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New Year’s 2010

A classic almost every New Year’s, its my list of things I have done on NYE over the years..
1990-1995 Disneyland
1995/6 Universal CityWalk
1996/7 Disneyland
1997/8 Club Universe
1998/9 Dad’s House
1999/2000 The crazy disco Hollywood sign affair
2000/1 Santa Barbara
2001/2 Working at Disneyland
2002/3 Working at Disneyland/Horrible Club in Hollywood
2003/4- Quality Time at Home
2004/5 – Sick at Home
2005/6 – Working at Buzz
2006/7 – Quality Time at Home
2007/8 – Quality Time at Home (I’m certain I was asleep well before midnight)
2008/9 – Working at Disneyland/Long Beach Bar with Nathan and Daniel
2009/10 – I worked until 10 at Disneyland then raced home to watch CNN.
It seems more than not, I am celebrating at home where it is nice and safe and free of drama. This year, I could not bring myself to watch Dick Clark struggle to do the countdown and instead watch Kathy Griffin make Anderson Cooper blush and giggle.
If I remember, I think next year I want to go to someone’s New Year’s Eve party or have one at my place. I will be interested to see if I can pull it off!

Kris and Laura’s Wedding

Originally uploaded by Club Josh.

I had a great time at their wedding which took place in July in Griffith Park – just below the Observatory! It was great to see all of Kris’ relatives, some who I haven’t seen since the late 1980s and early 1990s. I left the wedding with a sincere bond of family – mainly due to the small number of attendees, but also from the fact that people I met for the first time talked to me like I was one of the family and made me feel welcome. It was a really special day. I love these small family weddings just as much as the classic weddings. I do think that when the day comes that I get married, my ceremony is going to be somewhere on the scale of Kris’ wedding as well as Mark’s wedding and Susie’s wedding. My days of wanting a wedding from the Sound of Music are pretty much over.
More photos can be found here

Late Summer Goings On

I am getting back into the swing of things after a low-energy week and a bout of something of a chest cold. Knowing my luck, it was probably H1N1, but I won’t find out for several years. Now that I am back up to 90% or so, I have to turn my attention to several exciting events on the Club Josh Calendar.
First up, tomorrow is the 54th Anniversary of Disneyland, always a fun day for me at work (nothing compares to the 50th in 2005 and the craziness that ensued). Tomorrow, in addition to all the festivities, Marty Sklar gets his long overdue window on Main Street. He is finally retiring which is sort of sad, but glad he is still around to receive the window and still tell stories of Walt and the fun days of WED back in the 50’s and 60’s. Marty was a special guest at our opening party for the Nemo crew back in 2007, and it was a highlight that he came down and told stories about Walt and the original subs. I’m hoping to get a photo with him to add to my series of “Imagineers with a Window on Disneyland’s Main Street with Josh” photos. (Joining Bob Gurr).
After that is the gala wedding celebration for my friend Kris. I have known him now for over 24 years and will get a chance to summarize that relationship during the wedding. I have a rough idea of what I am going to say, but still want to put some more thought into it. My usual route will be to jot some notes down in the bumper to bumper traffic up to Silverlake, so I endeavor to not wait until the last minute. Tomorrow night I want to go shopping for a nice comfortable outfit to survive the heat. Thank goodness he’s not getting married in Arizona!
After that, it will be off to the aforementioned hot heartland of Arizona – Phoenix to visit the relatives. Shooting for either the end of July or the end of August. July would be preferable since we are planning a quick trip to Georgia and Tennessee in September. Really, I do not have a sweat fetish, but it seems like I will be visiting a lot of sweaty places this year. Combine that with a Summer-for-them visit to Argentina in December, I think I need to head to Alaska or Finland or someplace cool next year!

Still Alive!

