September 7th, 2004

Hurricane Frances and Flamingo Park

Hurricane Frances didn’t affect my apartment complex much. In fact I never lost power in my apartment. When I came back from my parents house I thought nothing had happened to Miami Beach. I was walking Lola along Flamingo Park when I noticed that a lot of big trees were down! All this and it wasn’t even hurricane strength winds! Can you imagine. Here are some pictures that I snapped when I was walking Lola. The first one is from the Dog Park. The tree on the left collapsed. The second one is a large tree in the middle of Flamingo Park which was uprooted completly.


Flamingo Park

Flamingo Park

September 6th, 2004

Californication

Californication

I was walking Lola and listening to my iPod when Californication came on by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I was about to pass it, when I realized the song was perfect for my move. I’ve been very anxious lately about the move. It seems so soon yet I’m kind of stuck in this limbo. I want it to happen already! It’s funny even though I’m moving for a programming job, you can’t help but get a little californication into the mix.

I can’t wait to spot celebrities, and watch some of my favorite shows (even though it takes hours and hours of sitting down). I don’t aspire to be a struggling actor, but I would like to break into the game show circuit. Maybe I can win big at Lingo :)

These three days that I was couped up at my parents during Hurrican Frances really made me anxious to do something. I was stuck inside with nothing to do but watch tv and eat! It’s what I usually do but at least on the beach I live alone. Staying with your parents, especially when they smoke like chiminey’s. I’ve been so bored lately. It’s probably why I’m so anxious about the move, there is nothing else to do. Hopefully when Rafael comes back from Denver I’ll have my going out buddy again.

Twin Falls IdahoI know I watch way too many movies. I do need a life. But I would be nothing without netflix. I saw the ending of Spinal Tap and thought it had some funny parts but wasn’t all that impressed. The other mocumentaries were so much better! I saw Twin Falls Idaho. The movie itself was kind of slow and tragically boring. The only highlight, and the only reason that I think I kept on watching was because the conjoined twins (they aren’t really joined in real life) are very hot! Individually hot, not conjoined hot. I want to check out Vanity Fair in the theatres, since I love thos Renaissance type movies. Roscoe told me it was kind of lame though, so we’ll see :) Soul Plane comes out on video tomorrow and I really want to chech that out. The commercials look hilarious.

I forgot to mention that I went to the Loading Zone for the orgy party. The party happens the last tuesday of every month. I think I went to early because I was pacing around for like 35 minutes. This got me nervous and I started sweating. It was very cramped in the dark area and whenever someone started doing something everyone swarmed to that area. I got very, very claustraphobic! I decided to leave because it was way too hot and claustraphobic. I noticed that I as I was leaving at 12:45, the place started filling up. When I go next time I’ll make sure it’s very late to get a real flavor for the place. After all I have to get saturated with the dirty south before I move to LA. They don’t even have nude beaches there! You have to go to San Diego! Still I’m up for … Californication….hella yeah :)


Psychic spies from China

Try to steal your mind’s elation

Little girls from Sweden

Dream of silver screen quotations

And if you want these kind of dreams

It’s Californication

It’s the edge of the world

And all of western civilization

The sun may rise in the East

At least it settles in the final location

It’s understood that Hollywood

sells Californication

Pay your surgeon very well

To break the spell of aging

Celebrity skin is this your chin

Or is that war your waging

Chorus:

First born unicorn

Hard core soft porn

Dream of Californication

Dream of Californication

Marry me girl be my fairy to the world

Be my very own constellation

A teenage bride with a baby inside

Getting high on information

And buy me a star on the boulevard

It’s Californication

Space may be the final frontier

But it’s made in a Hollywood basement

Cobain can you hear the spheres

Singing songs off station to station

And Alderon’s not far away

It’s Californication

Born and raised by those who praise

Control of population everybody’s been there

and

I don’t mean on vacation

Chorus

Destruction leads to a very rough road

But it also breeds creation

And earthquakes are to a girl’s guitar

They’re just another good vibration

And tidal waves couldn’t save the world

From Californication

Pay your surgeon very well

To break the spell of aging

Sicker than the rest

There is no test

But this is what you’re craving

Chorus

    Californication

  – Red Hot Chili Peppers

September 3rd, 2004

My Baby Picture

When I was a baby.

Iris, my cousin, just brought this picture of me to my parent’s house.I wanted to scan it in and show you guys what I looked like when I was a baby! It’s a short blog today as we should start to get some really bad storms tonight thanks to Hurricane Frances. It died down significantly but it should still cause lots of trouble. I hear that there are lots of people who do not have electricity right now.

