El Zarape

Feb. 9th, 2011 08:04 am
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Everyone that lives in my gayborhood knows about a sassy, little Mexican restaurant called El Zarape. They have great $1 fish tacos among other things. I like their molè burrito and chicken chimichanga. It's a few miles from where I live.

A while back, I was overjoyed to hear that a second El Zarape was opening down the street from my house. Turns out this one is very different. It's much more upscale and non-fast-food. I've only been a few times.

Last night, JP and I went. It was not only delicious, but it was relatively cheap. Two dinners and a pitcher of margarita: $40.



Have I mentioned I love where I live. Well, I do. :)
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I like Star Wars a lot. I don't watch the movies very often anymore, but the Clone Wars cartoon is pretty spectacular.

What I'm really into is Star Wars merchandise. I'm working on a silly project to frame some action figures in shadow boxes.

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These are for my office at work. I'm a consummate professional.
My love for Star Wars isn't limitless, however. I stopped short at buying this badboy. Of course, if my birthday hadn't just passed...

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Last night I had a little post-birthday dinner with the guys. We had Mexican food and margaritas, plus a lot of laughs. It was pretty spectacular.

When I got home, I saw that the Coachella 2011 lineup has been announced! On the surface, the lineup isn't incredible, but if you take a closer look, there's some great stuff.

Scissor Sisters The first time I hung out with [livejournal.com profile] 50poundnote and [livejournal.com profile] franken_bear, it was at a Scissor Sisters show. It was one of the most fun and energetic shows I've seen. Can't wait to re-experience all that magic. We'll be in Pooh Corner.
Broken Social Scene These guys came to San Diego around Thanksgiving. Money was a little tight that week and the show was $35, so I missed it and subsequently regretted it. Now I get to see them!
Kele The singer for Bloc Party. Bloc Party actually puts on a crap live show, but maybe he's great solo.
Thao and the Get Down Stay Down I met these people at the Casbah a few months ago. I wear their button on my hoodie all the time.
Bright Eyes Seen him/them like 5 times. Usually a great time.
Jenny and Johnny Jenny Lewis!!! The star of Troop Beverly Hills.
Arcade Fire Their new album is bad, but I've always wanted to see them live.
Chromeo They're fun. Retro and weird stuff.
Duran Duran This would be one of those bands I'd like to see just to say I saw them.
Kanye West AMAZEBALLZ

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Furniture!

Jan. 15th, 2011 08:46 pm
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I bought my house almost two years ago, and I love it as if it's my child. But during the past year, I spent so much time traveling that I didn't have time or money for improving the house. My plan for this year is less travel and more home improvement.

So, today I went out and got new furniture for the living room. I'm so pleased with it!






I'm certainly not Mr Moneybags. It was a little painful paying for these, but I got a great deal!

Tonight, we're going to hang out in the living room and watch Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist.
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Hey everyone!
My birthday is on Monday, but the celebration starts today. That's how I roll. Want to see me really happy? Check out my latest Vlog.

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Dan and I are trying to step it up with running. Today we had a pretty good run at about 4 miles.

After running, I put some air in my tires and biked to work. It felt great! Losing weight and exercising!

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Got to work, changed, and then I heard, "Mike Deeeee! We have donuts!"

Well, shit.


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I like my job a lot, but yesterday dragged so bad. It felt like the longest day ever. At 4:30, I could not get out of the office fast enough.

That night, Mark and I went to Gulf Coast Grill and ate way too much. (He had a coupon.) Their clam chowder was the best I've ever had.

But after a while, I started hurrying Mark along. I had to log back in to work for our bi-monthly production build. It sucked; I didn't log off of work until 10:30.

Oh well, could've been worse. I did sneak in a little Nintendo Wii (Epic Mickey. Meh.) and Instagram (Hi guys!) while waiting for sign-off.

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(Yeah, I don't know what that crazy light in the third picture is. A ghost?! UFO?! I wish.)

