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Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

Subject:holy sheiser
Time:3:32 pm.
I haven't been on this thing in ages... at least to post. Nothing really new in my life except for the trip to Western Europe and ongoing unemployment. I'm actually trying a new career path, building a new business with my bare hands (literarally, with html code and CSS). But I won something on the radio today, which reminded me that I haven't updated my LJ in ages.

- FOO FIGHTERS TICKETS! (won em today in case ya heard. Apparently I wasn't too excited so Scott - who is quite a bag of douche - made me do 3-4 shouts and edited them together for my audio clip)
- Meet 'n Greet w. Queens of the Stone Age (won the week before I left. A parting present to myself)
- Messenger bag from eBay*
- track jacket from eBay*
- Snatch game from eBay*

*I know I paid for these but HEY let me celebrate.

Congratulations to Jenn and Jess for the additions in their lives. May they yield the happiness as you so deserve. Also congrats to Myrna for her epiphany of uncontrollable foxiness. Go get 'em tiger!

By the way, Jen are they hiring for Next Big Thing or are all the slots filled for promo work?

My trip to England and France, Scotland and Wales were undeniably the best experiences of my life in the travel realm. The abundance of history that resides in the walls of ancient cathedrals, museums, and in the majority of the architecture evokes this sense of smallness from an American perspective. Not so much a feeling of "the world is so big" but more "my universe is so small." Having seen the sights, heard the sounds, tasted the delicacies, and experienced the life across the pond has spurned a yearning for more. I plan to take further trips with people I know here, people I've met on my trips, and people I will meet on these future trips. All parallelism aside, my breath was taken away in every city (except for Glasgow. I can always explain that off the record ^_^) and the hospitality shown to me was second to none.

The unique idea behind the trip is called Couchsurfing. Not in the traditional sense where you meet someone on the street. CS (as we call it) has been integrated onto the net and peoples' profiles and cities can be searched with ease. Everyone has a current status for CSing and you as a CSer can request or talk to them in advance. Think...Facebook for couches. I was more fortunate because I found hosts in virtually every city. If anyone has questions or concerns I will be hosting in my city and can give you the heads up, show you the ropes, spread some information. There are ambassadors, parties by region/city. It really is a massive collective of couches, beds, sleeping bags, and floors to give the not-so-financially-blessed traveller an opportunity to see more on a budget. The lack of comfort if usually made up by the hospitality shown by each host. Anyway, enough rambling. I'll post links to my galleries soon.
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Sunday, November 12th, 2006

Subject:I don't post... not because I'm lazy, but because I live vicariously through others.
Time:4:55 am.
The winner's list continued (pt III?)

- Hurt Acoustic performance and Alice in Chains (got a pick, thanks Jerry and Paul)
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs
- P!ATD (sold those freakin things)
- Thursday/Rise Against
- Australian Pink Floyd
- Night at Ale House via Outback Steakhouse
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Wednesday, August 9th, 2006

Subject:i'm a complete and utter wreck
Time:2:05 am.
Mood:Thankful for my blessings.
Tonight I totalled my car. It was just about to celebrate its 9th birthday. Mernie, you might have heard it because it was at the corner of simpson and fortune road. RIGHT AT THE INTERSECTION. I am in ruin, utter shambles. My hands are shaking incessantly and can't defeat the guilt of potentially hurting my friend in the car with me at the time - James. Hope to God that I be allowed to sleep tonight. Fortunately nobody was hurt, but on top of having the worst day ever, this is not contributing one bit. Please drive safely, everyone, and protect those you're with. I treasure James' friendship to the extreme, and I couldn't live with myself if he was hurt because of my level, or lack thereof, of responsibility. Time to go car shopping, see if my car is reparable, and get ready for an online safe driver course. My father is livid, and I understand his concern for my safety. I love my parents and have heartily inherited their anal nature. I find myself in fault, and blame no one else. I am truely grateful that nobody was hurt; I simply couldn't cope if otherwise had occurred. The only concern I had was the safety of everyone involved. I dont' care that my insurance will skyrocket. Cars can be replaced; people can't.

