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"And finally, above all else, it is about leaving a mark that I existed: I was here. I was hungry. I was defeated. I was happy. I was sad. I was in love. I was afraid. I was hopeful. I had an idea and I had a good purpose and that’s why I made works of art…" – Felix Gonzalez-Torres

Currently… September 29, 2010

Filed under: Life,Miscellany,Personal,Random Thoughts — Lulu @ 2:19 pm

listening: to “gene simmons’ family jewels” on the tv behind me.

eating: saltines

drinking: diet dr. pepper

wearing: old navy tshirt, black yoga pants, espadrilles

feeling: sniffly and congested. I hate having allergies.

weather: dark, gloomy and raining, but I like it

wanting: for it to be 3PM so I can log off the computer and do something crafty

needing: to fold and put away last week’s clean laundry

thinking: i would kill for a red velvet cupcake right now

enjoying: having this new big monitor my honey gave me.

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On Memories and Music September 24, 2010

Filed under: Life,Music,Random Thoughts — Lulu @ 5:00 pm

Note – For some reason, I am unable to embed any videos or songs, so I’ve had to just include the links.

 

Everyone knows that Seattle is the birthplace of grunge rock and hyper-caffeination. However, if you were a Gen-X’er in South Florida during the late 80s to early 90s, you probably know we had a pretty neat little music scene happening locally as well. Of course, that was back before SoBe became “THE” spot for eurotrash and dance music junkies. Lincoln Road was still an open-air strip mall made up of tacky tourist shops, and Ocean Drive was more populated by leathery octogenarians than topless Latin American girls. A typical night on South Beach was not made up of an overpriced, under-portioned dinner at “Trendy Café du Jour” and all night dancing at “The Club the Jersey Shore Kids Couldn’t Get Into.” Rather it included cheap beer on tap and an overly amplified band on the stage of a tiny, dark, sweaty dive.

 

In addition to being an “alterna-girl”, I was also fortunate enough to have friends in bands, so I got to spend a lot time in these local spots (God, how I loved the Kitchen Club and Washington Square and Club Beirut), watching bands perform. Unfortunately, this was long before YouTube and cellphone videos, so a lot of those performances are nothing more than fun, distant memories. I still wanted to see what I could find online, and maybe feature of few of these great bands here, if for nothing else than to satisfy my own fond recollections of the time.

 

This first band is Humbert, my friend, Ferny’s, band. Ferny and I sat next to each other in music class in high school (yes, I took a music class. Yes, I am tone deaf. Don’t judge!) and he is totally one of the sweetest, most genuine people I have ever known in my life. He is one of those people that you just immediately like from the first moment you meet them, because they just exude good karma. Humbert (named after the pedophilic stepfather in “Lolita”) is actually the second incarnation of this band. Originally they were called “I Don’t Know” which made for a lot of fun at some of their shows. For example…

Random drunk guy: “Wow, this band is great! Who are they?”

Me: “I Don’t Know”

RDG: “I don’t know either, but they’re awesome!”*

(Yes, that totally happened.)  I also remember it was kind of a big deal when they got to perform in a local TV commercial for Macy’s (I think it may still have been Burdines at the time). Anyway, I found this video on YouTube of their song “Hugo.”

 

Humbert – “Hugo”

 

 

Another great band from the time was Quit. I didn’t really know them personally; it was more of a casual “hi again; great show!” kind of acquaintance. But they had a great pop-punk energy and seemed to be really down-to-earth, nice guys. They also had a version of the “12 Days of Christmas” that was awesome! I had it on cassette, but I couldn’t find it online. Too bad, because it was really great. Anyway, here is a link to some of their songs I found on MySpace.

 

Quit – songs

 

 

One of the more popular bands at the time were The Goods, fronted by brothers Jim and John Camacho. Jim actually went to Miami Dade College with me (back when it was still MDCC) and we’d run into each other on campus occasionally. He was really sweet and came across as somewhat shy. John, the brunette brother, was always a little more outgoing and a lot of the girls I knew had crushes on him. I also remember one of the other guys (Tony, maybe?) having a sweet mohawk! This is my favorite song from them, “I’m Not Average.”

 

The Goods – “I’m Not Average”

 

 

One of the local bands that was more rock than indie (we used to call it “alternative” back then) was Saigon Kick. Now this is kind of a sad story, and the details are spotty as this is one of those “heard it from a friend of a friend of…” deals. They were super popular locally, the hair metal scene in LA was booming and they finally got noticed by Sebastian Bach of Skid Row. This led to them being signed by a record label (just checked their wiki and it says Third Stone Records). BUT, sadly for them, this happened right at the start of the Grunge movement and they didn’t do so well. It’s too bad, really. I saw them live and they were pretty good. Anyway, “Love Is On the Way” was their biggest song and actually got a fair amount of play so here it is.