September 2nd, 2004

Hurricane Frances and the worst Movie Ever

Hurricane FrancesWell here we are close to getting slammed by another hurricane. The last one, Charlie hit Punta Gorda. This one looks like it’s going to hit north of South Florida, but you never know with these tricky devils. I just hope that my apartment in South Beach doesn’t flood and that my fishes are ok!

I came to my parents to ride out the storm since Miami Beach was an evacuation zone. Not a good place to be right now. This nasty hurricane season we are experiencing is reason enough to move to LA pronto! I’ve very psyched about the move but yesterday I had a dip in the meter and was a little down.

It has to do a lot with my grandfather. He’s been in the hospital now for 17 days. He wasn’t doing so well and we thought it might be the end but he’s pulling through like a champion. He’s almost 88 years old now with Parkinson’s disease and he almost bled to death because of an ulcer. But we are a strong family and he’s still with it and not ready to let go. My fear of death has always been very strong. I can’t stomach funerals. I know death is part of life but it’s always been something that gets me worked up.

Yesterday I had high blood pressure, I was super anxious and every little thing annoyed me to no end. I thought a lot about how far I will be from my parents. It’s very depressing but I am also 27 years old and want to experience something other than Miami. Miami is a great city but I think L.A. will offer something wondefully different.

It seems like there is an endless amount of options for adventure in California. Since I was a little kid I dreamed about moving out there. I owe myself the chance to try it for at least a year. And it’s pretty much risk-free since it’s on the company tab. I think I will love it there. And my dream is to get my parents out there enough that they will fall in love with California too.

I’m not as depressed today. I’ve been chatting with a couple of guys from Los Angeles and meet some cool people that I will hope will turn into good friends when I’m out there. It’s always scary when you are in a new place and don’t know where to go. Luckily it’s not a new job, I just have to get used to working face-to-face with everyone instead of over instant messenger.

I saw the worst movie with Rafael and Tommy the other day. Exorcist: The Beginning. Don’t see it for the love of God. It was unbearably hilarious and ridiculous at the same time. It wasn’t scary. It wasn’t provocative, and the last five minutes of the movie when you get Exorcist I type of special effects were lame. The dialogue at the end is hilarious. Look out for the fucking the exorcist up the ass line. It was classic. It had us laughing through the ending of the movie.

I rented Princess Monoke and This is Spinal Tap from NetFlix.com. Princess Monoke was great. I very rarely get into Japanese anime but this was really nicely done and the story progressed nicely. It made more sense than the second movie that I saw first. That one was a little strange. I also rented This is Spinal Tap and saw half of it. It was a little slow with some funny stuff in between. I’ll watch the rest tonight and hopefully it will get better.

If I have power and DSL tomorrow I’ll let you guys know how the storm goes. It got downgraded to a category 3 hurricane so it just might be very bad weather. We’ll see. Wish me luck.


This is Spinal TapExorcist: Worst Movie Ever MadePrincess Monoke

August 26th, 2004

West Coast Here I Come

Los AngelesHey I know I have written incessantly about how I am moving to Los Angeles again and again. My friends are tired of it. But it’s finally happening! I just inked the deal today. My company actually offered me a higher salary and relocation assitance. According to the plan I have to be in Los Angeles in January 2005. I plan on taking a road trip across America with my parents. It will be awesome to take a tour of the states with them.

At first I was a little sad because I don’t want to leave my family and friends that far behind. My mom helped me so much with this. She is the best. I know it is going to hurt her so much but she is always behind me 120%. I cannot ask for a better friend and mother. I have a feeling that once they visit me a couple of times they’ll want to come to California to live. We’ll see how it all works out!

The more I think about the move the more pumped I am getting. I really want to get an apartment in West Hollywood. My company is flying me out in early December to pick out an apartment. I figure that I am going to get a two bedroom apartment and find a roommate as soon as possible! I’d look for someone looking for a roommate but since I have Lola I figured it would be a lot more difficult that way. Wish me luck!

I know I’ll be wigging out closer to my moving date, but for now I’m pumped. Since I was in High School I’ve been wanting to move to California. Now a company is paying for me to move over there. It’s like a dream. Miami will always have a place in my heart, but there is something to be said about sunshine in Los Angeles without humidity :)

I’m still getting that 6 month gym memership here. I have to look good when I move out there. I’ve been loosing weight since I moved back to the beach and I hope it continues when I move. There are so many activities I want to do over there. There’s a gay hiking club I want to join. And I’m thinking about joining a gay sports group like the gay soccer team in West Hollywood.