After the wreck, in which the other car was drivable and barely damaged, Joel offered to drive me home, since it was on his way. I, with all my might, mustered up the courage to decline and walk home, as it was my burden on them, and I had not yet forgiven myself for destroying his evening ride with his wife to his mother's house. I will never be the same.

I am thankful for my blessings, each and every one.
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Friday, June 16th, 2006

Subject:warped tour
Time:4:57 pm.
Just won tickets to warped tour. woot
Take that, Myrna :o Not much to update about, just got back from Cali. You can check out pics of the wedding
http://pubic.fotki.com/quikxfl2

CALIFORNIA IS ADDICTIVE. I'm looking for jobs over there, since my dad's friends said I could stay with them if I have trouble finding an apartment. I put on 6 lbs. in 2 weeks of relentlessly eating Chinese food, and tonight I head to see Cars ::vrooom::
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Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

Subject:COUNTING CROWS?!@#$
Time:1:15 pm.
Can anyone provide the pre-sale info for either of the two Florida shows?

I've never seen them before, and I'm so excited! Reliving my youth :o
Goo Goo Dolls? Eh. I don't really see the complement they add to the tour, but I wouldn't mind seeing them.
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Subject:California show your teeth
Time:12:48 pm.
Mood: amused.
Alas, my dear and not so dear friends. I'm headin to to Cali for a couple weeks for the sole purpose of not being in Florida (and my cousin's wedding). Does anyone have friends out there? I was thinking of getting a west coast haircut, haha. Or some cool places to check out in LA and San Francisco. The wedding is in Napa Valley, and I hear it's absolutely beautiful there. xO for you all, and if I don't post in the next day or so, I'll annoy the shit out of you when I get back!
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Thursday, April 27th, 2006

Subject:Double U Tee Eff
Time:3:28 am.
Mood: anxious.
Who would have thought that this kid would update his LJ twice in a month! I guess there are a few things going through my head, but not too rapidly. Never. I think I'm getting tired of making social commentaries that only affect the circles of people who surround me, basically facetious remarks that have no context or impact to any more than a handful of people. Perhaps I should turn my insights to more meaningful efforts.

I want to travel more. I easily have the financial means and time to go, but the lack of transition between jobs and potential dearth of funds in the future scares me. Why save ridiculous amounts of money and not spend it? I need a blood-sucking woman to rid me of this materialistic venom. I can't do it...never have, never will.

(Dad paid me back the slightly massive loan I gave him, so that is in there, too.)

I haven't found my bearings yet - I don't really have a routine in my life, and to be honest, I'm scared of living boringly. Money is better, but is monotony? More money in the bank, predictable schedule, but the flexibility is lacking. Perhaps youth is showing its true colors, and temporary immaturity that arises during every pre-midlife-midlife crisis.

Grrr.
I'm a boring old man at 24. Shit. Definitely the opposite of Dogs' Bollocks.

Someone needs to make me angry enough to turn me into a genuine asshole for once. Hmph.

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Sunday, April 9th, 2006

Subject:It's a beautiful night, I'm feelin' lonely...
Time:4:17 am.
Mood: chipper.
I had a wonderful night at work tonight. Easiest Buck-Fitty ever... well with exception of Deb who leaves me 100+ every time she comes in (btw, need to call her up, see when she's coming back down). Had these Scots and Welsh people, party of 11, and all the kids ate adult meals, had lots of juice, and the adults had lots of wine. The check for my 11 top was around $390, which is fuckin' awesome in a family-style restaurant, plus a grat of 51 smackers, and on top they hooked it up. Granted, with a restaurant you want to be able to predict how every table will tip and gauge how long you really want them to stay. I, being nonchalante about it, sit down and start talking with my table - the kids start wandering around (between 10-15 yrs old), and I corral them up whenever I need to offer drinks or desserts. For starters? Four apps. Two bottles of not-so-cheap wine. Lots of beer. For dessert? 3 of our heaviest dessert, the chocolate tower, and two more bottles of said wine. I was talking football (soccer for lay people) with the kids and touristy stuff like traffic and directions with the adults. They loved me, and I loved having them at my table. Towards the end of the night, however, you try to strategize which is in your best interest - trying to turn this table and potentially getting some shitty small group with subsequent bad tip, or nurse the table who you're already making at least 50 dollars from and enjoying the night because you know you won't get sat. If they were my first table I'd probably turn n burn 'em, but I didn't care. They popped me 80 bucks, and my first table popped me 40 on 150. EASY. One sub-par tip all night, so I can't complain. No problems with the food b/c at my store you have to stay aware of what's there and what's not, and I think I did very well tonight although my vision was kind of messin with me. ::Thunder is tremendous outside, shaking my entire house::

