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    Thursday, April 22, 2010

    Coachella Round up

    Two words describe my first Coachella experience. Bitter Sweet. It was only bitter because of the way the weekend started off. I should write a novel not just the highlights!
    Day 1:

    - Car breaks down on the way to the show (imagine a two way street and 80,000 people trying to get to the same place)
    - Meet a bunch of cool kids which end up helping us out by trying to jump the car. No success. 
    - The cool kids push the car over to the curb for us. THANKS :) Great help! seriously.
    - Nick takes off with a car full of brits to try to find a car battery
    - I walk 1 mile to the actual show grounds and then am misguided by the Coachella staff, so I end up walking an extra mile in circles.
    - FINALLY!!!!! about to pick up the tickets I recieve a rude awakening from the box office and am told I only bought VIP UPGRADE TICKETS not DOOR ADMISSION.
    - As I am being instructed on what to do some middle america old lady starts to yell at me saying 'Learn how to read, you should've realized you bought the wrong tickets'. I turn around and tell  'F' off trailer trash' (That was not the time to pick on me.)
    - Go on a hunt for Angela and Chris for another hour and break the bad news to them. They almost murdered me.
    - I walk a mile back to the group (Donna, Jez, Nick) and my phone battery starts to die, along with any hope for the weekend.
    - Jez buys a ticket from a scalper which was pointless because then only one of us ends up having a ticket.
    - Nick installs the battery and then we take off to Costco to pick up a refund for the old battery.
    - On the way Nick realizes he lost his phone. Luckily, the people which gave him a ride had his phone.
    - We end up drinking in the Costco parking lot trying to overcome our gloomy afternoon. 
    - Head to Coachella to to try to scalp Jez's ticket.
    - For about an hour no one wanted to buy it till then we meet a European chick who finally buys the ticket for $500. Yes, $500 insane right? 
    - A friend of a friend was able to get us tickets and around 9pm we FINALLLLYYY MADE IT IN!!!!!
    - Enjoyed Vampire Weekend, Jay-Z,  and The Whitest Boy Alive.

    Day 2:

    - Wake up on a hunt for pool parties.
    - Call every Palm Springs listing looking for the Merv Griffin estate and as I am about to recieve the address from Palm Springs Rental the guys supervisor over here's him and I get hung up on.
    - Look up more pool parties and then a light went off in my head and realized that one of my favorite people was in town and helping out at a pool party at The Riviera.
    - The Fab Four (Donna, Jez, Nick and myself) discuss the afternoon plans with no happy conclusion, but one way or another I convinced them that I HAD TO GO SEE ERNESTO!
    - As we pull up to the destination the girls loose it laughing because that was where they wanted to go all along. They didnt realize it sooner because all we had was an address and no location name.
    - Of course parking is never an issue when Nick and I are around. We parked right up front and for FREEEEEEE.
    - Walk over to the lobby and see chaos at the door. 
    - Ernesto and Alicia come greet us and then we all head to the back part of the hotel. As we are walking they explain to us 10 seconds before we arrive to the door that we have to act as if we are 'artists' for the event.
    - When the doorman looked at us 'the artists' our reactions were like a bunch of kids who failed acting school. We looked paranoid, but it worked! haha
    - 10 steps later were in the VIP sipping free cocktails chatting up a storm with Taryn Manning.
    - Most of the afternoon was spent their followed by us heading over for Day 2 of Coachella. 
    - Tony Tony jumped into the group and we all ran into Coachella for a delicious bite to eat at the Ruth Chris' tent.
    - After din din we saw Muse and ended the night dancing like a bunch of flower children to Tiesto.
    - Rushing to the car we all start hitting up every person we possibly knew in Palm Springs and end up at The Riviera again, but for a great party we again managed to get into. Don't ask me how, that whole part is a blur.
    - We danced, drank a bit, and then headed back to the room. Oh and lost Tony Tony :/ booo!
    - The girls went to bed and Nick and I walked over to the Casino.
    - I played Blackjack for the first time and lost!
    - Nick and I start to wander threw the casino to find 'the right' slot machine.
    - We choose two 5 cent slots that looked as if they were circa 1986 and slip a $20 in each one.
    -  I win $10 and end there. Nick keeps playing till all of a sudden the machine goes crazy and doesnt stop spinning. 
    - We call over a waitress and she laughs at us and remarks 'Your machine didn't break, you hit a jackpot round. Look!' she then points at the amount of our jackpot which keep adding up resulting in a total of $330!!!!!!!!
    - We drank our hot chocolates and then went out merry way :)