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Yesterday, despite being completely wiped out by all the events of the past weekend, I single-handedly tore down Christmas at the house.

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This year, much more than previous years, the silly over-the-top decorations all over our house were too much for me. So it felt great to pack it all up.

The best benefit was we got to use our fireplace again!



I'm doing the 365 pictures thing on Flickr this year. Shouldn't be difficult for me at all, since I take pictures of myself daily anyway. The picture above of me and the tree is 2/365.

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It's been a great weekend so far. Yesterday I met THREE LiveJournal buddies in person for the first time, [livejournal.com profile] rootbeer1, [livejournal.com profile] martini_tim and [livejournal.com profile] bigsabu. All wonderful people, of course.

Last night we went to a big party, but I mostly tea-todled, so for the first time in a loooooong time, I'm not hung over at all on New Years Day!

The plan for today is get brunch with Dave ([livejournal.com profile] pinner123), tear down Christmas decorations and go to Bear Night at Numbers later.

But first, PORTAL!


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A year ago, I listed my top 5 albums of 2009. It's extremely subjective, of course, but it's fun for me to think about what I've found over the year.

That being said, here's my list for 2010.

5 - Matt & Kim Sidewalks

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I just realized that last year I mentioned their previous album as one of the best of 2009. I guess I'm a big fan. They just sound so happy, and their music is perfect. This new album seems to be a themed album. Just about every song has some kind of reference to their home, New York. I generally am not a fan of Ney York-themed songs (Example: I Love New York by Madonna), but they make it work.

It's like new york in the late summer time
can breathe again even through this lovely grime


4 - Janelle Monae - ArchAndroid

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I picked this one up specifically because I heard Kevin Barnes of the band of Montreal worked on it. Turns out he was only involved in one song.

But that's what makes this album great. The songs are written and produced by several guest artists, but somhow all the songs work together. It's quite an experience.

Side note. I was bored one day, and I looked up YouTube videos from this album. I thought this one was particularly great: Cold War

3 - M.I.A. /\/\/\Y/\

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I just think this album is brilliant. It's very much a "noise" album, where the drum loops that hold the songs together are almost insufferable. I can't get enough of it. It reminds me a little of classic, bomb squad-era Public Enemy or even i care because you do-era Aphex Twin. Some songs are a little bit easier to digest, like the reggae-esqe It take a muscle.

I had been talking up this album to my music buddy, Liz, for months, and she kept asking for a copy. I finally played her this song. A few measures in, she said, "who's this?" "It's M.I.A." "Oh, I don't like this!"

2 - of Montreal False Priest

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of Montreal's previous album, Skeletal Lamping, was a bit too crazy for most, but with the help of an outside producer, they reeled it in quite a bit for this one. Janelle Monae and Solange Knowles (yeah, Beyonce's sister) but make guest appearances.

My favorite part of the album is Our Riotous Defects, where he talks about being crazy for a girl who turns out to be more crazy than he is.

My God, I should have realized, on our second date
When you dragged me into the bathroom at Tanika's house
And screamed at me for like twenty minutes
'Cause I had contradicted you in front of your friends

I was like "Oh"
and then later that night at my apartment
As punishment you killed my beta fish
Just threw it out the window


1 - Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

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I know, Kanye West. "I can't believe what he did on MTV." "He's a jerk."

I wasn't a fan of Kanye West, mostly because I just couldn't get in to his stuff. He made a lot of appearances on Common's albums, and I always disliked those parts.

One day on the Howard Stern Show, Howard was talking about the new "douche bag" song from Kanye. He thought it was hilarious and refers to it often on the show. But I heard something really special in that song, Runaway. He really pours his heart out on it.

Turns out the whole album is brilliant. Even Jay-Z shows up and does his best rapping, maybe ever.

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Honorable Mention

- Apples in Stereo - Travellers in Space and Time
- The Hold Steady - Heaven is Whenever
- Rihanna - Loud

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Worst album of the year? Easy.

The Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

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