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ZzzzzZ in Every Bottle…

…and No Kidding.

When I’m stressed, I tend to become insomniac. I always feel like there’s one more thing I could have done today, or one other thing that I could have memorized, or one other thing I should not have done (such as watch cartoons like Hoodwinked). So, I figure that I need to reboot my circadian rhythm. I’ve been a fan of Neuro Sonic and Neuro Bliss.  So, today on a break, I went downstairs to Famima and bought a bottle of Neuro Sleep.

I drink this bottle of Neuro Sleep, and 20 minutes later I get this distinct woozy, almost drunken feeling. One moment, I’m sitting there typing about Justiciability for a Constitutional Law essay and bam! I feel like I’m about to fall over. I sort of catch myself and realize I’m distinctly leaning over to the right.

Yes, I can barely keep my head up.

Whatever is in that Neuro Sleep stuff is, it works. I don’t know if I wanted it to work this well…cuz I can barely finish a coherent thought and typing this review is arduous.  I thought I’d have an hour or so before I’d get woozy.

Wow. I’m kind of impressed. And woozy. Good night, world.

i loveeee youuuuu! (that’s the drink talking. just sayin’.)

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I finally graduated from Law School on May 16, 2010.

Whew.

It was one of those days that none of my friends could really sufficiently look forward to because we were so so so stressed and swamped up to the last day leading to it because of Law School Finals. By the time the last final rolled away, we were way too tired and mentally drained to muster up the proper kind of excitement that graduating from Law School should have evoked.

On the other hand, we also knew that it wasn’t really over yet.

We still had the California Bar Exam to look forward to. So, there was no point in celebrating ourselves senseless when we were just going to hit the books again (even harder) anyway. If there was ever a buzz kill, it would be bar prep.

But I digress. Graduation wasn’t the point of this blog entry. It was the food I had after graduation.

Nomnomnom…

My best friends and I all brought our friends and families to 26Beach Restaurant in Venice.

The food was amazeballs.

Iwas actually pretty surprised since well, I didn’t actually research the place. @Sigh picked it and Melman, Evee and I just said yes because we all wanted to be together.Furthermore, it wasn’t like I didn’t try to research the place. Their website isn’t the most impressive. I honestly think they should just contact my friend YC and have her design a website which would load faster, had better graphics, and was more user-friendly. Plus, the section that said “History and Reviews” was “Under Construction”. It’s been months now, and it’s still under construction. So, who knows when we will actually get to find out how 26Beach came to be.

So, the general idea was that it was a good pasta, burger, pizza, sandwich place. I chalked it up to everyday American/Californian fare.

Which was true.

Just very good everyday American/Californian fare.

Below are some of the food we ordered at our late lunch/early dinner. Everything was so good. I would definitely go back.

Coctel de Ceviche – fresh red snapper marinated in lime juice w/ chopped tomatoes, red onion, jalapenos, black olives, avocado and cilantro

Red Chile Pork Chops – 2 frenched center cut pork chops, marinated with crushed red chile and herbs, giving this dish a delicious mild bite – served with rice & black beans

Striped Bass Vera Cruz – a whole roasted bass served with fresh salsa, rice & black beans – a real delicacy

Filet o’Sole Sandwich – lettuce, heirloom tomato, homemade tarter sauce on a fresh brioche bun

It was a little expensive with the main entrees averaging around $25. However, the portions were large and the food good, so I would say it was worth it. They also sat our entire group in the outside patio/heated garden. The decor was very eclectic: flowers and trees against exposed brick, there was antique furniture, mismatched wrought-iron chairs, and other random charming pieces.  The staff also seemed very helpful and friendly.

Overall, I was really pleasantly surprised by the place.

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So AP took me out for a birthday dinner Thursday night. We went to Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Restaurant and took advantage of their DineLA Restaurant Week prixe fixe three-course meal.  Then we headed to LA Live and had a couple of drinks at Lucky Strike Lanes.  Then, we caught a movie.

Because it was my “birthday” all over again, I got to choose the movie. I could be as geeky as I wanted, and of course I gave AP two choices: Daybreakers or Legion. (LoL.) He picked Legion, thinking it was the less-trendy-vampire-geeky choice.

It wasn’t a bad choice.

 

In fact, it had the hottest, coolest, most bad-ass angels I’ve ever seen. 

Paul Bettany is hotter than ever as the Archangel Michael. He’s been an obnoxious bard and an albino monk killer, and everything else in between, so why not be the coolest God-defying angel around, too?  Bettany’s got the thin-lipped, pale blue-eyed, coldly handsome looks to pull off the desperate kind of defiance required for the role. He’s got the physique and carriage to believably make Archangel Michael accessible yet imposing. 

Or maybe I just like the coat he was wearing. 

Either way, Bettany as Archangel Michael makes me want to do bad things…just so he would have a reason to come down and try to smite me. *griiins.*

 The best surprise for me, though, was the casting of Kevin Durand as Gabriel. What better way to use his 6’6″ frame and deep, deep baritone voice than as one of God’s mighty angels? In the Bible, Gabriel is considered a “messenger” angel as opposed to a warrior-type archangel. I’d like to think Gabriel had the same deep, reverberating voice that Durand has when he delivered God’s messages.  Haha! In the movie, however, he is an archangel and he has a great fight scene with Michael, who has chosen to fall from grace to save humanity. See below for the beginning of the fight.

