SkySlide Valentines

In February Sex God and I celebrated 9 years together.  We always combine thIMG_5361ese celebrations with Valentines Day, since the anniversary is so close to that day and I was lucky enough to think of the perfect gift!

There is this building in downtown Los Angeles that has an exterior slide made of strong clear plastic that goes from one floor to another floor.  Doesn’t sound very cool until you know that the floors are the 70th floors!  So at the top of a building with terrific views of Los Angles they installed a Sky Slide for people to ride.  When Sex God heard of this he repeatedly talked about it being on his bucket list.   Every time we’d go through downtown he’d remember this and try to look at the buildings to find the slide.   This happened again when we went to see AlterEgo, so shortly after that I googled it!

They had several tiers of pricing with the lowest being a particular day and time for $25 a ticket.  So I chose a day I had off from work, near our anniversary and Valentines Day and tried to choose a time where we would have a daytime view, sunset view and night view.  So much research for a slide!

Sex God was pretty thrilled when I finally told him a few days before the event.   Yet, even on that day we both kind of forgot about it and didn’t leave enough time to get there, through traffic, by 4pm!  So I was freaking out that our tickets would be voided if we weren’t there on time and when we finally got there we couldn’t find parking ANYWHERE!   We went to what looked like a public parking lot and drove all through it looking for a single spot and while we saw many they were all 3 car deep spots and the attendants were not cooperating in helping us in any way.  I was so upset I was in tears in trying to get to this event.  We finally turned a corner and found parking for $20, threw the cash at the guy and hurried to the event.  Well, Sex God would have hurried but he could  only go as fast as my rehabing ankle could hobble!

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The slide

We entered the building and was told at the front desk that the Sky Space entrance was around the corner and up the steps.   Still worried at the time crunch….we were 45 minutes past the designated 4pm point… I hobbled up the steps as quickly as I could and was SO relieved when our tickets were happily received.   Oddly, there was a security screening point and then we entered the elevator which only went to floor 65.   Once off the elevator we were ushered to a photo place, then around to ANOTHER elevator to ride up to the 78th floor.  Oh the ear popping!

So finally arriving at the Sky Space it was pretty empty!  It was all the exterior rooms of 2 floors packed with viewing windows, a bar, snack bar and 2 outdoor areas.   There were maybe 30 some odd people, almost all tourists, with about 6 or so people using professional cameras taking pictures.  Since I’d bought 2 tickets to the Sky Slide, the first thing he did was ride it.  And the poor man was sadly disappointed.   It was too short to get a feeling of fun or even danger for him.  And when he rode it again before we left, the thing gave him a shot of static electricity!

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Visions of phone overboard made this difficult to watch!

I will say the views were beautiful.  Thankfully it wasn’t raining nor too cold, but it WAS cloudy so we didn’t get any gorgeous sunsets and no stars in the sky! lol   We decided we didn’t want to spend the money on over priced drinks so after about an hour looking at the view and realizing we aren’t getting any sunset, we left.

And hobbled our way to our car, cutting through the downtown library instead of going around.  Then we got to sit in traffic on the way home!  ha!   Overall it was a good night, although Sex God might rethink his bucket list if any more of them are as much of a let down as this last one!

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AlterEgo IHeartRadio 2019

IMG_5255 (1)      When we saw this lineup last year, I thought it looked good but the price of the tickets for an iHeartRadio concert seemed not worth it to me, so I passed & thought I’d convinced Sex God to pass also.  But, flush with the money from a medical study, he bought 2 tickets!!  So we went… with me in a wheelchair!

I will admit it was everything I expected from an iHeart Radio show.  The concert was pretty rushed with every band playing about 6 or 7 of their most popular songs with only about 10 minutes between bands.   But, other than The Revivalists who were horrible (too country & hurt my ears!), ALL the bands were amazing!

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21 Pilots!

They were smart enough to START with 21Pilots.  The only time I’ve been able to see them live was at a KROQ event where I was so short I saw NOTHING!  So this time it was a true, true joy to see them live!  They said, “Lets make the phrase ‘Save the Best for First'” and boy they sure lived up to it.  They were just perfect to start this concert.  They had great effects (fire!), great energy and the crowd (who showed up early for them) loved it.  For them alone, I’m really glad I went.

 

Rise Against

The next band up that was good was Rise Against.  I’ve never really been a fan of them, thinking they were a bit metal for me, but boy I really enjoyed them live.  I guess, it really means something to watch a band perform their hit music live.   And everyone was thrilled (meant little to me cuz I don’t know the bands) when a guitarists from Rage Against the Machine showed up to play a song they co-wrote.  He was pretty amazing too!

Bishop Briggs was next up and she kept the energy high even with a slight malfunction with her dub system.  She did a great shout out as the ONLY female in the lineup on IMG_5264the day of the Women’s March in Los Angeles.   We’ve seen her several times now and she never disappoints live.

Weezer played ALL their hits, doing a shout out to 21 Pilots by saying “Save the best for the middle!”  I love spontaneity at concerts!!  Last time I saw Weezer was at a KROQ festival and they played after Panic! at the Disco and I felt they were soooooo old and slow that I was disappointed.  But they were actually very good at AlterEgo!  Right until they played their new hit Africa.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great performance of a great song, but I got worn out on it when Toto made it a hit!  And if they’re a conflict with another band when they play Coachella in a few months, I’m ok with missing them!

The Killers

After Weezer, The Killers came on stage.  Brendan Flowers is quite the performer…very Vegas.  But I’m spoiled by the beauty and sensual joy of Brandon’s (also from Vegas) performances in Panic! concerts.   Don’t get me wrong… great performance, great songs, glad I saw them live (so I don’t need to again), but they’re not my favorite band to see live.

Ending the night WAS a favorite band to see…. Muse!!  And wow… just wow.  I’ve seen them several times live and until you SEE Matt Bellemy belt out those lyrics you COMPLETELY forget how amazing his voice is!   I’m glad we went to this concert just to be able to see Muse & 21 Pilots, although to be honest I’d have rather we’d just spent the money seeing just Muse or 21 Pilots!  But Lesson learned and I don’t think we’ll be buying tickets to another iHeart concert event.  Particularly when the radio station often does a live broadcast we can watch directly from home!!!

MUSE!!!

 

 

 

 

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Let’s do a Rave!

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Color in the Hair!

Yes… yes, this post happened over a year ago, but I’m catching up!  Bee happy!

So Sex God turned to me one day and said, “Lets go to EDC!?”   (he recently did this to me again saying ‘lets go to Burning Man!’ which was a definite and resounding NO!)   My response was, “How about we try a baby rave first.”  I began to research and found several rave events but settled on Nocturnal in September.  It was nicely priced, set on grass and not cement (a negative in my books for events), had several stages which meant choices, and most importantly it had a camping option!  I got a cortisone shot for my heel spur to survive walking and dancing.  And for the first time I dyed my hair!  Two colors, a mix of red and blue.

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Relaxing in the tent

We didn’t spring for the exorbitantly priced car camping just the tent camping so it was a little different than Coachella.  Once we parked the car we had to drag ALL our stuff to the site.  The problem with this was 1. we’re doing this at night, 2. we foolishly thought we should do this in one trip, 3.  we had to also go through security!  (they confiscated ALL my glow sticks!!)  So by the time we got through all THAT we were so tired we picked the first spot we saw.  It quickly became apparent the 10×10 allotted space was rather small for our large tent/canopy AND that we’d forgot the blow up bed & sleeping bags!

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Painted accessories drying!

The first day doesn’t start until sunset, so there is lots of relaxation time and time to explore.  And time to let my Sex God painted shoes and hat to dry!  Nocturnal was held at the Glen Helen Regional Park and there’s a water slide plus a large wading pool!   From the camping to the event there was snacks sold and space with house music dancing which turned into a silent disco at midnight.

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Silly Sex God!

There was a long line to get into the event and they separated the lines into two sections, male and female.  Of course the girl lines went SLOW since we carry purses to inspect!  But the BONDING that was happening in line was wonderful.   When I told them I was over 50 it seemed to inspire the youngsters that they wouldn’t get boring in the future when they got old . lol…if they only knew how unique I am!   The kids quickly introduced me to P.L.U.R. which is Peace, Love, Unity & Respect, with all the corresponding hand motions and bracelet exchange!  Like I said, it was delightful!

 

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The Beautiful Grounds

That wonderful acceptance and instant friendship was continued through the weekend!  I noticed that whenever Sex God left me comfortably sitting on the grass, happily watching everything to go off to get food or drink or the bathroom or do something I chose not to do… I was ALWAYS inexplicably joined by a single woman who would sit and chat.   And when he returned, I’d introduce her and after a minute she’d abruptly off and go.  At first I thought it was them who needed the company, but by day three when it also happened at the pool during the day I was realizing they thought I needed taken care of or protecting!  I’ve never experienced

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Fun florescence!

such female solidarity!  Say WHATEVER you want about this new generation and raves, but they are truly wonderful people who look after each other.

