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May 27th, 2013 – 42 Hours 42 Minutes – the @ArrestedDev #NeverNude Finalists!

The Never Nudes!

The Never Nude Contest Finalists at the Arrested Development Release event at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills!

The big event at the Paley Center for the Arrested Development release on Netflix was the Never Nudes contest- this shot is of the finalists posing in front of the Bluth’s Frozen Banana Stand…

** Drum Roll **

2nd Place was Blue Man Never Nude

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Grand Prize went to the Family of Never Nudes (behind the Blue Man)

It was a great time- and the bananas were surprisingly delicious! I will likely put the video I took of the contest up on YouTube soon; it isn’t the best quality, but it was just a fun event.

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(And a special shout out to the randomness of running into Sandeep Parikh at the event- ah, Hollywood…)

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May 27th, 2013 – 42 hours in, how is your Arrested Development fix?

Bluth's Frozen Banana Stand

Bluth’s Frozen Banana Stand at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills

Welcome to the Bluth’s Frozen Banana Stand!

For the Arrested Development renewal after 7 years on Netflix, they had an event where you could visit the Bluth’s Frozen Banana Stand at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills. (The day before, it was at The Grove in Los Angeles, but there was another event at the Beverly Hills one… check back at 42 hours and 42 minutes in)

May 27th, 2013 – From the Bridge of the USS Iowa ( @USSIowa ) Happy Memorial Day!

USS Iowa, BB-61- view from the Bridge

USS Iowa, BB-61- view from the Bridge

In celebration of Memorial Day, I thought a view from the bridge of one of America’s greatest military vessels was in order- the USS Iowa, currently moored in San Pedro, California as a museum, was the first vessel of her class commissioned. The view from where the captain would often have stood in combat is quite impressive, as well as humbling- especially to those who have served.

If you do visit Los Angeles and want to tour the grand old gal, you can find out more here: http://www.pacificbattleship.com/

And for a brief history, here is an excerpt from Wikipedia:

USS Iowa (BB-61) was the lead ship of her class of battleship and the fourth in the United States Navy to be named in honor of the 29th state. Owing to the cancellation of the Montana-class battleships, Iowa is the last lead ship of any class of United States battleships and was the only ship of her class to have served in the Atlantic Ocean during World War II.

During World War II, she carried President Franklin D. Roosevelt across the Atlantic to Mers El Kébir, Algeria, en route to a crucial 1943 meeting in Tehran with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin. She has a bathtub — an amenity installed for Roosevelt, along with an elevator to shuttle him between decks. When transferred to the Pacific Fleet in 1944, Iowa shelled beachheads at Kwajalein and Eniwetok in advance of Allied amphibious landings and screened aircraft carriers operating in the Marshall Islands. She also served as the Third Fleet flagship, flying Adm. William F. Halsey’s flag at the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay. During the Korean War, Iowa was involved in raids on the North Korean coast, after which she was decommissioned into the United States Navy reserve fleets, better known as the “mothball fleet.” She was reactivated in 1984 as part of the 600-ship Navy plan and operated in both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets to counter the recently expanded Soviet Navy. In April 1989, an explosion of undetermined origin wrecked her No. 2 gun turret, killing 47 sailors.

Iowa was decommissioned for the last time in 1990, and was initially stricken from the Naval Vessel Register in 1995. She was reinstated from 1999 to 2006 to comply with federal laws that required retention and maintenance of two Iowa-class battleships. In 2011 Iowa was donated to the Los Angeles-based non-profit Pacific Battleship Center and was permanently moved to Berth 87 at the Port of Los Angeles in the summer of 2012, where she was opened to the public to serve as a museum and memorial to battleships.

May 22nd, 2013 – Zoe Saldana in Beige ( @zoesaldana )

Zoe Saldana

Zoë Saldaña at The Grove

During the great week of May 2013, was able to catch this snapshot of the luminous Zoë Saldaña while she was giving at interview to Extra TV at The Grove. Really, not much more to say about it, though it was fun to see this a couple of days before seeing the new Trek movie…

Just in case you don’t know who she is, the short version (via Wikipedia): Zoe Yadira Saldaña Nazario (pron.: /sælˈdænə/ sal-dan-ə; born June 19, 1978), known as Zoe Saldana or Zoë Saldaña, is an American actress. She had her breakthrough role in the 2000 film Center Stage and the 2002 film Crossroads. She later gained prominence for her roles as Anamaria in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Uhura in the 2009 film Star Trek, and a starring role as Neytiri in James Cameron’s Avatar. She also had a lead role in the action film Colombiana.

May 13th, 2013 – Mizu Hanging Around ( @MizuTheCat )

Mizu Hanging Around

Mizu Hanging Around

A quick snapshot of Mizu (the cat) hanging around in a tree- she doesn’t climb trees much, so this was a rare shot of her doing just that.

May 6th, 2013 – Stars on the Land

Stars on the Land

Stars on the Land

Light pollution is indeed a problem- however, it can be beautiful as in Los Angeles, where you can see the Stars on the Land

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