I had fun. Nights like this reverse my regret for working in such a business. If I can have people every night that treat me with respect and take care of me accordingly as I do so for them, life will be sane. I'm still feelin' a vacation. If they come back (which, yes, I inquired and got my nose brown), and they will, I will get their business cards/addresses in case I decide to run away to England as I've dreamt of for quite some time. I have around a dozen or so addresses which I try to contact once a month, if not every other month, to provide work or places to stay if I venture so far. I love when tables want to take pictures with me. That's so sweet.

"Dream it you fuckin' dreamers..."
-Dane Cook "Dream House"

Having a laptop definitely makes updating much more convenient! I <3 Outback. 4/20 party approaching fast.
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Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

Subject:FFF
Time:2:16 am.
Mood: amused.
I kidnapped my mom and took her to check out a couple films at the Florida Film Festival tonight. I scarfed down some food from Outback and, with complete disregard, took my car and asked her if she wanted food on the way, as opposed to sharing my ruffage. Tonight we saw Sweet Land and B.I.K.E.

Sweet Land was a brilliant film. It's about this German girl who is (mail?)ordered as a bride to the main character, Olaf, during 1920s America, pre-WWI. It was a cry-able movie - the characters' emotions really got to me, and their struggle. I guess being a minority has its more humbling moments, but I recommend this as a super-saturated 100% date-movie.

B.I.K.E. is a great doc about a subculture called the Black Label Bike Club (basically a motorcycle gang sans motorcycles) that lives off capitalistic America's waste, most being vegan (but definitely not sXe). Fantastic movie, but a little long for me - dozed off for a couple minutes towards the end - but it details Anthony Howard's life as a former Black Label member. Two words: "Happy Fuck" - the Q&A session afterwards was great, although people were so hesitant to ask in-depth personal questions about the movie.

I hope that a lot of people check out the FFF - for many of these films it is their debut, and for many of them it's the only time they'll play anywhere on a big screen. Lonesome Jim is tomorrow, and it's been doing very well with audience and critic ratings. Check one, or two, or more out before this Sunday!

I'll update in about 2 months, seeing as it's been... about 3 since my last. =x
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Wednesday, February 8th, 2006

Time:1:16 am.
Up to around 3/05?
GreenDay/My Chem. Romance
Carlos Santana
3 Dashboard Shows (friends, not radio though)
Tori Amos/12 Hours of Sebring
iPod Mini
Tickets to Superbowl Party (and grand prize trip to Boston)
Trip to Miami (basketball game)
Yellowcard/Starting Line
Marilyn Manson
A Perfect Circle
Sneak Previews of numerous movies: Sin City, Sideways, Hotel Rwanda


Updated today: Since the MCR/Green Day show, in no particular order....

