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    Birthday Lunch

    Sunday after cleaning up the house and rearranging our storage unit we drove down to take my old friend Shane out for lunch for his birthday (2/28). We went to Huntington Beach’s Las Barcas for lots ‘o Mexican food and hung out for a few hours. He’s getting married in June, and has lots of exciting things going on in his after school program as he’s moved into teaching kids about physics using legos. His first class is about catapults and trebuchets and teaching kids how they work and why they work, and let them fling legos across the room. Now where was this class when i was growing up?

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    Just another wedding

    Now that we enter our thirties the amount of weddings are starting to wind down. With that the desire to get all crazy at weddings is also starting to disappear. Saturday was Joy’s college roommate’s wedding out in Glendale, and as we were driving up, Joy said, no shots for me tonight, and i was very proud that she was able to say no at the reception. I found it nice that Joy was not in the wedding party so we didn’t have to stress about the day and were able to do as we pleased for the day. I felt bad for the couple as their DJ wound up in…

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    Last Day in the LA

    What a strange journey the last six months have been. Joy’s parent moved in September and last night were dropped off at LAX for their retirement in Thailand. It was a wide range of emotions during the whole time and especially their last day in LA. I summed it up as if it was a crash course in having kids. At first it was awkward, with a lot of tip toeing around the house (baby) that moved into being comfortable just enjoying the company (kids) that was followed by lots of bickering and complaining with things that needed to happen before their move (teenagers) and finally being all sad as…

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    Birthday Celebrations

    Joy’s birthday is in the middle of the week this year so we had to celebrate this weekend. Janelle invited us over for a little get together to celebrate both of their birthdays along with Jodi (who shares the exact same birthdate). We did a little pre-drinking with some sake, and chased it with some sushi. The night continued in Hollywood where we fought off the rain and the crowds of NBA Allstar weekend to meet up with her friends at The Room, Hollywood. The place worked out great since we were able to reserve a couple tables without having to order bottle service and everyone got in before they…

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    Muppets and Target!

    On the February 9th episode of Top Chef they showed a preview of contest that had to deal with muppets and Target. I was super stocked on the episode and it was like a double edge sword of excitement. The opening challenge had the contestant bake cookies for Cookie Monster, Telly, and Elmo which was really funny, but i could tell that the chefs weren’t totally into the challenge and it showed in the results of the dishes served. Dale actually won with a cookie that he didn’t even have to cook, but molded with different ingredients. The elimination challenge had the chefs basically setup shop inside the middle of a Target…

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    Pancakes, Wines, Cupcakes and Casinos

    The whirlwind tour of California continued this weekend as Joy and I try to share what her parents have been missing while they’ve been working for the past 25 years in the US. With only two weeks before the retire back in Thailand we took them up north to show them Santa Barbara, Solvang, and some wineries. Of course the mothers were more excited about going to Chumash Casino but still enjoyed all the other things that we got to do as well. My parents came by our house at 6:30am for the quick 2 hour drive up to North Southern California(?).  We got to Solvang around 9am and just…

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    The Great Debate

    Its been over two years now since i purchased my first smart phone (HTC G1) which i ran with for almost the entire 2 year contract. This past fall i switched over to Joy’s original iPhone and have been using it ever since. Due to excessive dropping the iPhone is now having audio issues, so I switched back over to the G1 to try it again, but the battery wont hold a charge any more. I have come to the conclusion that it might be time to get another phone, but which to get is the question. So the debate is again the same as i had the last time,…

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    The Pack are Back

    I actually had no plans to watch the Packers take on the Steelers in today’s Super Bowl, but i did manage to catch some of the game and some of the commercials too. I actually thought the Steelers were going to win, but i was cheering on the Packers. I’m pretty happy that Aaron Rodgers won and probably wont have to hear about Brett Favre at least until he starts get old and begins his retirement. The game got off to a pretty quick start with the Packers scoring twice in the first quarter, and the ads made a good attempt at humor but only a few stood out myself.…

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    Lakers and Blakers

    Tuesday morning at work i hear from across the office “anyone want to go to the Lakers game tonight?” I hurry over and snatch up all three tickets for sale and quickly IM Roland to join Joy and I for the night’s game. We met up with Roland at the ESPN Zone for some food and beers during the first quarter and finished up watching the OT victory from the upper deck. I’m happy that they won, but it was so frustrating watching them play so poorly down the stretch. I know that they can kill any team they play, but often times just look careless and not willing to go all…

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    Seven Grand and the Bazaar

    The weekend Joy and i were out and about driving all around the city eating of course, and meeting up with friends. Saturday night it was another struggle to stay up until the bewitching hours of going out to J Lounge with her friends so we headed out earlier and went to Seven Grand for some pre-drinks. The place is owned by the same group who owns the Broadway Bar and Golden Gopher. It has basically the same layout as the Golden Gopher just with a hunting lodge motif and deer heads on the wall. I ordered a glass of Glenrothes (which i had in SF from the my sister’s…