06 March 2009 @ 12:48 pm
This event, hosted by MOCA and designed by a collaborative called Knifeandfork, had a lot of promise as something new and quirky to do with some friends.  It had so much promise, I was actually willing to drive to Downtown after work to go (it didn't hurt that it was free!!).  Unfortunately, the whole thing turned into an epic failure because the museum, underestimating their popularity and forgetting that 20-something artsy hipsters will show up in droves for anything in an urban environment that is free, was understaffed and unprepared for the amount of people who showed up.

This resulted in not just long lines and a shortage of putters but, like most things that require humans to be patient, brought out the worst in all those attending.  People cut in line, skipped entire holes, cheated and walked through other people's shots.  By the time we got through the line for the first hole, they were rushing everyone to take their shots and move on just to keep the line going and get everyone through before the event ended at 10pm.

After Lane and Nick had kicked their balls through the first hole (we were only allowed one putter for the three of us and, since the first hole required us to split up by gender, they allowed me to have it) and I had finally gotten tired of people screwing up my shot and picked my ball up and put it in the hole, we decided that we were going to call it quits.  Seven more holes of this chaos was more than their patience and my feet could handle.  So we retreated to the bar (ridiculously expensive, but acceptable since the event was free), like any normal human being would and vowed to return to the museum soon to look at actual art (I know, I know, crazy, right?).

This is not to say that the implosion of last night is completely the fault of those at MOCA who organized the event.  I certainly contributed to it all by getting lost in Downtown while trying to find the museum and finding myself in an area known as the Downtown Industrial District, just outside the Toy District (another shady area).  Needless to say, I was pretty nervous driving through all the darkness and the poverty and my mind kept wandering back to the scene in Adventures In Babysitting when Elizabeth Shue's friend calls from a phone booth in the city, scared because there is a man who says she is in his home.  Of course, that would never happen these days.  That was evident as I had Lane on speakerphone trying to guide me out of there before I reached Boyle Heights and was really effed.

Anyhow, I made it to the museum in one piece and was excited to go play some golf at one of my favorite museums in LA and was really disappointed by the disorganization of the event.  Knifeandfork is hosting two more events similar to this at MOCA before June.  If  you're interested, info can be found here: http://www.moca.org/party/knifeandfork/index.php.
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31 October 2008 @ 01:40 pm

This Halloween is a good one because it is also payday!  So I bought myself a little Halloween present...


I heart them!

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01 September 2008 @ 02:22 pm
So here is what I've got started for my latest knitting project, a Christmas stocking for my nephew, Jacob.  



 When my brother asked if one of the crafty ladies in my family could create a stocking for my nephew, I jumped at the chance to do it.  He told me that he wanted something "in blues, with a sports theme."  Since I'm pretty much a newbie to knitting, having only a few completed projects under my belt, I was a little nervous about his request but I think it's coming along rather nicely.  I'm sort of winging the pattern, using pieces of different ones to create what I think will turn out rather well and accommodate his request.  I'm planning to do the entire rest of the stocking in the dark blue and then, once the actual sock itself has been completed, make a few sports-related items (baseball, basketball, football) using i-cords which I'll then attach to the sock.  So far the hardest part was stitching the name, but I'm pretty proud that I was able to do it and that it came out readable.  I just hope that they like it!
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17 November 2007 @ 11:01 pm
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