Man what a crazy month it has been! Since my return to Guest Relations at the beginning of May, my life has figuratively and literally been turned upside down. The main reason figuratively is that I have been working Grad Nites and closing shifts which really throw my internal clock off and it takes lots of sleeping and general lethargy to get back to any sense of reality.
The biggest change literally was Daniel’s accident on May 13. Most of you know via Facebook or Twitter, but Daniel fractured his right femur on May 13 and was admitted to the hospital and had to have surgery to insert a metal rod and some pins into his leg in order to get it back into tip top shape. Unfortunately, it has resulted in a 3 month recovery period which will last for most of the summer.
Daniel spent 6 days in the hospital recovering from surgery, and is now living with his parents since he still cannot put any pressure on his right leg. Since he is pretty much a hermit in his parent’s house, I have been spending a bunch of time over there in my off time. It does not leave time left for much else, especially in the beginning.
I think in the last week, I have really settled into a routine where I can visit with him, and still start to take care of the laundry and other chores around the house (and web sites!!). Of course, my body finally forced me to take a break, and I had a minor cold this week and really had to hit the Day-Quil and take it easy.
Thankfully, I have recovered enough for the big wedding this weekend! I’m happy for Matt and Steve as they finally get to celebrate their marriage from last year. Daniel and I planned to attend in his new Prius, but it looks like we will have to go another time, once he can drive and actually buy his new Prius. The time in Sacto will also allow me to get some other web work done without all the distractions on my iMac.
Should be a fun weekend, and I will try and post photos and updates while I am there.
Website note: I hope to have the new homepage pushed soon, so you can follow my Tweets right here. I think I like more Twitter updates than less, so I think I will post 3-4 tweets instead of the one status update I originally planned to do. I think at that time I will also unlatch Twitter and Facebook…

Getting Out of Town

Since my appearance on The Price is Right, things have really been slow and pretty non-exciting. Not a lot to report, and even the best I can do on Twitter is the occasional tweet here and there.
The next few weeks are shaping up to be interesting, and to get ready, I am ducking out of town to go to San Jose with Tara, Leslie, and Daniel. I had put off the actual decision making for awhile pending my work schedule, but yesterday decided that I needed to get away. Granted, I wish I was taking advantage of the low fares to New Zealand, but I couldn’t even afford to get a plane ticket to Northern California. I also wanted to have the time in the car with my own thoughts and enjoying some tunes. It should be a fun quick getaway.
My list of want-to-travel locations is getting rather lengthy and I think I need to start going places. Hopefully the money situation will improve or the Royal Geographic Society starts funding me.
Be sure to follow me on Twitter as I will be micro-blogging during the trip!

Six Years in the Making

Ever since I moved into my current apartment, I have wanted to take my bike and ride it to Huntington Beach down the Santa Ana River. When I was in the Boy Scouts, we took a ride from Angel’s Stadium and rode down the river to the beach and then over to El Dorado Park where we spent the night. The next day we finished the ride by biking all the way back to Arcadia. It was a fairly easy journey (that I remember), and I was eager to retrace at least part of the trip. I figured it wasn’t that far – maybe 9 miles or so to Huntington via the river since it is nearby.
So six years later, Daniel and I finally headed for a bike ride. Being out of shape and not having been on the bikes since we rode around the park back in April 2007 (holy cow it has been two years!!) the onset of the ride was a bit tough. Before long, we hit our stride and headed down the river. Of course, I brought the bike pump and a wrench to make sure everything stayed together. I adjusted my seat a few times and Daniel’s seat as well. Daniel has a newer Beach Cruiser bike with no gears, so hills were a bit tough for him, but he at least had the Cadillac of seats. My blue mountain bike had a nice concrete seat that became a challenge later on in the day.
It took us an hour to get to the beach proper, and then another 45 minutes or so to make it up to the pier and find some place to have lunch. I wanted to try one of the classic Huntington Beach snack stands, but we opted for Subway instead. I think if we do this again, we will pack a lunch and some drinks in a backpack and make a picnic out of it.
I was suprised how crowded it was for a mild Winter’s day near the pier, but the rest of the beach, especially the State Park section were blissfully empty. We also saw a wedding as we rode past.
Heading home, we had a much more pleasant trip since the wind was at our backs, and other than sore parts and a brief stop at the Moon park in Costa Mesa, it was uneventful. As much as I’d like to think we would make this a monthly outing, since it was two years since our last trip, I am not promising anything. The round trip was about 20 miles altogether and thankfully flat!
I’ll post a few photos on Flickr soon!

Kris in LA

I spent a great couple of hours with Kris this past Monday and I can honestly say I was glowing for the rest of the week!
It’s been 6 plus years since we last sat face to face at a Film Festival in London, and a lot has happened to both of us. Thankfully we keep in touch and therefore we are quasi updated on goings on in our lives. He has a slight advantage since I publish Club Josh, but it’s not too long before I catch up.
There is a very good chance that he will be in LA more frequently this year, and the very thought is amazing to me. We have been friends since the 8th grade, and it’s been over 20 years since we have lived in the same town, let alone state. While I tend to get a bit nostalgic with him, what excites me is the possibility of new adventures that lie ahead. I so am going to drag him out on the town to discover new places and I certainly hope he drags me around as well!!
Photos of our meet and greet coming soon…