December 16th, 2014

Games: Sephiroth

Christmas, Star Wars, Mixed Nuts, and Meteors

Saturday we went over to inkbot's place to set up the christmas tree. Avalyn and i helped get all the christmas stuff out of the garage and then Avalyn set up the tree with a little help with inkbot and i, and then inkbot and i just stood back and let Avalyn put most of the ornaments on.

Avalyn has an extensive collection of fancy Star Wars ornaments which she has been collecting for the past... two decades? Maybe a little more? In any case inkbot and i are wary of helping her put them on the tree least we screw up somehow and break one. Once all the Star Wars ornaments were up i helped Avalyn put up the remaining, more mundane ornaments. (Some stars and some icicles and some stuff like that.)

During the ornamenting of the tree inkbot put on "Mixed Nuts", one of their favorite christmas movies which i had never seen before. It was filmed in 1994 and features a very young looking Steve Martin and also what seems to be Jon Stewart's first ever feature film role, in a very bit part. It was also one of the first movies that a friend of theirs ever worked on. On the downside, it also had Adam Sandler in a not-as-bit-as-i-would-have-liked part. Also, i managed to annoy Avalyn by predicting the plot twist at the end :)

Inkbot was going to a concert that evening so Avalyn and i headed home pretty soon after the decorating was finished. We spontaneously decided to head by Del Taco on the way home.

We'd been vaguely thinking of doing something for the Geminid meteor shower, and around 7 i got around to looking some stuff up. The last time i went meteor watching it was over a decade ago when i was living in Pomona. It would take us almost an hour and a half to get to the spot i remembered there. I decided to go up on the roof of the apartment complex to see if the weather was clear enough to even merit bothering.

I went up for about 5 minutes and it looked moderately clear. There was one moderately large bank of clouds to the south and a little haze elsewhere, but mostly clear, especially straight up. Towards the end of the five minutes i even saw two meteors, even from the middle of LA.

After heading back down we discussed it for a little bit and decided we weren't quite up for a three hours round trip out to Mt Baldy. But after doing a little research into alternative locations we decided that it might be worth trying the Griffith Observatory, a 45-60 minute round trip.

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If we decide to try this again in a year or two we'll probably want to scout out a better location. I found this article suggesting some places in and around LA to do stargazing. Griffith Observatory is one of the possibilities suggested, but unsurprisingly it is both the closest and least promising of the options.