Sunday, July 31, 2011

It's been a pretty brilliant 2 and a half years living in the Irvington neighborhood but now it's time for some new adventures. G and I have moved up to the Mississippi neighborhood and while we'll especially miss having our most favorite bar/ homework space The Rose and Thistle Pub right down the street, there are opportunities for a whole new realm of local watering holes.

The move was a treacherous double load in the u-haul and 4 weeks later we're still trying to suss out what to get rid of, where to put it, and how to arrange a space that's only marginally larger than the apartment but with double the occupants. That's right, we have roomies! It's hard to say no to saving over $200 a month on rent plus the roomies are musicians and artists, which is something I've been craving to be around.

We've been so busy we haven't had a chance to really check out the neighborhood in a proper manner but so far we've discovered that the new HUB Bike Bar, New Old Lompoc's 5th Quadrant and Robots Love Cupcakes are all in walking distance. Closer to home (at a measly 2 blocks from our front door) is Amnesia Brewing. Muddy's, Cup and Saucer and the fabulous Ruby Jewel Ice Cream. But far and away the most exciting is the fact a short shuffle from our place is the truly awesome Mississippi Studios (our favorite venue) and The Big Egg food cart at the Mississippi Marketplace cart pod.

old apartment. Never looked so clean!
we've already more neighbors here than 2 years in Irvington!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Monday night marked two notable occasions. One, 4 years of good times hanging with G, the best friend you could ask for and 2. The first ever B-Movie Bingo at The Hollywood Theater.

Now usually this is where I would insert a description about what exactly it is I'm talking about but the title of the event pretty much covers it. You watch a horribly cheese B-movie, you mark off the squares on your bingo card, if you get a bingo, you win.

The genius of the game is that the bingo cards are the same every week. There's really not that much variation between cheesy movies... I know, hard to believe. All the good requisite stuff is present in any good b-movie so that things like "shooting while dying", "long boring scene", "male ponytail", "blown away by an explosion", "fight mano y mano" or "teamed up with rookie or animal" work well for just about any of them.

The only reason the theater wasn't completely and utterly packed to the gills is because this is the first time HT has put this on. I'm pretty sure as word gets out about how awesome it is, advanced purchase of tickets will become a necessity. Keep your eyes open for upcoming B-movie Bingos

If you missed this week's movie, Samuri Cop, you should definitely try to hunt it down and check it out, it's retchedly rad!

"The Japanese Katana Gang have a death grip on the city of Los Angeles, and who better to deal with the problem than Joe Marshall, the “Samurai Cop”.  Matt Hannon, who was once Sylvester Stallone’s personal bodyguard, stars in the title role.  This is a man that looks like a Dorito.  For half of the movie, he wears a woman’s wig with a baseball hat because he got a haircut during production.  And regarding his police work: let’s just say… he can “read eyes”.  Robert Z’dar co-stars as the evil samurai henchman bent on taking out Marshall.  His beard obscures his enormous jaw.  This movie has totally awesome music, the best dialogue (hands down) and one of the weirdest fight scenes ever.  Be ready for burning humans, severed limbs, gun and sword fights, and lots of long awkward love scenes.  Join Joe “The Samurai” Marshall and his sidekick Frank as they take on the minions of the crime underworld.  A work of total genius.  Written and directed by Amir Shervan."

Personal favorite scene: