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Thank you for being a friend [03 May 2007|02:45pm]
[ mood | Cloud 9 ]

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Happy Birthday to Meeeeeee! [03 May 2007|12:53am]
[ mood | pleased ]

I rang in my birthday tonight watching Patti Smith thrash around onstage at the Roxy while singing "Gloria." I was at Coachella last weekend with my best friends and lost my voice while watching Bjork. Tomorrow I'm going to meet Rue McClanahan and Patti Smith. I will write about all this in more detail eventually, with pictures too. But for now I just wanted to share pictures of old birthdays, from the cute years till the beginning of the very awkward years.

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<3 <3 <3 <3 [20 Apr 2007|12:18am]
[ mood | ecstatic ]

Lissette is back in town today and I'm so excited about it I feel like I could explode! We have two months!

More than anything, I can't wait to just hug her!
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we are livin', single... [19 Mar 2007|12:52pm]
[ mood | bored ]

Random celebrity sightings:

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Jackie's Back! [03 Mar 2007|10:43pm]
[ mood | so happy! ]

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Whee! I met Chris Thile! [27 Feb 2007|12:04am]
[ mood | sleepy ]

I fucking hate how I look in this picture. :/ It's time to hit the gym soon, get rid of a chin or two.

I went to see Chris Thile tonight at Largo with Dan. He put on a fantastic show! He did covers of The White Stripes, The Strokes, Radiohead ("Morning Bell"), and Tom Brosseau.

I'm tired, but just wanted to mention my excitement for the return of Lissette in a few weeks and Coachella in April.

Also, I've been dating a lot lately, but it seems to be going nowhere. Bleh.
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I guess this is the month where I meet all of my favorite directors... [25 Feb 2007|04:07pm]
[ mood | happy ]

Michel looks mean (but he was really nice)!

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Full of Grace! [07 Feb 2007|12:14am]
[ mood | happy ]

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Those Were the Days? [30 Jan 2007|08:29pm]
[ mood | bored ]

So I've been doing a lot of cleaning lately, both around my house and on my computer. I recently found two different pieces of texts from two people who were important in my life at one point.

The first:

May 3, 2002
Dear Danny,
Happy 21st birthday! What do I write to my best friend on his 21st birthday? First, I want to say I love you, you are the greatest. I can't even imagine what my life would be like without you in it. You have been in my life for almost 5 years and I am thankful for every day. No matter what we have been through, you have always held a special place in my heart. I hope this year brings you all the happiness you deserve.
Love Always, Stacie

Who would have thought about a year later, our friendship would be destroyed and we'd stop talking to each other?

The second was an IM conversation I found on my ex-boyfriend's computer, that took place while we were dating (he's someday):

someday says: i like snogging. no, i love snogging... and sometimes more...
Californication says: kewl
someday says: what r u into then?
Californication says: anal
Californication says: sucking
Californication says: love kissing
someday says: kewl
someday says: wanna meet 4 a drink sometime?

I broke up with him because he spelled "cool" as "kewl."

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Shows!!! [11 Jan 2007|12:37pm]
[ mood | excited ]

I haven't done one of these for a long time. Since school started I've been to just a small handful of shows. Time to get back into the swing of things.

