Wednesday, November 26, 2014

FYF 2014

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There's nothing like waiting until the day before Thanksgiving to write about something that happened in August, am I right? Despite the delay, I couldn't let this go undocumented. FYF was a highlight of the summer, if not a highlight of 2014 as a whole. A little background, the first time I heard about Fuck Yeah Fest I was in high school, and my mom wouldn't let me go. Then when I graduated and started college I was always back in Oakland by the time FYF rolled around, and last August I had just gotten hired a month before the festival so I didn't have the money to spend or the seniority to request a weekend off. So I knew that this year was going to be my year, I almost didn't care who was playing, I just knew I was going. Then when the line-up was announced and I saw Blood Brothers were reuniting for the festival there was no doubt in my mind I had to be there.

It was definitely not a perfect weekend. At this point the festival's been discussed all over the internet so everyone who knows/cares about FYF knows that the lines to get in on Saturday were ridiculously long, and the whole set-up of the festival seemed poorly planned. I know the venue change from LA State Historic Park was probably a nightmare for the people who plan the fest, but it was really awkward maneuvering around the stages so I hope they go back to the State Historic Park next year. By the time we got in on Saturday, we had missed a couple bands we wanted to see and had spent over an hour just trying to get into the festival. I was almost at "I will turn this car around" levels of grumpiness, but we finally did get in. Interpol and Grimes were my favorites, even though Grimes didn't play my song.

Day 2 was much smoother. We got to the venue earlier, and got in easily. I was more pumped for the second day's line-up so I was happy we got to see Mac DeMarco, Tanlines, & The Strokes, but the Blood Brothers was hands down the best set of the festival. Such amazing energy, from the band and from everyone in the crowd. Festivals are exhausting and usually the whole crowd isn't as into it as they would be at a smaller show, but that Blood Brothers set was another thing entirely. I felt like I was 15 again, screaming those songs driving around with my friends.

Festival exhaustion and poor planning aside, it was a really great weekend. I feel like I was able to fulfill something by finally going to FYF, and I'm already looking forward to next year.
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Ode to LA

If you remember, I wrote a post when I moved back to LA that was basically about how I hated LA, but since I was going to be here I was going to make an effort to at least reach a point where I could be neutral about it. The other day I was driving home from work when this Rilo Kiley song came up on shuffle, and when it got to the line "No matter how cruel I've been, LA you always let me back in" I realized something. I don't actually hate LA anymore. I don't know how it happened! Somewhere along the line I started admitting there were some cool things about LA, and now I can admit that there are actually a lot of things I would miss if/when I move somewhere else.

So yeah, I guess I'm begrudgingly grateful that LA always takes me back, even when I'm being a jerk who refuses to admit that maybe she kind of likes it here now.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Magical Sidewalks of Portland

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Another thing about Portland, the sidewalks were amazing. When I got home I realized half my pictures were of the sidewalk, but they were just so beautiful! I think part of my fascination was the result of being in LA for too long, where it doesn't rain so no wildflowers grow, and everyone is preoccupied with having a picture perfect lawn so the foliage is very neat and controlled. Even if people do have gardens, they're in the backyard where no prying eyes can see them. Portland is the opposite. The yards and sidewalks are full and bursting with life and I absolutely adored it. We walked by a house that had pumpkins growing on the sidewalk. The sidewalk! Not the front lawn, the patch of dirt next to the street. In all seriousness, the kind of place where you can grow gourds on the sidewalk in front of your house is the kind of place I want to live. The level of neighborhood trust such an act implies overwhelms me; especially since that was not the only instance we saw of edible things growing right out of the sidewalk.

Honestly, more than anything I think it was the sidewalks that made me fall in love with Portland. Where else can you find a lending library on the sidewalk of a residential street? Or GOURDS growing on the sidewalk?

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Utter magic.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Portlandia

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Something I've been trying to focus on lately just in terms of personal growth, is not just talking about doing things, but actually doing them. It's a lot more difficult than it seems (like blogging regularly). It's so much easier to talk than it is to actually set a plan in motion, but I'm really proud of all the things I've done this past year. One of the biggest things I'm proud of though is the trip Estrella and I took to Portland in August.

