Citrus Vodka, Hazelnut Liquor and Lemons together taste like… what?… Chocolate Cake?!?

Now, i am not a drinker.  At all.  It is not because i do not like the feeling of having a little bit of libations coursing through my veins, lifting the veil of self conscience-ness and feel a little bit looser.  Or the feeling of not needing a 3rd layer of long sleeves to warm me up a bit.

I dont drink because my body does not process it well at all.  In other words, it makes me feel really sick and then almost always, really tired.  ONCE in a while (interestingly enough my body seems to know when this is and i will on those rare days) i’ll maybe have a drink or a glass of wine or two.

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This is how cool San Francisco USED to be! Boy those days were GOOD!! **UPDATE!!

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My friends started this company called Bulletproof in San Francisco in the early 1990′s. Continue reading

Incase you havent seen this AND havent gotten your fill of hilarious… this is for you!

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I came across this video one day randomly when i was looking on Youtube. I have a feeling that this may be an old viral great, but i had never seen it and i was rolling on the ground. I give that guy a clap for 1. his truly stylish atire (is it Sunday??) and 2. for his true unaware-ness of how truly bad this commercial is. It wins in the ‘so bad it is good’ category. I hope you enjoy it!

The funniest thing I have seen all day!

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The funniest thing I have seen all day!

…This is….

2012 in review. Thank you dear readers for making my first year of having a blog so spectacular!

First of all, who would have thought that some cheesy article about camel toes would be the most viewed blog post i have written to date… BY A LONG SHOT!  I am not sure what this says about our current society… I dont think it is necessarily something i can be too proud of but it is pretty funny and peculiar.  It just goes to show that raunch sells!  But i am not going to turn this into a camel toe, side boob, moose knuckle, nip slip site… dont worry.  Everything that i write about is something that i have pondering throughout my mind.  I dont think it would be possible to be thinking about sleaze and cheese 24/7 for me at least.  Maybe campy popular culture but not sleaze or celebrities or products or pictures of food. I have too big of an opinion and WAY too big of a mouth to not just talk about the things that actually are of interest to me.

This is going to be the way i write this year too i believe.   It has become very cathartic exercise for me to engage in, and since i fired my therapist last year, it has kinda been my stand in therapy.  And all of you, my readers, are my therapists.  You should be charging me a fee!  (Kidding!  Dont send me a bill because i am perpetually broke and it would only go to collections! ;)

Anyway, thank you all of you… Especially mskatykins,  originalapplejunkierichrobincoyle,  Don in Massachusetts, & ah0098 especially for taking so much time to share with your comments.

I LOVE COMMENTS!  AND I LOVE YOU ALL!  

Just so you can see what my first year of blogging has produced for me, i happily share my blog’s year in review….

And.. again,  Thank YOU!! xoxo.

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 73,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Here is a photo hike around Bernal Hill at sunset with San Francisco looking oh so beautiful!

The bright flood light on the horizon is Candlestick park.

You for a rare change can see Mt. Diablo off on the left horizon.

This cute pair i stumbled upon, Ryan & Cassandra, who were driving the coolest 1970′s Mopeds!

One of their Mopeds parked on Bernal Heights Blvd.

Not only is this cool moped called “Swinger” but even more stylish, it is made by JC Penny’s!

The city beyond.

Downtown with the Bay bridge on the right.

The Eiffel Tower of San Francisco… Sutro Tower!

See the sky? It is fighting between day and night.

almost straight ahead (unable to be seen her but it is there!) the Golden Gate Bridge.

Mighty Sutro Tower atop Mt. Sutro (aka Twin Peeks)

Night has won the fight and the lights of the city have come on, but it is still somewhat light. I love this 5 minutes of the day!

And as soon as it comes, the light of day is gone and night is upon us. Looking at Sutro Tower from Holly Park, one of the oldest parks in the city.

I walk around my neighborhood almost every day so you all have seen some photos from this location.  The fantastic thing is that it has 360 degree views of San Francisco and it is filled with the nature.  Life could be worse!  I love you San Francisco!

And… THIS is why texting can be harmful to ones health. And i was only walking!

So, if one can do this to themselves while just walking on a normal (downhill to give me some sense of not total humiliation!  Well.  No.  It is totally humiliation no matter how i try and see it!), then imagine what kind of hurt one could do texting while driving!  Let this be a public service announcement.  Dont text and be moving!

the perils of texting and walking.  Photo taken last night.

 

This is day 2. Oh yeah.. i forgot to mention that my iphone took a big brunt of the fall. Thank god for AppleCare!!

Fleet Week’s Blue Angels final day flying. Seen from atop Bernal Hill. Oh what a beautiful day!!

I dont think that once in the last 20 years, have i seen an entire week (yes i mean 7 whole days!  and it is still going now!!) with incredible weather during Fleet Week.  Usually we get a couple days, but (as in last year), the fog came in right around the time they started flying and only were able to do one trick and pass over the bay before having to call it.  Some years, they dont even fly.  If they cant see their plot points it is very dangerous as well as if it is too foggy, we cant see them.  This week though, none of that issue as you can see below.. It was maybe the most beautiful weathered Fleet Week in the last 2 decades!  It was really awesome. :)

Blue Angels doing their loop-de-loop over SF bay. Thank heavens they use the smoke or i’d have never been able to capture it on my iphone!