I’ll be honest, I really don’t remember “who we saw” as it was all more of a random wandering lead by our ears, and there was alcohol.  There was A LOT of walking.  A locker we purchased but NEVER used because Sex God never goes anywhere without his small backpack.  Probably the reason people often asked us if we were “carrying”  lol.  Since we knew none of the artists… and since my hard rap nephew was our sole suggestion source… we just let the music and the moments guide us each night.

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Do I fit it? lol

The drink choices weren’t that thrilling but it was more like Bottlerock than Coachella in that it didn’t have a special fenced off drinking area and just let you walk around with your drink.  It lived up to all our hopes!   Oh and did I mention there were costumes? hahaha!   The naked guy was great but the guy dancing in the disco outside of the venue in a Big Hero 6 costume was a lot of fun too!

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Must take picture!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The El Rey

The El Rey is one of my favorite venues to see a band.   They often host my favorite

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Waiting in line with fellow Nothing But Thieves fans is half the fun!

types… up and coming musicians…. in a wonderfully intimate atmosphere.  It used to be a theater and the decor represents that with two raised areas on each side and a balcony in the back.  Once of the things I very much enjoy is the full bar!

I saw Nothing but Thieves there twice and it was the best performance of my life! Of course, it could be because they are just the best young band out there!  And if I don’t say it enough… you should be listening to this band!!

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My BFF Gloria dancing at Nothing But Thieves!

We also saw Sir Sly play at The El Rey and that was a lot of fun.  We were completely unfamiliar with the band beyond the one hit playing on the radio.  And they were very good!  With a bit of a heartbreaking back story they maintain a positive music vibe.

I fell in love with Mondo Cuzmo from their hit Shine on the radio and jumped at the opportunity when I found them playing at The El Rey!  What I’ve downloaded from iTunes I’ve loved and I hear they have a new album coming out!

 

Sex God and I always check in with The El Rey to see if there are any favorites we want to see playing there.  I hope you have a favorite venue also!

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Bottlerock 2017

Last year, when Bottlerock lineup came out I bought 4 tickets.  Gloria and SLineup2017ex God were absolutely in and my friend Ali was also…at the time I bought the tickets.  Ironically she couldn’t afford it when the tickets came, but we tooIMG_3653k her anyway because it was VERY difficult to try and sell tickets to a relatively new festival.  Even with such a great lineup!

Knowing Napa was a 6 hour drive we got up at 4ish, piled into my car with our stuff and hit the road!  I managed the drive pretty well with only a few stops for food & bathroom breaks, but by hour #4.5 I was BEAT!  I had Sex God take over the last part of the road & slept while Glo and Ali dealt with the car sickness that happens when Sex God drives!  He will deny it but he drives every car like its a Go-cart.  The hotel was farther than last year by quite a bit, but that’s all I could get last minute.  My bad.  We threw our stuff in the room, freshened a bit and headed to the festival.  And had a hilarious drive through Napa’s back country roads blasting old school rap off the radio!

Day One was introducing Ali to all the grounds, food, events, stages.  It was fun. 🙂  We didn’t really have anyone we were desperate to see until Saint Motel at 3:15 so we took our time.  Because right after Saint Motel we were SUPER excited to see Fitz and ThIMG_3646e Tantrums!  Two bands I love, back to back!  It was GREAT!  After that we split up and Sex God & Ali went to Macklemore and then Maroon 5 while Gloria and I went and saw Silversun Pickups & Modest Mouse. (which I regret now!)  By the end of the night, all four of us were very “relaxed” but me the least so I drove.  And what a horror THAT was!  The back roads at night felt like I driving Topanga Canyon with no street lights!  I knew beyond the unlit 2 lane highway was only vine fields but without my brights on it felt like a cliff edge!  Having to turn off my brights for oncoming traffic and the pressure to go fast from the MANY cars behind me it was an intense, white-knuckle drive!  I was soooooo happy to finally get there with my snoring companions!

