Archive for December, 2009

Christmas in LA

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Julie&JuliaUsually I spend the holidays in Miami with the family. This year it was too expensive and I was too broke! So I spent it in LA. At first I was a little depressed about it, because I miss my family and Miami, but in the end it turned out to be a really nice Christmas. And I didn’t overeat, so that’s a plus! Whatever free time I had during the long weekend I spent playing Muramasa: the Demon Blade. At first I didn’t like the game too much, but now I’m totally hooked. It’s a hard game, and when you win a battle you definitely feel a sense of accomplishment!

So of course I didn’t spend the whole Christmas weekend playing games. Christmas Eve Mariano wanted to hang out with Rafael and I. Rafael was invited over to a friend’s house for pre-drinks before we set out to Mickys. The friends turned out to live in Mediterranean Village. I thought about moving there when I first moved to West Hollywood because they are run by the same management company that I had in Fort Lauderdale, Archstone Smith. But it was too expensive and I had had a previously bad experience with Archstone Smith. They’re all about money and not about customer service. At least that’s how they were in Florida!

The place was very cute though and Rafael’s friends were very nice. We had like three martini’s there. And I was already drunk from all the wine that we had at our place before! We left to go to Mickys about 45 minutes later. We had a lot of fun at Mickys! My favorite bartender was there, the one that I have a crush on. He goes to my gym but I never say hello. Retarded I know! In the crowd there was a guy wearing a cuban t-shirt. We went up to him to say hi and it turned out he was in fact cuban! There’s been a lot of cuban sightings lately in the LA area :) We danced and drank some more and then Mariano and I headed over to Pizza Rustica to sober up. I was totally fucked up!

Christmas day I woke up with one crazy hang over. But Rafael and I went to Pavilions to get some food for our get together at Mariano’s house. We settled on Lasagna and garlic bread. We met up with Jim who was already there at Mariano’s house. Mariano’s house in Thousand Oaks was so cute! It was a beautiful neighborhood. My favorite spot in the house was the back yard. It had a beautiful saltwater pool and jacuzzi. But the view was towards these hills and canyons. It was breathtaking! We spent most of the time soaking up in the warm pool! It was nice!!! Dinner was ready and we had a feast! We rented Julie & Julia on PayPerView and settled down to watch it. Jim and I really liked it, Mariano and Rafael hated it. HATED IT! I thought it was a super cute movie and Mery Streep did an amazing Julia Child! AMAZING! Amy Adams was really good too. But I generally like everything that she does! After the movie we all headed home.

HarryPotterSaturday Rafael and I took it slow. I received a five dollar coupon from Amazon Video on Demand so we downloaded Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince for free. I’m glad it was free! Rafael and I didn’t like it. It really seemed to lag on and on. It only got interesting in the last 15 minutes. I also hated how dark it was. You can barely see parts of the movie. Things like that really frustrate me. I get the whole artistic angle, but it was way too dark to see anything. I think there are better ways of doing it! Needless to say we hated it!!! HATED IT! Saturday night we were going to see Avatar with Mariano. But of course he ditched us and didn’t even call me. He was going to go out and take Rafael with him, and he didn’t even call Rafael back. Ghetto. But that’s Mariano for you!

Sunday was my do all my errands day! I took Lola to the groomers. I went to Best Buy to get a new router, I got my car washed, and I got some groceries to do laundry. I felt such a sense of accomplishment when I did all the things on my to-do-list. It felt great. I’m so glad I bought a new router. My old one was acting up. The new one is really efficient and makes my wireless network super fast! Rafael’s laptop and my Wii were dropping the weireless signal before, and now it’s perfect!! I was really happy when I finished reworking all my wireless peripherals.

Make YuletideTo wind down from a busy sunday, and to do something while my laundry was going, Rafael and I decided to watch Make the Yuletide Gay on NetFlix Streaming on TiVo. Since I had installed my new router, the movie was streaming in HD across the internet. It was amazing! The movie itself was pretty bad. It was super gay bad actually. The acting was aweful. The script was horrendous. There were so many tired double entendres, and I thought it was pretty bad stereotyping of people from the MidWest. It was just horrible. But hey at least I got to try out NetFlix Streaming with my new super fast router!!! Yeh!

What a great weekend! It has definitely put me in a very good mood!

Lady Gaga @ the Nokia Theatre

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Monster BallI was dying to go see Lady Gaga and the day was finally here. We had tickets to go see her at the Nokia Theatre in the new L.A. Live area of downtown. It was my first time in the L.A. Live area of downtown and it was amazing! It was a small city in there! They had the Grammy Museum, which I’m dying to go see, and tons of restaurants and things to do. And of course it has the Nokia Theatre. The Theatre was great!