-My Chem Romance (Pretty terrible live, though. Prefer as an opener)
-KoRn
-Audioslave
-iPod Shuffle
-Morningwood show
-311 meet and greet in Tampa (glad I brought a change of pants)
-Free Death Cab show (volunteered)
-Another Free Coldplay show (volunteering)

-Soon! Seether/Shinedown SnoCore Tour

"Gotta be in it to win it"
http://public.fotki.com/quikxfl CHECK CH-CHECK CHECK IT OUT!
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Wednesday, February 1st, 2006

Subject:Wow, I'm getting sentimental, I think?
Time:2:51 am.
Reflections on the year past:

I've recently been thinking about the past year, and what differentiates it from others is the amount of travelling I've done. Normally I never leave the central Florida area, but this year opportunity presented itself, and it looks like from now on I'm going to get away as much as possible to help me appreciate (and understand) what I have and don't have here in Orlando. Despite winning things off the radio (which has greatly subsided - a) I'm not trying as diligently and b) There haven't been a lot of things worth winning, really), I've travelled to:

Miami
Ft. Lauderdale (never happens! Thank you Coldplay)
New Orleans (Metairie, if anyone's in the know)/Mississippi/Alabama
Toronto
Boston

Upcoming excursions
California (Napa Valley, San Fran, LA) - June for a wedding
Arizona (Prescott/Tempe) - April for Spring Break
Minnesota? - Whenever to see Kevin
China - Contract for teaching and tutoring English. Fall-ish

If I go back to Louisiana, anyone is welcome to come with if you don't mind me emo-ing out the cd's on the way there.

Oh yeah...Valentine's Day is coming up. The day after is my Bday. What should I do? I don't usually celebrate because it's an excuse to spend money I don't have. Maybe go to Disney? I don't have passes =x
Maybe watch indie films, particularly French or Asian. I dunno. I'm delivering flowers, though. $$$$
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Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

Subject:I HATE FAT CHICKS
Time:12:23 am.
Not really, but just the one I saw Staind with tonight. Fatty doesn't have a computer, so she won't read this, and I only call her that out of spite. I love to get tour shirts, and she was short 10 bucks. So I donated to her cause. XXL. I found out that I under-budgeted what I would spend. I was short 5 myself, plus I gave 5 of my remaining 25 to Anne, my wonderful blonde who buys me free drinks at HOB, cause that's how I gets down. Shit, I'm $10 short. I hate fat chicks. Tonight.
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Friday, November 18th, 2005

Time:10:10 am.
I hate snow. Cold weather stinks. Helping people move in snow smells. Ick.
I miss Florida. Snow is nice, and I have a monster snowball waiting to be delivered to my mom, but it's -1 Celcius here, and I miss waking up to sun and 65 degree weather. Oh yeah, and cuddling.
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Friday, November 11th, 2005

Subject:eh?
Time:5:03 pm.
Time for a little change. For the upcoming fortnight, my parents and I will be relocating to Toronto to visit family and friends - a little getaway before the holiday season is in full swing. I doubt we'll see much of each other after we get back, since dad has his new job, mom has hers, and I work nights. It's hard enough right now that I don't get to see my sister but once a week if I'm lucky. Tonight we dine Outback style, so if anyone wants to eat with me you're more than welcome to. My discount is your discount. If I don't IM or get back to anyone, have the best next 14 days ever, and I will hopefully see/talk to you all before/by the time I get back (the Wed. before Turkey Day)

By the way, what is everyone doing for Thanksgiving, if you celebrate it?
We're lazy, so we go to a hotel for Turkey Day brunch and eat ham and lamb. Turkey = gross.

Toodles my ElJay. 40-degree highs, here I come =o)

Anyone remember the song "Hey Mister" by Custom? (I think that's who sang it)
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Thursday, November 3rd, 2005

Subject:Local hot spots for grubbin!
Time:3:06 pm.
I've lived around the Central Florida area pretty much my whole life and was wondering about local eateries in the Greater Orlando/Kissimmee areas. There are a lot of smaller places I like to go, but I'm not too familiar with Altamonte Springs, Ocoee, and Oviedo. If I could get some help, drop me one or two of your favorite small places to go (preferably non-chain concepts) and a dish to try
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Thursday, October 20th, 2005

Time:12:17 pm.
Audioslave, Seether, and the My So Called Life band were awesome last night. We ate at Carrabba's and got some shots here

http://public.fotki.com/Quikxfl/audioslave_carrabbas/

Mummert had so much fun, it was like his inner child was out. I haven't seen a 24 year old air guitar... I don't think ever?
Sorry if the pics are horrible, it's the first show I've ever used my new digital camera, so live with it. Does anyone know where I can get a new battery for my ipod mini? It died and can't hold a charge. I also need to get rid of a pair of NIN tickets, so tell your friends if they want em.

