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Business and Pleasure. [Dec. 12th, 2003|07:15 pm]
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Movie Ticket from Yesterday.

We took the red-eye from LAX and landed in Detroit at 6AM.

It was literally the hottest plane flight I have ever flown. They had the temperature with very little humidity at around what seemed 85 to 90 degrees F. They also loaded that plane . . . we had an extra ticket that Jim's mom didn't use in the same row . . . this huge guy gets that seat sold to him at the last second. He sat down next to me and couldn't use the dividing arm. I had half a seat, crushed next to Jim. He had a cold, and must have been running a fever. So I couldn't sleep, crushed next to him, sitting next to a radiator of sorts in a too-hot cabin.

Besides that, we secured our apartment in a place between Hancock Park and right near Koreatown. Brad, my best friend, goes around there to visit his girlfriend, Karma, and he told me that transvestite hookers are the common sight around the area. Besides that, the apartment is secure, and it is fabulous.

Washer/Dryer, gas fireplace, balcony, microwave, stove, dishwasher, fridge, 2 bed/2 bath, with bedrooms that are about 12x12 feet, all for 1595/mo.

That and secured underground parking, and a pool table in the rec room.

We spent the time with Jim's dad and Jim, Brad, and Jim's dad's friend Ralph. Jim and I enjoyed 3 films at The Grove's Pacific Theatres. For you S/E Michigan folks, think AMC Forum 30 newness and movie selection, the Birmingham theatre with the high-back seating and stadium-style unobstructed view. There were auto-kiosks for purchase of goodies and treats, and the workers hot-stepped it within a minute to serve you.

We saw 21 Grams, Big Fish, and The Last Samurai, ticket pictured above the post. 21 Grams wasn't the best film (guilt) to watch after securing the apartment . . . we wanted to celebrate. Plus, whoever the editor was for that movie would have best told the film in chronological order. The rough cuts in unordered fashion were ridiculous, and that director knows how to shoot a good film, but the film was just ruined in its current form. Big Fish got mixed reviews from Brad and Karma, but I loved it. If you like that tall-tale life-story recant, with the imagination of Tim Burton behind it, you'll love it. Those tales retold were fabulous and exciting. The Last Samurai was the best. Some may find it over-the-top in parts, but really, I find it to be a rather professional movie. Ken Watanabe, the lead samurai who defended his traditional samurai against the movement to squash them, was as good, if not better, than Tom Cruise. The action scenes and the detail of the film were to cherish.

Jim and I spent many of our evenings at The Grove on 3rd and Fairfax. We had a Hertz car with a navigation system (not OnStar) that couldn't find our Ramada hotel (the one built on Santa Monica over the old Tropicana), but it found everything else. Already, we're starting to get familiar with the streets. The Grove is probably one of the neatest places, better than the Beverly Center or any other place in LA to hang out because it's right next to the Farmer's Market, which serves . . . every style of food. The Grove is basically a mall, out in the open, with fountain, and tons of stores. There's an FAO Schwartz with a 40,000 dollar kid's size cherry-red Lamborghini marked down to 28,000, and a canary-yellow Hummer marked down to a lil' less at 20,000. They look like they're cell-capable. For the mogul's kid, to ride around the mansion in style.

The budget will be horribly tight, but I'll manage. Now, the packing for the movers begins, which comes up in a scant few days.

[User Picture]From: kerrykate
2003-12-13 02:17 am (UTC)
Glad to hear your safly back and up for your new adventure ...LA. Thanks for the movie reviews I will be seeing them this weekend :). Just out of curiosity how much is it going to cost for the movers. We still dont know if we are going to hire someone or just do it our selves. Congrats!!
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2003-12-13 05:24 am (UTC)
That's a good question.

Jim's family is taking care of the moving details. While I do not have the costs at this point (we weren't sure if we would nail the apartment), I can say that whatever cost it is from moving stuff from Detroit to Los Angeles is probably much higher a cost than inter-state.

I remember a figure being over 1,000. Again, that's much longer a trip, so the figure wouldn't be quite as much, probably, for you.

I know our cars should cost around 500 to be moved out there . . .
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2003-12-13 09:27 am (UTC)
For clarification purposes, it didn't seem that hot to Jim in the plane cabin.

And, it was the large-huge guy who had the fever, not Jim. This guy was big . . . I'd like to say close to 400 lbs, considering he had to have an extension for his seatbelt.

This wasn't the only difficulty with that flight back to Detroit. The guy in front of me reclined his seat all the freaking way back . . . I had to outstretch my legs, underneath his seat, in order to fit in my cramped 1/2 seat position.

The only thing worse I could imagine was if the guy was actively hacking his cold all over me the whole trip back to Detroit. If that was the case, I would have said something.

However, I'm a nice enough guy in the moment not to make comments, especially since I have no good chance of winning a cabin temperature battle with the flight attendants, nor do I have a shot of winning another seat in that plane, especially since they sold every last seat.
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[User Picture]From: freys
2003-12-13 03:13 pm (UTC)
The Last Samurai is good?... I didn't want to see it because I thought it's another one of those "white super-hero" ones, lol. But you didn't think so? And I did want to see Big Fish. I didn't know it came out yet though. From what I got out of the preview, it looked like one of those fantasy/reality films where people act like it's perfectly normal for an angel to drop out of the sky, for example, lol. I love those. But I haven't heard of 21 Grams.

Is moving to a new place more exciting or more tedious?... LOL
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2003-12-13 05:45 pm (UTC)
It's far from white superhero.

Tom Cruise's character, a former member of Custer's army who happened to stumble upon this job training Japanese soldiers . . . actually starts pompous. I wish I could remember the blond-haired kid that picks on Harry from that Slither-class, but basically . . . think him, grown up, also haunted by nightmares of the folks he butchered on the plains.

Cruise eventually becomes a very powerful samurai, which to Jim's credit wonders why he was the only one to survive, but you'll have to see it to ponder that one.

The way they did it, it's not unbelieveble, that finale, and Cruise's character transformation is wonderful to behold.

That's without even treating the character played by Ken Watanabe, the lead samurai.

This guy owned. He was a noble, strong, necessarily violent leader in a time where his kind were no longer needed. The characters are on-par with few other films in terms of time and development and transformation . . . !!!!

I can't say enough good stuff about the film. You should prepare for massive gore and violence. It is a war film, but it isn't unnecessary violence.
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[User Picture]From: freys
2003-12-13 08:26 pm (UTC)
Like Draco Malfoy... really? Sounds interesting. Not what I thought. Maybe I'll go see it today, actually. It's Saturday and I wanted to go to a movie or something.

I can see the excitement in those exclamation signs, hehehe.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2003-12-15 07:11 am (UTC)
Think of a character who is a 'war hero,' someone who does gain the respect and admiration of others for his deeds, but secretly hates what he's done and cannot come to full grips with such misdeeds, lest he be prone to drinking.

This is where we find Tom Cruise, a 'war hero' in the 19th century who is already drinking heavily to try and forget the horrible atrocities burned into his head. The drinking and the forgetting are not going well. He is also without job, so he stumbles into a job offer from Japanese industrialists to train their troops in the art of American warfare to squash the old guard of samurai who remain loyal to the old ways.
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