Hehehe. I’m like a little kid for a while. I just hope my parents are able to come with my on the road trip. I’m going to take some cool pictures of that trip. I also hope Rafael, Susie, or Briandi can come with me to LA when I go to find an apartment.

I checked out some movies last weekend. I saw Garden State which was awesome. Awesome! It is definately the best movie that I have seen this summer. It also had a very infectious song that I had to buy on iTunes. Frou Frou’s Let Go. If you haven’t caught the movie check it out. I have such respect for Zach Braff now. His performance was amazing and he wrote the movie. Natalie Portman really stole the movie. She is so adorable!

Sadly that’s the only good movie Roscoe and I saw. Luster was horrible. If you rent it I hope you are making fun of it. Yossi & Jagger was alright but it was too short and the cute boy gets killed. Drugstore cowboy was very strange and kind of slow. The only exciting thing about it was that it takes place in Portland, OR. That’s pretty cool because Kevin is out there.

One last note. Rafael went to the Miami Gay Chorus meeting today. He was a little scared but he did it. I’m very proud of him. He had a blast and he really motivated me to find something in the community to do that is gay to meet some new friends!


LusterGarden State

Yossi & JaguarDrugstore Cowboy

August 16th, 2004

Roscoe Visit: Sexual Weekend

This week has been great. Roscoe came down from Boston to visit and today is Arlet’s Birthday. Happy birthday Arlet! We were supposed to go to dinner today but I’m at my parents because my grandfather is in the hospital. We will postphone dinner until tomorrow or next weekend. I’ll make it up to her.

Parrot Jungle IslandI’ll work my way backwards to Saturday since that was the most active, and raunchiest of the two days. Sunday we decided to celebrate Arlet’s birthday by going to Parrot Jungle Island. Before I even begin I have to give a disclaimer. When we went on Sunday it was really fucking hot! I don’t know if I would have hated the park as much if it was a cooler day. We went with Arlet’s entire family and I got to meet Jay, Vivian’s new baby. He was adorable. Now back to the park. If it wasn’t for the three shows that were cute, I would have been demanding my twenty bucks back! I didn’t get a chance to check out the zen garden across the street, but I’m sure that would have been better, and free!

Saturday Rafael and I decided to go to Cactus Bar. Roscoe said he wasn’t feeling well and was ready to go to sleep so we watched half of Die Mommie Die until 1130pm. The movie was strange. I was expecting a really funny movie but it was a drag queen playing a woman’s role set in the golden age of Hollywood. I didn’t see it all the way through but Rafael said it was interesting in the end. I really liked the Jason Priestly character with the enormous dick. Doubt they show it, just reference it a lot!

When we actually got to Cactus, the damn place was closed! I don’t know if it’s closed for good or just that night. Just at that moment Roscoe called said he wanted to go to Twist with us. We headed to Twist and had a great time. Our bartender hooked us up as usual, if you ever visit Twist make sure to go to the back-outdoor-go-go-bar and ask for Frank, he’s the best bartender :) We went to the dance floor and I was amazed and how many people had their dicks out in the dance floor. There was a whole lot of action going on. I actually never even know that much action went on. Goes to show how naive I can be at times, especially being a native :)

European Guest HouseAfter Twist we decided to check out the European Guesthouse. I’ve been wanting to go to their black out parties for a while, but I hate going alone the first time. I got the boys to come with me. It’s set up just like the Island House. between 11pm-1am Friday, Saturday, and Sunday it’s free to get in. We didn’t make it quite that early so we paid 15 bucks to get in. It included all the free drinks that you want which is a plus! They have a dark room, a jacuzzi, and a nice bar area. It was awesome. I sucked off a couple of guys but didn’t do anything else. When I go with friends I kinda shy away from doing it all. However one of my friends got down and dirty with the owner, so I think we might have free passes for life!

We had an awesome time. If only it was always like this. Unfortunately when Roscoe goes back to Boston things will calm down. It seems like we never live on the beach at exactly the same time. If we did we’d be getting into way more trouble. Because of all the fun I had to drop my only class left. Who knows when I’ll graduate my Master’s program, but damnit I’ll get a 4.0 when I do :)

Since I was exhausted Sunday night I didn’t want to go out anywhere. Roscoe came over and we went to check out A Touch of Pink. I loved the actor from The Guru so I wanted to check it out. The movie was cute but we both agree that the dead hollywood actor plot line could have been edited out, and the movie would have been way better! Way better! The mum did a breakout performance. Her character was awesome. The boyfriend was really hot too. I think it’s going to be one of those Fall British hunk invasions. Because I also think the guy in the Kristin Dunst Wimbledon movie is way hot!

We both were not quite ready to call it a night so we rented some movies from New Concept Video. I’m glad my membership still worked because it’s my favorite rental place. There is nothing else like it. I never found a replacement in Fort Lauderdale. We rented two gay movies and were only able to see one, O Fantasma. The movie was interesting. Very little dialogue, lots of fetish sex. So of course I was all about it. Plus there was a scene where the main guy gets a porn movie style blowjob, hello gotta love those Portugese film makers, they don’t fuck around! I didn’t get to see the ending of the movie but I will check it out today.

Now that I don’t have school until September I’ll be writing in the blog a lot more. Hopefully I’ll have some interesting adventures to write in here about now that I liked the European Guest House.


Die Mommie DieO FantasmaTouch of Pink

August 9th, 2004

Caffeine and Video Game Addictions

Coffee JittersI had the worst headache and I generally felt like shit this weekend. I thought I was getting a cold, but it turns out it was caffeine withdrawl! Can you believe it? I stopped drinking diet coke with caffeine and I replaced my coffee with decaffinated brand. I guess I did it all too fast because I felt like shit. When Rafael and Tommy came over this weekend to watch Collateral I had some caffinated diet coke and magically all my symptoms went away just like they say in the venus factor diet! Is that wild or what? So much for letting go of caffeine :)

Speaking of insanity my company is still playing mental ping-pong with me. They want me to relocate and made it seem like they were going to send an offer to relocate me to California, but of course they haven’t done it yet. I’m giving them until September and then I’ll assume that I’m staying in South Beach. Which isn’t all that bad anyway :) It looks like Rafael and Tommy might move down here so it will be definately a lot more fun. All we need now is Arlet to move her ass to the beach.

My goal is to save up enough money this year to buy my place next year. That and I was hoping on winning the lottery. I’ll be painting my apartment soon and then it will be done :) I finally got used to the cramped bathroom although I wish I had more space to put stuff in there. When I do my own condo I will make sure that it has a very spacious bathroom, which might be difficult to find on the beach :)

Collateral We checked out the movie Saturday night. I was expecting it to be better, but it was a little slow. This has been happening a lot with movies recently. I thought for sure since Tom Cruise was going to be in it, it was going to be a crazy action movie. But there were times in the movie where it just kind of dragged on. Oh well, I still have to see Catwoman and the Bourne Supremacy, I just hope those aren’t bad as well! It will definately be a summer of disappointing movies. I also checked out Monster with Charlize Theron. The movie was alright but I think if Theron or Ricci were not in the movie, no one would have noticed it. It was freaking watching Charlize look so nasty! I guess that is what appealed to people the most. Out of all the movies that I’ve rented lately, my favorite has been Soldier’s Girl. It was such a nice movie and the guy in it is so hot.

Lastly I bought Dance, Dance, Revolution for the Playstation2. I bought the dance pad controllers and everything. Everyone has come over to play with it and it’s been a hit! It’s also great to exercise with the game. It keeps track of your weight and how many calories burned. I’m using that as my exercise routine until I get my next paycheck to buy my membership at Idol’s Gym.

Dance Dance RevolutionI’ve started to budget better so that I can have some money saved up. I’ve been tight for cash lately which is crazy because I make pretty good moeny. I just got a raise so it was a good place to start. I’ll be writing more often into the blog! I just had a Renaissance awakening with my Playstation2 and writing in my blog.

August 1st, 2004

Twist 2004 With Pictures

Arlet,Vivian,Kelvis,Rafael

I took some photos this time around for our Twist adventure. It was great because Arlet and Vivian actually joined us! It’s very rare that Arlet goes out, so I was super excited when we all went out as a group. We had a great time and hopefully from the pictures you’ll be able to see how much fun we really had!!

Here are the links to the image galleries:

  1. Twist 2004 Gallery I
  2. Twist 2004 Gallery II

Tonight is the Madonna concert at the American Airlines Arena. I can’t wait to go. I heard the show is amazing. I’ll let you guys know how it goes!

No He Doesn't!

July 25th, 2004

Twisted Drunk

Twist This weekend was lots of fun. It was great because I had such a boring week. Friday Arlet and Vivian came over. We decided to get desert. We were originally going to rent some movies but Arlet was tired as usual. We went to Cabana Lounge which was nice. It’s a great outdoor cafe with nice comfy couches. We had some drinks and desert. We walked around for a while and the sisters were soon on their way.

