zrath: Zrath-Smiley as a TRON program (Gravity Gun)

So, on Saturday, I went to see [livejournal.com profile] coyoteseven and we caught "X-Men Origins: Wolverine".
I had planned to be at Chez Coyote at 13:30, but I arrived 20 minutes later.
I swear, every light from the Kzinti Freehold to the La Cienega/405 junction was red!
And every idiot was on the road, pulling all sorts of stupid stunts and getting in my way!
I almost turned back, thinking that maybe this was a sign from Fate or Urd or something.
But I perversed, I mean I persevered, and once I hit the 405, it was smooth sailing.
I grabbed the 105 Eastbound and went into Hyperspace (to find another race! :D)
I rode the 105 to its end at the 605 and took a tricky exit I had spotted on GoogleMaps.
Success! I was very near Chez Coyote. I snagged him and we went to the theater.
The show was at 14:30, but I like to show up early to get good seats.
The theater was ridiculously understaffed for a 20-screen AMC. There was only one ticker seller,
though a second one appeared when it was our turn. There was no ticket taker inside, the post was empty.
Anybody could have walked in and watched a movie or two. Damn sloppy, really damn sloppy.
The screening room was not cleaned, I had to remove popcorn from the seats that 'Yote and I were gonna use.
We had the room to ourselves. Seven went to get some concessions while I stayed put and got caught up on
commercials I don't get to see since I have no cable and no broadcast reception at home.
One commercial caught my eye and made me think of [livejournal.com profile] kibbles, it's a TV show called "Nurse Jackie".
And because cops, lawyers and doctors/nurses still dominate the airwaves, another ad pushed a new TV show
called "Doctor Will Smith's Wife". Okay, not quite, but the show does feature Jada Pinkett Smith as
A Tough Doctor With A Heart Of Gold Who Doesn't Play By The Rules.
You know what I would like to see? A new TV show where the main character is an architect. :)
El Coyote came back with a mound of food, and 12 other people had come in while he was gone.
And then, we had trailers, and I went into Adam Sandler RAGE! That putz is in a new movie by Jud Apatow!
RAGE INCREASING! It's called "Funny People" and also includes that dumbass Seth Rogen! MASSIVE RAGE!!
The MASSIVE RAGE prevents me from remembering what the other trailers were.
Eventually, the movie starts and Coyote Seven whispers, "I almost forgot which movie we came in to see."
Wolverine: fun, but dumb. People doing dumb stuff for scripticular reasons. And what a waste of Wade.
Be sure to watch for SuperAirwolf at the end. :D
I don't know which ending we saw, and I don't care. I'll check when the DVD comes out.

After the movie, early dinner! We drove around and mulled over various places to eat. We passed a brand
spanking new Shakey's and put a pin in it to remember it as a possibility. We drove onward into Downey
and started regretting it. It's not a nice place, Downey, all industrial and liquor stores and stuff.
We turned back and went to the brand spanking new Shakey's with the pin stuck in it. :)
The Shakey's was busy, with a couple of little league teams and several families.
We each ordered a medium pizza and a drink. I ordered a thin crust, El 'Yote ordered a pan pizza.
We got our drinks, picked a booth and chatted while our orders were being made. My buddy's pizza arrived
first and he proposed some of it to me. I thanked him and ate one slice, slowly, because it was hot.
My pizza arrived, and it was a pan instead of a thin crust. We verified that, yes, the order was taken
correctly, but the pizza was made wrong. I sent the wrong pizza back and asked for the correct one.
The server returned with the pan version of mine and said we could keep it. The correct one was baking.
Dude! Free pizza! W00T!!
I ate 3 slices of the pan version of mine and put the rest in a box.
The thin crust version of mine showed up and I tucked into it, after waiting for it to cool a bit.
I ordered a canadian bacon/mushroom/extra cheese and it was delicious. I ate the whole damn thing!
Hmmmmmmmmmm, cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze........

Dinner concluded, we went back to C7's place and watched most of "Star Trek: Generations" in full screen.
Boy, that felt weird. Everything I watch lately is letterboxed and watching that movie in full screen
format on a widescreen TV was bizarre. I heckled the heck out of the movie and in the process, realized
that it was a dick move of a Star Trek movie when you stop and think about it.
I mean, they kill Kirk, they destroy the Enterprise D (which I disliked, so no problems there :D),
Picard's family estate and family gets wiped out in a fire. Seriously, what the hell?!?!?
And the whole thing with the Nexus Ribbon? If Picard and Kirk screw up, they're back in the Nexus.
Which means they can get out again and try again. And again. And again. It's like a save point for life!
Oy gevalt...
Once the movie was over, El Yote switched to Bravo, where "Coming To America" was just starting.
I stayed a bit and watched to see James Earl Jones. And we noticed that the "royal penis" scene was cut.
Ah Bravo. Remember when you used to be a cinephile channel with a no-editing policy?
I do. And now you suck, like all the other non-premium movie channels, except TMC.
'Cause TMC is keeping it real, yo!
Anyway, I bailed and I drove home. It was a pretty smooth ride.
I watched "Astérix: Mission Cléopatre", the second live-action movie and laughed a lot.
They really worked within the spirit of Astérix and went nuts with the anachronisms and puns.
I got hungry and ate some of the Shakey's pan pizza. :)
Then I watched episode 7 of "Dollhouse" and laughed. Not as much as with Astérix, but still a good amount.
If you're a fan of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and you remember Season 1, I have three words for you:
"The Naked Now"

