bank of America."

- 9:40am I ran to the bank and got my new card. The lady that helped me was very nice. Thanks Bank of America. You're alright!

Thanks Bank of America.  You're alright!

- 10am Ok, how do I log in for the LiveNation presale? Turns out the LiveNation presale tomorrow. Aw, man!
But the Fan Club presale is today. I Googled around to try to find the presale code or to maybe sign up for the Fan Club. Turns out the "Fan Club" is the Facebook page, which I'm already a fan of. Presale code is DEMOCRACY. Nailed it.

- 10:01am Bought tickets!

It's going to be quite an evening. I think we should dress up as 80's heavy metal fans. The last time I saw GnR, they didn't go on stage until like 2am. I hope that's not the case this time.
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2011-11-17 07:19 am
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Last night, we had dinner at Freebirds! for the first time. Freebirds! is a restaurant that mostly serves custom-made burritos, but they also sell Americanized versions of other Mexican faves like tacos and nachos.

It actually opens today, but last night was a sneak preview / fundraiser. For $5, which went to a local hospital charity, you get admission to the restaurant, some schwag and a full meal.

"I'll have the veggie burrito with veggie beans and veggies." 320/365

The staff were all very friendly and eager to please. Before we left, JP was thinking out loud about having some nachos. From hearing that, an employee went and fetched us some, free-of-charge.

The food was great, the atmosphere was nice, and it's about 5 minutes away. We'll definitely be back.

Side note. I was disappointed that this didn't happen while we were there.

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2011-11-16 11:44 am

"yes... let's make that happen!"

I think the biggest change that has happened to me over the past year is I have found myself with the ability to make things happen. Good things, happy/fun/selfish things. Over the past year, I've gone to both New Orleans and New York for the first time, and I've also gone on some great weekend trips with JP to Palm Springs (Hi, [ profile] qbear and [ profile] rootbeer1!) and San Francisco (Hi, [ profile] 50poundnote and [ profile] franken_bear!).

Of course, all of this was made possible by my amazing, ultra-supportive friends. Thanks guys!

This weekend is no exception. This morning I was pouting about missing a certain theme park in the Anaheim area. A friend of mine said, "yes... let's make that happen! stat!"

A few text messages later, and we have an instant day trip planned. I love it.

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2011-11-15 09:12 am

What Mike Did Last Night

I picked up the new Meshell Ndegeocello album. It sounds really different than her older work. It's very mellow and piano-based. It is beautifully produced. There are some funky parts, but most of the album sounds sad and slow. Perfect for a rainy day like the one on the cover. I listened to it like 3 times last night. I definitely recommend checking it out.

This album is great.

I also

- Signed up for iTunes Match - Yay!
- Watched Human Cenitpede 2 - Boo! (It's lame.)
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2011-11-14 09:00 am

Not Resting! (plus Resting!)

Towards the end of my vacation in New York, I got a text message from JP.

"Hey, do you want to go to Universal Studios on Saturday?"

My first thought was no, since I was thinking I needed a weekend of rest after my trip, but a fun group of people were going, and I've been wanting to go, so I was in. It wound up being a really fun day, and since it rained a little, the park was really empty. We saw every attraction we wanted to see by about 4pm, including the Simpsons Ride.

I feel weird about saying this, but I hated that ride. It made me feel sick, and I thought it was way too violent and frantic. I wanted to say, "Yeah…. You're at like a 7 right now. We're going to need you at like a 4…"

By the way, Universal Studios Hollywood has a special deal right now: Buy one day's ticket and get the rest of the year and all of 2012 for free. So I plan on going back some time soon, just because I can.

316/365 The Simpsons Ride!  It made me sick.

On Sunday, I specifically wanted to rest, and I sure did. I slept for about 11 hours, then after lunch, JP and I read at the local coffee shop for hours. It was really lovely.


Have a great week, everybody!
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2011-11-10 10:12 pm
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New York City: A Summary

My trip to New York was really, really great. Now, I've done a lot of traveling in my adult years, and I've learned that vacation stories get old fast, so I'll condense my vacation summary in to the top five events of the trip.

1) Spider-man

The original point of my trip to New York was to see the Broadway musical Spider-man: Turn off the Dark. I had heard that it was bad, and it had it's problems during development, but I'm happy to say it was great! Matt and I both had a blast. It wasn't perfect, but it was certainly entertaining.

310/365 Spider-man

2) Central Park

Central Park was beautiful. We spent hours walking as much of it as we could. While we were there, we saw several famous spots including places where Hair was filmed. We also ran in to Laura Linney!

Central Park Angel's Wings

3) Broadway and Times Square

What a spectacle! We saw Harry Potter dance his ass off, we cried as Jan Maxwell and Bernadette Peters tore our hearts out in Follies, we visited a Toys R Us with a ferris wheel and we had unbelievable BBQ. All within a few blocks.