    DAY 3:
    - We are woken up by loud knocks from the housekeeper. We over slept threw our check out time, ugh!
    - Rushing to get out we all decide to head over to the pool party and meet up with Ernesto and Alicia.
    - We all looked and felt like death, but it wasn't something a little buffet of food couldn't solve
    - After the munch out we all ended up in lounge chairs next to the pool enjoying some great tunes and each others company on our last day in Palm Springs
    - What was suppose to be an hour cameo turned into a 4 hour debauchery.
    - Photobooths, Lindsey Lohan, Backstage pass found in the pool, Silver ring found in the pool, vodka cocktails and tons of laughs changed our mood.
    - 5pm came around and we all ran out of there on our way to Coachlla
    - Side note: Jezika wanted to kill us because she missed her calling in life... Meeting and greeting Julian Casablanca's (lead singer of the strokes)
    - Go back to The Riviera and pick up Ernesto
    - As we arrive to the gate, which by the way is baracaded off and infested with police, Nick rolls down the window and rants about how it it imperative we part in the front because I am late to the show and need to shoot for Spin Magazine.
    - After all this I met Tiesto, Phoenix, and Kelly Osbourne plus was able to take their pictures!
    - Jez and Donna then came backstage with us and we all sat back on couches and enjoyed listening to the Gorillaz.

    Conclusion: greatness!

    Wednesday, April 21, 2010

    Marketing myself

    I went to Borders this evening and spent a hour and a half reading threw Resume 101 books. Jezika and I wrote 4 pages front and back full of interesting guidelines I should apply to my newly improved resume. I now find myself stuck on the dumb qualifications and professional experience portions. Why is it so hard to describe your best attributes? This is the one time your allowed to 'toot your own horn' and I cant find the words!!! Luckily, I got the easy parts out of the way and now find myself staring at my Pandora station waiting for the next song on the Mazzy Star station to begin. The ADD (attention deficit disorder, not the abbrev. for addition) is in full affect. Ah! Great, did they have to play 'Shadow boxer' by Fiona Apple. Ok, i'm officially done. 

    Off to bed!

    Monday, April 5, 2010

    Please please please let me get what I want

    It's been brought to my attention that I have a problem relaying my opinion kindly. Growing up I was mainly told I was selfish and offensive by my mother, but like most things I thought she said this to me only based on our relationship. A few weeks back I had a few friends confront me with their opinion on my behavior and have been analyzing myself and actions over the past couple weeks. For once in my life I understand what my mom was getting at for so many years. I've been working on bettering these faults I have. I have been really trying to apply these changes to my everyday life. I've realized how much my stubborn attitude gets in the way of my friendships and relationships. Moving forward I don't want to sound rude or let alone bratty like I easily can but I also need some people in my life to realize their faults as well. What good is it going to do if i'm the only one willing to change? As far as friendships go, I consider myself lucky to have a small group of friends that are very caring and would stop the world if I asked. Sometime's I become sad with the thought that i've always been the planner and never the one that has things planned for. I've never had a surprise party, never received the most balloons on my birthday, had someone by me flowers just because, and the list can go on. I love planning for others and love to do things to make my friends smile because thats one cheap thrill I live for, BUT i'd be nice to be on the other end a little more often. It'd be nice to be spoiled for one day other than my birthday. I guess most of my frustration comes from the fact that over the past few months I live in a hell hole and cannot call my home a sanctuary. I've accepted the consequences but would hope that one day the money would be substituted for some affection and consideration. Am I ask for to much here? I wish my bf would realize I don't care if we go only a few miles away and spend just one day away from the world, the point is just adding a little effort and executing the idea rather than talking about it. He's amazing in every other way but there are times I really wish I understood his common sense. If there is one thing in this style of relationship in which I never thought of before was this, the only reason I get upset is because I expect things. I've had to realize if its something that can go unnoticed because we both have busy schedules then at that point I should take it upon myself to make a difference. Sometime's we all get so wrapped up in our lives and careers we forget the little things that make our personal relationships feel blissful. I just want someone to take me to see Alice in Wonderland.

    Wednesday, February 10, 2010

    Take off with 'The Aeroplanes'

    It wasn't until last night that I became familiar with the band 'The Aeroplanes'. I never heard any of their music let alone who they even were. It wasn't easy at first because google kept trying to direct my search towards airplanes. I could have made it easier on myself by directly finding out their 411 on Coachella's website, but in my eyes that's cheating. I wanted to see the impact the band has had and how high their regonition was via the World Wide Web. I searched them as 'Aeroplane'  The Aeroplane' and then found the most results with 'The Aeroplanes' (ATTN: Coachella change their name on the line-up because they are 'The AEROPLANES') I came across their MySpace music page Wikipedia profile and Facebook page to find enough music and biography info to educate me on the band. I am glad I decided to go threw with this little endevor because if it wasn't for my curiousity I would have never come across this brit-rock band. 

