Rise up (@ San Diego Civic Theatre)
I think the bigger question is whether or not I’d be willing to let it go for someone who refers to Santa Monica as “SaMo”.
If you, if you could return…
R.I.P. Dolores O’Riordan 💔
Celebrating this baby’s mama (@ Liberty Public Market)
Birthdays, BBQ and BYOB (@ Grand Ole BBQ y Asado)
Thanks to everyone who came out last night ♥
A simple thank you will suffice!
Actual footage of me waking up for work today after being on vacation for two weeks. Yikes!
…or this week’s edition of Mayan burns the bread rolls. Just kidding (this was the second time I burned them this week). As soon as my mom smelled the smoke, she was like, “STRIKE 2!”
I’m sure my parents can’t wait for me to go back to LA tomorrow! Ha.
Last Supper (Pop Pie Co)
Behind the scenes (@ SeaWorld)
My sister went to Christmas mass while I stayed home to
avoid burning for my sins wrap presents at the eleventh hour! Ha.
Christmas gift from my boss… I think she’s onto me.
Staking my claim 👅 (@ Little Damage)
I’ll be here all winter ✌🏻 (@ Pershing Square Holiday Ice Skating Rink)
The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away
Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity
Love Forever (@ The Broad: Infinity Mirror Rooms)
Unsolicited fact about me: I can ice skate circles around you ⛸ (@ LA Live Holiday Ice)
Blessed (@ Flood Church)
– Chosen as a godparent for the Lapel twins ✓
– Opened a 401k ✓
– Paid off all my credit cards ✓
I’m adulting the shit out of 2017, you guys.
24K Magic (@ The Forum)
My mom has visited me twice in LA since I moved here 5 years ago—once to see Adele at Staples, and this past weekend to see Bruno Mars at the Forum!
Now who has to tour LA for her to come visit me next year???
Linkin Park & Friends (@ Hollywood Bowl)
Even though it had been years since I last saw Linkin Park in concert, I was heartbroken when I found out about Chester Bennington’s suicide.
I can remember exactly what I was doing when I first heard Hybrid Theory. Pammie and I have this game we play called Guess What Year? (it’s a working title), and I can always pinpoint the year a song came out because I’m able to tie it to life events. Like I know that Boyz II Men’s One Sweet Day came out when I was 13, because I remember crying to that song at Sharon Bernardo’s birthday party when I found out that Raymond Alcarion liked my best friend and not me. I’m totally over him now, partly because that was 22 years ago, but mostly because my name would have been “Marion Alcarion” had our love stood the test of time! Yikes.
When I was 18, my friend Nick Costa told me, “Linkin Park… Remember that name… They’re gonna be HUGE someday.” I downloaded some songs off of their EP on Napster (yes, I was 18 that long ago) and became a solid LP fan after that. I remember going to the library to chat in their forum in between classes in college. I remember listening to their CD in Sheena’s car while I practiced driving stick around Jamul. I remember how sad I was when their intimate show at Canes sold out before I could get tickets to their first tour. Linkin Park soundtracked a time in my life that I reminisce about often, and it makes me sad to think that Chester is gone now, too.
I was lucky enough to see Chester in concert a couple times in my life, and being able to go his memorial show and hearing all those songs made me feel like I was 18 again (my sore stems the next day from standing during their 3-hour set reminded me that I’m nearly twice that age). All these years later, I still remember their lyrics. Also, can we just talk about how good Mike Shinoda still looks??? Some things never change…
Watch a full stream of the show here.
Lit 🔥 (@ Rise Festival)
Loved, loved, loved ♥
Stacked (@ Seven Magic Mountains)
Happy 64th birthday to a man of many talents!
The Shins (@ The Greek Theatre)
It’ll change your life, I swear…
Ice cream Sunday (@ Museum of Ice Cream)
Khruangbin x Geto Boys (@ The Fonda Theatre)
The Fonda is across the street from the Shake Shack in Hollywood, so we skipped the headliner for a shack stack and some crinkle fries (yes, I have a problem).
Burgers and beer for breakfast (@ Modern Times Fortress of Raditude)
Pammie, Dennis, Paul and I arrived at the Shake Shack pop-up 30 minutes before they opened, and the line wasn’t too bad. The longest I’ve ever waited in line for food was over 2 hours at Howlin’ Rays in Chinatown, so this 45-minute wait was no bigs. There was absolutely no shade though, so our burgers came with a side of UV! It was worth the tan lines…
Level up (@ Coin Haus)
Leo took Alicia, Ray and me to this beercade in La Mesa last night. It’s in a nice area with an industrial bar and gorgeous resto next door. Things have def changed since I lived there years ago!
I like their system so much better than other barcades I’ve been to. You exchange a credit card for a tapcard and use it to serve yourself beer and play video games. It beats having to wait in line at the bar for $15 drinks or having to use quarters for the games (ain’t nobody got change for that!). When I turned my tapcard in at the end of the night, it ended up being less than $20 to drink some beers and play a few rounds of Contra, Pac-Man, Super Mario Bros and more. The cashier said I was a cheap date! Boys, don’t all come running at once.