01/13 Jesca Hoop @ Hotel Cafe
01/14 Kip Boardman @ Tangier
01/16 Mia Doi Todd @ Tangier
01/17 Patrick Park @ Hotel Cafe
01/18 Los Abandoned @ Amoeba
01/19 Groundlings for 1000, Alex @ Groundlings Theatre
01/20 Zach Galifianakis @ Largo
01/21 Jesca Hoop @ Tangier
01/23 Gold Singles Night @ Kate or Tom Brosseau @ Amoeba
01/24 Leviathan Brothers @ Tangier
01/25 Dionne Warwick @ Sycuan Resort & Casino or Lisa Germano @ Largo
01/26 Loverlee @ The Derby
01/27 Paula Morelenbaum @ The Getty and Gliss @ Scene Bar or Sisters in the Spirit @ USC
01/30 Dustin O'Halleran @ The Derby
01/31 Jill Sobule @ Largo
02/01 Tin Hat Trio @ Largo and Peter Pan @ El Capitan
02/02 Margaret Cho @ Largo or Gladys Knight @ Gibson Amphitheatre or Morrissey @ Pasadena Civic Auditorium
02/03 Linda Hopkins @ Pasadena Jazz Institute
02/05 Lily Allen @ The Fonda
02/06 Tom Brosseau @ Largo
02/08 Eleni Mandell @ The Echo
02/09 Miho Hatori @ Troubadour or Sparklehorse @ The Fonda
02/10 The Roots @ Gibson Amphitheatre
02/11 Freda Payne's Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald @ Catalina Bar or Loverlee @ The Gig
02/13 Patty Griffin @ Hotel Cafe
02/14 The Trojan Pie @ Lillian Theatre
02/15 Dolly Parton @ Chumash Casino Resort
02/16 Dolly Parton @ Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
02/17 Camera Obscura @ El Rey or Neko Case @ The Fonda
02/19 Ralph Stanley @ El Rey
02/21 Gomez and Ben Kweller @ Wiltern
02/22 Willie Nelson and Jackson Browne @ Gibson Amphitheatre
02/24 Mia Doi Todd @ The Smell
02/26 or 02/27 Chris Thile @ Largo
03/01 Lila Downs @ Royce Hall or Josh Ritter @ The El Rey
03/02 Margaret Cho @ Largo or Clinic @ Troubadour
03/03 Jenifer Lewis @ The Renberg Theater
03/06 Linda Hopkins @ The Catalina Club
03/07 or 03/08 Bright Eyes @ The El Rey
03/09 Earlimart @ The Getty
03/10 Little Richard @ House of Blues- Anaheim
03/13 Lisa Germano @ Largo
03/17 Etta James @ Cerritos Center
03/21 Leslie Hall @ Armand Hammer Museum and IAMX @ Safari Sam's
03/24 Pink Project Party @ The Derby
03/22 Badly Drawn Boy @ El Rey
04/06 Loverlee @ Tangier
04/07 The Gossip @ Troubadour
04/15 Margaret Cho @ Largo
04/19 Lissette Comes Back to Los Angeles!!!!!!!!!!
04/24 Janeane Garafalo & Henry Rollins @ The Silent Movie Theater
04/25 David Sedaris @ Royce Hall
04/27, 04/28, 04/29 Coachella @ Indio, CA

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Grades, Xmas, Tower [26 Dec 2006|03:51pm]
[ mood | bored ]

I keep obsessive compulsively checking my school account to see if any other grades have been turned in. So far I only know two of out of the six classes: an A- and a B+. Hurry up and turn in the fucking grades! Grrrrr.

Anyway, my Christmas was wonderful. I think I saw all the important people I wanted to spend time with (except for Lisette and Steve). Phil came for the weekend, which was great. I think I caught something though right before he came because I was feeling out of sorts during his visit and had almost no appetite. Seems to be gone though. And Christian stopped by for a short visit and a few episodes of The Golden Girls.

Also, this weekend was the last for Tower Records. I'm really sad to see it go because I discovered a lot of really great music because of that store- The Liars, Nina Simone, my first Mia Doi Todd performance, seeing Fiona Apple and Tori Amos live, lining up at midnight to get new Tori Amos, R.E.M., or Bjork albums, randomly meeting Weezer, buying Q Magazine every month. Goodbye Tower Records.

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Ra! [22 Dec 2006|10:33am]
[ mood | happy & sleepy ]

And the first grade is in!

A- in Special Education Inclusion! Ra!

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You know you've reached a new low when... [15 Dec 2006|08:46pm]
[ mood | bored ]

...you sing "You're All I Need To Get By" to yourself in the bathroom mirror.

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[13 Dec 2006|10:05pm]
[ mood | stressed ]

I have a twenty page paper to crank out tonight. I just drank a double can of Red Bull. It's 10 PM now. Let's see what happens.

Damn these papers and finals. Both Dor and Bryan are in town and I want to spend time with both of them!

On the bright side, I don't think I'll be getting anything lower than a "B" in any of my six classes this semester. If it happens, it will only be the second time in my life.

And I am never going to take this many classes and work at the same time again!

On other bright sides, Phil is coming next week for Christmas. And Jeremy in January. And holy shit!- Lissette in April and May!

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[29 Nov 2006|09:41am]
[ mood | tired ]

So, I guess I should explain the last entry. I don't like vague entries where I make ambiguous statements and leave everyone wondering. I just haven't been up to writing about it until now.

I feel kind of silly about it in some ways, but it still doesn't change the fact that I'm hurt about it. The night before Thanksgiving was my cousin Melody's wedding. She's two years younger than me and although we're not extremely tight anymore, we were very close growing up. I'm still tight with the rest of her family though. We grew up together, like brothers and sisters, the kids from our two families. We lived five minutes away from each other, our moms were best friends, we went to the malls together, movies, played together, swimming over the summer together, sleepovers, etc. As we all grew older, my brother Jason drifted from them but I remained close. And as more years went by, both my cousin and her sister ended up hating Jason (for their own reasons, nothing to do with me).