    In 2003 Chris Kearney (guitar, vocals), Paul Crowe (guitar, vocals) and Stuart Palethorpe (bass) decided that their sound was going to take a different direction than had been practiced and decided to add drummer  Ian McMillan to then form The Aeroplanes. The band spent the next year and a half playing shows threw out their home town of Liverpool creating such a buzz that by 2005 they were already headlining their own shows. I guess we can thank Jeff Bridges for somewhat shining more light on the band because his request of having them included on 'The Moguls' soundtrack brought The Aeroplanes some international exposure. In 2006, The Aeroplanes schedule was booked by playing shows threw out Europe and then lead them to play at the SXSW festival in Texas. At the end of 2006 the band went on a full fledged tour threw out the UK and sold out their hometown show at The Carling Academy. 2007 marked another big year for the band by replacing bassist Staurt Palethorpe with Vicky Edwards. It was an easy fit for Vicky as he states “You would think it would be strange joining a band where all the members have grown up together, gone to school together, already toured around the world and had success, but there hasn't been one time where I've felt weird or like a newcomer."The band worked closely with Arctic Monkeys lead singer Mike Crossey  for their follow-up album. After coming across this fact it was no surprise as to why I automatically dug their sound. Not only do I enjoy their sound but many tv excec's do too by feauring their music on many tv programs. The band released their newest album Broken Hearts and Maladies last year which was noteworthy enough to land them a slot on the 2010 Coachella line-up. The Aeroplanes will be kicking off the first day of Coachella by playing on Friday April 16th. Check out their MySpace music page below for the most access to their music. Now go and click on the link!!!! these Brit's are worth keeping around. Trust me.

    The Aeroplanes MySpace Music

    Wednesday, January 20, 2010

    i've abandoned you...

    Julie & Julia inspired me
    oh blog!!! Can we rekindle our late night dates on the web?

    Monday, July 20, 2009

    my calling isn't personal blogging about my life. 
    I wish it was but I cannot translate my oh-so exciting life the same way I lived those moments.

    It's time for the project to be continues. dusted off the spiral binder this morning and started again on the notes.

    stay tuned kiddies

    Wednesday, June 3, 2009

    today is just not the day.
    I can't wait to move

    Tuesday, May 19, 2009

    This is amazing

    Top 10
    Drinking Symptoms

    SYMPTOM: Drinking fails to give taste and satisfaction, beer is unusually pale and clear.
    FAULT: Glass empty.
    ACTION: Find someone who will buy you another beer.

    SYMPTOM: Drinking fails to give taste and satisfaction, and the front of your shirt is wet.
    FAULT: Mouth not open when drinking or glass applied to wrong part of face.
    ACTION: Buy another beer and practice in front of mirror. Drink as many as needed to perfect drinking technique.

    SYMPTOM: Feet cold and wet.
    FAULT: Glass being held at incorrect angle.
    ACTION: Turn glass other way up so that open end points toward ceiling.

    SYMPTOM: Feet warm and wet.
    FAULT: Improper bladder control.
    ACTION: Go stand next to nearest dog. After a while complain to the owner about its lack of house training and demand a beer as compensation.

    SYMPTOM: Floor blurred.
    FAULT: You are looking through bottom of empty glass.
    ACTION: Find someone who will buy you another beer.

    SYMPTOM: Floor swaying.
    FAULT: Excessive air turbulence, perhaps due to air-hockey game in progress.
    ACTION: Insert broom handle down back of jacket.

    SYMPTOM: Floor moving.
    FAULT: You are being carried out.
    ACTION: Find out if you are being taken to another bar. If not, complain loudly that you are being kidnapped.

    SYMPTOM: Opposite wall covered with ceiling tiles and fluorescent light strip across it.
    FAULT: You have fallen over backward.
    ACTION: If your glass is full and no one is standing on your drinking arm, stay put. If not, get someone to help you get up; lash self to bar.

    SYMPTOM: Everything has gone dim, mouth full of cigarette butts.
    FAULT: You have fallen forward.
    ACTION: See above.

    SYMPTOM: Everything has gone dark.
    FAULT: The Bar is closing.
    ACTION: Panic.

    The way I see it #76

    ' The irony of commitement is that it's deeply liberating - in work, in play, in love. The act frees you from the tyranny of your internal critic, from the fear that likes to dress itself up and parade around as rational hesitation. To commit is to remove your head as the barrier to your life' - Anne Morriss