It was so modern. We were super excited to see the Gaga. As expected all the fans were either gay boys or tween girls. We got along great! They had some Lady Gaga earphones called HeartBeats which they were trying to peddle, even though they were overpriced, they were kind of cool looking! We hadn’t had dinner yet so we picked up some beer and some hot dogs. We are so glamorous! I know.

We were looking at the Merch counter and Rafael absolutely had to buy the Lady Gaga bedazzled mask. You’ll see pictures below! It was too tight for his face! It wouldn’t even go over my big head :) We finally made our way into the theatre. It was a cool space. Not too big, not too small. Just right! The opening act was Semi Precious Weapons. They were cute and super gay, but it was too heavy rock/punk for me to get into. It was a last minute change up since Kid Cudi was supposed to open, but he punched one his his fans in the face, so he was banned from the tour and was performing later at Club Nokia across the street!

The concert finally started and we were excited. I have to say I did enjoy the concert. But it wasn’t what I was expecting. I was expecting over-the-top Lady Gage. Kind of what she did at the VMA’s. But instead it was muted. Not muted in an artistically edited kind of way, muted in a we have to put this concert together last minute to make some money. At least that’s what it felt like for me. Lady Gaga to me is over the top. I love her for it. Her concert did not reflect this. There were many times where I noticed she wasn’t singing live. Usually I don’t care about this, but I know she can sing. So I didn’t get it.

Also she didn’t perform Telephone! One of my favorite songs and it just didn’t happen. It was very frustrating. I’m not loosing hope in her though. I think after a couple of albums she’ll have a killer tour soon. I know it! No one is making music like she is right now! No one!!!

Enjoy some of the pictures I took at the concert below. See the full album on Facebook:

At the Monster Ball

At the Monster Ball

At the Monster Ball

At the Monster Ball
 

Working it out at the Lady Gaga Concert

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009
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Kelvis Del Rio
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Shopping Spree in the WeHo

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

MuramasaLast night I wanted to go to Best Buy to get my dad a gift certificate for Christmas and buy the new Zelda game! I told Rafael we should go after work and that’s what we did. We headed over to the West Hollywood Gateway which has the local Best Buy and our favorite Greek fast food place, Daphne’s Greek Cafe. I had not been to Daphne’s in so long, ever since we moved our work offices from North Hollywood to Sun Valley. I love love love their Spicy Chicken Salad. It was super good!!!

Once we stuffed our faces and had some espresso at Starbucks, we headed over to Best Buy. I have to pre-plan what I’m going to buy at Best Buy, otherwise I would have left with a new PS3. Yes I still don’t have one! And I’m holding out! I think I like the torture. At Best Buy I picked up the new The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks game for the DS and Muramasa: the Demon Blade for the Wii.

As soon as I got home I put in the Muramasa game. It was so beautiful! The graphics were so impressive, and the sound was great! All the voice acting was in Japanese which added to the fact that I didn’t know what the fuck was going on. But it was pretty to look at. The game played pretty fun too! It looks like a long and involved game. So it will keep me busy for a while! Unlike Dead Space Extraction, which was awesome but super super short! SUPER SHORT!

Spirit TracksBefore going to bed I had to play a bit of the Zelda Spirit Tracks. I loved the one they made before this one on the DS, The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. It was one of the best DS games I’ve ever played. This one uses the same engine, so I liked it from the beginning! The whole evil train thing is kind of cheezy, but I’m going with it! I’m sure all my bathroom breaks at work now are going to be real long…

After Best Buy Rafael wanted to buy a nice shirt for his job’s Christmas party so we headed to our favorite used clothing store: CrossRoads Trading Co. It’s funny because I was never into used clothing before. Then we went in once a couple of months ago and I tried on two jeans that fit me perfectly! This is a very tough feat because when I find jeans that fit me in the waist, they are usually way too long! Lucky for me there is someone with great taste who sells back a lot of his jeans and clothes to CrossRoads. Since then I’ve been hooked!