 

Saigon Kick – “Love Is On the Way”

 

 

My favorite local band was Forget the Name. They were really great performers and lyrically talented (I’ve always connected more to a song’s lyrics than anything else). Their singer, Rene, was also my personal crush because he totally gave off that broody, dark-and–twisty artist thing that I always liked in boys (when I was young and stupid). Plus he totally looked like INXS’ Michael Hutchence. I actually still have a CD from them that I listen to occasionally. Miraculously, I did find a recent video of them on YouTube! Yeah, that crush? Not so much anymore.) But this is still my favorite song from them (which, if I remember correctly, was also used as part of that Burdines ad campaign), “She Tried.”

 

Forget the Name – “She Tried”

 

So that was a fun, albeit a bit melancholy, trip down memory lane for me. *sigh*… Good times…

 

Peace out, yo!

 

Life through my Cellphone Camera September 11, 2010

Filed under: Life,Miscellany,Photography — Lulu @ 8:53 pm

Just some random pictures taken with my phone over the last couple of months.

 

Fanless and his BFF, Brandon.

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The book I’m currently reading for book club.

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A typical rainy summer afternoon in Miami.

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Spotted this “3OH!3” sticker on the car in front me while waiting at the intersection.

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Finally got myself an ATG gun! Used a Michael’s store credit and a 40% off coupon, so it was a great deal.

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Waiting at the doctor’s office.

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My favorite thing at Target.

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This ominous black cloud shows up over my neighborhood every afternoon at the same time. Miami summers suck.

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Cute mug to add to my collection. $1 at Target!

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Peace out, yo!

 

Party Time, Excellent! September 10, 2010

Filed under: Life,Personal — Lulu @ 6:06 pm

What was that from? Was it “Wayne’s World”?? I can’t remember but it just popped in my head when I was trying to think up a title for this post.  Anyway, I have been super lazy about posting these pictures from Fanless’ friend, Eric’s birthday.

 

At Drexel Irish Pub: Mike, Fanless, me and Eric.

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This was a few beers in.

At Eric’s friends’ apartment. This is Eric and his fraternal twin, Andy, who was visiting from Boston.

All these handsome boys. Did I mention that I was the only girl left at this point?

My new favorite picture of us.  =)

 

52 Lists: Seven – Learning Something New September 9, 2010

Filed under: 52 Lists — Lulu @ 11:55 pm

(I know I’m a day late, but oh well.)

 

There’s this scrappy girl named Shimelle Laine, and every September she teaches an online class called “Learn Something New Every Day.” I’ve never taken the class, but the basic premise is that you make a mini-album and document one new thing you learned every day for the entire month of September. Even though I’m not participating in the class, and I haven’t made an album, I thought I would keep a list anyway. That way, if the mood should strike, I can go ahead and make the album at a later time.

 

Anyway, enough explanation. Here is my list for this week…

 

Things I Have Learned This Month (9/1/10-9/9/10):

  • I have GOT to pay attention to the cashier at Michaels. Otherwise I will end up paying $8 for a stamp I thought was only $1.
  • I would like to have Fanless’ grandma teach me how to bake pies. Especially apple.
  • Some of the best meals are the ones you share with friends. Especially if they are free.
  • I can still go out, stay up late and drink a lot without getting hungover. But I will be very, VERY tired the next day.
  • Even though spending a few hours helping your honey clean up and organize his apartment can really wear you out, you’ll feel a great sense of accomplishment afterwards.
  • Sometimes take-out Thai and a “Supernatural” marathon with your favorite boy make for a perfect rainy day at home.
  • Michaels 40% and 50% off coupons are great for getting good deals on pricey tools, like paper trimmers or ATG guns.
  • FPL has the best reporting and callback service of any public utility. Also, if the power has to go out, it’s best if it happens early in the morning while the house is still cold from having the A/C on “arctic blast” setting all night.
  • If I get a computer virus, I don’t need the Geek Squad. I am capable of getting rid of it myself. Makes me feel smart!

Peace out, yo!

 

52 Lists: Six – Websites September 1, 2010

Filed under: 52 Lists — Lulu @ 9:11 pm

These are the websites I visit every day.

  • 100 Layer Cake – I know it’s a wedding website, but they have such beautiful images and creative ideas that you can apply to just about any occasion.
  • Buzzfeed – I get my daily pop culture fix here.
  • The Superficial – Ugh… I hate to admit it, but I actually kind of like the humor on this celebrity gossip site.
  • Flickr – Even when I am not uploading my own images, I love seeing what my contacts have posted.
  • YouTube – I subscribe to several crafting channels so I really enjoy watching their tutorial videos.
  • Facebook – Gotta keep up with family and friends, you know.
  • Google Reader – All 216 of the blogs I subscribe to neatly contained in one place.

Peace out, yo!