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Monday, June 29, 2009

You will get nothing AND LIKE IT!

I think the hotel may have read my earlier blog post.
Because the next time I stayed there, the cds were gone.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Saw a black widow spider in my parent's recycling bin.

So I recycled a phone book on it.

Monday, June 22, 2009

New York Trip: Last Post

So when I was in New York I also got to meet up with Michael Emerson. In fact we even got to be on The View together.
We had dinner at this great little restaurant called Joe Allen.
He told me that all of the posters on the wall came from musicals that closed almost immediately after opening.
The funniest thing for me was how tiny the restroom was.
Now I've been to a restroom that was so small that I had to step around the toilet to close the door.
But you literally rotate from the toilet to the sink.
And then rotate back to get a towel.
That is small.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Dear Kubrick,

You know you did a good job on the likeness when the face recognition software on my new computer can identify Dom and I.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Best. Period.

Whenever I am in New York there is one place I must visit EVERY TIME.
And that one place is
2005. It was my first Upfronts.
Burky took me there to try the best burger I have ever had. Period.
And it still is.

Burky and I have gone there whenever we've found ourselves in New York together.
When we went to New York to promote the McFarlane toys in 2006, we took Greg Grunberg there and made him a believer.

I know people have their favorite burgers out there. And that's great. But if you ever want the best. Go here.

If you get the burger there, get it how they make it. Just a plain cheeseburger. Don't put ketchup on it. Just take a bite. Trust me it doesn't need anything. The burger and bun will melt in your mouth.

This last trip I introduced my buddy Rian to it.
I was so anxious I took a bite before I remembered that I had wanted to take a picture of it for the blog.
I was more patient the next time.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

So... where do you put the candles?

If you Google the word "cake" and then click on images.
The second image you get is this:
Creepy huh?

P.S. No, I don't usually Google things like "cake." Beth sent me the link actually. I think she's Googling "candy" now.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Fallon has Weird Knobs


Man I'm still blogging about my New York trip in May.

So the purpose of the trip was to do Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,
where I also got to meet the Lonely Island guys who were on the same show as me.
Also to my surprise his stage manager used to be my neighbor when we were little.

But this is about my dressing room.
When I got in I noticed this knob.
This is what I do. When I go into a new room or house I want to know what all of the switches on the wall do.
I couldn't figure out what it was for so I followed it up the wall
where I found this other knob.
Now this knob is in a speaker in the ceiling. So if it's to control anything, only the tall or exceptionally long armed (law men and gorillas) can adjust it.

It turned out that both of them don't do anything anymore.

They may have been to control the volume on what's going on onstage. But that is merely a best guess.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

I Have A New TV

Yes I have returned to civilization.
Having the luxury of television on this side of the island has taken it's toll on the TV's internal system of boards and wires. And with all of the corrosion inside it would only be a matter of time before the next thing broke on it. So in a way it's good, that two things went wrong within 24 hours of each other. Because the repair man removed everything he put in the last time, took the whole visit as a wash, and said that I was better off replacing the TV.

So I headed out to Hawaii's last remaining electronics superstore. This was a pretty eye-opening experience. For one thing, to get a TV like the one I had to toss at the transfer station, I would pay over a $1,000 dollars less and get more HDMI inputs than I have stuff to put into them. This is important to remember for next time the TV breaks after the service agreement expires. I was still basing my repair budget on the old price, not the replacement price. That was stupid.

The most important thing for me was to get something that I could take home that day. I got it home connected everything. And turned it on. It took a second. A second I wasn't prepared for. I almost lost it. Then it clicked on. Whew!

Learning a new television is like learning a new language. What was second nature now requires grabbing another remote control. I have some reprogramming to do. Cross your fingers.

Friday, June 12, 2009

That's an odd bench

Here's a picture of me sitting on the lap of this statue at one of the entrances to Central Park.
If you think this is easy check out where he keeps his sword.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Go See The Brothers Bloom

I don't know if I told you I went to high school with Rian Johnson.
Well I did. But that's not why you should see his new movie The Brothers Bloom.

It's damn good. Trust me I went there looking for something not to like. Something I could go back to him with, to offer my critique. I didn't find anything. 

And I was stoked to see that it was playing in Hawaii. I went immediately, because I didn't have a chance to see it in Los Angeles.