CrossRoadsI came across this super cool grey and green jacket that I insantly fell in love with! I’ll have to take some picutures of it. It was $30.00!!! Even though I was broke, I had to pick it up. The sleeves come off, it looks super cute, and it had a hoodie. Perfect for our crazy weather here in California in the Winter/Spring. Rafael was pissed because he wanted it, but I got to it first!!! I’m sure he’ll be “borrowing” it quite a bit. I found this amazing leather jacket for him, but he didn’t like it. If I could have fit into it I would have bought it!!! At the checkout line there was a crazy Trans girl who looked like she was fucked up on something hot mess of a drug. She was listening to her CD player and at the same time using a lighter to fuse the exposed electrical wiring of one of the ear buds. HOT MESS!!! Rafael was scared of her, but I thought it was thouroughly entertaining, especially when they tried to kick her out and she screamed, “I’m getting my manager!!!!” Priceless!!

What an exciting night huh!

Viva Cuba

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Viva CubaThis weekend I saw the cutest movie with Rafael on NetFlix Streaming. It was called Viva Cuba. The movie took place in Cuba and centered around two children who are friends. The main character realizes her mom wants to leave Cuba with her new foreign husband. When she finds out about this she takes her friend on a crazy adventure across Cuba to find her dad and ask him to not sign the papers to allow her to leave the country.

The story was so endearing! The acting was amazing, and it made me miss Miami so much! Even though I live in Los Angeles and there are tons of latins around, there is something very distinct about Cubans! This movie captures this beauitfully! You really fall in love with the two friends as they set out on their adventure.

The whole time I was watching the movie I was realizing how far I really am from my family and friends in Miami. I know one day I’ll move back, but when exactly will that be? I love living in Los Angeles and it has been very good to me, especially since my field of work really lends itself to the technology focused state of California. But I do miss Miami. I don’t miss the weather, but I miss my family, friends, and the people of Miami.

I have this loose plan that when I turn 35 I’ll start actively searching for a job in the South Florida area. We’ll see how far I get with these plans! Life always brings things that prevents you from making any long term planning especially when buying victorinox swiss army knife! So we’ll see! Until then I’ll just have to visit Miami a lot! You will find detailed information and a buying guide on portable generators My goal this coming year is to make three trips. One trip I’m making in March. I definitely want to be there for Thanksgiving. And I also want to visit sometime in the Summer!

New Me, New Year, New Beginnings

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

TwitterI took a big break from my blog this year! All this Facebooking and Twittering distracted me from one of my favorite hobbies! Writing in my blog. The whole Facebook thing started when British Boy told me to make a page. Since that day, I’ve been a Facebook whore! Then I found Twitter. My favorite thing about Twitter is signing up to companys that tweet. They always give shit away for free. So be on the lookout for that!!! So after all that status updating I decided to come up for air. So this weekend I worked on my website and incorporated my Facebook account and Twitter account into my blog page. You can see my Facebook pic and status on the right-hand side of my blog along with my latest tweets from Twitter! Now it’s all in one convenient place! You gotta keep busy somehow during the winter months!

Weight LiftingUsually around this time of year I get horrible seasonal depression. The cold gets to me. The fact that the sun sets so early and it’s so dark gets to me. And I think the fact that I’m single gets to me. But this year has been a little different. I’m not really that down. I think a lot of it has to do with the self-esteem I’ve been building thanks to my constant visits to the gym and my long hikes with Lola. It’s been a crazy journey but since I’ve started, I’ve lost about 60 pounds!!! The best part has been that it’s been gradual and with no crazy diets to follow! I still eat well but this time I exercise like a hamster on a wheel! Oh and instead of ordering pizza every weekend, my new guilty pleasure is SubWay!

I just can’t believe that when the new year starts, one of my new year’s resolution won’t be to loose weight, it will be to gain muscle and maintain! How exciting is that! Watch out Summer 2010 I’ll be ready to impress with Caribbean Body® by then! I’m really looking forward to 2010. 2009 was a very hard year for me. I’m no longer friends with a friend that I’ve had since High School, Lola had a horrible eye ailment, car troubles, you name it. But I survived. Not only did I survive, I think I’ve learned so much and have grown as a person. I no longer avoid challenges but meet them head on. And I also learned how to barter a little. Like my mother always says, “if you don’t ask you’ll never know!”. Using that philosophy I was able to achieve two very great things this year. Unfortunately I can’t comment on either one!!

Look forward to more frequent posts from me! And if you don’t see anything recently posted here find me on Facebook or Twitter and tell me to update my blog!

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Mariano and Rafael at the Abbey

Friday, December 4th, 2009
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Kelvis Del Rio
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"I have quite a collection of journals. It's not so much that I write a lot. I have this bad habit of starting a new journal when I start a new chapter in life. Either I have had many turning points in my life, or I just wanted an excuse to buy new journals!"


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