Friday, December 7, 2012

Royal Coup d'etat: An Appreciation

Hello loyal followers of Queen of LA.  I know what you’re thinking, “Six days without a blog update?  What am I (NOT) paying for!?!?!”  Have no fear, Rami, beloved boyfriend is here to fill the void in your life that is bi-weekly filled with decorating ideas, pink and leopard prints, travel guides and pictures of food.

So what shall we talk about in her absence?

Shall we turn this into a Doctor Who fanblog?  Discuss the color films of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger?  Review the newest Mountain Goats album (it easily has their best opening track ever)? 

No, I can’t do any of that in good faith.

Lets talk about Jordan.

Jordan will be gone for seven more days, so here is a list of my seven favorite things to do with Jordan that can be shown to friends and family.

7. Going on walks with Jordan.
Jordan may not be...outdoorsy...but I can think of no more fun person to go perambulating with.  She periodically sings too loud and tries to make a spectacle of herself but she never runs out of things to talk about and moves at a nice pace.

6.  Going to the movies with Jordan.
I can’t convince Jordan to go see EVERY movie I want to see.  For some reason she won’t go see an avant garde exploration of identity and cinema in French (Holy Motors), or a deconstruction of horror films (Cabin in the Woods) but Jord has pushed herself way out of the romcom ghetto she was in for a long time.  I don’t know if the girl I started dating almost two years ago would’ve hit up Drive, Submarine, Shame, The Master, Argo, and Zero Dark Thirty (forthcoming) if she wasn’t so willing to try new movies if I ask nicely enough.  Its very cool to see her become a budding cinephile.  Her analysis of Shame was sophisticated enough to at least appear in Slate.

5.  Cooking with Jordan.
I am not a culinary person AT ALL.  Before I started dating Jord heating up soup was a major kitchen endeavor.  Since Jord, however, I am way more comfortable in the kitchen and cooking with her is bunches of fun.  She’s adventurous and always has a good handle on tasks that I can complete skillfully.  We put on music, we dance around, she indulges me as I ad lib about whatever I’ve picked up that week from Top Chef, she really knows how to make it fun and not a chore AT ALL.  

4. Sitting on the couch and watching TV with Jordan.
The foundation of any good relationship is how well you can just sit and hang out with one another.  Jord and I come to each other each VERY comfortable with vegging out and we have a pretty solid overlap on shows we like.  There are a couple of shows she has gotten me into (the aforementioned Top Chef, Nashville, evvvvvverything on HGTV) and I’ve gotten her to check out Key & Peele, Arrested Development, Louie and she’ll eventually try out Friday Night Lights and Downton Abbey.  I’m not going to push it on Game of Thrones and Mad Men...yet.  Breaking Bad is out, too scary for her.  Then there are the shows we both LOVED together; your New Girls, your Parks & Recs, your Girls.  Hell sometimes we’ll mix it up and NOT watch TV and just play on our devices or read.

3.  Going to Animal with Jordan.
Jord introduced me to Animal and every time we go there is a triumph, whether with friends or just as a special date night.  Owners John Shook and Vinny Dotolo are basically geniuses.  Their rotating menu is without misses.  Eating their pork belly sliders is the flavor equivalent of reuniting with a college friend after several years.  It’s good, it’s real good.

2. Hanging out with each others friends.
Considering we’re dating each other it makes sense we have good taste in people.  I have never dated anyone whose friends I like as much as Jord’s friends.    Not only that, because of Jord I now know wonderful people in the MIDDLE and SOUTHERN parts of the country.  That’s pretty great.  I COULD start mentioning names but then I would probably leave people out and I’d feel bad.  What’s especially cool is the feeling mutual.  Jord is completely comfortable and just as vivacious with my friends.  Heck, Jord is planning a birthday party for one of my best friend’s baby’s for goodness sake.  How cool is that?!?!?  Very cool is the answer.

1.  Going to Largo with Jordan.
Jord and I have our most special dates at Largo at the Coronet on North La Cienega.  Its been very cool introducing her to the Los Angeles alternative comedy scene and if I had made a slightly longer list it would have included UCB (which is also a great place) but one of our first special dates together was me taking her to see the Paul F. Tompkins show at Largo.  Jord became a fan instantly and despite the most uncomfortable seats the shows at Largo are so universally great that you don’t really notice.  Jord got introduced to and has seen so many talented and funny people at Largo shows; the aforementioned PFT, Nick Kroll, Seth Morris (as Bob Ducca), Jon Daly (as Sappity Tappity), Paul Scheer, Chris Hardwick, Pete Holmes, Tig Notaro, Chelsea Peretti, Garfunkel and Oates, Natasha Leggero, Dave Gruber Allen, Jeff Garlin, Lena Dunham and the Thrilling Adventure Hour gang.  Also some really cool musicians like Grant Lee Phillips, Jon Brion, Eban Schletter, Michael Penn, Aimee Mann and one of my absolute favorites, Ted Leo (who I nerded out in front of and Jord was still very cool about it).  Jord liking Largo is one of those things that made me fall in love with her and we have SO many wonderful memories there.  I hope to make MANY more.


Jacob said...

Nice work Ram.

Anonymous said...

LOVE this! so sweet. as an avid reader, it's so nice to hear how lucky jordan is in the love department :)

cara said...

this is the cutest post EVER.