i think my head is going to explode.
"I'm spinning round the room in awe" ryan adams
Aw yeah! The time of year where everyone in Newark crowds the streets and gets silly drunk!! And we were no exception...
We decided to whore it out and start our barcrawl at the Deer Park. I had to safety my shirt to my bra my outfit was that scandalous. And if you know me, you know that I am quite content in a t-shirt and cords. As Jen, Laurie, and I trekked down Main Street Jen deemed us the "Boobie Brigade". Oh sweet Jesus. At least it was the boobie brigade instead of the ruffled skirt brigade that was found all around campus. It was like a militia!
The three of us take our place at the bar and swipe some souveniers and chat about the upcoming months before we were joined by Tanya, Megan, Brittany, Hillary, and Melissa. I love those bitches ;-). I think that phrase was uttered a million times last night. A few beverages were consumed at the Deer Park before departing to Grottos. Apparently it was Ladies Night and they had $2 Long Islands. We bypassed that and went right for the shot because we are tough like that. Somewhere around then is when we kept saying "two four k" instead of "two k four" hence the 24000ness of the title. We're like gold, baby.
After Grottos we proceeded to Kates where we got laid. Ok, maybe not, but the sausage fest sure made it seem so. I think it was 90's night or something, but the music was pretty damn bad and while getting drinks guys had a problem of getting way too close. So we run far far away so our girl posse was safe. Chris joined us here and hopefully we weren't too obnoxious, but it's all fun.
It was almost last call so the smirnoffs and martini's (damn we love our vodka) were swigged and it was time to swagger across the street. The bar was desolate and we ordered a round of buttery nipples because for most of us, it was the shot of shoice for when we turned of age in Newark. That and because it's tasty. We talked and the New Hampshire girls loved and it was funtabulous. Megan only had $3 left and she asked the bartender to just give her $3 worth, it was hilarious.
We spoke of the axis of fun and how its not goodbye, it's "i'll see you later". We ended the evening in front of DP Dough as the balloon let out and it was like a reunion. We had Ben take a picture of us actually crawling on the ground, hence, a bar crawl. The we got hit on by thugs and hugged.
April 23, 2004
Dewey Beach Pop Fest - a gathering of some of my favorite people and musicians :-)
Tanya and I had left DE with a carload of booze and soaking wet clothes and meet Amanda and Marissa at the wonderful Marina Suites. We get ready for an evening of good times by snacking and drinking and playing some cards.
We had planned to see the following artists, tour de farce - Akiva, The Jane Anchor, Marlon Spike, Graham Colton Band, & IKE. We headed over to the Rudder once Aurora got into Dewey and checked out the Table Top Poets. They didn't really hit us. We met up with Joann (IKE) in the bathroom. Not sure why I wrote that, but since I just pondered it, it is staying.
Some freaky guy had his eyes set on Marissa and though we tried to save her, she denied - strong girl! Around 8 we went across the street to the book store to catch Akiva. I have been ranting and raving about this guy for some time now so I was psyched that the girls were finally able to see him perform. Jen and Laurie met up with us at this time so there was quite a gaggle of girls ready to rock. Akiva didn't have a setlist so I felt it was my duty to hint at what he should play - and he did, wonderful. During the whole set the girls and I kept hitting each other and smiling because he was so damn good and they knew I was right ;-). Dan and Chris came by midway through then left to check out Super Sugar Cliff Hillis. We chatted with Akiva a bit, bought some stuff, then headed over to the Rudder for some GCB action.
Aurora and I love Graham Colton Band, enough said. It was fanatastic that they were added to the Dewey Beach bill and we were all for it. We grab our seats front and center and enjoy the wonderfulness that is this band. We're hardcore, we have seen them from North Carolina to Virginia to New Jersey and this was the first time Aurora saw them in Delaware - she couldn't get into the Stone Balloon show earlier in the year :-(. Such a great band, and I think the girls were turned onto them as well. Two for two!
By this time, the underagers were escorted out - DAMN THE RUDDER - and it was Jen, Laurie, Tanya, and I that remained. IKE hit the stage to a surprisingly large crowd. At this time Ike was in preproduction mode with Glenn so he was trying out his new camera at the Rudder. So of course Jen and I checked out his equipment and shots more so than the bands performance. He had our camera, it was a must! After Deathbed we scooted out early to catch the Marlon Spike show at the Lighthouse.
They went on a little later than planned because the rain forced the outside stage to squeeze in on the inside stage times. Bit it was worth the wait because they played Eb Jam. Afterwards we met up with Akiva in the parking lot. It was fate because as I was finding his number he called, haha. So we meet up, Laurie and Jen left, and we head back to the hotel room to meet up with Amanda and Marissa.
The cards and booze were out and we just start talking, then Chris and Dan arrive. It was pretty chill, just hanging out. Definitely not as hardocre as years past, but still enjoyable. Someone random knocked on our door then later came in, complete with buck teeth and a really southern accent and very energetic. Amanda made fun of his accent, though he really was from North Carolina, and actually works with a band that I am connected with in a way. Thanks to Josh Terry, who works with Evoka, I'm now knee deep in the industry haha.
Around 5 am we crash, Tanya and I on the pullout, Marissa and Amanda in the bed, Dan on the 3 couch cushions, Chris in his sleeping bag on the floor, and Akiva on the air mattress. We wake up and watch Ice Age and talk pop culture before heading out to show the boys a fine breakfast at Cracker Barrell. Blackberries were the fruit of choice. And the biscuits were amazing. Akiva even talked dirty to his biscuit. It's true, I have pictures.