For the first time in my life I had vacation time at work and a little extra money, and I got this idea in my head that I should go on vacation. As soon as that idea sprouted I knew that it was totally possible and I really wanted prove to myself that I could make this happen. So I did! I called Estrella and asked her if she'd want to go somewhere with me, and after she said yes we kicked some ideas around and ultimately we decided on Portland.

It may seem like a little thing, but just the fact that we actually went still makes me so happy. This could have easily been something we talked about forever without ever doing, but we actually got up and went. And I fell completely in love with Portland.

We stayed at an AirBnb in the Hawthorne District, so it felt like we got a pretty good sense of what it would be like if we lived there. We were only there four days but we stuffed them to the brim; we went to Powell's and got lost in the sea of books, saw the Portland Art Museum, ate at food trucks, ate Voodoo Doughnuts, went to a movie theater that was also a restaurant, saw Rx Bandits, and walked around parks enjoying the Pacific Northwest. Portland reminded me of the Bay Area in all the best ways: strangers making conversation on public transportation, compost bins, heavy emphasis on local & handmade things. I was (and still am) smitten.

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Lemonade at LAX before take-off


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Door of our AirBnB
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The city composts! Insert heart-eye emoji here.
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When I move to Portland I'm buying this creepy house and painting it blue. 
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Lending library on the sidewalk!
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The best food truck title ever.
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Vacations call for mimosas and cold brew.
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Yolko Ono, the best egg sandwich I've ever had.
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POWELL'S! 
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A book store so big it requires a map. Basically heaven.
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Estrella playing Petrichor for me on the piano outside Portland Art Museum. 
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Line for Voodoo Doughnuts.
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The doughnut pay-off. Not pictured: the doughuts covered in Captain Crunch and Fruit Loops that I ate later.
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Salt & Straw composts.
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Sylvia Plath street art.
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Rx Bandits at the Hawthorne Theater
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I got the set list!
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Still dreaming about this breakfast skillet.
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Estrella and I decided that if we lived in Portland, this place would be our Sunday brunch spot.
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Saturday, November 15, 2014

What Happened to August, September, & October?

Dear blog,

I'm sorry I abandoned you for three months (again). I have no decent excuse but I'm back now and I can promise semi-regular content will commence once again. August was actually full of big things that will get their own posts so I can tell you all about them. September was pretty wonderful; you know when you're having such a great time that you don't even stop to take pictures because everything is so lovely that it doesn't even occur to you that you should document it? That was my September. Literally there is one photo in my phone from September and I didn't even take it, it's a scan of a picture of me and Isabel from her film camera that was taken back in May. Then October started, Mercury went into retrograde, and that's pretty much all I have to say about October. Needless to say, this photo round-up is going to be pretty light, but here it is:

A U G U S T

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Rx Bandits at the Constellation Room
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Isabel's dad grew the best grapes I've ever had
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Level-up cooking skills
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Only pool party of the summer

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Like I said, no photographic proof, but I promise I was happy and it was awesome.

O C T O B E R
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Cheeky Lush writing in Santa Barbara
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High school dreams come true! Tom Vek live at the Echo

Now I'm off to write those August posts so we can really be all caught up!

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

What Happened to May, June, and July?

M A Y
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Had dim sum for the first time
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Watched the skater boys in Venice
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Walked around the Santa Monica Pier
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Found my twin in Echo Park
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Saw Superhumanoids

J U N E
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Went bowling!
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Isabel's art show
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Shakespeare in the park!
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Teaching myself to read tarot
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Minka basking in the sun

J U L Y
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Went to Palm Springs
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Dinosaurs at Cabazon
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The most beautiful sunset I've seen in quite a while
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Amoeba!
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Finding old professors in the experimental section
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Liquid nitrogen made ice cream
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Huntington selfies

Whew! Ok we're all caught up now!

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