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Friday, December 30th, 2005

Time:12:26 am.
A myspace message from someone I know..
"amanda, please stop trying to be something you're not. actually, i take back the please. just stop. no one cares about how vegan you are, how much you hate bush, how much you exersize or how cool it is to be straight edge. i don't care if it says don't give you shit about it, by you saying it just pisses people off and makes them WANT to give you shit. you know, people think you're crazy. like, crazy crazy and i'm pretty sure you scare them away. so... stop everything you're doing and be yourself, and i know, good charlotte is like OMG SO GOOD, but no one over the age of 12 likes them. k byeeee <333"

I don't get why people waste their time sending stuff like this. I'm not going to change. I am what I am. I like who I am. I'm learning as I go along what I should and shouldn't do. And that's what it's about.
7 got the numbers | don't die for the government.

Wednesday, December 28th, 2005

Subject:Today's youth.
Time:6:29 pm.
Mood: jubilant.
So I was in Hot Topic today and I was walking around and I ran into one of my friends. She was there with one of her friends and her friend was wearing a "Boston straight-edge hoodie." I swear every other word that came out of her mouth was some cuss word. Then I casually asked her about her plugs and when I told them I had no piercings, my friend was surprised and said "not even your ears?" but the other girl said "oh I thought you'd have plugs." It shows how much of a trend the scene has become. People automatically assume that everyone into straight-edge/hardcore has to look a certain way. She didn't say it in a mean way, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized how stupid this whole scene has gotten. Everyone has to dress a certain way, dye their hair funky colors, and wear tight pants. In fact I heard the girl get recognized in the store because I heard a boy say "hey! I knew it was you because of your tight pants!" Wow. Another example is that yesterday I was in Barnes & Noble and I was dressed in American Eagle/Aeropostale clothes, and I commented a guy on his Avenged Sevenfold hoodie. He and his friends looked at me and asked "Do you like Fall Out Boy?" I smiled and said "yes, I listen to lots of different music." Him and his friends just started laughing and I walked off. It's horrible how people get judged by the clothes they wear. I mean sometimes it's obvious that someone likes a certain band when they're wearing a band shirt, but it's just so stupid that everything has become a look. I don't make judgments on people by the way they dress. I make judgments based on how people act and handle different situations they are faced with, it's called actually getting to know the person. I miss the days back when everyone described the music scene as "one big family" and people not caring about what people looked like. I like how I don't follow trends. :)
5 got the numbers | don't die for the government.

Monday, December 19th, 2005

Time:10:29 pm.
Life just goes in a big cycle, now doesn't it? Up and down and up and down, you can never predict what will happen next. You have your good days and your bad days, sad days and happy days. They all balance each other out in the end.
4 got the numbers | don't die for the government.

