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Comic Con/LA Trip

Had a blast last week going to Comic Con. It was exhaustive but I was glad I was there amid the chaos. The only celebs I wanted to see was Jackson Rathbone, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (JGL) and Matt Damon. JGL & Matt were in Hall H, which is the largest exhibit hall available at the convention center. We waited in line from noon to 4. We were one of the last 3 rows they allowed to go in before they closed the line so we got in right before the panel where JGL was going to be at. He was there promoting his new movie, Looper. Matt was there promoting his new movie, Elysium.

While Jackson was at the Breaking Dawn 2 panel, I was not able to spend days in line for that. Instead, I decided to attend the Nerd HQ panel with Jackson Rathbone, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz & Peter Facinelli. That was so entertaining. Plus, I got to sit in the front row, courtesy of my NKOTB-developed, quick ticket-buying savvy fingers. It was preassigned by how fast you bought your ticket and I got seat 5! Whut whuuuttt!! *raise the roof* You can watch the panel online right here!

I also got to attend some very invaluable workshops about writing and I also went to one about Photoshop. All were very inspiring and I have to say, I enjoyed them much more than I thought I would. I even pulled out a notebook & a pen to take notes! What a nerd I was being. I don’t care, I enjoyed myself. And just in case you’re wondering, no, I didn’t see Will Friedle. I know I went last year looking for him but alas, I’ve come to accept that he probably would not go to such an event since I heard he does not like crowds. I did miss Jason though. It was cool to see him last year but he already said he wasn’t able to make it this year and I think he’s the type of celeb to let you know if he was going to be somewhere like Comic Con. He loves his fans. In addition to Comic Con, I was able to squeeze in a music lesson with my friend who taught me a new song! He also took me to taste the locally infamous carne asada fries! They were well worth the wait.

After Comic Con, we headed off to LA. Our first stop was at Umami Burger. I had never been there before but I heard it’s awesome. And what could have made this experience even more awesome? Sitting in the same restaurant as Jack Black. I love celebrity sightings. I didn’t talk to him or anything. I just enjoyed the fact that he was right there at a table across from me. This day, we pretty much did a food tour. We hit up Umami Burger, Lette’s Macarons, Sugarfish, and Fosselman’s. They were all splendidly satisfying.

The next day, we headed out to Disneyland/California Adventure! We rode Space Mountain, Indiana Jones, Radiator Racers, Astro Blasters, Star Tours, Soarin, and others. They also brought back Captain EO as a tribute to Michael Jackson. We checked out World of Color, which was a beautiful water, light & fire dance with images projected onto the water’s mist. It was beyond my expectations.

Overall, I had a great time and I loved that my vacation didn’t end after Comic Con was over. It’s always nice to feel like you’re off to a new adventure, whatever that may be. Check out some of my pics!

Discovered two of my friends from different circles are friends with each other! And they are both artists!

3rd hour in line for Hall H with my BFF

Emily Blunt & Joseph Gordon-Levitt for Looper (HitRecord button, represent!!)

Jodie Foster & Matt Damon for Elysium

I met Kadeem Hardison!! Funny because just a week before meeting him, I happen to come across “A Different World” on TV; didn’t know it still airs!

Carne Asada Fries! (Courtesy of Super Sergio’s)

This amazing musician blows me away…

On Space Mountain, my favorite ride ever!

World of Color was mesmerizing

Finally got to eat at Blue Bayou, in the middle of Pirates of the Carribean ride

Nerd HQ panel: Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz & Peter Facinelli

My favorite vacay photo! I love that he looked right into my camera for the shot. Awesomesauce!

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“Girlfriend”

I know this is old news but I’m so happy that “Girlfriend” won the Audience Award at the Gotham Awards Monday night. I love indie movies. Must have been a great victory for Justin Lerner(writer/director) & Shaun O’Banion/Jerad Anderson(producers). Of course, it didn’t hurt that Jackson Rathbone was in the film, playing Russ, a rough-edgy ex-boyfriend, fitted with long greasy hair, tattoos, & that wicked crooked smile of his. Agh! Too much sexy in one place makes the brain explode in one thought.

Anyway, I have yet to watch this film. I was supposed to watch it back in October at a local film festival but my friend got sick & I had rehearsal so we had to cancel. I would still highly recommend watching it as I’ve been following the success of this film since I first fell in love with Jackson last year…ok, well, I’m not really in love with Jackson (that’s reserved for Will Friedle) but I actually would love for him & Ashley Greene to go out. They seem to make a cute couple. Alas, Jackson travels so much & Ashley probably would want someone she doesn’t have to miss all the time. She needs a man she can see almost everyday.