 

The reimagining of the archangel is just so awesome that AP and I had to look at each other in amazed delight. 

The movie had its obvious plot holes and there were points in the movie that were so bizarre I had to laugh out loud.  There were cliches left and right, but hey…it was one heck of a fun ride anyway.

It was definitely a fun birthday night!

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The Burton Clash is…A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.

I read the reviews, and it was even featured on my “To Carve the Learning Curve” post a year ago. I finally put up the cash to purchase a used Burton Clash 142. No regrets.

I started snowboarding on a Burton LTR. It is probably the most basic of all beginner boards. It’s sturdy, wide, heavy, and will definitely get the beginner up and going. But it was a tough board to carve on. Good for leafing, not so much for the cruising and carving. Definitely do not attempt jumps on a board that heavy and unflexible. Overall, after mastering what my friend, PD calls “the ancient chinese art of Leafing”, I felt the need to move on.

I bought the cheapest board I could find on ebay. It was an Artec Vixen. It was cute; it had hearts. It was longer than my LTR. It was narrower. It was also lighter. I rode that board and didn’t want to go back to my LTR. It was just a lot lighter and easier to maneuver.  But it still wasn’t enough. I was catching edges. It wasn’t flexing.

So, I sold the LTR and used the proceeds to buy my Clash.

I rode it for the first time this weekend at Big Bear (Bear Mountain), and whoo boy…I’m in love. Okay, so I would disclaim that Big Bear had just had about 5-7 feet of snow dumped on it in the last four days, so the conditions were top notch (for Big Bear).  But the board…well, it made my day, too.  It’s responsive and light. It is so maneuverable that it made carving just all that much easier and snowboarding exponentially more fun. It’s got Cruise Control technology which really cuts on my tendency to catch an edge.  It’s slightly directional, so it’s set-back a little bit which makes carving a bit easier (i.e. catching an edge less likely). But it also means it’s not really for those who ride switch often (which is something that only happens accidentally with me).

It’s just great to find a board that fits. This is the board that will definitely help me progress. And to top it all off, it only cost me $70 on ebay. *grriiins*

Snowboarding is love.

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My other Boyfriend is a Wolf.

New Moon

Jacob Black

Yes, I am giving in to the Call of the Cougar. Who cares? If guys like him really did just drop in through windows like in New Moon, I’d keep my windown open always. 

I was thoroughly amused and did indeed look over at EV for a bunch of giggle fests whenever the Shirtless-Wolf-Wonder came on the screen.  I also giggled everytime the great Edward Cullen appeared and moved in slow motion.  The movie, yeah, was kind of lame.  But again, who cares?  Have you NOT seen Jacob Black?

‘Nuff said.

(okay, end of Cougarishness. please don’t call the authorities.)

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gator tacos

gator tacos

E.V. and I were studying for the MPRE’s and were, as is often with the both of us, struck with the pangs of hunger.  We decided to take a break from studying…yeah, right, cuz we were really deep into our BarBri review books.

So, on our way to Boston Market, she points out L.O.’s Cafe — which stands for Luigi Ortega’s Cafe.  She said that they had awesome and really eclectic food.

No kidding.

They serve alligator and turtle.

They have ostrich, too.

Not only that, but they somehow serve Italian food and Mexican food fused into a somewhat confused, but workable combination.  They also have disco in the bathroom.  It’s the red button.  Press it at your own risk.  Needless to say, I jumped a foot away from it after I pressed it, and E.V. did her little shriek of surprised-pleasure.

I haven’t tried much of their food, except for the gator tacos, but so far so good.  I’ll definitely be back to bring friends for their crazy fun happy hour atmosphere and anyone who is willing to try turtle chili.  I heard that it was an award-winning recipe.

In any case, it’s a winner in my book, just cuz it’s so darn entertaining just eating there.

LUIGI ORTEGA’S CAFE
1655 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91106
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fish tacos

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Terminator: Salvation

I’ve always been a great big sci-fi geek, which naturally makes me a great big Terminator franchise fan.  Thus, I eagerly awaited the arrival of Terminator: Salvation and watched it the week that it came out with my friend PMaster.

I really liked it.  I mean, first of all, Christian Bale is John Connor.  This is a drastically huge improvement from Nick Stahl.  On the other hand, they really almost evened-out the field when they replaced Claire Danes with Bryce Dallas Howard.  I think that there was so much of Danes’s spunk that was lost in the watery blue eyes of Howard.

But, I enjoyed Moon Bloodgood and Sam Worthington a lot.

I mean with a name like Moon Bloodgood…how can you not like her?

The little girl, Jadagrace (as Star) and Anton Yelchin (in another cool role in a huge summer blockbuster, as Kyle Reese) really rounded out the cast of characters for me.  I think they all gave solid performances.  I really only didn’t like Byrce Dallas Howard.