One of my favorite members of the Blue Angels team… FAT ALBERT!

From atop Bernal Hill at the top by the Microwave tower. the little speck in the sky fat albert leaving scene of the fly by!

Oh what a view!

That speck up there is not a plane, but a beautiful Red Tailed Hawk.

Neighbor and his boy were enjoying the sites at the top too. They were very nice.

Hey hey hey!

Oopsie… a little bit of trouble atop the tower. I dont know if the girl who was running on the roof of the tower got arrested or just warned. Note… should never trespass on city govt. property while hundreds of people are there watching.

whoops. another guy being talked to by the popo. i saw him later though so they let him go. yea.

pretty steep up here at 436 feet up.

while we are here, lets check out our 49ers! Candlestick is just to the left of the bluff.

I hope you enjoyed the photo recap.  I know we dont have the best view to see all the exciting flying, but i personally think that 1. the views of the city make it worthwhile!  And 2. not having to fight the traffic makes it all doable!

Are you ready to not want to be having to travel ANYWHERE in the bay this week? Check out everything that has or is happening this week! It is CRAZY!!

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This week is INSANE in the SF bay area, especially San Francisco!  Check out all of the things that bring us to the busiest, craziest week ever!

  • To start off this week, we entered it on Sunday with a blue moon and the start of a heat wave.
  • Columbus day.
  • Americas cup races in the bay.
  • Fleet week
  • 2 Giants playoff games,
  • 1 49er game.
  • Oracle’s anual “company party” which this year is a private Pearl Jam concert on Treasure Island.
  • Hardly strictly bluegrass festival.
  • Castro street fair.
  • Italian heritage parade in N. Beach.
  • Military exercise on Ocean Beach and Lake Merced.
  • Cloud conference at Moscone Center.
  • Florence & the Machine concert at Shorline Amphitheater.
  • Kevin Hart at the Oracle Arena.
  • New Order at the Fox Theater.
  • Cal vs. UCLA at Cal.
  • Justin Bieber at the Oracle Arena.
  • Joe Jackson at Masonic Hall.
  • Lenard Skynyrd at Mountain Winery.

and…

  • Madonna at HP Pavilion.
  • Oh yeah… cant forget the grand west coast opening of UNIQLO in Union Square.

I think that is enough to make anyone who has to get to any of these things to think twice about getting into that auto and driving.  Sheesh.  it makes me nervous having to leave the house to go to the store!  It is just crazy!  And… once again… It is thanks to our dear shitty Mayor Ed Lee making his backroom deals.  He clearly didnt have his filofax with him at this planning meeting!

It will be anything but dull that is one thing i think anyone can count on!

I can’t wait until in like 20 years, this shirt will be one hilarious novelty!

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Until then, I will wear it to clean house! :). Note* I found and did not, repeat, DID NOT buy it! ;)

Another day on the red chert hill if bernal! Isn’t the light beautiful?

A little over a month ago, I woke up one morning and had this total click into different way of life. I started hiking a couple of miles up and down the steep hills of San Francisco’s bernal heights. Where I live (about 350 vertical feet up from sea level in not quite 3 blocks, and another 150 for the next two which get me up to Barnal heights blvd that goes around the hill (if you walk the loop it is .02mi. Short of a mile. Shoot, I can easily go a mile just going the couple blocks to the bank or store on cortland (depending on how much isle strolling I do and what path I take. So, the other day, I was doing my hike up and around the rock and the light was just magic. It was an incredibly beautiful day over the weekend with the Americas Cup at sail at the opposite end of sf. It is just to prove to the world that sometimes one should think of stepping out of the gym and into the world. The payoff’s are so good that you can actually forget that your legs are burning and actually feel a little piece of the universe coming back into you!

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This also was the day we buried our beta fish Tyrone. Fitting I thought. Angelic almost!

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I have been watching addicting tv online… here’s the recap!

