Surviving your 20’s and 30’s in any city is bound to be an experience.
Surviving these as a girl in Los Angeles definitely alters that experience. Men (from boys to Senior Citizens) all seem to consider us fair game regardless of whether we are single or not.
Some of them come up to us bearing gifts such as the moon, the stars, bright lights, clever one liners (well clever in their own heads), or sometimes just a PBR. In attempts to get our attention, some of them bump into us, then apologize profusely and then try to engage is in a conversation (sometimes that can go completely wrong …careful if you bump into us while we’re holding a glass of red wine and that’s white we’re wearing, Mr.). Others ask a question they obviously know the answer to (i.e. what’s the name of this band? Really? Hmmm… I’m pretty sure that drummer is your brother/roommate/etc.). Then there are those that resort to insulting us to engage us in a round of witty back and forths.
Actually, we girls do know how hard it is to walk up to strangers, and even more so a stranger that you might be interested in and put yourself in the line of fire. (more…)
In part 1, I totally struck out in my search to final the local music scene in Vancouver – well, not a total strike out, I just didn’t have the necessary funds. That night might have qualified as a music strike out, but it was fun just walking around the city. On Tuesday, I found one of Vancouver’s local weeklies, WE. I scanned the nightclubs section and this led to some success on Tuesday and Wednesday night.
Overheard conversation one: I was eating at an Indian restaurant. There were only two other customers in the restaurant. I couldn’t help but over-hear their conversation. One guy was talking about his marital problems with the other. He talked about how he now had different interests in life compared to his wife’s interests. He liked going out to various Goth Nights around Vancouver. He’d head out once a week, but his wife never liked going to these nights. If he had another try at life, he’d have married someone with similar interests instead of marrying an opposite. Goth equals knowledge of the music scene, I thought. I almost went up to him to ask him about the music scene in Vancouver, but I just didn’t have the guts to admit that I had listened in on his conversation.
Tuesday night. Media Club. Cover $10 CND. I’d say that this is Vancouver’s version of Hotel Café. Folks sat on ottomans spread around the floor. It was a singer-songwriter night. Now doesn’t that sound like Hotel Café? Okay, so Hotel Café doesn’t have ottomans, but benches. A guy named Rick Waines was the main singer-songwriter of the night. My interesting find of the night was seeing a poster for an upcoming night – June 12th. Who was playing there on June 12th? No other than Kate Voegele. Who is Kate Voegele? Before leaving for Vancouver, she was highlighted like crazy on Myspace. I even noticed that she was signing CDs at the Borders located on Vine and Sunset.
Overheard conversation two: I was taking a bus to one of Vancouver’s parks. A young lady was on the phone having an argument with her current/ex-boyfriend. “This is such a double standard. We were broken up.” Hmm, sounded like a Rachel and Ross moment from Friends except for the fact that Rachel was the one who cheated.
Wednesday night. Railway. Cover $10 CND. It was another singer-songwriter night. When I got there a guy named Wil was in the middle of his set. The place was rather crowded. After awhile, I was able to maneuver my way to the front. The highlight of his set: his last song. He broke the two middle strings on his guitar and played a four string song. Next up were a couple ladies from . . . the good old USA. First up was Lauren Zettler from New York. From her myspace page, it indicates she’s played Hotel Café and has a live album from that night. Next up was Allison Weiss from Atlanta. (more…)
Just the title of this makes me erupt with laughter. I guess you could call this my wish list of people that I’d like to punch in the face. Some of them are deserved – some of them are not – but it’s my list and I’ll do what I want.
I will admit that this idea was stolen from Facebook – the ever consuming and totally addictive Facebook. I don’t know how the hell we all got on with our lives before this amazing site? So you see Facebook has these lame ass quizzes on there all the time. What drink are you? What superhero are you? What kind of music are you? What the hell is up with all the dumb quizzes? They make me want to strangle myself. The only interesting quiz I’ve seen on there was the top five people you would like to punch in the face – brilliant idea! Of-course I didn’t take the quiz but I sure as hell gave a lot of thought about who I’d like to punch?
This week my top five are the following:
Spencer Pratt. I’d SO knock that douche bag out. I don’t care that he’s a boy. He should definitely be punched in the face. I am even going to go so far as to say that he’s probably on my list all year long. I just don’t get it? Why is he on my television? Maybe I should add that the people that put him on my TV should be punched in the face too! I mean they are responsible for allowing that jack hole to be a pseudo celebrity. Or whatever he is. I say a punch in the face for all people involved with him and his entourage of non-celebrity celebrities.
Jon and Kate plus 8….Ok, I don’t want to punch all ten of them in the face, just Kate!. She acts like a twat. Kate and that hair of hers deserves a punch in the face. Keep your cheating husband (whom I kind of don’t blame for cheating on her) and your assortment of children off of my TV. It’s not that I don’t like children – I just don’t like her. To be honest I’ve never really even seen a whole episode and I’m going to say it’s probably going to stay that way.
John Mayer gets punched in the face. No it’s not because he broke up with that Friend’s girl – it’s just because he’s kind of a schmuck. If he would just play guitar and never open that mouth of his he wouldn’t be getting punched in the face!
Dr. Michael Linden – the German Psychiatrist that just came up with “Post-Traumatic Embitterment Disorder”. The good Dr. is going around saying that bitterness is a mental illness!!! Am I the only one in the world that thinks this is horseshit? Bitterness – a mental illness? I suppose you can make a pill for that and fix it? Excellent. I know tons of people that are mentally ill – I’m going to have to let them know.
Dick Cheney – Do I really need to explain? The only reason I even put him on my list is because I just saw him on the news the other day and I thought, “I thought we got rid of you”. So if I see him – I’m going to punch him in the face just for the briefly vexed moment I had last week. He deserves it anyway.
Now don’t get me wrong. There are plenty of other people, non-celebrities, that I would really enjoy punching in the face. The problem is people are so touchy these days that I’m afraid a handful of folks I know would be extremely offended. I however would be inundated with fits of laughter. Anyway – if you know me – you probably know who I want to punch in the face…and that will stay our little secret.