I think Arlet really hates walking up and down Lincoln Road because she feels very self concious. I can’t blame here. South Beach has a way of doing that to people. The one drawback of coming back to the beach is living around all these beautiful people. You slowly start to believe that this is how the whole world works, but it’s really an illusion. The good part is that it greatly motivated you to get in shape.

Saturday I had the Rafael and Tommy invasion. We hit the beach for a while which was nice. I swear I loose six pounds everytime we walk to the beach and back. We had some dinner and then headed to Twist. It had been so long since I had gone to Twist. I loved it. Tommy and I preferred the stripper bar, where my favorite bartender was back from San Francisco. He always hooks us up with shots everytime we order something.

We had so many drinks that we actually walked back home. I was spinning around the whole time. Even Sunday morning I felt the biggest hang over! It was great! I was going to call my parents to cancel our sunday lunch because I had to finish my project, but they were already on the way. I’m glad that I didn’t cancel because we walked Lincoln Road, hung out at the apartment, and ate at Big Pink. We all had a great time and I finished my homework!

It was a very successful weekend. I look forward to more of those. I know next wekeend is going to be great because I get paid and the Madonna concert is in a week!!!! I can’t wait. I’ll let you guys know how it goes.

July 19th, 2004

Movies and Depression: A Good Mix

He Loves Me...I’m all moved in to my apartment. As I figured I’m already a little blue. Even though I’ve very excited about moving back to the beach, it sucks living alone. Even though Mario and I didn’t work out as roommates, it was always good to know there was someone living with you to do stuff with. Maybe I just need a boyfriend? Or maybe I need more friends around me. It seems that whenever I move to the beach all my friends are far away. I realize they are a lot closer than when I was in Fort Lauderdale, and Arlet and her sister visit every weekend now, but I need to make a friend on the beach. It’s always hard people who are down-to-earth and not into the scene on the beach, but I’m sure I can find someone soon. NOTE: If you live in SoBe and are real mellow and enjoy going out to movies send me some email! I’m always looking for some new friends.

I think in cooperation with the fact that I’m broke because of my move has put me in a funk. But I feel that this year is when I get my act together. My plans are lofty and I might not meet them all but I’ll try! I want to save up enough money, or win enough money, to buy my own condo. I want to be finished with my Master’s next year. And lastly I want to be in shape when I turn 28. I guess people start focusing on their dreams and goals when they have their mid-mid-life crisis. The good news is that if I don’t meet all these goals there is always my mid-life crisis to try them again!

Lucky for me that I live so close to the movies. I saw two movies in the last two weekends. I checked out I, Robot last weekend. I was so pumped for this movie but I should have known what type of movie it was going to be. Anything with Will Smith guarantees one-liners and action. This is fine except this movie was supposed to be science-fiction. There was a lot of action and special effects in the movie, which was cool but I feel when the movie was edited they cut off a lot of the plot in favor of these action scenes. This made for a very mad movie. But somehome I’m sure America will love the movie.

The weekend before that I checked out Anchorman. This was a great movie. I love Will Ferrel and his style of comedy. Rafael went with me and he was expecting it to be crappy. He actually really liked it which surprised even me. I think he liked the moron weather man. He was very funny! The movie was so goofy and had so many off the wall jokes that it kept us laughing through the entire length of the movie.

Tonight I checked out He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not. This is a movie with the girl from Amelie, Audrey Tautou. I never remember her name but I generally like all the movies she’s done, which is like a total of three? This was a really cool movie though. I thought it was going to be like Sliding Doors or Run, Lola, Run but it was a little different. It shows a love story, or what appears like a love story, through two points of views: hers and the object of her affection. I started the movie luke-warm and ended up loving the film. The movie is in French with English subtitles.

I read a great book recently. It was A Girl Like Che Guevara by Teresa de la Caridad Doval. The book takes place in Cuba. The main character is a high school senior who has to work in the country for the summer semester as is mandatory of all youth in Cuba. It was a great read. I love reading books about my country. At first she is a hardline communist who believes in the vision, but as she experiences life and becomes a woman at the camp she realizes the lies that the Cuban Socialist Party stand behind. Now that I’m back at the beach I hope to find more cuban books to read.

Before I read any more books though, I have to get my ass in gear with school. I have so much catching up to do. Since I was moving I haven’t touched my school books. I have to kick it in high gear if I want to continue with my 4.0! Until Next time!


I, Robot

A Girl Like Che

Anchorman
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