Saturday, December 3rd, 2005

Subject:Long time no updates!
Time:10:49 pm.
Mood: creative.
So I have a bunch of concert reviews I need to write. I'll start with the most recent since it was amazing. On Tuesday, November 29, 2005, I went to the Fillmore to see Avenged Sevenfold with Saosin, Death By Stereo, and Bullets & Octane. I went to school for half the day and didn't get to San Francisco until almost 1:00. I met Shannon in line with Colleen and Danielle and I also met two other cool people that came on a bus from Fresno. I love meeting new people at shows. There was a guy named Guy and a girl named Noami. They were both super-rad. It rained on and off in line, but it wasn't too bad. I had noticed band members walking past the line throughout the day, but no one from A7X dared walk past the line since it was their headlining show. I saw the Rev walk from the venue to the bus a bunch of times, and I saw Syn once. The best part of waiting in line was when Cove walked by. I have had some very interesting encounters with that boy. I didn't expect him to remember me like he did. The first time I met him in March we talked for about 20 minutes, just having a basic conversation about stuff. The second time I met him in June, he pointed at me after their set and told me he remembered me and we talked for about 20 minutes or so after the show about random stuff. Now when the band members walked past the line, they barely made eye contact with the people in the line because they didn't want to be bothered or approached, which is totally understandable. I saw Cove walk by around 3:30 and I looked at him to see if there was a tiny chance he would notice. He hadn't looked at ANYONE ELSE in the line, but right as he walked past me, I see him turn his head, then I smile, then he smiles back and stops for a second and says "Hi. How are you?" Absolutely ecstatic, I tell him that I'm good and ask how he's doing. He told me he was good too. And this was 5 months after the last time I saw him! And I was the only person he talked to, even though he's met other people in the line! It's amazing. I feel like we're meant to be best friends or something. I mean kids from school barely remember me sometimes, let alone the front man for a touring band on a major label that get to travel the world and meet new fans every day. A few hours later the doors opened a little past 6:00 PM and I snuck 3 cameras in. I got right to the front row and stayed there until the opening band went on. Bullets and Octane opened and I was really excited to see them again. Jack and Skye had left the band since the last time I saw them and they were replaced by James who used to play in Adair. They played a lot of new songs I didn't know but also played some ones I did know including "Pirates" (my personal favorite), "Sweet Dreams", and "Sing Me Sorrow". Gene was still hot as hell, shaking his ass and getting all the little girls worked up. Ty drummed with a cigarette in his mouth, James played really well and fit into the band perfectly, and Brent sounded awesome too. The second band to go on was Death By Stereo. I had heard good things about them but I actually wasn't that impressed. A girl behind me was trying to squeeze in between me and my friend Liz, but I refused to let her. She fucking tried scratching me too. Don't try to steal someone else's spot. It's fucking lame. I did end up letting one guy in though, because I knew I couldn't fight him. It turns out he had a broken leg because he even had a crutch. He was actually a nice guy too. I felt bad for not letting him in sooner. The best thing about DBS was that they managed to bash our lovely president on stage. I always love that. Next up was Saosin. Of course I was excited. There was one thing I noticed about Cove on stage. I see a ton of myself inside of him. We act the same a lot. It's just something I realized that night. Before their set he was kind of hiding on the side. He came out to check the mic and stuff, but he was the last one to come on to check the mic. I'm the same way. I hide away from things and then come out only when I need to. Perhaps it was because he has less to check since he's the vocalist, but I think it has more to do with having quiet time away from everything. Like for me at lunch I don't like to be with a bunch of people, because I just like to have time to think to myself and chill. I think Cove just wanted quiet time