So, as I was driving to the wedding with my parents I asked "So am i going to be in the wedding?" Because usually when one of my cousins is getting married, I'm the one walking my grandma down the aisle during the ceremony. Honestly I don't give a shit one way or the other. All my other cousins that had gotten married and whose wedding I walked in, we weren't close so it was just like, "Oh, whatever. I don't care, I'll just do it." But when it came to Melody's wedding, I figured if anyone from our family was going to be in it, it would be me because i am, as I said, super close with my cousin's family. So in response to my question my mom says "No, but Jason is, I think." And I just thought "Whaa?!- That can't be right."

So we get to the wedding, I'm having a good time. I ask my cousin Michelle (the sister of the bride) if Jason really was walking and she said "No, why would we ask him? But we asked your mom about you, but she said you didn't want to." So I asked my mom and she said no one asked her. The ceremony is about to start and I look around and don't see Jason so i ask again, "Wait, is Jason reallyin the wedding?" and it turns out, he was. That's when a little dark cloud came over me and as the wedding procession started, I started crying. When the ceremony was done and people were going to the reception room I disappeared in the hotel for a few hours. I just didn't feel like facing anybody and I had no car of my own so I couldn't leave.

I just didn't get it. Because really, to them, besides being a random member of an enormous family, who the fuck is Jason?! And I'm kind of scared to find out the truth about what happened because I partially don't want to know what really happened. I just don't really want to know who is at fault. It's hard when it's a group of people you love.

It's really not the fact that I didn't walk in the wedding, but that they asked Jason. I have a bad history with Jason where we didn't talk for almost seven years and we just recently "reconciled." I wouldn't have gotten upset if they didn't ask anyone from our family. But they chose jason of all people. Who left right after the wedding!- didn't even stay for the reception. And of course, all these feeling of inadequacy came up about why they didn't want me.

My parents went looking for me after I disappeared and kept calling my phone and eventually found me. I kept telling them to go back and have a good time and they were both like "Fuck the wedding, we care about you." That felt nice. I ended up skipping family Thanksgiving the next day and spent the holiday with my boss and his family and still had a wonderful time.

So yeah, that's it. I'm still feeling hurt by it, but a hundred times better than last week. I'm not angry at anyone, I don't hate anyone because of any of this. Just confused and a little saddened.

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[23 Nov 2006|04:20am]
[ mood | depressed ]

Tonight I had my heart broken.

Some things and some people aren't as absolute as I thought they were. I need to stop being so naive and trusting. Not everyone has my best interests in mind and at heart.

I don't even know the whys and hows. And I'm kind of afraid to find out because it's going to open a can of worms I'm not sure I want to open. I didn't (or tried not to anyways) say anything tonight; one's wedding isn't the type of event you bring stuff up at.

My parents surprisingly came through for me tonight. And even though he sure doesn't act like it, my dad said I am the favorite. :D

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[10 Nov 2006|06:31pm]
[ mood | pissed off ]

It's a good thing I don't own any firearms because at this rate, someone would be tasting some lead soon.

I'm tired of people thinking I have everything handed to me on a silver platter. I'm tired of people thinking I don't know what hard work is. I'm tired of people thinking I have a life full of leisure and that I can do whatever I want, whenever I want. My life isn't that charmed.

I work hard. I try to work in a social life between working and school. I like to spend my money on things that make me happy. Between everything, I average about four hours of sleep a night. But I try to keep a positive outlook, even when things are hard, and stay happy.

Some people just can't deal with that.

I'm not asking for a medal, just some understanding.

I've already had it with two people today. I hope there's not going to be more.

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I suck at Livejournal [07 Nov 2006|03:11am]
[ mood | off to bed ]

I know a single picture isn't supposed to sum up the last two months, but it's all I've got.

I know, I need to lay off the cookies and buy a fucking hairbrush.
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"Public Urination is a Crime" [23 Oct 2006|02:36am]
[ mood | sleepy ]

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On TV! [29 Sep 2006|03:28am]
[ mood | tired ]

Oh yeah, I forgot about this...

Thanks for Shawn, I've gotten to go to two tapings of Celebrity Duets, the celebrity equivalent to American Idol. The concept is a little cheesy, but at the two tapings I went to I got to see Chaka Khan, Patti Labelle, and Gladys Knight, among others. And Little Richard is a judge! How much better can it get?!

Anyway, on tonight's broadcast they got a closeup shot of me (that's Steve next to me):


I'm going again tomorrow (I'm hooked now) and one of the guests are Boyz II Men!

And as long as I'm still writing, earlier this month California said goodbye to Shaggy since he moved to New York. He's a picture from his Los Angeles sendoff dinner:
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