Thursday, December 4, 2008

Nine months into my L.A. lifestyle...

Today's Christmas advent calendar treat is a treasure trove of images from my last nine months living in L.A. We arrived here way back on the 4th March and since I already did a round-up of Jason in Hollywood's first six months, here's some of the excitement that happened next...
West Hollywood Halloween costume parade heroes
Maybe it's not in sequence, but it was certainly one of the most fun times in the last three months, Halloween in West Hollywood. That's me as Spider-man by the way. I got to walk Santa Monica Boulevard in lycra tights - what's not to like?
West Hollywood Costume carnival - Spidey and his amazing friends
As you can imagine Cooper, our adorable english yellow Labrador puppy has remained a massive part of our lives. Even though he can be a right terror at times, he's still our baby and we're so glad he's such a good natured pup and isn't aggressive, growling or barking like other dogs you meet on the street (plus he allows you to dress him up in all kinds of outfits).
Cooper in his Halloween costume
Here he is after successfully completing his five week obedience class training, obviously that's not to say he doesn't need more work mind you.
Cooper's obedience class certificate
Speaking of milestones, historically on the 4th November the voters of America had the good sense to elect their first black President, Barack Obama, whose promise of hope and change sounded much more appealing than the thought of Sarah Palin anywhere near the White House (even though she can see Russia from her house!).
Super President Obama
However, one of the sadder moments of living here was when we lost the vote on Prop 8 and the legal right for gay marriage in California. It was like stepping back in time to the days of Harvey Milk in the 70's, when we were fighting hard for equality and gay rights. Here's the latest celebrity support from Jack Black and friends in a fun effort to help show support and overturn this unfair law - Prop 8: The Musical.
See more Jack Black videos at Funny or Die

At the beginning of October my parents came for a visit and we finally were able to do some sight-seeing around L.A. to take in the local landmarks and places of interest including...

Fossils at the La Brea Tar Pits Page Museum...
La Brea Tar PIts
Topiary dinosaur fountain on 3rd Street Santa Monica
...and seeing the delights on offer at Santa Monica's almost centennial Pier.
Santa Monica Ferris Wheel
Visiting The Getty Center and its fantastic Fran and Ray Stark Sculpture Garden...
The Fran and Ray Sculpture Garden at The Getty Center
I also came to the conclusion that seaside resorts are much alike around the world at the tourist haven Venice Beach...
Venice Beach
Had a delightful day at the mock-Roman Getty Villa in Malibu...
The mock-Roman Getty Villa in Malibu
...and enjoyed the views at the Griffith Observatory.
Jason in Hollywood at the Griffith Observatory
We saw one of my favourite feel-good movies, 9 to 5, transformed into a stage musical at the Ahmanson Theatre...
9 to 5 The Musical at The Ahmanson Theatre
And also discovered first hand that it's not always sunny in California as we were caught out in a thunder storm at Runyon Canyon...
Caught out in the thunder storms at Runyon Canyon
However, we also witnessed the most amazing Santa Monica sunset during the most recent Southern Californian wildfires in mid-November...
Spectacular Santa Monica sunset
On the home front we've had dripping leaks in our apartment (I was promised no rain in L.A. you know), made an interior design faux pas by purchasing a cream rug with a regularly muddy pup in the house (although it's bearing up well so far)...
24 week old pup on cream rug
...and spotted some enormous chairs outside the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood which I know will never fit in our home.
Seat of Design chair sculpture outside Pacific Design Center
I've watched twenty-four movies in the last nine months and most recently MILK, Quantum of Solace, Changeling, The Duchess, Max Payne, Blindness, High School Musical 3, The Secret Life of Bees and Eagle Eye. They have been quite a mixed bag of high-octane action (the new 007 film), bleak dystopian views of possible futures (Blindness) and real stinkers (Max Payne).
Costumes from the movie Twilight
The ArcLight Hollywood is still my cinema of choice and I continue to love their movie costume displays in the foyer. Here's one for the film Twilight which I've yet to see, with costumes for the lead characters Bella and Edward.

Speaking of entertainment we rounded off our Hollywood Bowl season with the Sing-A-Long Sound of Music and more recently also experienced our first ever Thanksgiving in America and had a lovely dinner prepared for us that we enjoyed with friends...
Thanksgiving Cooper & traditional turkey
Last night I continued the tradition of going to the Gays R Us stand-up comedy night on the first Wednesday of every month at the Improv Hollywood, which is always a laugh.
Gay comedy at the Hollywood Improv
Well maybe tradition is pushing it, as it's the second time I've been as we missed one because of a double-booking with dog-training class and then there wasn't one the week of the Presidential Election.
Jason and Cooper at Runyon Canyon
I've had countless walks at Runyon Canyon with the Coopster, driven over 2,000 miles in my first car and even had my inaugural solo beach visit to play frisbee with him...
Frisbee fun at the beach with pup
So there you have it, my wonderful life in pictures.

I was worried the other day that I was lacking inspiration, but I think I've actually done quite a lot of things in our relatively short time here, so I just need to continue exploring this City of Angels and all that it has to offer.

With Christmas just around the corner I'm sure there's more fun to be had...


AVCR8TEUR said...

That is some adventure you had in 9 months. Cooper seems to enjoy it. My dog will never pass the obedience test. Those costumes remind me San Diego's Comic-Con. I've always wanted to live in L.A. Definitely a place where you'll never be bored.

Jason in Hollywood said...

L.A. is a nice place to live, but we also loved San Francisco the times we've visited and can't wait to go back and explore some more.

I must also try and get to Comic-Con whilst I'm living over here (maybe without the costume)...

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