well, i've decided that i should start one of these in order to remember what i did over the summer, and i guess save some time telling people. well, we just got back to our condo, it feels good to be home. i was up in north jersey for 5 days visiting my friend pete. i had a blast, we always seem to have an awesome time. oh man, we did so much, lets see. i guess i'll recap the last 5 days. i promise i'll try to be brief.
Thursday: i got to pete's house late afternoonish. we hung around for a while, got caught up on things. that night we went to go see hella play at the knitting factory in new york. it was such an awesome show. we had pete's grandma's personal driver drive pete, wes, and i into the city. it rocked. well the knitting factory is an awesome venue, i loved it. they had a bar, two stages, i think 3 or 4 floors of property, and an sort of upper deck to one of the stages, even though it pretty small. make believe played first, and i liked them a lot, their drummer had a keyboard set up in front of his kit where his rack toms would have been, and the kick fit nicely underneath. it was crazy i'd never seen a setup like that before, a lot of the time he played the keys with his right hands and drums with his left, very cool band. need new body was i guess spazcore? i don't know how to describe it, it was kinda cool at first, but it got old fast, and i didn't like them very much. then hella went on, i was so psyched, i got myself positioned right in front of zach (the drummer). he is by far the best drummer i've ever seen, this was my second time seeing hella, and if it's possible he got better. they played a 45 minute set, and zach just went all out the entire time, he was literally soaked in sweat. crazyness. anyways, after the show we found some kids that went to wes's school to give us a ride back and we walked home.
Friday: pete's friend john came over and we hung out most of the day. we took the train into hoboken to go see tilly and the wall. pete was so psyched for this show, he'd seen them once before and i was curious to hear what they sounded like. the band is a guitar player, keyboard, 2 female vocals, and a tap dancer used for percussion. insane. we took a cab from the train station to Maxwell's, another venue i liked a lot. the cab drive picked up some drunk guy along the way, that was interesting. we had a good laugh. the train took a lot longer than expected so we were sorta scrambling to get there in time. we got to the place as they were playing, we only caught 2 songs, but it was definitely worth it. they put on a great show. after they played, we were back by the merch table, and we noticed someone by the bar. after convincing ourselves that we were sure it was him, we went up and said hey. it was connor oberst!!!! he is my idol. it was soo cool to get a chance to meet him, i shook his hand, i'm proud. i'll probably be bragging about this for a while so sorry if i repeat it to you. after that we talked to the guitarist from tilly and the wall, he was a real nice guy. we took the train back then walked home again. we were walking up the hill and there was this flickering light and then i noticed a guy walking underneath it, i turned back again and it looked like he was running, so pete and i ran like little girls up the hill all the way home. it was so much fun.
Saturday: well we slept in and hung around the house all day. we saw "Little Giants" on tv, and had far too much fun watching it. such a classic movie. we went to the mall at night and had an intersting time. we went to barnes & noble and were looking around for a while. i bought the hobbit (i've always wanted to read the lotr series) and 'a heartbreaking work of staggering genius' by dave eggers. everyone i've talked to has said good things. i need to finish reading 'anthem' by ayn rand first. it's a great book, i just got into it today. thanks to dustin. well, pete found this really old baseball card on the shelf, but on the back it had 'AFTER DEATH?' written in pen. it was really weird, i guess you had to be there. we were kinda freaked out. so we blamed everything that happened from then on on the card. we were walking by a card store later and decided to buy a pack for old times sake. (we both used to collect basketball cards). we had a thing where we'd weigh the packs to try and get better cards because the inserts are usually a tad thicker than the rest. so we convinced the guy to let us do it. i decided not to buy a pack because i didn't want to spend the money but pete did and he pulled a yao ming autographed rookie card. crazy. it was because of the death card though. then pete bought some fuzzy sunglasses and we went home :/
Sunday: slept in and stayed at my grandma's place. we went out to eat at this italian place and i ate far too much. hah the waitress gave me a wine glass though and poured me wine, i guess she thought i was 21, it was cool.
Today: well today i went to guitar center and bought some practice equipment for my killer setup in my closet. hah. then i went and bought a big yankee candle for my room to make it smell nice. i love the summer. we were at my grandma's for most of the day but then we left to come back home. on the way down i went to a show in sayreville. Murder by Death, Minus the Bear, and Braid @ The Starland Ballroom. you know i think new jersey's venues are much better than arizona's. this place was awesome as well. murder by death played perfectly as usual. i got some pictures and took some video clips from my parents' camera, so i can show people later. minus the bear played really well too, i like them a lot. and then braid who i wasn't going to stay for played well. their drummer was really good. i guess they broke up 5 years ago and this was their reunion tour. i stuck around for them because it seemed special that they were playing again i guess. i read an article on them in the AP magazine i bought at barnes and noble that claimed they created what is now the midwest emo scene so yeah.
well i guess that's all. sorry for all who read that, as it was a waste of time. but wutev, writing is relieving me of my boredom and my insomnia. hope everyone is having an awesome summer. take care.