Oh my gosh.  I just finished my trifecta of stressful travel/trips that took place between May and August (my grandma’s memorial, a family reunion and my 20 year high school reunion).  I tend to have MAJOR anxiety trying to leave to travel.  Once i am gone, it is usually fine (except when i went to Europe for 2 monthes in the 90′s… That one took almost 3 days of postponing my flight due to my severe separation anxiety towards leaving my pet and i was very traumatized and depressed all through the trip  I am very glad i did it though!  Even if i was not in the ideal mindset but i digress….).  In fact, i really enjoy traveling, but it is very stressful for me to do due to the pre-travel process.  Like everything in life, (even the hardest most un-fun activity like moving) can actually get easier with each time.  Especially when dealing with flying security hoopla since 9/11, packing and preparing to go through the gauntlet of security lines, searches, specific packing and all the god damn cary on luggage that has to be used instead of just checking the dang thing and then having to leave my little fluffy family and the worry of their care…it gets my anxiety all stirred up on code orange! Interestingly enough, one of the least stressful trips i took, i used rideshare both there and back and it was actually pretty cool and very efficient… saving the planet!  Anyway, Since i have been back, i have been trying to not gear up with my new tasks, goals and responsibilities for the future, and just focus on my mental health and put together the rest of my plan up until Dec. 21, 2012 (i said a few years ago that i was going to not worry too much and just focus on art and being happy and not feel pressure to get moving on in life until the so called end of the world as we know it on Dec. 21.  If we do not Appocolopise, then i will need to really get on it!) So i have just been taking a week or two doing not a whole lot but hiking and cleaning and a lot of watching tv series that i do not get on my antenna tv (i REFUSE to pay for cable again. Especially to Comcast!!  My roku box is just fine, i just wish Netflix would upload more frequently… grr.) Lately i have been finding that I watch great, curent stuff from network and cable tv, that gets updated i think maybe like 2x a day on a site i highly recommend called http://www.tubeplus.me. I have watched some of the following: Awkward- LOVE IT!  really funny!  I know it is from something like ABC Family channel,  but it is really funny and well done.  High recommendation! (and another family channel one more i believe geared towards teens called…) Jane by design- cute.  Maybe it takes me back to my high school days but it is also pretty well done.  Kinda cheesy for a guy i would guess though.  It is about a girl in high school who gets a job at a fashion house by accident and is living a somewhat double life.  Cute characters, funny and well acted). Project Runway- This is season 10.  Last episode really made me dislike one of the designers who i thought may have a chance at winning it all after hearing his callused cruelness to his real girl client.  You just never ever call a woman large over and over!!  But regardless, the talent is definitely there this season.  Never a show to disappoint if you like seeing really tough creative challenges!

Brittian and Ireland’s Next top model- What can i say… after over 10 years of working as a makeup artist in SF, i can not help but to go back to my familiar ground.  The photo shoots are really first class productions too (as well as the styling!) and like Project Runway, they keep the BS, of the interpersonal relationships down to a more reasonable amount and focus most of the show on the actual work that they are trying to produce.

The X factor USA, Australia and Brittian- What can i say… I love me some X factor!  I find it interesting seeing the differences in each show airing at the same time.  I think Brittian may have the most talent for some reason but America’s has not begun to air until Sept so…  we will see this year.  It is probably different each season depending on who auditions…Duh, but the talent seems to be amazingly high this year.  It is to wine what  a good year is. So you think you can dance- This is the only one that i actually make a point to watch on TV (wed. nights!).  I love SYTYCD!  I always have.  Like Top Model and P. R. it too has some of the most amazing talented people creating amazing dances for some unbelievable dancers!  Never a bad show.  (My brother who is not a big tv person even loves the show.  He made me a cd with every episode with all of the comments edited out for godsake!  I personally kinda like the feedback but it is cool to see just hour after hour of straight dance!). Workaholics- Dang funny show!  If you dont appreciate the humor and talent of Mike Judge and Bevis and Butthead, you may not like this, but i personally think it is pretty dang funny!  About a group of 3 guys that work in an office building and basically fuck off all the time.  *note… helps if you too are stoned while watching to make the most of this comedy.:) Hotel Hell- That prolific Gordon Ramsey!  He must never sleep the amount that man works!  No wonder he has no time for pleasantries!  But there is something seriously cathartic to hear someone with such high standards that knows what the heck they are talking about read somebody.  I think i like this show because i can relate with the short fused short lipped attitude and tough love type get it done mentality.  I live with 3 guys that are all a pain in my ass and have in no choice to me, made me have to be the house hammer.  Somebody has got to keep it sane around here!  Anyway, it is always a good beginning, middle and end coming out happy that makes this show always satisfying.   … stay tuned for my review of the list of my humiliatingly guilty pleasures of crap tv!! …these are the ones that you dont want to be caught watching or you will take the route of denial!

It is time again for The X Factor UK… These are how to do it right!

I started watching The X Factor last year as a faithful patron because my friend’s little brother  and sister (unfortunately Gina was cut after boot camp) were on the show.  Chris Rene actually made it to the finals being cut 3rd.  Anyway, i would watch online and doing so, i also started watching the UK’s concurrent X Factor.  I would watch both of them usually on the same day.  What i discovered you ask?  I discovered that i believe that the UK’s version pulls truly more talent than we have here in the USA.  Maybe it was just the season, maybe it was just that group of people, but i found myself completely caught up in the UK’s and felt almost obligated out of duty in comparison to the USA’s show… (No offense Chris!)

So, when this seasons X Factor UK finally rolled around, i could not wait to watch.  I wanted to see the immense talent show through.  And i was NOT disappointed!  These two young singers are how it is supposed to be done.  With just the first episode of auditions giving up minimally these two some day to be stars, it is gearing up to be one heck of a singing competition.

I know this is really frivolous and in the big picture of life, just entertainment.  But i think that we all could use a little entertainment to brighten up our days.  Keep a watch out because i am most likely going to share the share-worthy contenders and the ones to watch.  I hope you like my first two!