Friday, February 15, 2008

Project 30: Us & The Bull

Task 6/30: Mechanical Bull Riding in Texas at Cowboys in San Antonio
Complete: February 14, 2008

My creation

See all the pictures here!


Sunday, February 10, 2008

Jesus is Back!

Jesus went home for a while, but Jesus is back visiting Santa Cruz, preparing to be my companion to Austin for Valentines Day. He flew back in for Mardi Gras, complete with a king cake as a hostess gift. What a guy! He's going to be our escort to ride the mechanical bull, but I wanted to keep him entertained while we were packing for our next trip, so we have been doing a few things in this area.

Yesterday we went to the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum in San Jose.

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He even humored me and we threw pennies into the fountain. Obviously Jesus can get whatever he wants, but he liked pretending like he was a schlep like me.

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Since we were already in San Jose, we went to the Winchester House and I snuck Jesus on the tour. (At those ticket prices, he was going to have to wait it out in the car, but he made it in the purse!)

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The highlight of our weekend came hours ago when we met Christopher Moore, author of Lamb, the Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal and he posed with Jesus.

Jesus & Chris Moore @ Capitola Book Cafe

It's been great, we can't wait for Texas and our ladies!

See more of Jesus' adventures with me from last time!

52 Weeks: Week 12: Winchester Mystery House

Week 12: Winchester Mystery House

52 Weeks: Week 11: Grauman's Chinese Theatre

52 Weeks: Week 11: Grauman's Chinese Theatre

Project 30: Wicked in Hollywood

Task 5/30: See Wicked in Hollywood with Maria.
Complete: February 2, 2008


I've lusted to see this show longer than I can remember. I do know that ever since the show came to SF over 5 years ago and a friend fell through on tickets that I assuredly would have had secured myself, I have been trying to figure out a way to see it. Well, magic happens when you have adult friends with incomes and theater habits who also have no issues splurging on nice tickets, hotel rooms and trips to strange cities. (We've been upping our momentum on trips this past year, you have to love southwest in California.) So the trip to LA was booked, a room pricelined and beautiful seats at the Pantages Theater were secured. They were off.

I flew into Ontario, the airport you think San Jose dreams about, with ample space and no security lines. I laughed, reflecting on my 7am Saturday morning wrapped into the parking lot praying I would make my flight. Having only packed for 1 night, I quickly scurried to the curb and met my partner in crime for the weekend and off we were to the beautiful Hotel Renaissance in Hollywood. Well, kinda, we thought we'd check out where we were going to maybe stay, at the Ramada, a few miles away, but that was okay, because we got a tour of the 'hood we were to "cruise" the next 36 hours. Once we were redirected, yay for the Treo, we checked into our room.

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Our hotel was in the Hollywood & Highland Center, part movie set, part mall, set in front of the Kodak Theater, Grauman's Chinese Theatre and the freak show that is the Walk of Fame and Hollywood Blvd. It was a strange combination, but our hotel was actually trendy and nice and a good deal at the Priceline rate. No complaints here. We quickly dumped our stuff and went in search of food and to tour the freak show.

Burgers at Johnny Rocket's

Johnny Rocket's Johnny Rocket's

We landed at Johnny Rocket's, and just in time to slide up to the counter and watch some burgers "lovingly" made, but at least they give you a ketchup happy face to start. The food was yummy, and the people watching only just beginning. We were saddled up next to a Mom and a Hannah Montana fan so exhuberant that later, when we found out that it was only the movie across the street, it was even weirder. But we were ready and full of energy to start our adventure.

Grauman's Chinese Theatre

Grauman's Chinese Theatre Hollywood Walk of Fame

We went to the front of the theater and did the whole feet in the feet thing and walked amongst the tourists snapping away. This poor guy who has to stand there like a British guard while people take his picture. I felt so bad, that I took my own picture. I'm so nice. It was weird to see how old some of the prints were, and what strange things people said, and even who was there. I remember being there once as a kid, this was more fun.

Superhero Team Grauman's Chinese Theatre

It is at this point we are declared "Non-Tourists" since we "grew up there" and are just "revisiting" and get to be annoyed with all the tourists. Our evidence to this fact is our lack of amusement with the costumed freaks that the people are letting their children climb on and photograph with. Who knows how old the man in the Elmo suit is, but he wanted a hug and to take a picture with us big girls anyway. Ew. I just can't ever look at Elmo the same way. We had to get away, but before we even got to the corner, we saw this:

Some kinda freaky photo shoot?

I wished I had han sanitizer in my purse that I could give this girl to bathe in. We guessed maybe Suicide Girls shoot? I don't know, the guy looking back at me was a little too amused with himself and his job of towing the rolling suitcase around. It was really gross all around, but really freaking funny. We had a few more scary creepy guy incidents in the next few blocks, as this guy was parked in front of a random theater and said we could take a picture inside his car for free, and then the other guy who would "give us a star tour" in his big, scary van. Dude. Where's my pepper spray?

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We walked on, into a few weird shops and where the stars were dirtier and less famous before we turned around. Hollywood Blvd with msred was some of the best laughs I have had in...ever. Seriously, that place is a trip, and on our way home we saw both Batman and Flash Gordon walking home with their McDonalds, probably earning enough tips for lunch and a break. So sad. But then, we saw this little Hannah Montana wanna be and her Hanson-like brother, who later we also saw in front of the theater at Wicked. This girl gets around!

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Check out all my Hollywood Blvd. pictures here.


During our eating of yummy, but messy cream puffs in the court of the mall, we discovered that we could take a shuttle to the show for a cheap $3, rather than having to deal with directions and parking. So we ate some quick CPK while laughing at the old lady telling the bus boy he wasn't trying hard enough to seat her, and then caught our shuttle off to the show.


It was nothing short of absolutely, freaking, incredible. The story isn't anything deep, but it fills in to the Wizard of Oz nicely with a hands down blowout of a stage show. The vocals, the costumes, the scenes...just blew me away. I want to see it again and again, and again. Our seats also were really nice and I was really happy. Especially since this weekend was a birthday present to myself, I reveled in my show, hotel room and company at every chance. I love theater and I felt full of life again, ready to Defy Gravity. We went back to the hotel and watched the best part of a big rig chase through LA before they cut away and it ended lame anyway.

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Sunday, we decided to kill the day driving around LA, so we went to Rodeo Drive first, the only place where you can see both these cars in 1 block. We spent some time walking around and laughing at people and shops, and made our way into a tiny little gallery. Poor lady who tried to sell us some Picassos and seemed genuinely disappointed when we didn't. Do we look like art buyers? I guess so, or she should work on her profiling, we just wanted to peek. Check out more Rodeo Drive pics here.

We roamed down Sunset through BH and Pacific Palisades, down to Santa Monica and Venice, deciding on lunch at this interesting little tourist cafe at the end of Washington. It was a good afternoon of driving aimlessly and checking our the burbs of the Inland Empre laughing at people. Ha people. It was shortly time for me to fly home, so airport bound I was and this mission was declared COMPLETE!

Friday, February 01, 2008

Until the Cows Come Home...

Moo Card at Saturn Diner

My moo cards have come. One now lives at Saturn Diner.
It's an interesting idea, photographing and printing public art and then randomly leaving it somewhere else.

52 Weeks: Week 10: Manresa State Beach

52 weeks: Week 10: Manresa State Beach

52 Weeks: Week 9: What's Your Deadly Sin?

52 Weeks: Week 9: Bound by Sin