before he went on. When they did go on, they did amazing. They played the entire old EP (from when Anthony Green was the vocalist), and songs off the new EP (with Cove) including "Bury Your Head", "No Angel", and "I Wanna Hear Another Fast Song." They also played "I Can Tell." Beau looked totally different with a shaved head, but he still sounded awesome. Justin played beautifully too. Chris looked kinda sick but still managed to keep up, and Alex pounded his drums. I also noticed more things about Cove on stage. He likes to get the audience's attention and as soon as you think he's looking at you, he turns away. I noticed that a lot. He'd be staring in one direction, making it seem like he was going to single someone out, but then one second later he'd turn away. I do the same thing with people. I'll look at someone and as soon as I have them thinking I'm staring, I'll look away. Not too many people do that. I also think that me and Cove have the same enjoyment of having control of a crowd. I've never been on stage playing music, but in general I love to have control over a crowd and just have them be mesmerized by what I'm doing. It's part of the reason I want to be in a band, is to have crowds focus their attention on me. In between songs Cove was saying very weird random things. It was one of the staff member's birthdays and I think we sang "Happy Birthday" or said it or something. Cove even tried to spank the guy's ass. I have the same sense of humor. When I'm being funny, people just think I'm nuts. I do think that Cove stared at me once during their set, while I was clapping during a song, he kneeled down and I swear he just stared at me. After their set he didn't say "hi" or anything, but I was still satisfied. Lastly was Avenged Sevenfold!!!!! They opened with "Second Heartbeat" and they were amazing. I wish I could play guitar like Synyster Gates. He shredded the fuck out of his guitar. It was like he had four arms. Zacky was just as good. They all looked amazing. Zacky looked like he lost some weight and was wearing a bandanna with these cool pants and shirt. Syn was wearing three belts and a hat. Matt wore a jacket with shades and these really weird leather shoes I took a picture of. The Rev was topless and Johnny wore a long-sleeved shirt with a hat. He looked adorable. For such a little guy, Johnny is really well-built for such as small guy. A7X also played "Beast & the Harlot", "Strength of the World", "Burn It Down", "Unholy Confessions", "Chapter Four", "Eternal Rest", "M.I.A.", "Strength of the World", and "Bat Country". It was amazing to watch the Rev drum. He is my inspiration for wanting to be a great drummer. His kit is beautiful and just watching him play is like watching him do his own little show along with the band of course. But if it was just him it would be just as good. Syn got to do an amazing solo, and I think the Rev should get to do a drum solo because he's amazing. A7X still has the best stage show I've ever seen. Smoke machines, lights, and backdrops. It's expensive but it adds so much to the show. They ended at about 11:20 PM and I knew I wasn't going straight home. I got some merch and I met a few of the guys from Bullets and Octane and talked to Chris from Saosin for a tiny bit. I also ran into a friend from school, whose name I still don't know >.<. I went outside to wait with Shannon and Liz. I met a really cool conservative in line who was from the Napa area. So I talked with him and his friends and after about an hour Matt from A7X came off the bus. I got to tell him they were amazing and asked if his platinum fangs were real. He smiled and said "yeah, they are." He signed the little flyer I got from a street team member and was really cool. After meeting him I walked back and forth to the Saosin bus which was parked around the corner to see if I could get a chance to talk to Cove. I did see Chris and Alex, but no Cove. At about 1:00 the A7X bus left and I decided to take one last look to see if I'd see Cove. I didn't even go over to the bus the last time. I may not have gotten a conversation with him, but I was still happy to get acknowledged by him while standing in line. Shannon had to take Colleen home to San Jose, so I didn't get back to Dublin until nearly 3:00. My mom was pissed but it was all fucking worth it. I had a blast. I can't wait to see A7X and Saosin again.
2 got the numbers | don't die for the government.