I really liked the idea of such an intricate little trick to kill John Connor as to create a human-robot hybrid that could instill trust and sympathy from Connor.  It was a bold undertaking. I think Sam Worthington did the best portrayal he could of the character he was given.  I wish they could have gone deeper into the storyline.

But such is the case with all summer blockbusters.  The more the bang the bigger the buck.

Overall, a solid B.

Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins-Special Shoot

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Encore: Wolverine

My mother has the biggest crush on Hugh Jackman.

HUGE.

So, naturally, on her birthday we took her to watch Wolverine.  Nevermind that I’ve already seen it and wasn’t totally impressed.  Anything for mom. *coughs* not-that-I-don’t-have-the-second-biggest-crush-on-hugh-jackman-or-anything *coughs*

And surprise, surprise: Wolverine is actually really good when you don’t expect it to be.

Just sayin.

Encore gets a B+.

whaddya know.

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It’s the first day of Law School and I’m sitting in this large classroom filled with bright young students typing furiously away on their laptops learning something along the lines of Legal Methods.  The instructor is talking about some magical moment when a student actually begins to understand the root of a law school problem…that moment when the professor’s Socratic method stops being torturous and becomes logical…she grins slightly and declares, “It’s like having a Vulcan mind-meld with your professor.”

Yeah, that went right over my head.

Until last night.

I saw Star Trek and I had a moment of pure clarity when Mr. Nimoy performs the Vulcan Mind Meld on Chris Pine.  Aha!  So that’s what a Vulcan Mind Meld is!  Leave it to me to not even bother to look it up for a whole year and a half since Legal Methods class.  But watching the movie felt like a piece of a giant pop culture puzzle just started to click into place for me, and while I’m generations late, I’m signing up for the Star Fleet!!!

I loved the movie, especially Spock.  I really enjoyed how he tried so very hard to be the stoic Vulcan, but always, always manages to give in to his human nature so very effortlessly.  Mmm…I like me them tortured ones.

Chris Pine was very foine eye-candy as well. I cannot complain there.  I didn’t even mind the several times he was choked in the movie.  He definitely has his comic timing down pat.

And speaking of flawless comic timing…what about John Cho and his fencing?  Loved it.  Love him!

The movie definitely had great character development, a storyline that wasn’t entirely confusing, excellent comedic & dramatic performances and fabulous special effects.

There were only 3 things I didn’t like about the movie.  I despised the kid who played young Kirk (really bad acting, kid), there should have been more fun training scenes, and finally….the movie should have been longer!

For all of the above, I give Star Trek a solid A.

PS, all this while, every time they said, “Beam me up, Scotty,” I thought “scotty” was a machine.  Nope. Another puzzle piece clicked in place.  Scotty=person/ship engineer. gotcha. thanks.

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Wolverine

WOLVERINE

WOLVERINE

I watched Wolverine at the 12:09 AM showing the day it opened.  The night before my first law school final of the semester. Yeah, I wanted to watch it that bad.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t as awesome as I expected.

My friend asked me what I thought…and it was really quite sad when all I could muster was, “It was okay.”  He sighed and said the same thing.  But neither of us could really pinpoint what was so wrong.  It had ALL the right ingredients to be fantastic:

  1. HUGH JACKMAN
  2. Special Effects
  3. Awesome fight scenes
  4. A great back story

But at the end of it, I was left distinctly unsatisfied.  I felt like the movie never really reached a climax.  There was so much room for so much more plot development that by simply touching on everything, I was left dissatisfied.  It was all flash and no content.  It was reducing an epic poem like The Odyssey into a limerick.

Plus, I was a fan of the comics, the old cartoons, the trading cards and the like…and I was unhappy with some of the changes they made to the storyline and the characters.   For example, as hot as Daniel Henney was as Agent Zero, the comic book character was supposed to be a guy named David North who is East German.  Not half-Korean, half-British hotness.  Not that I’m really complaining about that choice, but simply to emphasize the difference in their adaptation of the comics.

I was also pretty sure it was not Silver Fox that led to Wolverine’s demise, but Lady Deathstrike, as Yuriko Oyama, Wolverine’s fiancee.  I also thought it was her father who invented adamantium in the first place.  *shrug*

However, there’s still Hugh Jackman.  One can never go wrong there.  He was all rippling muscle and thrilling snarls.  Anger and testosterone. Animal magnetism and … um … facial hair.  Suffice it to say, I at least enjoyed having him on screen 90% of the time.

Liev Schrieber was also really really good in his role as Sabretooth.  He was that kind of character that really had no qualms about killing for the heck of it, where everything served no greater purpose than his own.

Ryan Reynolds, as always, also adds humor & his hot body to the movie as Deadpool.

However, aside from those three, I didn’t think the rest of the roles were very well-acted.

It’s still a popcorn-munching fun of a blockbuster movie for sure, though!  I’d still recommend watching it in theaters for the special effects, and waiting for the DVD which will hopefully have better character development in the deleted scenes.

Grade: B-

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