Sunday: I stayed home. All day. I did stuff. I ate the last of the pizza.
Oh yeah, I played the "Minerva: Metastasis" mod for "Half-Life 2" and the last chapter really kicked my ass.
It also crashed, three times. I'm 95% done with the game, but between the onslaught of zombines, howlers,
combines and elite combines, AND the game crashing, it's just insane! Good mod though.
I need a new computer.

And I need sleep, it's late.
Got a busy week this week.

zrath: Zrath-Smiley as a TRON program (Zapstick)

So I went to see "Star Trek" on Thursday Night.
I went home after work to change and grab some dinner. My plan to zoom down the 405 to get to The Bridge Cinema Delux
speedily was dashed by bumper to bumper traffic, so I took surface streets instead. I got to the theater with plenty
of time to spare. Besides, since this was an IMAX screening, my seat was reserved.
After parking the (St)Ranger, I meandered over to the Nordstrom Rack near the theater. I once found a pair of strange
Nikes for $10 there, Nikes that looked like they were made of soft-serve ice cream. I still have them.
So I checked the men's shoe section for possible deals and found plenty of shoes my size, though the prices were
not what I was accustomed to pay at Ross. Most of the shoes my size seemed to be Nikes and $49.95 a pair.
Since I usually pay anywhere from $15 to $35 for similar shoes at Ross, I passed.
I went into The Bridge Cinema Delux and walked to the appropriate IMAX screening room. I took my seat and relaxed.
The sound system was playing a medley of Star Trek music: "ST: TNG" (it was played thrice), "ST: First Contact"
(one of my favorites), "ST: DS9" (still sucky), and "ST: Voyager" (also one of my favorites, it's majestic!).
With 10 minutes to go before the 9pm showtime, the screening room looked mostly empty. The room seemed 75% full when
I ordered my ticket online. Looks like everybody was going to show up late. And sure enough, they did. The show didn't
start until 9:15pm, and the theater was 90% full by that time. No trailers, no commercials, right into the movie! :D

IMAX theaters are not really designed for viewing feature-length motion pictures. The center section is roughly
60 seats wide, without a single walkway in the middle. Try as I might I could not contain myself, and at about the
45 minutes mark, I had to GO! Since there's not much in the way of legroom, the 25 or so people between me and the
walkway had to stand up, and I'm sure that every single one of them despised me at that very moment.
When I returned, I did not even bother going back to my original seat. I grabbed an empty one on the D Aisle,
the one with the East/West walkway. Plenty of legroom there! :)
As for the movie itself, it was fun. The casting was pretty good, especially Karl Urban as "Bones" McCoy.
Poor guy's been stuck in mostly crappy mostly mindless actioners, it's nice to see him with something to work with.
Kirk, Uhura, Spock, Chekov, Scotty, Sulu, Pike, good job all around.
However, I have a few words for Mr. J.J. Abrams:
I don't need to count the razor stubbles on people's faces! And I don't need their chins in my lap!
You may not know this, but traditionally, the filmmakers who have done EXTREME close-ups on actors' and actresses'
faces have done so to hide the fact that there's very little or no set behind them. This was obviously not the case.
Also, I'd like to see the ships clearly! Especially when there's stuff going on like pew-pew-ing and missile-ing.
I couldn't even tell who was firing what from where! Everything was blurry and shot too close.
Yes, you got some good general shots of the Kelvin, the Enterprise and the Vorlon/Shadow/Romulan ship. But I still
don't know what the Vorlon/Shadow/Romulan missiles look like, or what the other Federation ships look like.
It's like "Cloverfield" all over again: there's something cool and exciting over here but no, look at this rock!
I'm in this sci-fi jive for the ships, Mr. Abrams, and you have disappointed me.
Just make sure you move the camera back a tad in the sequel(s).

Friday: went to work, got paid, went to the bank, went to Ralph's for lunch and beverages for home.
Called some people, left messages. Found out from [livejournal.com profile] coyoteseven that the annual So-Cal FurBQue was Saturday.
And he found out about it from a friend, so way to advertize the event properly, you FurBQue disorganizers! :D
Went home from work, worked on some eBay stuff, watched "Day The Earth Stood Still" retread. It was not very good.
Stayed online until 3am, then went to bed.