Friday, November 4th, 2005

Time:10:47 pm.
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don't die for the government.

Sunday, October 16th, 2005

Subject:Before I forget anything that happened...
Time:8:34 pm.
Mood: blah.
So this is my write-up for the Citylimit CD release show that I went to on Friday, October 14th at Iron Horse Middle School in San Ramon. I was actually supposed to be at the homecoming football game with the band, but I mean it was the CD release show and it was a fucking awesome line-up! Bands included: Romancing Gloria, FORTHMORNING, Nural, Citylimit, and Normal Like You. It was too good a show to pass up. So I got there half an hour early and of course I ran in like a little kid right when I saw Forthmorning's van, I walk in like I'm with one of the bands, I go up to Danny (drummer of Forthmorning) and I give him a great big hug. It was so nice to see him again. We don't talk much, but it was still amazing to see him. Then I went back outside and waited a little bit. The bass player from Nural complimented me on my Amity shirt because Nural are great friends with them. He was really sweet and his name was Bryan and you'll hear more about him later... The next person I see walking was Jerry and Johaan. Of course I got their attention and gave both of them hugs. Jerry looked awesome and Johaan looked like he needed to shave. Then came Nick. If I had not waved my arm in front of him he probably wouldn't have seen me but when he noticed me the biggest smile came to his face and he gave me a giant hug. Nick stopped to talk to me and Shannon for a while and he looked awesome. He lost so much weight and he looks really good. Around 7:00 we were finally let in. I got in then I went straight to the Forthmorning table and talked to Johaan a little bit. The first band to go on was called Romancing Gloria. They were nothing special but their guitar player was pretty hot and he had some really sexy hair. Next up were my boys Forthmorning. They played a bunch of songs off their CD and they did awesome. They didn't have as big a crowd for them as they normally do though. They're recording some new material, so I'm excited for that. Next up was Nural. They were awesome as well. The first time I saw them they reminded me too much of Yellowcard so I didn't care to pay much attention to them. After hearing their single, "Tension", on the Warped compilation, I decided to give them another chance. They sounded awesome and really sounded like they've developed their own sound. After Nural was Citylimit. Before they started playing, a bunch of girls were telling Joel to take off his pants, and Brian L. too. Their set was awesome but crazy. I felt like I was at a Good Charlotte concert. It was the first time I'd ever gotten bruised at a local show. The crowd was going insane! They played a lot of new songs, a few old ones, and even a cover of Story of the Year's "Until the Day I Die". Joel was wearing a sleeveless Amity shirt and Nate was wearing the same shirt I had except he had cut the sleeves off. I also saw another girl in the crowd wearing an Amity shirt. They're such an awesome band, so it was nice to see them getting recognition. Closing up the show was Normal Like You. They also played a lot of new songs and a few old ones that I knew. The crowd also went insane for them and band members even got into the crowd. Their drummer, Mark, is awesome. He's a really nice guy and I don't see too many really sweet guys like that anymore. After the show ended, I went and got Citylimit's CD, a new Forthmorning shirt, and a Nural CD. I only had 8 dollars left for the Nural CD and it was ten and Bryan told me that since they're now signed to Hopeless Records that they can't make bargains for their CDs. So I got two more dollars from Shannon and got their CD. A little past 11:00 I decided to get going so I gave the Forthmorning boys great big hugs and we said our good-byes.. well thanks to Nick and my social little self I ended up staying about 45 minutes after the show ended.. I had been sort of smiling and flirting with Bryan from Nural on and off during the night.. so when I saw him outside I went up and hugged him... and I didn't let go. We must have hugged for like 5 minutes straight. I've never hugged anybody that long in my entire life. Maybe it was my lack of affection in my life, but something was there. It was so nice to cuddle against someone like that. He said he loved me and of course I said I loved him back.. and I had just met the guy. So then I thought I was going to go home soon... but no... I end up staying like 10 minutes more. Nick was going on and on about getting drunk and how funny it would be if I went to the party at NLY's house of sin.. I was invited to go but you know how my parents would've loved that... and plus I had a band review the next day. If I had broken my edge, it would not have been fun to have been hungover in Santa Cruz. I would've tripped even more.. so then after walking around a little bit I saw Bryan again and I had to give him yet another hug. This time he said we were going to stop because he was getting a boner.. then he said he was kidding.. hmm well I don't want to know if he was kidding or not.. it was still nice to hug him.. Weird how I hugged him like he was my best friend or boyfriend and I had just met him. All of you reading this probably think I'm crazy. So as I said "good-bye" I blew him a kiss and he was thankful for that. Then I went home and got home around 12:00 and my dad was pissed but it was all worth it. :) Thanks again to Shannon!
don't die for the government.

Saturday, October 8th, 2005

Time:8:24 pm.
Mood: content.
So my school year has been awesome so far. It's already a month into school but it only feels like a week. I'm getting really good grades right now, drumming is going pretty well, and I got some awesome awesome shows coming up. And I heard the most beautiful song on the radio today by Oasis.
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4 got the numbers | don't die for the government.

Saturday, October 1st, 2005

Time:9:58 pm.
Mood: calm.
I am still alive. Yeah I've been busy but I like it. It's forcing me to keep my grades up which is nice, because I'm not allowing myself to slack. Soooo it's October already. Wow. Seems like I've only been in school for a week. It feels like I saw BANE just yesterday. It seems like last year I was still eating McDonald's. Time moves too quickly. Way too quickly.
don't die for the government.