Big Apple (Color) At Follies

4) Bros

I admittedly didn't want to spend too much time hanging out with Matt's friends in New York, but they turned out to be some great folks to meet. Plus, they provided a unique insight in to day-to-day life in New York. Matt's friends Raffy, Shannon and Andy were gracious hosts and fun people to meet. I'm honored to call them my friends, and I can't wait to see them again.

Pepsi Cola Sign So Tasty!

5) The Statue of Liberty

We wound up seeing the Statue of Liberty in the late afternoon on our last full day in New York. It was a gift of an experience. We get some great pictures, and we had a very memorable and beautiful afternoon.

IMG_3695 311/365

6) Shhhhhh. WHITE CASTLE!!!!!!

Had to sneak this one in. Mid-vacation, I realized that New York has White Castle. I told Matt that if he cared about me at all, he would let me go there. It was his first time, and he liked it. Yes!

White Castle!


I need to say an extra thanks to Matt for really making this trip happen. I decided I wanted to go to New York to see Spider-man, and I didn't care who went with me, and I only intended on going to a night or two. Matt turned the trip in to a full-on New York vacation, and I owe him big.

Also, thanks to [ profile] chulo_los for suggesting Follies. It was great!
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2011-11-05 05:46 pm
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I'm in New York right now. Plus: Fun with Haircuts?

I'm in New York with [ profile] xxtapemakerxx, and we're having a great time.

Here's the view from our room.  I gay-gasped.

Camera Roll-110

We've seen two plays so far: How to Succeed in Business and Follies.

Harry Potter Now *this* is happening.

But I think one of our favorite memories of the trip will be of getting haircuts.  We both forgot to get ones before the trip, and we both felt shaggy.  On our way back to the hotel, there was a barber in the subway station.  Done!


I heard it rained in San Diego.  It's been beautiful here.  :)
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2011-10-31 10:02 am
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This is my costume.

I wear this shirt every year. I'm actually a little surprised it fits. I guess dieting last week was a good idea after all. :)




This is my costume - 2010


This is my costume - 2009
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2011-10-30 10:57 am
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Happy Halloween

I love Halloween, but it's usually a bust for me. For the last two years, I was out of town. This year, even though the big, annual party that every one goes to was cancelled, we were determined to go out anyway.

I was Hipster Little Mermaid.

"I wanna be where the PBR."
"I used to live in the ocean, but it was too mainstream."


JP was a hipster zom-bear. His make-up was great!

Hipster Zombear with Hipster Zom-bear JP.

We went to Nightmare on Normal St and had Denny's for dinner. On Halloween, we're going to some friends' house to watch movies and watch them hand out candy.
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2011-10-28 09:39 am
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A Nightmare on 32nd St

Last night, I treated myself to a little Taco Bell and watched Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge. It's about as bad as I remembered it. My favorite is Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors. It's the one where Freddy's victims realize they have powers in the dream world, too, so they fight back. The 4th film is also great; it continues the story from 3.


Speaking of those movies, I still haven't seen the remake from last year. Is it any good?
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2011-10-27 09:27 am
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Do you know where you are? You're in the jungle, baby.

Years ago, I read the autobiography of Slash, the guitar player for Guns n' Roses. I couldn't get enough of it. I was fascinated by his stories about being in one of the most successful bands ever, his drug and alcohol problems/adventures and the rise and fall of the band. After I finished it, I wanted more, so I picked up a biography about Guns n' Roses' lead singer, Axl Rose. Though it wasn't quite as well-written, I loved it, too.

Years ago, Slash and Axl had a falling out and the band essentially broke up. You can still go out and see a band called Guns n' Roses, but they're a sad cover band that happen to have Axl for a lead singer. You can also go out and see Guns n' Roses minus Axl, but they call themselves Velvet Revolver. Without Axl, they are as equally non-compelling as Axl with a cover band. I love reading about all this, and I dream of them all finally getting over themselves and reuniting.

I was stoked to find out that now Duff, the bass player (and *FUN FACT* namesake for Homer Simpson's favorite beer), has written an autobiography of his own. I love it. Just started reading it, and I'm already half-way through.

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2011-10-25 11:56 pm
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I'm really in to a singer called Gotye. Last weekend, [ profile] xxtapemakerxx hipped us all to his music. It's effing brilliant. I think he's a big deal in Australia right now. He certainly is not big in America... YET.

Click here for some of his music. )
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2011-10-25 10:04 am
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Work it out!

The other day, I posted a picture of myself walking around downtown. When I saw it posted up on Flickr, I thought, "Wow, I've really put on some weight."

Over the past year, I've eaten for lunch and dinner A LOT. And, this summer, I took a lot of breaks from running and exercising.

I'm hoping that this is my big comeback. My plan is to pack small lunches more often and eat at home when I can. I'm also hoping to do more running and going to the gym. None of these things take a ton of effort; I just need to be in the right mindset.

I don't have any fantasies about being skinny and 100% fit, but it sure would be nice if my pants didn't fit so tightly.