Friday, May 11, 2007

West Hollywood Weekend II

E and I spent another weekend in West Hollywood. It was very nearly a repeat of his birthday weekend in February. We again stayed at the San Vicente Inn-Resort. Our room was a marginally better this time. It was on the pool/courtyard side rather than the street side. The main advantage was it was a little quieter. It was still sparsely furnished with almost no décor. But we didn’t mind. The bed was clean and comfortable.
I find it amusing that the website describes itself as “a gay country club environment secluded from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles.” It does have a quaint gay vibe of worn tackiness and naughtiness. Nevertheless, we enjoyed it and had a fabulous time! Martinis at The AbbeyThe staff was friendly and helpful and the other guests were sociable and outgoing.
Friday night we had dinner at The Abbey again. The food there is excellent and reasonably price. The drinks are pricy, $12.00, for their special martinis. They are a generous pour and very tasty. I had the blueberry martini and E had the passion fruit martini. We also spent late Friday and Saturday night at Micky’s bar on Santa Monica Blvd. We had a great time sitting at the bar watching all the go-go boys and then dancing for a couple hours on the dance floor.
Our main reason for going back down to LA was to see the new production of “Porgy and Bess” at the Los Angeles Opera. The opera has been updated in several ways. It is still Catfish Row but the time is now in a late 40’s, early 50’s, inside a “Brechtian” cannery warehouse.
The staging is fluid and athletic. Porgy doesn’t have a goat cart; instead he hobbles around with a twisted leg and crutch. The singing was excellent. The score has an amazing wealth of memorable songs: “Summertime”, “A Woman Is A Sometime Thing”, “I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'”, “Bess, You Is My Woman”, “It Ain't Necessarily So”, “I Loves You, Porgy”, and “There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York.”
Muscle BeachSunday was a beautiful, warm, sunny day. We strolled from Santa Monica Pier to Venice Pier and back. It was about a seven mile walk we did. We stopped by Muscle Beach near Venice Pier to watch the guys work out. Our get-a-way weekend ended when we flew back from LAX to SFO on a United flight Sunday evening. It was the gayest flight we’ve been on. I swear that at least half the men on that flight were gay.

Truth about brothers….
This Mother’s Day Youtube video reminds me of my brother and I. We would pick on each other in almost the same way. I’ve seen our two oldest sons do the exact same thing. E and I have laughed and laughed as we watch it over and over again!

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