We all float down here (@ Reading Cinemas Grossmont Center)
I came to get scared, but I stayed for the dick jokes and NKOTB references! It was funnier and less scary than I remember the original being 27 years ago. Not gonna lie though, I still avoided eye contact with the sink drain while brushing my teeth last night.
There is a hell and it’s my apartment during the hottest heat wave in LA 🔥🔥🔥
I’ve been stuck at home with the flu for 4 days (I tried to go to work yesterday and they sent me back home!). I’ve gone through 2 seasons of Game of Thrones and 5 boxes of tissues (for all the sickness coming out of my nose and mouth, not the tears coming out of my eyes when Khal Drogo died—yes, I’m that far behind). I escaped to my parents’ air-conditioned house in SD for the holiday, and it took me 4 hours to get here in triple-digit weather. I guess everyone else had the same idea. Some of my relatives are staying at my parents’ house this weekend and they’re sick, too! Misery really does love company. And air-conditioning.
I thought it was too late in the year to buy a portable a/c unit, but climate change is real y’all. My windows don’t open, so it would have to be a sliding door unit. If anyone has any suggestions on brands/installation, please send them my way!
Lord Huron (@ Del Mar Racetrack)
I had all and then most of you, some and now none of you
Take me back to the night we met
The last time I attended 4 o’clock Fridays may or may not have been 14 years ago to see Hoobastank.
I’m learning some amazing moves from these guys (@ Wonderspaces)
Ohhh, so this is what 6am looks like…
Our trip to NYC wouldn’t be complete without me getting us lost on the subway. Again.
Morning view (@ Top of the Rock, Midtown)
I felt a little dirty recording this food porn (@ Bar Moga, Greenwich Village)
Trainspotting (@ Grand Central Terminal, Midtown East)
There are five Shake Shacks in LA, but we still ate here three times during our trip! We even schlepped across town with our luggage on our last day to get one last Shackburger and their limited edition Hot Chick’n when we found out we were flying out of the JFK terminal that doesn’t have a Shake Shack. We’re kind of obsessed.
Rooftop vibes (@ Gallow Green, Chelsea)
I was worried it was going to be humid all weekend, but the weather was perfect for a rooftop cocktail or two (these are both mine).
Melt my heart (@ Raclette, East Village)
This was our favorite meal of the trip (don’t let the fact that we ate at Shake Shack three times fool you). Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, the waitress came back midway through our meal to give us a second scrape!
Tame Impala (@ Panorama NYC, Randall’s Island Park)
This was def one of the smaller music festivals I’ve been to, but Tame Impala brought the big show with their lasers. Our lyft driver thought we were at EDC!
Best $20 I ever spent (@ Magic Jewelry, Chinatown)
Pammie and I got our auras photographed inside a tiny Chinese jewelry shop, and that pink ass cloud = my mind being blown.
Ground Zero (@ One World Observatory, Financial District)
The last time I was here was a couple years after 9/11. There used to be a steel beam cross where this memorial now exists. They did a beautiful job!
Sunday cycle (@ Central Park)
Pammie wanted to ride bikes through Central Park, and it was one of the highlights of our trip! We rode from the Guggenheim to Strawberry Fields and stopped along the way to enjoy the scenery.
Gaining perspective (@ Guggenheim Museum, Upper East Side)
Strawberry Fields forever (@ Central Park)
Before we knew it, it was time to fly home. Anyone who knows me and my sister knows that we’re complete opposites. She’s a Potterhead, while I’m more Homicide for the Holidays! But we always have fun when we’re together. I can’t wait for our next trip!
One more week!
All I want to do is trade this life for something new
Holding on to what I haven’t got
R.I.P. Chester Bennington 💔
Cancel my dinner plans (@ Jon’s Liquor)
Sunday funday with Sabrina (@ Arroyo Seco Weekend)
Tuxedo (@ Observatory)
When your friends give you free tickets to see Mayer Hawthorne, you repay them with booty shorts from the merch table, obvs. Thanks, Jessie and Abe! 😘
SKX Global Sales Conference (@ Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center)
Hearing Schwarzenegger tell us “it’s not a tumor” was clearly the highlight of our conference.
R.I.P. Chris Cornell 💔
I worked 16 hours straight yesterday and haven’t slept much these past few weeks 😩
I always need something good to look forward to during conference season, so I bought tickets to two LA shows (Sylvan Esso and Blind Pilot), an OC show (Young the Giant), and music festivals in LA (Arroyo Seco) and NYC (Panorama).
I may or may not have been delirious at one in the morning.
#FBF to these three amigos in their Baja Ponchos 🇲🇽
Welcome to the world, Dominic & Elijah!
Pammie, Christine and I were finally able to visit these two nuggets. I think their parents were happy to have a little help and a lot of Halal Guys.
Pad squad* (@ Petco Park)
*not pictured: Alicia and I dodging homerun balls (none of which were hit by the Padres, of course).
Bastille – Good Grief (@ The Novo DTLA)
Every minute of every hour
I miss you, I miss you, I miss you more
Cheers to Alicia’s 36th birthday! 🍻 (@ California Adventure)
I spent 14 hours and $200 at the park, and all I took home was some dole whip cotton candy and a sunburn.