Mystery Date Update

Edson & Mai

Edson & Mai

This is the guy responsible for a nicer Leo. My cousin had the picture in his phone and sent me a copy. Damn, he is so hot!

Today I attended my cousin Tisa’s birthday pool party at my cousin Michael’s house. I have a feeling that Mai would show up, and she did, minus Edson. :( I had a great time anyway.

Before Mai showed up, we were all talking at the table and my cousin informed me that Edson likes big guys. I don’t know if this is true or not, but it certainly makes me feel better, and the attention he showed me at the wedding leads me to believe this may be true. Fingers crossed!

Unfortunately, Michael also told me that Mai had been angered at the wedding because Edson did not dance with her. As such, I did not want to discuss my attraction to Edson in her presence, so as not to add insult to injury. Apparently, Mai is convince Edson is straight, but everyone else thinks he is gay.

I also found out that he is only 22. Yikes! I am 52. I think I will go for it anyway. What have I got to lose?

I was talking with Michael, asking him for stalking tips, so I can figure out a way to connect with him. I thought if I could call the place where Mai and he work and ask for him. This seems like a good plan until I found multiple listings for the company name. I also thought it would facilitate – be more professional – if I knew his last name. Brad and Michael assisted and I found out before I left the party.

Last week I had written how Edson had inspired me to be a better person, and today I proved it by sweeping up the broken cake dome that Tisa broke when she brought the birthday cake out.

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“the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day.”

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Today was my cousin’s wedding.

I had an 8:00 am appointment to get my hair cut, which was cancelled on the spot and I had to walk about a mile home because mom got the message off the machine later rather than earlier. Just as well, I had planned to resume an exercise regiment in August – I got exactly what I had planned.

The relationship with this cousin was estranged for many years due to minimal contact with that part of the family. The last time I saw a picture of him, I hated her for being so damn cute. Fastforward to 2007, the year I returned from Florida…a failure. I am introduced to this cousin – who also happens to be on the same team – and he is living my wildest dream. I play nice, knowing it’s not him, it’s me! 😀

Today was my cousin’s wedding.

I had RSVP’d that I would attending, gifting him Mirror In The Bathroom Afghan. I finished an xmas gift, before I had to leave now that I think about it. Remember this. My mood was guarded as insecurity set in. I took a knitting project to the wedding. I am not asking if this was a social faux pas; I am telling you that it is my meditation, because I can get so nasty at times. As I entered, a young man that made me feel half my age, a feeling I have not had in a very long time, and which I have learned to explore slowly for full gratification. Anyway, HE approached me, inquiring about my knitting project. I’m sorry, if that’s not knitting-god-intervention, I don’t know what is. I got the details(?) from his date – an acquaintance of mine, a friend of my cousin’s.

I HAD AN ORANGE COLORED SKY DAY! And I just played the song and sang it out loud.

Back to the story…you know I scoped out which table he was at…as announcements were being made and we were waiting to dine on some delectable food – I think it may have been Ritz Catering, as I viewed a van around the corner when I went out tricking for a cigarette. 😀 Anyway, I was right by the speakers and the din of conversation was just reverberating in the room; I needed some piece and quiet, and truth be know a little cooling off. I went out to the lobby and here he comes, sits right down next to me and we start chatting again. Because I am blood thinners, after three beers, I had caught a buzz and was feeling good. I saw him outside and went to go talk to him after dancing a bit with family and friends. Another trio joined us, one of which had the hots for another wedding guest. Being in sync with her, I made the comment that I was hoping to find a husband at this affair, to which – I am not 100% sure – he raised his hand.

Joking with my family, I told them what I had learned, most importantly, that he was on the other team. Everyone of them confirmed that he was on the same team as me. They all have better gaydar than I, and this buoyed my spirits. Later I danced with him! I got a firm hug upon departure. Oh wait! BONUS! Mom invited him to Michael’s going away party in two weeks!

Already I fanning the embers in my heart to gather enough confidence and just ask him straight out, and relay my attraction, and asking for a date.

My self esteem can be as low as I think it is if my heart can still be stirred up like that, right? The last time I felt this good, was the night I met Charlie. Charlie and I were together eleven on-again, off-again years.

Bottom line: lots of good feelings being felt

I got sidetracked at Orange Colored Sky…my mood improved so much that by the end of the day, I was sincerely happy for Brad & Michael. Meeting a certain someone literally changed me.

Back off track again…I want to be good and do the right thing and exercise and be nice and compassionate and have hope and good will to all.

What the fuck is going on?

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Welcome To My Recurring Nightmare

Recurring Nightmare

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I was working in an office and Bruce (previous boss from The Knitting Tree) was my boss. For some reason he was micro-managing me. At the end of the day, when I was so relieved to be able to go home, he comes over and says there is a reception for a visiting fiber artist and my attendance is mandatory. When we get to the restaurant, I am relieved to see Raul, José and some other friends from Sober on South Beach. Between drinking and talking things out with my sober friends, my mood improved and Bruce faded into the background. I even managed to improve my mood enough to hit it off with the visiting fiber artist.

Is the end in sight for this recurring nightmare?