I got a chance to hang out with Rian in New York when I was there for the Jimmy Fallon Show. He happened to be there at the same time giving talks and premiering his movie. 
This was a little weird for me. I mean I've hung out in New York as a grown up. I've hung out with people I went to high school with. But both at the same time... felt... weird. (It's okay I got over it. )

By the way if you haven't seen his other movie Brick. Netflix it. It's fantastic. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Lost: One Shoe

Well I've been home for a week now. And I guess it's time to quit denying it. 
Somewhere in my travels I lost the other pair to this shoe.
So if you happen to be in a hotel in Munich, Madrid, New York, or Beverly Hills. 
Or if you happen to be staying at my parents' house and you see a shoe that looks just like this one, only lefty, it's mine. 
Maybe I left it at the Emerson's when I stayed at their place.
I'm pretty sure I wore both shoes repeatedly when I was visiting my parents so I think Europe is a long shot. 
It has to be in California or Hawaii. (Good, that narrows it down.)
Either way. I can't work with one shoe. I'll hold onto it a little longer, just in case (Michael? Mom?) but then that's it. 
Damn! I can't believe I lost a shoe. I mean what am I? A four year old? 

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Man! It feels like the olden days.

So the TV broke like a week ago. The big one in the living room. The "good one." The one that all the cool stuff is connected to. Broken. So I moved it aside until I could get someone to come over and fix it. And I grabbed the TV out of the studio and brought it into the living room. 

Something we didn't take into account is how far away the couch is from the much smaller television. It was so hard to read the listings on the cable guide. 

But last Friday a technician came out and replaced the lamp. Hmm... not the problem. He replaced the ballast. (Whatever that is.) Looks good. He closed the TV and went on his way. I moved the "B Team" television back to the studio. This is not an easy heft. The whole time doing that quickstep thing you do when you're about to drop something heavy while Beth makes sure the doors are open and all steps are clear. 

Sunday, the TV won't turn on. Damn. 

Life at home without TV is odd for me. It kinda feels like vacation when you go to a country where there is no TV in the room or you have no reason to watch it because you don't understand anything.  Actually that's not right, I still watch anyway because you never know when you might see something crazy on foreign TV. 

Life without TV is borderline camping. 

It's pitiful really. Without TV I'm finding myself going to bed way earlier than I normally would. I try reading in bed but it just puts me to sleep. So I fall asleep way too early. Which only makes me wake up way too early. I hate waking up so early that I still set off the motion sensor outside when I walk by. 

The dog won't even wake up that early. I mean she'll humor me and go outside and pee. But then she goes back to the bed. And I'm wide awake. With the internet. 

Okay. Maybe it's not the olden days then. But it has it's "old timey" moments.

It's been two days... I think I'm going to have to poach the telly from the studio again. 

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Central Park Zoo TOO

So here's the rest of the zoo pics.

There are four snakes in this enclosure. I think it was two tree boa constrictors and two ground boa constrictors. 
They share the enclosure with a single gecko. 
Who appears to spend most of his time at the tippy top of the tree trunk. 
That's as far away as he can get. 

There were a few shared enclosures I thought were pretty funny. Like they keep bats together with alligators. This keeps the bats flying which is what the people want to see. 

This is the enclosure for the Golden Lion Headed Tamarin.

It's a little tricky to spot, but one of these branches is not real. Look closely.

I love these turkeys. 
It looks like they were hit in the head with a cartoon hammer. 
(I had to google that picture because you can't quit make out the bump on  mine.)

We had to push the kids aside to get this picture. 
We tried to wait for our turn, but the other kids weren't playing by that rule. I blame their parents. 


Saturday, June 6, 2009

Central Park Zoo

I visited the Central Park Zoo with a couple of friends. 
The star of this place is Gus a GINORMOUS polar bear.

He shares the enclosure with Ida who slept most of the time. 
By the way if you find yourself sleeping on a bar mat, you'll get more cushion if you fold it and double it up. 

I have no real proof, but I believe this is their toilet.

Friday, June 5, 2009

New York Trip

So I went to New York a few weeks ago to do Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

They put me up at Le Parker Meridien. This was a very entertaining hotel.

First off, check out this key. 
It's huge! I kept whipping it out to show my friends because I'd never seen a key that big. Is this supposed to make it harder to lose or easier, because it's not like I can fit this into my wallet for safe keeping now. 

These are the glasses in the bathroom. 
These are also the kind of glasses used for tequila shooters in CancĂșn. But here you can rinse your toothpaste out with them. 

The Laundry form was written like a police report. 
"Your clothes are so dirty it's a crime"

And the room service menu has a whole page dedicated to food for your pets. 
Which also includes a CD of "mood music" for them. 

I liked staying in this hotel. And they serve the best breakfast in New York here. 

This has nothing to do with the hotel, but when I got to the hotel I noticed I had a silvery gray mark on my thumb. 
Don't know what I rubbed up against to do that. And I was able to wash it off. But I found it to be mysterious. Did I thumb wrestle one of those silver painted robot street performers?

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Fox Studio Murals

I love when I have meetings at FOX because they have these great murals painted on the sides of their stages. 

These are a few I snapped quickly when I went to my appointment there.

The Oxbow Incident
The Seven Year Itch
The Simpsons and The Empire Strikes Back.
Pretty sweet huh?