What a life-changing year it's been, both personally and politically. I've gone from almost having to wave goodbye to the charms of L.A., due to unequal laws, but instead got hitched after fourteen years together and now have a brighter future on the horizon. Now at the end of 2013, here's a look back at the past twelve months and all my trials and triumphs that have made the year fly by so fast.
Even though I've visted the sculpture gardens outside, in January I went inside LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) for the first time to enjoy the fantastic Stanley Kubrik movie exhibition, a retrospective of the filmmaker's work.
In February I visited the Venice Canals for the very first time and we took our Labrador Cooper thinking it would be a nice relaxing walk, instead he was very confused at why he wasn't allowed to dive into the water and have a swim.
March marked the five year blogging anniversary of Jason in Hollywood, but this year also saw me question continuing this blog, with changes to Google's search algorithms almost obliterating traffic across all three of my sites at one stage. I've since decided to not worry so much about this blog and instead concentrate my efforts on the growing success of Daily Billboard and Hollywood Movie Costumes and Props.
In the true spirit of runners we kept on competing to show terrorists that they couldn't stop us from living our lives in freedom and I joined thousands of fellow runners wearing a yellow ribbon for Boston when I ran my first ever Vancouver Marathon on May 5, 2013.
The marathon was a beautiful course, but it was an extremely hot day in Canada, so a tough race. I still finished in under four hours and I've already signed up for the May 2014 race, where I'll hopefully improve my time.
We also had to return to Britain to renew our visas in December and so I took the opportunity to visit the out-of-this-world exhibit for a second time in 2013.
I mentioned earlier that it had been a life-changing year and the cause of most of that change was the phenomenal gay rights victories with the overturning of certain parts of DOMA (the inappropriately titled Defense of Marriage Act) and California's heinous Prop 8, which made gay marriage illegal and prevented same-sex couples from tying the knot.
Both were overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in June and suddenly we were able to get married in California, plus be entitled to the same rights as straight people when it came to taxation, legal and immigration issues.
A fan of outdoor public art, I loved this giant Forever Marilyn statue and saw it twice this year, in July and then August when we returned for our 'mini-moon' (mini honeymoon).
It was a quick, simple ceremony with two friends as witnesses and it was much more emotional than I thought it would be. When you've been told all your life growing up that you'll never be able to get married like opposite-sex couples by religions and politicians alike, you never think you'll be able to, or even want to get married. I'm not interested in the religious aspects of marriage, but I do want the same equality and legal recognition we're entitled.
on our roof deck after we tied the knot
At the start of October I saw Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson perform at the Hollywood Bowl, my only trip to the outdoor venue this year, and I have to say, she was the better act.
After months of deep tissue massages, physical therapy, x-rays, MRIs, acupuncture and countless thousands of dollars later, my shoulder slowly improved and the diagnosis for my leg troubles was 'Runner's Knee', a common symptom for marathon runners where the cartilage has worn away behind the knee cap causing pain when to run, or in my case run, walk, climb up stairs.
At least this information helped me put things in perspective and allowed me to move forward again. So with the knowledge that running would ultimately cause further damage if I continued, I promptly signed up for two more marathons, just to hold a middle finger up to fate.
Have a Happy New Year...