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Welcome To My Nightmare

Recurring Nightmare

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After dining at Dinah’s, I don’t know why or how I got there, but I was at The Knitting Tree again. Once again, they needed help and I offered, but this time I was going to get paid. An old acquaintance/customer – Theresa – needed help with her purchase. As I was ringing her up, the receipt tape broke. We notified Bruce (co-owner) and instead of brushing the low-cost malfunction off, like he normally would, he charged us $481.00 a piece to replace the receipt tape. I was shocked that he would gouge us so much. He even went as far as to make a snarky comment that he was charging us retail, so as to re-cup the money due to me for helping out for an hour or so.

I don’t understand why this recurring them keeps popping up in my nightmares, or why they are progressively worsening.

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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015)

 The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (2015)

SYNOPSIS

SpongeBob SquarePants, the world’s favorite sea dwelling invertebrate, comes ashore to our world for his most super-heroic adventure yet.

Source: Official Movie Website

REVIEW

I used to watch Spongebob with my mom’s day care kids, and finally thought it was so stupid. Today, I think it is stupidly funny. I was especially excited to see this movie as Bob and friends become 3D characters; unfortunately, it was not until the final quarter of the movie.

I was not sure that Antonio Banderas was Burger Beard, but my research just confirmed it.

Funny and entertaining, especially if you have kids with whom you can watch the movie.

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Jupiter Ascending (2015)

Jupiter Ascending

SYNOPSIS

Jupiter Jones (Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people’s houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along—her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.

Source: Official Movie Website

REVIEW

Much better than I expected. Unfortunately for me, I forgot to increase the brightness on my television until the movie was 3/4 done. I don’t know how original the plot was, but it was entertaining despite another lame love story. I loved the Caine (Channing Tatum) character! Men with wings are just so damn attractive, genetically engineered, or not. I thought Mila’s family provided good laughs. Lots of action. I didn’t recognize Eddie Redmayne as the evil Balam Abrasax, but he was perfect in the role.

Action-packed!

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Ex Machina (2015)

Ex Machina

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SYNOPSIS

Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, makes his directorial debut with the stylish and cerebral thriller, EX MACHINA.

Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac).

Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test-charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence.

Source: Official Movie Website

REVIEW

Interesting movie with an intelligent, though sad twist. I worked on detangling a hank of yarn during my viewing and managed to handle both projects well. The movie is creepy and a bit slow, but steady. I found Oscar Isaac kind of attractive. I thought Alicia Vikander, as Ava was a striking character.

Great plot!

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Minions (2015)

Minions

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SYNOPSIS

Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world.

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REVIEW

I love the minions since the first Despicable movie. I was excited to see how and where they began. Kathleen took me for my birthday, last Friday, to a matinee at the new Cinemark Playa Vista. Beautiful, but until they finish, it appears that driving there will be a big mess with only one lane entry/egress. The popcorn was DELICIOUS, despite a concession employee with a sucky attitude. An usher with a bubbly, friendly attitude canceled Ms. Attitude out and you know I commented to management.

The movie is not specific as to how the minions were created, but follows their evolution and work history from boss to boss until such time we are brought up to historical current times, where they are working for Scarlett Overkill (Sandra Bullock). From that point forward, the story kind of lost it’s momentum, but comes back with a great ending, where we see how their relationship with Gru began. About fifteen minutes into the movie, I swear I was understanding the minions. The soundtrack was awesome. While the ending credits were rolling, one of the kids seated near me was singing one of the songs in perfect minionese. Loved that!

The preview for the movie The Secret Life of Pets was excellent. As a pet owner, I can’t wait to see that movie.

Fun movie.

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Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

Fifty Shades of Grey

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SYNOPSIS

Fifty Shades of Grey is the hotly anticipated film adaptation of the bestselling book that has become a global phenomenon. Since its release, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has been translated into 51 languages worldwide and sold more than 100 million copies in e-book and print—making it one of the biggest and fastest-selling book series ever.

Stepping into the roles of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, who have become iconic to millions of readers, are Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.

Joining Dornan and Johnson in the cast are Luke Grimes as Elliot, Christian’s brother; Victor Rasuk as José, Anastasia’s close friend; Eloise Mumford as Kate, Anastasia’s best friend and roommate; Marcia Gay Harden as Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey, Christian’s mother; Rita Ora as Mia, Christian’s sister; Max Martini as Taylor, Christian’s bodyguard; Callum Keith Rennie as Ray, Anastasia’s stepfather; Jennifer Ehele as Carla, Anastasia’s mother; and Dylan Neal as Bob, Carla’s husband.

Fifty Shades of Grey is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and produced by Michael de Luca and Dana Brunetti alongside E.L. James, the creator of the series. The screenplay for the film is by Kelly Marcel.

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REVIEW

I must retract my previous snide comments about this movie, as they were premature and based on the sex scenes that I knew would be tamed down for general movie-going audiences.

As a matter of fact, and speaking from personal experience as a dominant and submissive, I thought they captured the dynamic much better than they even thought they would. The sensual tension was palpable and very erotic. The cat and mouse game that arose from Anastasia’s point of view, was creatively clever, whether intended or not. I found Grey’s history very interesting and would like to know more in the upcoming sequels.

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My Birthday

I managed to get everything done early enough to relax a bit before the festivities began. The menu included chicken mole, rice, beans, salsa, chips, fresh fruit (melons and berries), cookies from Verna (chocolate chip, lemon sugar and snickerdoodles), cake, vanilla ice cream.

Received some cool gifts, but was more happy that some people came out to celebrate with me.

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