Tuesday, October 5, 2010

LA as home, for now

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I haven't posted anything here for a while, so I'm going to ramble a little about ll the things I've been doing lately, as if I were talking to a friend I haven't spoken to since January.

First off, I'm living in Los Angeles, in Los Feliz, with my husband, Ned and cat, Barnabas. We got Barnabas from a shelter on Valentine's Day, without exchanging chocolates or cards. His name came from a pirate book Ned was reading when he was researching Black Beard. A ship was named "the Barnabas," for the barnacles, which would plague the scene--that name stuck, and a few months later a frisky cat, among many lethargic cats in a shelter, chose us...basically, and we've been a family ever since.
Is it a strange coincidence that there's a Great Dane named Barnabas, who lives across the street? At this point, without coincidences, I'd think I was doing something completely wrong. But who knows if this just ties in with my lust for the unusual.
Right now Ned's in Toronto, as a guest lecturer for a school. He left this morning and will be back tomorrow night; just in time for a midnight showing of "It's Kind of A Funny Story" which is based on his third book by the same name. I've already seen the movie three times, at various screenings, but it seems to get better every time I watch it. People are talking about it; the previews are everywhere. Even before a Cyndi Lauper video I youtube'd the other night. People at work are seeing it before films, between shows, on billboards. I hope it does really well.
Speaking of work, I've been at the Oaks Gourmet since March, and it's still pretty interesting. I initially got the job thinking I would only be in LA for two months, but now it's been nine months, and we've officially decided to lay roots here. The place isn't bad; it's independently owned, in a great neighborhood, the work isn't hard, and it keeps me busy. I'm learning about wine, food, coffee, beer, and people from tv and movies come in and out all the time.
So far I've met: Thom Yorke, Robert Redford, Orlando Bloom, Diane Kruger, Eva Mendes, Rose McGowan, Thurston Moore, Amanda Seyfried, Colin Farrel, Kathleen Turner, Michael Cera, Colin Hanks, Justin Long, Danny Huston, Katherine Heigl, Ron Livingston, Ron Perlman, Shirley Manson, Jessica Alba, Alexander Skarsgard, Kate Bosworth, Rufus Sewell, and countless others from tv who I don't recognize. What a way to say hello to LA, nestled in the heart of it; people-watching has never been more interesting, and "the industry" has never felt so small.


Pic 1: Barnabas in ramen box
Pic 2: Barnabas the Great Dane
Pic 3: Ned and the giant pine cone
Pic 4: Donte at the Oaks

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