Day Two started with a nice breakfast at the hotel and since it was a Saturday, the GPS had a go a different route.  We managed to get there in time to see Judah & the Lion (very nice), Andra Day (who was amazing!!).  We then popped over to the lovely shade of a covered stage to see Mavis Staples who was playing just before Bishop Briggs.  Sadly when she played long we realized the rumor of Bishop Briggs too sick to play was true…sigh.  So we popped over to hear some Ani DiFranco (a bit boring, but relaxing and kind of stayed there while Sex God went to see Tom Petty.  Sadly none of us were that interested to join him!   Once back at the hotel we quickly did a planning for day three on the fly lol  This is what happens when I’m too busy to do ALL the work, lol.

On Day Three we tried a new different breakfast spot, that was local.  It was fun, and the looks we got  in our exuberant conversation was even more fun! hahaha   WIMG_3659e got there in time to see Cobi (more commercialized hottie than real talent.)  After that we kind of stayed at that main stage to wait for LIVE, which was WONDERFUL to see!!  Sex God popped over to see a bit of The Strumbellas but came back soon after, VERY sun stroked.  I kept a cold rag on his face and head while plying him with water and Motrin.   He slept through Band of Horses, and while we WANTED to see The Naked and Famous we couldn’t dare leave our good spot because up and coming was Foo Fighters!!  And wow…. they were amazing!  Gloria and Sex God and seen them before but it was a first time for Ali and I.  And, I must say, if you’ve never seen Foo Fighters, definitely take the opportunity to see them.  Worth it, completely.

Last year Glo drove me & her all the way home Sunday night because I had to work.  THIS year we all made sure we got the day off and leisurely drove the 6 hours home.  Or I should say “I” drove us home.  When Sex God offered, but Ali and Glo said, “No!”

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It’s 2018!!!

We all have high hopes, dreams, ideas which time, reality and life seem to overshadow.  For example, I had hoped to get the ideas written and posted in January, dreaming I would manage to finish a blog once per month.  But life…. or rather the desire NOT to life intervened and I procrastinated until March.  IMG_4084

It was a difficult year in 2017 watching our government, those in charge of protecting the general “us”, act crazy and betray all precepts of protection for the sake of greed.  But I found a way to do something more than bitch.  Normally, the thing they tell you is to get ACTIVE in politics.  But I’m in Southern California in a very Blue area of the state, so I wasn’t sure what I could do.  Until I signed up for email notices from SwingLeft.org.  This group lists the closest swing seat near you which can be very valuable information if you want to get more active in politics.

I realized the power of the grass roots organizations could work to my advantage.  Everyone talks about voting OUT all possible Republicans this year, but unless you’re actively able to join every campaign that can seem like nothing more than talk.  But there is a way to help…. with money.  The GOP has proven THAT is how you rule in politics and the Sander’s campaign taught us how to use the internet to that advantage.

Basically what I’m saying is every person should decide to donate $10-$20 a month to change politics.  It’s rather easy…you donate $1 a month to 10 or 20 like minded campaigns around the country.  If EVERY person who wanted change did this we could remove the BIG $ influence OUT of politics and perhaps get politicians less dependent on corporations. You might find the website Ballotpedia.org very informative!

So in the interest of this, I got a few names for you.  (I’m just gonna list sames & what they’re running for…look them up, they’re worth supporting)  Paulette Jordan-Idaho governor, Tammy Baldwin-WI Senate, Jay Hulings-TX Congress, Marie Newman-IL congress, Jess King-PA congress, Dan Canon-Indiana Congress, Chelsea Manning-MD senate, Lupe Valdez-TX governor, Conor Lamb-PA congress, Elissa Slotkin-MI congress, Kendra Ferishee-WV congress, Jess Phoenix-CA congress, Zach Walls-IA senate, Pete D’Alessandro-IA congress, Mallory Hagan-AL congress, Cort VanOstran-MO congress, Ben Jealous-MD governor, Chuy Garcia-IL congress, Brendan Kelly-IL congress, Tina Smith-MN-senate, Lindsey Davis Stover-VA congress, Beto O’Rourke-TX senate, .   There are of course, MANY MORE, and research is a pain in the ass….but so are Republicans!  lol

Oh and there are other grass roots ways to support.  Buy a shirt or two from Wildfang or support their Indiegogo campaign to save the last abortion clinic in South Dakota.  Shaun King has started a Real Justice PAC to try to help areas vote OUT discriminatory policing, he’s got boots on the ground support.  Keith Ellison is trying to keep the Progressive Movement going even as Tom Perez the DNC chair is purging Sanders supporters from the DNC. grrrrrrr…

What I’m going to do is send money to a few in my state, then to some southern states cuz they need to CHANGE!!!

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