velociraptor52: (The Great Escape: Ramsey 2)
velociraptor52 ([personal profile] velociraptor52) wrote on May 31st, 2014 at 01:46 pm
Yikes.  It's been over a month since I last posted.

Anyway, I'll just pretend that never happened and I'll try to get back on track with posting every day (only because I want to finish that CLAMP 30 Day challenge thing...).

Work is going well.  I've been working on the Pixar parade a whole lot lately, which I don't mind, because the hours are good--not to early and not too late.  The only thing I don't like about working the parade is working in the heat, but parade management always has cold water and Gatorade for the performers and we (the costumers) can drink the water and Gatorade as well.

I've started volunteering at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles.  I normally wouldn't volunteer so far away but a: Orange County is pretty sparse, when it comes to museums.  Sure, we have Bowers Museum, but whenever I submit a volunteer application to them I never, ever hear back from them.  Also, Bowers is pretty small.  The NHM in LA has three floors, is 100 years old, they have a ton of exhibits, they have a pretty amazing Dino Hall, they're historic, they have behind the scene volunteer opportunities and tons of different departments (like the department of anthropology), and, yeah, I'm kind of considering a career in a museum (like a curator.  Maybe.  Hopefully.  I like being around historic things/places/areas).  So I figured I would volunteer in a museum to see if I like the environment and plus it's something to put on my resume.  But I'm just doing it for the experience.  I know I should list a 'b' reason because I had an 'a' reason but I can't think of anything for a 'b' reason.  Um...maybe b: it's in downtown LA and downtown LA is very historic?  Ooh!  The NHM was featured in the L.A. Noire game :D which I totally want to play again just because.  I like driving in that game.  I can drive on sidewalks.  I can drive in the L.A. river basin in the game.  And a couple Mondays ago when I took the train we were beside the L.A. river and I looked at it and thought back to L.A. Noire and the one case where the character did a car chase in the L.A. river.

TL;DR NHM is very historic and L.A. Noire influences how I look at downtown L.A. now.

Also, a good thing is that I can take the train to the museum.  Well, I have to take the Metrolink from Orange County to the L.A. Union Station, and then from there I take the metro (which is L.A.'s version of a subway system or the tube), which drops me off right in front of the museum.  So that means I don't have to drive and deal with rush hour traffic and sitting in traffic and being super stressed out.  Instead I can take the train and read and listen to music and relax and not have to worry about driving at all.

Also, the metro purple/red line (which I take to get to the Expo line, and that's the one that goes in front of the museum) goes right through downtown L.A., right near the Los Angeles Central Library (which is this pretty impressive tall building with an apparently amazing looking interior and a lot of floors.  I can also get a library card for free, which I just put in my request for, and I'll pick it up next Monday when I go to the library.  Maybe I'll check out books as well.

The purple/red line also has a stop/station right near The Last Bookstore (which looks like this and has stuff like this and this).  They also sell records.  Not sure if I'll go there next Monday--I do want to go, though, because it's been so long since I've went.

TL;DR I want to go explore downtown L.A. by metro.

Another good thing about the metro/metrolink is that a round trip ticket costs $19.50.  It's not that much--it's still quite pricey, I must admit, but compared to driving, which uses up way more gas to get from the O.C. to L.A., then it's not that much.  I can get about 320 miles out of my car on a tank of gas and driving to and from L.A. is about 80 miles total.  Add in all the driving to DL that I do and I would need to fill up my car every other week.  So taking the train is better for me, for financial reasons and mental reasons (like it doesn't stress me out and I can chill out on the train).

On the fandom front, I'm re-watching Life on Mars because I haven't seen in it in forever.  I'm planning on re-watching Ashes to Ashes afterwards.  I'm also watching Deadliest Catch, which is my guilty pleasure show, because I'm only watching it for the drama.  (Also for Sig, Edgar, and the Hillstrand brothers.)  I'm also re-watching the X-Men film that I own (X-Men, X-Men 2, The Last Stand, and First Class).  I had planned on watching all before watching Days of Future Past but that obviously didn't happen (although I still watch DoFP).  I just finished X-Men 2 and now I need to watch Last Stand (although, hesitant on that because of what happened to Cyclops).  And last night I decided I would watch The Dresden Files, because I'm re-reading the series and I figured, hey, why not re-watch the show as well?

And earlier this week on Wednesday I watched The Great Escape in a movie theater again lol XD it was at the same one where I watched Harold and Maude last year (as well as The Magnificent Seven).  They're also showing Jaws in June which I really want to see because, dude, Jaws on the big screen=awesomeness.  And it deserves to be watched on the big screen.

Seeing The Great Escape at the tiny movie theater wasn't as good as seeing it in Grauman's Chinese Theater.  They used some high-quality transfer (or something like that) last year at the Chinese Theater (because it was the TCM movie festival thing and so they had to), whereas the version of the film used for the tiny theater was dark in color/contrast.  IDK.  It lacked the whole 'omg brightness' that the one at the Grauman theater last year had.  But, nevertheless, it was still good.  Obviously nothing will live up to the Grauman's Chinese Theater Great Escape event, but I take The Great Escape on the big screen where I can because it's one of the movies that I need to watch on the big screen.

On the book front, I'm making my way through The Dresden Files books.  I'm just about finished with White Night (one more chapter left!) and after that I'll move onto Small Favor.  I'm also reading Magic Knight Rayearth (a manga by CLAMP) and Mary Poppins (because I've never read it before and I might as well read it).
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