Sorry, tangent. “Girlfriend” is about Evan, a young man with Down syndrome. Evan has a crush on his friend, Candy, who has a child, an abusive ex-boyfriend who won’t leave her alone, and a baby daddy who’s married to another. Basically, Candy has a lot of baggage. Evan comes into some inheritance money when his mother passes away. He decides to give some money to Candy to help her eviction in exchange for a romantic affair with Candy. The story follows how Evan learns what love is & how to live without the assistance of his mother. I only know all this because I read the script & once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down.

Here is an article written by Justin Lerner where he talks about how it felt to win the Gotham Award. I haven’t heard of any other festivals that I can catch “Girlfriend” at. Fortunately, I can watch it here anytime, and I will do that this month. One last thing, Jackson & Jerad’s band, 100 Monkeys, is included in the soundtrack.

100 Monkeys in NorCal

Went to see 100 Monkeys again on Tuesday. I had a blast! So glad they came back. It’s been over a year since I’ve seen them. They also did an in-store appearance at Best Buy in Dublin, CA in the afternoon so it was a perfect day. I picked up Blanca at BART and we headed over to Best Buy. Of course, our natural NKOTB instincts were to go super early but turns out, it wasn’t all that necessary because people didn’t gather around much earlier. There were about 30 people there, I’d say. Afterwards, they did a signing and I got my Liquid Zoo CD signed. I asked them if they would sign it if I brought my “Girlfriend” script over to Slim’s and they said yes. “Girlfriend” is a movie by Justin Lerner in which 100 Monkeys participates in the soundtrack, not to mention that Jackson & Jerad are both in the film as well.

We headed over to Chinatown where we got to grab some dim sum and then we went to Brainwash Cafe and just chilled. Then we went to Slim’s, parked the car, & just waited. The show was exactly the way I remembered them. Energetic, passionate, and jammin’. What bothered me though, was that they had 3 opening acts and they played until 10:20 PM. 100 Monkeys didn’t go on until 10:35 PM. If they were going to have all these opening acts, I think they should have had them start earlier, around 6ish. Because of this, 100 Monkeys performed until past midnight. And it was a weeknight!

The opening acts that performed were Sioux City Kid, Finish Ticket & Bleeding Horse Express. To be honest, I really felt they should have had the opening acts begin around 6:30 PM instead of 8 PM. The opening performed until 10:20 PM. As much as I respect that they are helping out these bands, I think they should have given the audience some type of notice that this was going to happen. It was a weeknight, BART only runs until midnight, and it was standing room only. If I had a seat, things might have been different. I guess I could have sat at the bar but I was close to the front and it was difficult to remove myself from my spot because I was in the front. Enough said.

The show was amazing though, as usual. I was able to record some of it. For some reason, I wasn’t able to take very good photos this time around. I guess I’m a little rusty on my photography. I did what I could and left it at that. Finish Ticket was really good, I have to say. I fell in love with their music after the first song. I even recorded one of their songs! They were that good. I think this band is going be big someday. I can see girls falling in love with these boys, they’re adorable! I wish all the best for them.

Best Buy
100 Monkeys Best Buy

Best Buy
100 Monkeys Best Buy 2

Slim’s
Sioux City Kid
Sioux City Kid

Finish Ticket
Finish Ticket

Bleeding Horse Express
Bleeding Horse Express

100 Monkeys’ Ben Johnson
Ben Johnson

100 Monkeys’ Uncle Larry
Uncle Larry

100 Monkeys’ Jackson Rathbone
Jackson Rathbone

100 Monkeys’ Ben Graupner & Ben Johnson
Ben Graupner & Ben Johnson

100 Monkeys’ Jackson Rathbone & Jerad Anderson
Jackson Rathbone & Jerad Anderson

Girlfriend” script autographed by 100 Monkeys & Justin Lerner – It’s Jackson’s messy handwriting at the top, in case you were wondering
Autographed Girlfriend Script

“We’ll Be Okay” by Finish Ticket

“Shy Water” – one of my favorites

“Aim High” – new song

“Invisible Monsters” – one of my favorites

So every 100 Monkeys show, they do one improv song where the audience gets to pick the title of the song. So you can say anything & they might pick it. I could say “Christmas presents suck” or “Tupperware is for losers” or whatever & they might pick it. Then they improv on a tune & Jackson will make up the lyrics on the spot. They are just a bag of God-given talent.