I'll post more, but I'm waking up to a solid ringing in my ears =)
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Tuesday, September 27th, 2005

Time:12:27 am.
I really enjoyed Corpse Bride. I did, however, fall asleep through about 10 minutes of the early middle, so that only leaves more to enjoy!
Today's activities -


- Harbouring (sp?) a criminal (inquire later)
- Free Pool on Hospitality night
- Embarrassing people at the theater (employees only, cause they need less boredom)
- Incriminating movie employees for contraband and theft
- beating Jon at all his video games (4, so no paranoia for vid. game addiction)
- Renting a new foreign film
- Being azn.
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Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

Time:1:30 am.
I saw the Constant Gardener and Just Like Heaven tonight.

I have to say -

The Constant Gardener was quite a moving film. The only real shortcoming of the the movie was the use of Rachel Weisz as Tessa - I can't really put my finger on it, but she as an actress doesn't really impress me. I didn't mind her role in Runaway Jury, but she didn't really portray her character as well as I think it could've been done. The movie in and of itself was quite wonderful...perhaps I wasn't quite in the mood for such a strong film, but I found myself getting tired with about 20 minutes left. LAME

Just Like Heaven was a cute movie. I don't like Reese Witherspoon because she's a character actress. She has a cute southern look about her, which I find inherently attractive. But I could watch this movie again, I almost shed a single solitary tear yet definitely walked out with a smile -

Good times. Boring Tuesday, time for a career change.
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Wednesday, September 14th, 2005

Subject:Coldplay West Palm Beach
Time:2:12 am.
Mood: Shivering.
Holy fuckin' hell. As far as bigger productions go, this had to be the best concert I've ever experienced (I've only been to about 70 or so shows, the majority of them smaller bands/venues). The ambiance, the music, Chris apologizing for messing up the lyrics in two songs, and the songs they sang for Johnny Cash "Til Kingdom Come" and a cover of "Ring of Fire" - and the fact that Chris ran into the 2nd tier to sing the remainder of "In My Place..." Great finale with "Fix You" and the fireworks on the coast. Totally worth my free tickets, 320 miles and 13 gallons of gas.

On that same note, I saw my friend Alana and her hubby Ty, who I SWEAR TO GOD was trashed, cause when I initially met him, circa 6:30 pm, he was completely normal, as far as upper-class Americans go - but come 11:15 pm, he was glowing and laughing his ass off. I couldn't believe they missed Rilo Kiley, who condemned all of us in the blue seats to hell. They played a simple set with a simple stage, but they sounded amazing, great first live performance for me to experience of theirs...definitely again should they return.

I hope you kids who read this are watching - Depeche Mode is coming soon - October 13th, I believe.
Our Lady Peace - Oct. 15
Audioslave - Oct. 19
NIN - Oct. 25th
Paul McCartney - Not Sure, but I'd like to take my mom.

I have tickets to all of these shows, so if you want I'll buy you booze for a hug (the best things in life are free...) lol
I need to find someone with financial backing so we can tagteam ticket future-price bargaining, because scalping is just wrong!
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Tuesday, September 6th, 2005

Time:12:56 am.
Mood: Grassroot-y.
I CANNOT BELIEVE I GOT TO MEET 311. Holy Shit! I was kickin it with Nick, SA, Chad, Tim, and PNUT and got them to sign my old-school, 1993-ish poster from their self-titled album. The seats kinda sucked, but at least my early seats next to the guys were fuckin awesome. I was actually shaking and a little awestruck, and to be quite honest, I'd never felt that anxious before.

Strike up another win for my collection of free shit from Orock 105.9, Orlando's 3-year-old New Rock Alternative.

Oh yeah, I met this cute girl Eurani? She goes by Ronnie, too, but she's taken. Bitch, you play me!
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