Saturday, September 17th, 2005

Time:7:19 pm.
Mood: tired.
Yesterday, Friday, September 16, 2005, I went to see Section 8, Bane, and Strung Out at Slim's in San Francisco. After a long day at school, Shannon picked me up afterwards and then we went to San Ramon so she could get food and then we went to S.F. We didn't go to Slim's first though. Since we knew it wasn't the type of show where kids arrive early, we went to the Organic market that I adore and I got my dinner. I had a 13 dollar salad. But they didn't have my beloved vegan chicken nuggets out this time, which made me slightly sad. It was still awesome though. And thanks again to Shannon for paying for that. After my enjoyable meal, we walked to Slim's and got there a little past 6. There was only about 6 other people in line at that time. Strung Out's bus was beautiful and I even opened their tour bus door to help out one of the band members who was carrying two plates of chinese food. So after waiting and waiting and waiting, we finally get let in at 7:30. I put my stuff down and then went to the bar to get ear plugs, since I had lost one of mine and one earplug doesn't do much good. I also went over to get some merchandise from Bane so I didn't have to wait until after. Their merch guy called me "dear" which I love to be called ^_^. I also talked to Section 8's roadie, Nick. He seemed really nice and I had told him I'd never heard of them and I asked if they were the ones sound checking earlier and he told me "yes." I had heard a band sound checking earlier that didn't sound like Bane or Strung Out, so I figured it was the opener. It sounded amazing, so I was stoked to see what this band could do. I told Nick that I heard them and that I liked it and he was happy. The show didn't start until 8:20 and Section 8 opened. The first thing I noticed was that the band was really good-looking. The moment they started playing I knew I was in for something good. The vocalist has an amazing voice. I don't hear too many people with really clear, beautiful voices anymore, so it was nice to hear that. After an amazing set, I got their set list and their guitarist Jason was thanking me a little bit. Next up was Bane. I didn't really know much of the words, but I still had fun. While they were setting up, I smiled at their guitarist and he grabbed my head. Of course when you mess with me, I'm just getting started. So next time he came by, I stuck my hand out then took it away and he slapped my hand sloppily with both his hands. Then, the next time he came by, I stuck my hand out again, and I grabbed his hand, and he wouldn't let go of mine. So I decided to shake his hand and his arm and have some fun with him. So I held his hand for like 10 seconds. It was awesome. I'm sort of disappointed that I didn't get to meet him. Anyways, Bane finally went on around 9 and everyone was stoked to see them. I had a blast during their set, except their vocalist needs to learn how to control his adrenaline. Since I was up right against the stage, and there was no barricade, every time the singer came to my side, which was a lot, his shoes stuck out past the stage, digging into my stomach, and I don't have a huge stomach to begin with so it's not like it was easy to get kicked in the stomach. He also punched me in the face a few times, and some other kids too. And this was by accident! I knew he wasn't doing it on purpose. But he meant well. I still had a blast. I also ended up with Bane's set list. Earlier I was messing with a guy who was watching Bane from the stage and I smiled at him and he smiled back and waved to me, so I asked him for their set list after they finished and he gave it to me :). Last up was Strung Out. They were awesome, even though I didn't know any of their songs. And the vocalist was smart enough not to hurt the members of the crowd... They played for well over an hour and after their set I wanted a set list but the girl next to me had taken it, which was okay since they were her favorite band. I then saw Nick after Strung Out's set, and I asked him if there were any more set lists and he couldn't find any, and then he started talking to me and smiling :). I don't know if the Corona in his hand had anything to do with it, but he was really smiling when he was talking to me. After the show I went to get some merchandise from Section 8 and their bass player Yannick was at the table, but I mistook him for their front man. I think he said they were brothers and people were always mixing them up. He was cool though. He wants me to go to Santa Cruz to see them the next time they come here though... but I don't think I'll be able to. I asked about them playing my high school, and he said they're planning a high school tour and to message them on Myspace about it :). I ended up buying a shirt and their EP. Then me, Shannon, and her friend Sarah, were kicked out because it was getting "late" so we went outside. Shannon wasn't feeling well so we stood outside for about 10 minutes and some drunk guys came up and talked to us... I then saw Section 8 packing up and then decided to open the door for Nick and Yannick :). As we were walking back towards the parking lot, I said my good-byes to Nick and told him I'd message them on Myspace. He called me "sweetheart" and "dear", which I love being called ^_^. I can't wait to have those guys play DHS. After we got in the car, we drove to Taco Bell and then home. I got home around 1:30. Thanks again to Shannon for everything. I had a blast and even made some new friends. :) <3
don't die for the government.