Anyway, I’m really glad they chose “Don’t Be A Bitch” because I felt it was so fitting for the loud, cackling chick who was being rude. She kept claiming that the boots she saw below the projection screen were Jackson’s. The girl in front of my who could see below the projectin screen politely informed her that it was the lead singer of Bleeding Horse Express so that she wasn’t moded. However, she didn’t believe her so all night, she kept claiming that it was Jackson. Her cackling in my ear was horrible.Luckily, my ears were already blown so it didn’t matter. She would reach her arm over & flick the hair of the girl in front of me. So, I’m really glad someone gave that title for the improv song. It was the theme of the night. Thank you, whoever you are.

Don’t Be A Bitch

Comic-cockeyed

I never blog on the weekends but today, I just felt the need to share my thought for 5 minutes. This morning, I spent the greater part of my breakfast pressing refresh, resend, refresh, resend, refresh, resend and staring at my computer at this all morning.

I was trying to get Comic-con tickets for my BFF’s birthday present because that’s where she wanted to go. From 9 AM to noon, I went through excitement, sadness, frustration, anger, hopelessness, revitalization, insanity, jubilance and relief all in a span of 3 hours. I wanted to give up but since it was for my BFF, I couldn’t.

I thought buying New Kids on the Block cabins circa 2010 were bad but this was similar to that experience tenfold. In the midst of trying to buy tickets, I found out that Twilight folks might be there so it’s no wonder it was such a hot mess on the server this morning. When I was trying to buy cruise cabins, I was competing with probably about 50,000 Blockheads for 2,000 spots on the boat. However, I underestimated Comic-con ticket buyers because apparently, I’m competing with comic book enthusiasts, Twi-hards, cartoon lovers, convention freaks, and only god knows who else could be trying so hard to get into this building. I might as well have been competing with the world. I’m surprised the lettering hasn’t come off from my F5 button yet.

In the end, I ended up with a ticket to Thur, Fri AND Sat but I’m trying to get a refund for Thur because my BFF does not want to go on Thur. What’s in it for me? Well, I’m hoping Will Friedle falls into the category of Comic Book Enthusiast or maybe even Special Guest or Exhibitor and I can go and propose to him. It’s a slim chance but he’s well worth the risk. If not, hopefully I’ll get a glimpse of Jason Marsden if he goes, or even Jackson Rathbone if they really do come to Comic-con. He’s a nice substitute but he can’t replace my Will.

*UPDATE* In the middle of writing this blog, I just heard that Summit is planning on releasing a clip from Breaking Dawn Part 1 AND the cast of Breaking Dawn will be there too. Don’t know how true that is but either way, I’m still going to be running around look for Will Friedle. Sorry, it’s just not that big of a deal to me. Love ya, Jackson! :0P

Don’t Wake Me

I LOVE dreams. I dreamt that I lived with Jackson Rathbone. That guy is a cutie, although I’d never date him or anything. Maybe just hang out. I dreamt that we were roommates & I watched him get ready for a date. No jealousy, just admiration. As much as I love Jackson though, I still would not pay $75 to take a photo with him. Paulo yes, Jackson no. Why? Well, I’d just rather try to get one for free. I NEED that $75!

I’ve decided to forego on my NKOTB concerts and save money to go see 100 Monkeys. Granted they aren’t that expensive but I really don’t need to be seeing NKOTB as many times as I did in 2008 anyway. I tried to count up the number of shows I’ve gone to in my head but I’ve lost count. Insane! Meanwhile, I think I’d rather spend my money practically and save up some for living expenses. For all those going to multiple NKOTB shows, I’m super excited for them!! There’s nothing like a live show. The euphoria of being surrounded by thousands of people with one love in common is indescribable. I’ll never forget those good times and I am excited to experience it yet once again.

Jackson Rathbone

I’ve decided to add another category. Since I’m aspiring to be a photographer, I’m going to begin posting photos I like whenever I go out to practice. My very first practice shoot was, of course, the 100 Monkeys show on 7/25/10. Here is my favorite pic, which is such the beautiful subject, Jackson Rathbone.

Jackson Rathbone, what a cutie.

Got to see Jackson Rathbone again, this time in Sacramento, CA on 8/4/10! God I love that left dimple.

100 Monkeys ROCK!!

I love them! I hope I can get to another show. They are beautiful subjects to practice photography on!! The venue put some great colors on them too! I was in heaven that night because Jackson smiled at me twice for knowing the lyrics! I also got to shake his hand that night along with Jerad’s hand. Not that soft though, I must say. However, I didn’t expect them to be since they are guitar players.

If anyone is curious about their music, they have a website: http://www.100monkeysmusic.com

Lawrence Abrams (Uncle)

Jerad Anderson (J.Rad)

Jackson Rathbone (J.Action) & Ben Johnson (Ben J.)

Ben Graupner (Ben G.)