Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Goodbye 2008, it's been fun...

Now where to start with round-up of this momentous year?  I'm exhausted just thinking about it...
Sleeping puppy on bench
2008 has been full of adventures and new opportunities and most importantly a new addition to our family unit with the arrival of our mischievous and adorable yellow Labrador pup, Cooper.
Cooper and Jason in Hollywood
So after over ten years of working amongst the rat-race of London I threw it all in and we moved to L.A. back in March to enjoy a lifestyle of sunshine and swimming pools, and it feels like it's been non-stop ever since. 
Jason and Cooper in the pool
We lived for two months in Burbank near the film and TV studios to get ourselves settled, then moved into a condo complex in West Hollywood...
West Hollywood condo pool
After thirty-three years of surviving on public transport, I passed my California Driving Test and have been driving around L.A. in my first car ever since, with pup riding shotgun...
Jason's car and his sidekick Cooper
We've enjoyed the delights of the Hollywood Bowl from a classical Tchaikovsky concert, Les Miserables Musical, Sing-a-long Sound of Music movie, Donna Summer pop concert and even spectacular fireworks. 
Hollywood bOwl fireworks July 20098
Experienced the fabulousness of our first ever L.A. Gay Pride Parade in West Hollywood in June...
Micky's Flaming gay bar float at WEHO gay Pride June 08
It's been lots of fun living amongst the Hollywood stars and my best celebrity sighting would have to be a toss up between spotting Balthazar Getty and Sienna Miller heading to the ArcLight Hollywood cinema...
Sienna Miller and Balthazar Getty outside the ArcLight Hollywood
or capturing Adrian Grenier, Jeremy Piven and the cast of Entourage shooting their publicity poster for the fifth season of the TV show on Santa Monica Blvd...
Adrian Grenier, Jeremy Piven and the cast of Entourage
Although I also have fond memories of spotting Desperate Housewives Teri Hatcher having a bite to eat with a man friend at the same restaurant as us in Studio City on our first Sunday in L.A.
Beach pup Cooper
We've enjoyed hundreds of walks with our fabulous pup in local parks, beaches and canyons...
Jason and Cooper in Palisades park in Santa Monica
We've seen a bit more of America with trips to Walt Disney World in Florida in March... 
Safari Mickey Mouse at Walt Disney World in Florida
The Chrysler Building in New York City
We've entertained my visiting parents and enjoyed exploring the sights and places of interest in L.A. with them in October, like The Getty Center...
jason with Draped Mother and Baby sculpture at The Getty
La Brea Tar Pits, Griffith Park Observatory, Venice Beach...
Venice Beach Coastline
Santa Monica Pier, The Getty Villa in Malibu, Rodeo Drive and more...
Jason at The Getty Villa in Malibu
I loved dressing up for the West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnival...
West Hollywood Halloween Costume Parade October 2008
The best laugh-out-loud moment belongs to my other half, Charlie, who literally took the plunge into the freezing cold Pacific Ocean when a wave swept him off his feet whilst rescuing pup's frisbee...
Charlie takes the plunge into the Pacific Ocean
I've kept myself busy this year watching a whole load of wonderful films (twenty-seven in total in L.A., plus four more before we moved here) and enjoying the delights of ArcLight Hollywood and its costume displays...
Movie costumes from the movie Mamma Mia
Movie highlights have included Iron Man, The Dark Knight, MILK, Australia, Frost/Nixon, Mamma Mia: The Movie, whilst the stinkers were Max Payne, The Happening and The Day The Earth Stood Still.
ArcLight Hollywood cinema
We've enjoyed the stunning Californian sunsets...
Stunning Los Angeles sunset viewed from Runyon Canyon
the beaches...
Paradise Cove in Malibu
and ocean views...
Waves breaking at Sycamore Cove in Ventura County
and the fun all three of us have had together...
Beach boys of Sycamore Cove
We've loved dining out around L.A. (it's so much easier and cheaper than in the UK) and I'd probably say that Cafe La Boheme is my favourite restaurant at the moment...
Cafe La Boheme Restaurant
We experienced our first U.S. Presidential Election throughout the Summer and were delighted when Americans made the right choice by voting for the first black President and symbol of hope and change, Barack Obama...
Super President Obama
In addition to celebrating our first 4th July and Thanksgiving, we've also experienced our first Christmas in L.A.
Christmas Jason in Hollywood
Finally, how proud am I today?  On this last day of the year I witnessed Cooper cocking his leg to pee for the first time, talk about your seminal moment.  
Dog and hydrant on Melrose Avenue walk
So it's been an eventful year, I wonder what 2009 has in store for us?

Well I know for a fact that we'll be taking a trip back home to London and Wales, that Cooper will need to be 'fixed' to save us from any paternity suits, we have family visiting us in April and hopefully other friends will come to stay throughout the year.  
Runyon Canyon pup
But most of all we'll endeavour to do more exploring of America's West Coast and make the most of our time here in L.A...

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