Friday, September 9th, 2005

Time:8:14 pm.
Mood: happy.
Today was awesome. And I didn't even skip class. I was just a couple minutes late to 5th and 6th period because I was busy chatting my little ass off, but it's so worth it. Everyone go check out Quick and the Dead. They played at lunch today and owned everyone. Great guys too. Drumline rocks, I have an A+ in English, and and get this... the band is planning a trip to VANCOUVER!!!!!!!!! THAT'S CANADA BITCHES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah, so hopefully life will stay this sweet. The fact that I have insane drumming practice is hectic, but I can deal. Somehow. Band practice from 5-7 on Mondays, percussion practice from 5-8 on Wednesdays, and I'm still taking guitar on Wednesdays but I switched my time to 8:30. And I'm still finding time to work out and go to shows. Wow. Busy year. But I'm liking it so far. One week till BANE!!!!!!!!!
1 got the numbers | don't die for the government.

Thursday, September 8th, 2005

Time:4:10 pm.
Mood: amused.
Poor Patrick: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewProfile&friendID=27813740
5 got the numbers | don't die for the government.

Monday, August 29th, 2005

Subject:Quick update
Time:8:02 pm.
Mood: bouncy.
So the first day of junior year was pretty good. I still don't care for the kids at my high school, but whatever. There's some cool kids. Here's how my teachers appear to be:
1. English- Mrs. Atalla. Seems pretty laid-back yet seems to know what she's talking about. Very organized but that's not a bad thing. Pretty young too.
2. Chemistry- Mrs. Baumann. I met her on registration day (as well as the last teacher), and she seemed very fun and smart. The one thing that she said today made my day. "If you ever spend more than 45 minutes doing your chemistry homework, just stop doing it." That's the best thing I've ever heard a teacher say!!
3. Band- Mrs. Thompson. She seems very upbeat and seems to have a large background in music. I told her I wouldn't be at the first game and she said that's okay as long as I give her a week's notice. I'll be playing cymbals in band since I don't know how to play drums. Jared, the drum leader, seems pretty rad too, except he's a student, not a teacher.
4. French- Mrs. Jacob-Bohart. I also met her on registration day. She's a very nice lady from Canada who speaks French as her native language. I think French will be a blast this year, like it has been the past 2 years.
5. Algebra 2- Mrs. Fresquez- I had her last year. She still seems like a sweet old grandma who occasionally gets cranky.
6. History- Mrs. McCort- Seems pretty nice, yet maybe boring? She didn't sound like she was going to make history much fun for us. Kind of the typical "follow the book" teacher.

Well that is it for now. I gotta finish my history and do my Algebra 2 homework.
1 got the numbers | don't die for the government.

Wednesday, August 24th, 2005

Time:6:32 pm.
Mood: cheerful.
Here it goes:
1st period: English 3- Atalla
2nd period: Chemistry- Baumann
3rd period: Advanced band- Thompson
4th period: Honors French 4- Jacob- Bohart
5th period: Algebra 2- Fresquez
6th period: U.S. History- McCort

I like that I start off with English, because it's more of a laid-back, fun subject for me, then I get to think hard in chemistry, then I get to play music after all that hard work from the class before, then I get to go to French which is always a blast, then I get to eat, then I get to go to math all energized and ready to work, and then I have history last. I like my schedule! But the fact that the first football game of the year is on the same day as the Bane and Strung Out show is not cool. I'll see what I can do about that.
2 got the numbers | don't die for the government.

Tuesday, August 16th, 2005

Time:9:08 pm.
Mood: ecstatic.
1 got the numbers | don't die for the government.

