Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Soul Addiction

This book is creeping me out, but I can't stop reading it. It's about souls and reincarnation. This doctor hypnotize's people...spiritual learns about their souls and past lives. This isn't a fiction book either.

It starts out innocently enough...what happens after you souls recuperate before choosing a new human body...what lessons will the soul learn this know, the soul basics.

Now the book has seemed to enter a dark phase, and I just can't put it down. It seems, according to Dr. Newton, that some souls who do terribly awful things (murder, mayhem, produce reality tv, etc.) here on earth are actually alien souls. Yes, souls of aliens from planets that are either inhospitable to them or they aren't welcome they travel to earth to be reincarnated. Weird, but it does explain some freaky deaky people on our planet. Oh I love science fiction! I just hope this isn't Scientology and I have instantly joined just by reading this...they are sneaky...allegedly.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Drive to see...Drive

I went to see the new movie Drive starring Ryan Gosling and I liked it so much, Im writing a post about it! Yes, Im a huge Ryan Gosling fan, I have seen all his films, even the obscure ones like The Slaughter Rule and Stay

Sure...Ryan is easy on the eyes, he has that 'regular guy' sex appeal and he was on the Mickey Mouse it creepy I know this about him? Perhaps. He also happens to be a great actor and I enjoy the various choices he makes. Yeah, maybe The Notebook is secretly my favorite movie...but this post is not about my crush on Mr.'s about the movie which Ryan plays "driver" (we never know his name, which adds to the mystique of this film).

The critics were bagging on the romantic angle between "driver" and Irene (played by Carey Mulligan)...but I got it...sure it was odd and strained (they both seemed to be the strong silent types), but it worked for me. Not a lot of talking, I like that.

I won't give too much away, because I really want you, my loyal reader, to go enjoy the film for yourself. Its got action, romance, good music, a bit of violence and gore...and a 1980s film noir feel. Don't get me wrong, its supposed to be present day Los Angeles, but the 80s synth-pop music they use sets that tone. I liked the music so much I bought the soundtrack today.

For all you Mad Men fans out there, you may be disappointed to see Christina Hendricks is only in it a short time, but she still makes an impression.

Albert Brooks plays, Bernie...a role like no other Iv seen him play - quite the calm violent type. Bryan Cranston rocked it too. I have to say, I thought the movie may be a ton of car chases and it really wasn't. They had some good car scenes, but it was more about the characters. I could go on, but I'm tired and I promised myself a good nights rest.

So go on, go see Drive, Im sure it will be an Oscar contender with several cast members highlighted for a little gold statue...

ChipIn: Help get medical treatment for a stray pup rescued today!

Check it out and spread the word if you can...some friends of mine found a stray pup runnin the mean streets of LA today....any donations would help...

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Artist Shout Out

Saw this art by Leah Devora on display at Archlight in stuff...

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Eli's Acceptance

Had to share a historical moment in Darwin Dog history...Eli has (reluctantly) allowed Aubry up on the bed. In true Aubry fashion, he has take over (in his fun playful way).

Eli is a bit of a circulating sleeper so I don't feel too bad. One minute he's on the bed, the next he's down in his bed or on the couch or in the dining room. Aubry tends to pick a place and pass out in a ball.

Eli usually sleeps at my feet in bed, but he's gone when I wake up. Little Aubry slept in a ball next to me all night, which was nice (although my allergy doc would disagree). Eli tends to sprawl out in the middle, the he gets mad if I move...showing his protest with a sharp glare and jumping off the bed into the other room. Yeah, he can me a diva (we are so similar).

We'll see how this goes. I feel I may be out a bed at this least Aubry is easier to move, he is up to 23 lbs from the 16lbs when I adopted him! Hes gotten taller too, I think he willBe the same size as Eli, just more lean.

My solid boy Eli fluctuates in weight (like me, and Oprah) between 28 - 32 lbs...hoping to stay around 28 lbs I'm trying to get my 175 lbs figure back down to it's rightful 165 lbs!
I may try the Abs Diet, it looks like the Body for Life plan I did years ago that worked well for me...I feel another post coming on this issue :)

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Musings From Dallas

I have a few hours to kill here at DFW (Dallas airport) then it's off to Dayton,, not pleasure...shocking, I know ;)

Nothing too profound to write..just thought I'd share some TX pics...I am stoked they have a Red Mango froyo place here...exciting stuff, right?

Hopefully more profound musings soon...for now...enjoy these pics...

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Location:Access Rd,Irving,United States

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Brunch in Adams Morgan...Hood Refections

On a recent trip to Washington DC I got to meet one of my oldest and dearest childhood friends for brunch in a chic artsy little neighborhood called Adams Morgan
The name Adams Morgan came from the names of two, formerly segregated area elementary schools which were desegregated in 1955. The Adams-Morgan Community Council, comprising both Adams and Morgan schools and the neighborhoods they served, was formed in 1958. I really liked the row buildings and eclectic feel...a bit different to the rest of DC I had seen. I tried to imagine the kinds of people who lived in these row houses when they were first created. Apparently this area of DC has always been a center for immigrants, mainly African American and Latino. Once thriving with families, its now gentrified with hipsters and a boisterous nightlife. Sounds like many chic neighborhoods in cities across the US. Is this good or bad? Sides could be seen for both I suppose. Families pushed out to the suburbs, prices rise and single workaholics snatch up the property in trade for a shorter commute and access to the city.
The brunch spot was a dive bar that happened to serve good brunch, it was called Asylum ... check it out if you're in the area. Visiting this gentrified hood made me think of my own little enclave here in LA. There are lots of ruffled feathers on my block here in Los Angeles in the Miracle Mile area. I live on a nice quiet street called Alandele and some developers want to take an empty lot and make a mixed-use 5 story apartment building with retail shops at the bottom. Apparently this building would provide much needed housing for staff of the nearby hospital, which is basically a crock since there are plenty of rentals in the area. This building would change the parking zones and make our street very busy. None of us want that. We resist the change. I think we have enough buildings and Id like to see the empty lot turned into a dog park, since just about everyone in a 5 block radiace has a dog and there are no "official" dog parks within 10 miles of us. But that's just me.
I feel like "the man" will win this round, no matter how many petitions we sign. If the building does go through, I just hope they put in a Coffee Bean.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Doggie Vacation

Have you ever taken your pets on a vacation with you? I recently took my two dogs with me for a quick getaway up to Santa Barbara (about a two hour drive north of LA). Eli loves to stick his head out of the window when we drive, but the freeway was just too fast (he didn't understand this). We stayed in a "dog friendly" hotel called the Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort - which we all now highly recommend...
Fess Parker was the actor who played Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett and it seems he got into the hotel and wine business in Santa Barbara...
The ocean was right across the street...lots of great places to smells for the boys...and the hotel rooms were really nice. Two sections of the hotel are dog friendly, and I was expecting them to be a bit more rough around the edges, especially the rooms. Nope, they were spotless. Although I'm not sure how they got into the minibar....
The BEST part was the dog beach about 10 minutes up the coast... Arroyo Burro Beach is a MUST see if you bring your dog (or are a dog lover) to Santa Barbara.
We even found a cave...Eli ventured in and told us there wasn't anything worth seeing...
We did a decent job tiring Aubry out...not always an easy task...
The funny part was the LONG staircase we had to climb when we left...this was dramatic for Eli who went on strike in the middle...
For more dog beach is a video for your viewing pleasure...

Friday, September 2, 2011

Hike in the Clouds

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