Saturday, September 15, 2007

Baseball and Bravery

I am worn out, and the weekend's just begun. I don't know how I'm going to get through it all, since we still have more fun and festivities to come. I haven't slept much this week, and I think I got a bout of food poisoning or some kind of ailment that has taken a toll on my intestinal tract. I planned to go into work today to finish up yet another motion (the partner asked me to "work [my] magic" -- his words, not mine), but I decided to stay home because I'd rather use my own toilet on this frequent a basis. I am *this* close to using the Boudreaux's Butt Paste I got at Jenny's baby shower. That's how bad it is. TMI, TMI, TMI. Yes, folks, I know this is why you visit me.

Last night, the Monkeys went to the Dodger game with Brother Monkey and his roommate. It was Tommy Lasorda bobblehead night, and there was free cake for all in celebration of his 80th birthday. Here's Brother Monkey's slice. I didn't have cake. Or garlic fries. Or ice cream. Or cotton candy. Oh, the willpower! I did eat part of an Italian sausage sans bun, though. Yum. Or not. I suspect that it was either this sausage or the steak salad I had at Morton's for lunch yesterday that made me feel like shit today. I think it was Morton's, though. I'd felt a little queasy after lunch, although the poocano symptoms didn't start until today.

We left the Dodger game early to go to the Wiltern Theater to see The Bravery. Here's a tip -- call the venue to ask when the headliner will actually take the stage, so you don't need to sit through crappy opening bands. Doors opened at 7, and the show started at 8, but the nice lady at the Wiltern informed me that The Bravery wouldn't go on until 10:30. This works at bigger venues, too! Try it!

I love seeing shows at The Wiltern. There really isn't a bad seat in the house, and the art deco ceiling is amazing.

The Bravery played a good show -- not great -- but it was an enjoyable set. I really like The Sun and the Moon. It's one of those rare occasions that a band's sophomore effort outshines its debut. There are notable exceptions, of course, like No Doubt's Tragic Kingdom, which obviously eclipsed its eponymous premiere. But bands' second albums often bring disappointment. Not so here.

After the show, we stopped by yogurberry. Yes, yogurberry. Apparently, the sprout between the "r" and "b" is not a "t." I really liked the decor -- bright pink walls, black chandeliers, clear ghost chair knockoffs, and backlit alcoves featuring jars of gumballs. Very cute.

The yogurt, however, was extremely icy and not even close to the caliber of pinkberry, ce fiore, or Red Mango.They were out of mochi, which made us quite sad, so we shared a plain with strawberries, mangos, and mandarin oranges.

Word of caution: As cute as the printed wooden spoons are, they actually made our yogurt taste like wood. There were plastic spoons available, too, so we threw out the adorable wooden spoons and switched to plastic. Even though the yogurt was icy, it was still good. It's like pizza -- even bad pizza is still pizza, and therefore it's good. Get it?

Tonight we're going to KROQ's L.A. Invasion. I'm not interested in most of the bands, but I do like Hot Hot Heat, Chris Cornell, Velvet Revolver, Foo Fighters, and Smashing Pumpkins. On Monday, we're seeing Peter Bjorn and John. Thursday is time for Arcade Fire, and Muse will be our date on Friday. I'm going to be totally pooped after all of these shows.

I just hope it's not "pooped" like this morning was. TMI, TMI, TMI.


  1. I'm sorry, but the words "feel like shit" made me giggle! :)
    I hope you feel better.
    Can I interest you in a butt plug?

  2. So, so jealous. I really wanted to see the Muse. Hope you're feeling better!

  3. Poocano!!!!

    <3 <3 <3

    But seriously though, I hope you are feeling better. :)

  4. Feel better feel better feel better! And guess what, after all my griping, they're putting in a pinkberry down the street from my parents.

  5. I saw Tori Amos at the Wiltern several years ago. Love that theatre. :)

    Hope you are feeling less shitty now. Pun intended.

  6. Feel better! Sounds like you have a fun week ahead!

  7. Use the butt-paste! :) Hope you feel better, as you'll definitely "pooped-out" after all of those shows~ HA!

    omg! word verification= POOtovji

  8. i <3 the wiltern, too. so many good concerts, but it does sound tiring.

    i might need to use some butt paste on my mosquito bites. blech. hope you feel better soon.

  9. I'm so jealous we don't have any "Yogur"places in Boston. Only JP Licks and a Baskin Robbins here and there. BOO! Send some my way please...

  10. My friend was at this Bravery show...I'll ask her if she saw a crazy monkey in the crowd with her.

    I heart the Wiltern. I saw the Foo Fighters there in 2002 and it was the best. show. ever.

  11. boo for the monkey poo butt!

    this is the same reason my mother didn't make it to the shower last week. i think she got herself sick on food from her own party. :X

  12. You poor, poor thing. I hope you're feeling better by now **running off to catch up on your blog to ensure you're in fact, feeling better** Thank you for your review of Yogurtberry...they're opening one up in my neck of the woods but the website says opening "August 2007" and it's not open yet...freakin' liars!

  13. Wow. No garlic fries. I'm both sad and happy for you at the same time. I hope you are feeling better soon.

  14. a dodger game with no dodger food? what?!? :(

    hope you're feeling better.


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