The Lakers are in the playoffs, and thats no big surprise. The surprise has been that they were matched up with the number 7 New Orleans Hornets, who are missing their best scorer (David West) they’re best point guard had been hurt for most of the season (Chris Paul) and they have a team full of at best, first guys off the bench. Somehow though they managed to take game 1, and game 4, much the chagrin of the Laker faithful. I’ve personally been indifferent to the series so far, but i don’t know if i’m just not worried about the Hornets, or that i’m just waiting to they get to the finals to really care again.
All season long the Lakers have played inconstantly and only got on a roll after allstar break when they went 18-1 that got capped off by another losing streak. Kobe has been about 60% of what you expect of him, and Pau had reverted back to his style his first year in LA.
Last night’s game was different. Kobe coming off his sprained ankle from game 4, played without a limp, while the Pau and the Gang decided to show up and actually push around the inferior team that they were playing against. Kobe looked young again on at least a dozen plays, actually dunking the ball twice and getting to the rim a few other times. It was a great game by him, but i worry that it will be just a one time performance and we end up watching him struggle for the rest of the playoffs.
The rest of the team you get pretty excited about while watching with Blake and Barnes hounding the guards on the perimeter, and Bynum and Odom controlling the paint. I can’t wait till the utizile Bynum more and more, because he’s getting so much better being around the rim getting off quality shots and not ones where he’s being pushed away from the rim. The only player that worries me is Shannon Brown because his outside shot isn’t what it was at the beginning of the season, and his play has been much more erratic when he’s the lead guard. Hopefully his mind calms down and he plays inside the triangle.
I miss the days when i was a faux-christian, doing the whole easter egg hunt and what not. Now its just any typically weekend, meaning helping a friend move and being treated to mass amounts of meat at the all you can eat Gyu-Kaku in Huntington Beach, and hanging out on Sunday with Joy’s family eating mass amounts of Sushi.
We did go to the Natural History Museum on Saturday night for some movie premiere but it was pretty boring so we ended up going for dessert at Susina Bakery in LA for some cake and tea. Still, i like MILK more.
Joy has lots of studying to do for her licensing exam, so Sunday morning i had some free time to do what i wanted. I made plans to play my first round of golf of the year with Brock at River View in Santa Ana. We started our round at 7am, and made quick work of the ever changing course. The long game was great, and while getting to the greens came pretty easy, getting it in the hole from there was the issue. It wasn’t that i was leaving them short, they just weren’t falling in. I ended up going 20 over par for the round, stopped concentrating at 16th because i had the match in the bag already.
I think i play much better between long layoffs because i get out of my head and keep my swing much more simple. I probably wont play again until this summer’s tournament, but its great taunting the guys with pictures of the trophy.
Thursday was Ben’s birthday and of course he doesn’t let anyone know whats going on until the day of, and even then its not a for sure thing. The plan was that he was going to get off work at 7 and be at Father’s Office by 7:30pm, so of course Joy and I get there at 7:30 and order our food. Everyone else finally arrives at 8:00pm but i guess it was better for us personally because our food came out super fast and we were able to eat without really have to interact with anyone while chewing food.
At 9:30pm we rushed over to Scoops’ new location on overland for some ice cream for dessert. I got their Dr. Pepper and Buttersctoch almond ice cream, while Joy got the Brown Bread (grape nuts) and a mint strawberry ice cream. The best part is that we got a couple more cups to take home and use for our own store bought ice cream.
Its good to know that i can still pull through staying up late two nights in a row if necessary. Saturday night we went out to Busby’s in LA to celebrate May’s 30th birthday. The girls sure got their dancing on while i played coat check for the night, but it was fine by me. We closed the place down, but i ended up losing our car’s remote so we had to call AAA to get the keys which were still inside. Thankfully the keys were able to turn off the alarm so we thanked the driver and we headed home. We stopped by Taco Bell for some nachos, a taco and burrito to finish off the night.
I admit i’m not as fun as i used to be, but its just me being responsible and not drinking. The flashing lights and loud music don’t take up much of my mind when i’m sober, but i can keep myself entertained at least.
With work, marriage and now kids for many of the college friends, its been necessary to setup a monthly meet up on every second friday for foods and drink. This month’s venture was for some really spicy ramen in Little Tokyo. I actually don’t even remember what it tastes like, but it was fun at least.
Afterwards we headed to down downstairs at Izakaya Fu-ga for some Japanese whiskey. We enjoyed a glass of their Yamazki 12, and the Hibiki 12, drank some beers and i know they enjoyed their time away from the kids. At least i find it interesting listening to them compare their kids behavior and parenting techniques because al our conversations revolved around that or work. I can’t wait for next month’s fun.
BravoTV has for years now done a really good job about leading one of their shows into another. They’ve found a formula of finishing one show while starting its spin off on the very next week to keep viewers on their station. There is probably nothing worse than getting really involved with a show, and then having the season end and you’re left with a big whole in your schedule that you know be filled until months later.
While the Real House Wives series can basically just pick a new city to pick some woman to shoot, the Top Chef series really has to do its homework and figure out what to do next. Top Chef Masters season 1 and season 2 set the bar pretty high in terms of face known chefs, and i think season 3 they really had to go into the back of some kitchens to get the chefs to come out for this season. Well at least out of the expediting window at least.
I only really knew Chef Celina Tio who i only know from the last season of the Next Iron Chef. My sister did inform me that i have actually eaten at Traci Des Jardins restaurant in SF so at least i have some connection to this season. After the first episode i think that i have a good feeling about the personalities of the chefs and their styles and its definitely pretty obvious that even if they’re not on the line everyday cooking that their skills are far superior than the Top Chef counterparts. These chefs understand not finishing a dish is worse than putting a empty dish on the table, and that dessert are a requirement for their repertoire.
The best thing about this season is that it looks like they’re taking the original game setup as the original Top Chef having all the chefs compete rather than breaking them into groups which i think will allow the watcher to really get invested in their favorite cook for more than one episode.
It was Thai New Years, and again i only found out because my dad asked if i was going. Joy put an all out alert to friends and family, and we had a good time eating and hanging out all afternoon. We ended up hanging out with Emily and Thao in the morning, then May and Tony in the afternoon and with Vicky and her kids towards the end of it. We all gorged ourselves and everyone got a little of our favorites. I constantly saw my parents walking back and forth while we sat and ate, and of course my dad got a picture of us hanging out.
It was nice early in the afternoon where we had our picks for food without having to wait in line because by noon it would’ve been too stressful to enjoy myself. I honestly think that prices for food got more expensive as it got closer to lunch time and the crowds were loud and hungry.
One year i will find enough people to come out so that we can get a beer tower.