Wednesday, August 10th, 2005

Time:10:02 pm.
Mood: okay.
No show tonight. But I'm sure my boys will do great as always. I did get a ticket to see Bane with Strung Out next month though... that is gonna kick ass. :)
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Monday, August 8th, 2005

Time:7:10 pm.
Mood: enthralled.
Price to see Avril Lavigne at Chronicle Pavillion: $40
Price to see Forthmorning play in front of a bunch of little 13-year old girls: priceless

So according to their myspace, and their website, my boys FORTHMORNING are opening for Avril. This is fucking nuts. Who's coming with me?
don't die for the government.

Friday, August 5th, 2005

Time:11:23 pm.
Mood: chipper.
Yesterday Thursday August 4, 2005, I went to see Allister with Plain White T's and Down To Earth Approach at iMusicast in Oakland. Me and Shannon hung around Berkeley for the day before heading to iMusicast, which was impossible to find. I ate at an awesome fast-food restaurant called A++. They had chicken and hamburgers, but they also had veggie burgers, hummus, tofu sandwiches, soups, salads, and french fries. I had a tofu sandwich with garlic fries. (Yeah I know, I'm talking about food again.)The fries weren't just garlic flavored, they had actual garlic cloves in them. So after eating we walked around Berkeley. They had a lot of cool record stores and clothing places and they sold a lot of anti-Bush shirts. We ran into our friend John in a bookstore and he told us how to get to iMusicast. It was impossible to find because it doesn't looke like a venue on the outside. We got to the venue around 3:00, and the doors didn't open till past 6:00. It was cool to see the bands unload in front of us before the show. It wasn't fair that the kids that got tickets before us got to go in first. We would've had tickets if the website wasn't down. We still ended up second row though, which could've been worse. The first band to go on was 580 West. They weren't bad considering the lead singer had a bad cold and could barely talk. The second band was Down To Earth Approach. They weren't bad either. The third band was a surprise to me. It was Gatsby's American Dream! I'd heard a lot about the band and two boys behind me and Shannon were going nuts over them. They were cool guys though. One guy was dancing and elbowed me in the head, but I didn't mind too much. He even grabbed me and Shannon and started dancing with us. That was fun :). I liked GAB. They were fun and catchy and danceable. Next up was Plain White T's, but before they went on, two of the members of the Matches popped onstage for a surprise new song played on acoustic/electric guitar. It was awesome. Then the T's came on and the crowd went nuts for them. It was nice that there was no crowd surfing, but everyone crowded in for the T's. I'd only heard one song which was "Take Me Away" so I knew the chorus. They were really good and energetic. They also played a beautiful song called "Hey There Delilah" and I somehow knew the words. It sounded really familiar. Last up were Allister. A lot of people ended up leaving after the T's but it was cool since we had space around us. Allister were a blast and I knew about 4 songs and it was awesome. Afterwards me and Shannon both ended up with setlists and we even got them signed by the band. It was funny because when we met one of the frontmen, Scotty, he asked Shannon for her favorite animal, and she didn't know what to say so she told him "cat" and he drew a little cat next to his name. I got a penguin ^_^. The rest of the guys from the band were rad too, but I didn't get many words from them. I did get to meet Tim from Plain White T's who was very nice and we had a very good conversation with him about touring and his band, and he even told me that they'd stayed at a hotel once in Dublin. We left iMusicast at about 11:30 and went to get Taco Bell. I got home at 12:30. Another awesome day. :)
don't die for the government.

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005

Time:9:50 pm.
Mood: aggravated.
How do I tag people on my LJ? I meant to do it on my last entry..
don't die for the government.

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2005

Time:7:19 pm.
Mood: icky.
DIRECTIONS: Name 10 People/Places/Things/etc. you find overrated and then tag five people.

1. Cell phones
2. Hawaii
3. McDonald's
4. Hardcore dancing
5. Jesus fish
6. Pepsi
7. Making hearts with your hands
8. Mae
9. Limosines
10. Hummers
don't die for the government.

Monday, August 1st, 2005

Time:9:48 pm.
Mood: busy.
So today I just hung out with myself all day. And I cooked 2 meals today. I guess I don't totally suck at cooking. It's pretty fun on occasion. Allister in 3 days. :)
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