Saturday: SLEPT!!! Got up at 1pm, took care of verious things, then headed down to Orange County for the FurBQue.
The weather was particularly outstanding for a BBQ: sunny, not too warm, with a nice breeze blowing.
I drove all the way down to Orange with the windows down (the FurBQue is held at the Irvine Regional Park, which is
not in Irvine but in Orange. Go figure. It's a public park with a zoo and miniature train ride and stuff.)
I stopped at a Ralphs 5 minutes away from the Park and called [livejournal.com profile] doodlesthegreat to check on needed supplies.
Picked up what was needed: ice, burger patties, sliced cheese and a case of bottled water, then went to the Park.
I had no trouble finding the FurBQue, there was a very hard-to-miss purple moose fursuit in attendance.
In addition to Doodles, I also saw Stego, Vircoo, Iron Badger, Ken Pick, Chythar, and the usual gang of idiots.
Burgers and hot dogs and polish sausages and whole corns and pineapples were grilled and consumed.
Ken Tiger brought an assortment of offbeat bottled sodas and I tried a few.
The first one was Sprecher Cherry Cola (bottom of the page), and it was more cherry than cola. I have to admit that
the cherry actually tasted like cherry, not like some bad cherry medicine substitute. Not much cola taste though.
Then I tried some insane banana thing that tasted like every fake banana candy ever. It was GHASTLY!
Finally, I tried a pink soda made by Waialua Soda Works in Hawaii. The label said the drink was "Lilikoi" flavored.
I had no idea what that was, but I tried it anyway. It was exotic and delicious and it reminded me of the tropical
vacations that my parents had taken me on when I was little Kzinten. My taste buds were in ecstasy...
(I looked up "Lilikoi" when I got home that night. Turns out it's passion fruit. No wonder it was so dang tasty!)
Waialua also makes a mango soda and I really wanna try it. I guess a roadtrip to BevMo is in my future.
We stayed in the Park until 8pm and I was one of the last ones to leave, helping with clean-up a bit.
I took the long drive home, traffic was very fluid. Once home, I relaxed with a nice chilled bottle of Lemon Perrier
and a couple of Season 4 (New) Doctor Who episodes. And I built a Lego set from 2002, one I always wanted to own.

Sunday: not much happened that day. I slept in then went online. I watched the first 4 episodes of "Dollhouse" and
I have to say that I am now intrigued. Later, I watched a French crime film from the '60s, "Le Cercle Rouge".
Eventhough it was a caper movie, which I love, I found it to be rather dull and slow.

Monday: slept in, but not much. Took some time out to remember my great great grandfather, Papa Roux, who fought
in WWI and survived the Battle Of Verdun. And my great aunt Camille who was in the Résistance during WWII. She may
not have been in uniform, but she did her duty nonetheless. I'm not sure where she is nowadays. I would have to go
through my one of my aunts to find out where she is and we're not talking. Damn it, I'll contact them anyway.
Ran some errands and was surprised at how much stuff is actually open on Memorial Day, and normal hours too!
Had a late lunch from Tito's Tacos, and found some Pepsi Throwback at a local AM-PM to wash it down. Good times!
Ran some more errands then went home and packed some eBay stuff for shipping the next day.
Watched an obscure Sam Raimi film that a colleague lent me a DVD of. It's "Crime Wave" from 1985 and it's a lot like
a human cartoon. Slapstick humor, wacky sound effects, wild takes, 3 Stooges humor, a script by the Coen Brothers.
More about it in a future Netflixing post.

Tuesday: back to work! Glanced at the L.A. Times headlines and saw that the California Supreme Court upheld
Proposition 8 (boooooo!) but allowed the same-sex couples already married to remain so (yeaaaaa!).
Like they used to shout in French workers' protests: "Ce n'est qu'un début, continuons le combat!"
(This is but the start, let's continue the fight!)

Hope y'all had a great Memorial Day Weekend.

zrath: Zrath-Smiley as a TRON program (Mug)

Dang! It's already Thursday and I haven't posted a weekend report. I better get to it!
Actually, this report will go back a little further than the weekend itself.

My dinner with Dagoski, and LUGOLA Saturday... )

Thursday: That's today! I have my ticket for "Star Trek" on IMAX, so I'm pretty excited.
After work, I'm gonna go home, change, have a bite of dinner, then zoom to The Bridge on the 405. Wooh!!
From what people have been saying, it will be fun at the very least.
Love long and perspire! :D

zrath: Zrath-Smiley as a TRON program (Zapstick)

So there's this thing called "Star Trek: The Tour" that's in Long Beach from Jan 18th to Feb 17th.
Wil Wheaton has been pushing it in his blog, and it looks interesting and I wanna go check it out.
Here's an overview of what to expect from The Tour.
(People with Ralphs cards get $5 off admission.)
Any L.A. and/or Trek types going to this thing?



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