After the mid afternoon breakfast, we all parted our ways and said goodbye to the Dewey Beach Pop Fest.
So here we go, trying to catch up on the past two months of my volatile life in little snippets on the web. I'll write each major event as an episode, hopefully you will be on the edge of your seats to see what will emerge next...
I'm sitting at my computer with all of my band laminants hanging to the right in front of me. Brand New All Access. The All Access part of it not only includes free ticket and open bar, but also their hotel room couch to sleep on.
April 17, 2004 - but I guess I should go back the day before where Dan and I drove to NYC to hang out with Maryellen & Paul and see Damien Rice. Damien Rice played the Beacon and we had beer and candy for dinner because we got stuck in traffic. It was a delectable meal because it was bought on the street corner. Damien was simply amazing and now I am that much more complete for seeing him live. We were seated way in the back, but close enough.
As soon as the show ended we hopped in a cab as Maryellen told us stories of New York and ended up at Desmonds to catch Green to Think. While driving up to NYC Ken warned me about his super snazzy shirt and boy was he right. Giddy up cowboy. It had snaps! Haha. Ken handed over his camera and I caught the craziness on film. Desmonds is interesting, to say the least. Steve was drunk and a good random time was had by all. Well, except for one. There was an industry person in the house, but who expects professionalism at Desmonds, hit up a real venue!
At the end of the set the guys took apart Ken's drum kit piece by piece and movied it forward to the front of the stage while he still played, hilarious. Talked to Gilligan & Katie afterwards and told them how my life was a tragic comedy. I think gilligan said his was a hard core romance novel with Fabio on the cover - unless I imagined that. To go along with that theme, I missed a phone call from Akiva regarding a party that night in the city. So onward we go to the subway in the wee hours of the morning and alas it is broken or late or something. An hour later we make it to Hoboken.
No trip to Hoboken is complete without a stop at the nearby Dunkin Donuts for $.99 breakfast sandwiches. Yum. We drive back home in record time, enough for showers and changing and repacking before heading down to Dewey for the Brand New show. Big Yuenglings and pizza with sweet peppers were enjoyed - but will not be enjoyed later. I don't recommend this concotion.
The Dewey Beach Music Fest was also occuring this weekend so we walked through the youngin's and drank and hung out more at the Rudder. Dan saw the Brand New guys and said hi and proceeded to score us All Access passes. While waiting for the band to make it back to the venue we saw the Omnisoul guys and hung out for a little before taking full advantage of the hour left in the open bar at the Bay Center. Brand New had to do a bunch of media stuff while Dan and I had a lot of drinking to do. Vodka and cokes.
The doors open and a sea of kids come swarming in, so we hung out at the bar and recognized people we knew and enjoyed the show from afar. A 15 year old girl was wearing the same shirt as me. Around 11 Omnisoul played at the venue next to us so I took full advantage of my All Access pass and ran across the parking lot to catch their set and support them. They sounded good and had a sea of unfamiliar girls dancing in front of them - good stuff. I ran back and the door guy wouldn't let me back in, until Dan enticed me to walk right past him. Screw you security as we proceed to the fully stocked green room. I made nice with the security guard down there earlier in the night as a part of my 87 treks to the bathroom, so he was really cool. We hang out in the green room and it surprised me on what little girls will do to get back there. Seriously, I think some were nearly in tears! Vinnie grabbed my sharpie and signed some stuff. Many fans can thank me for their purple ink. After we call it an evening at the Bay Center it was time to head off to the Marina Suites - the prime spot for Dewey partying many seasons over.
We drink on the way then it was decided to hit up a party on the other side of the hotel. Some girls birthday or something. Many people and open bottles there. A few kids freaked out because Brand New was in attendence with us and girls danced weird - as was the music. Mostly we hang out on the balcony doing various things and throwing various things. This guy recognized Dan or something to that effect and he was pretty entertaining throughout the night. I think at one time he even held my hand and that was a little odd. But it was all about the love in Dewey. Some one complained and more people were scared the cops were going to come, so we left obnoxiously loud. Throughout the night we were invited to go with the band to North Carolina. I was all for it but a certain someone had a speech to write. I offered him napkins and a pen...
We crashed on the hotel room couch for a few hours and they left us the room and said "see ya in North Carlolina, Dan!" on the way out.
We wake up to the cleaning people and call it a day. As soon as I got up I knew I was in trouble. The elevator did me in and I ran out of the very nice hotel very fast before I ruined their carpet. Instead I tarnished their outside wall. And the dumpster. And the bay. Ughhhhhhhh. I give Dan my keys and he had full reign of the Cabrio, along with a stop at the mega beach Wawa. Iced tea and mint gum usually does the trick. Oh no. To make a sordid story sweet, don't try throwing up out a moving convertible. Especially not twice. I am so awful.
So most of you know how I have an eensy obsession with the Olsen Twins - and surprisingly enough I have not seen New York Minute yet. While I am working on my computer I am also watching the VH1 Special The Fabulous Life of the Olsen Twins. And dammit, as their segway from one topic to another they used the same obscure song I used when I made the Green to Think Making of the Video. So obscure that I forget the name of it now.