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February 22nd, 2010

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04:50 pm - Valentine's Getaway and The Star Machine: 2 Weeks of Chris!
What up!?!?!

I would have to say that this past weekend was one of the more productive and rewarding weekends I have had so far in 2010.

But we'll get to that in a second.

For Valentine's weekend, me and Rose spent it at the luxurious Gaylord Palms Hotel in Orlando, FL.  The trip, slightly guised as a means of getaway based upon our apartment's carpet getting cleaned, was something that Rose wanted to do for some time now.  She is a lover of hotels and things of that nature (as am I) and a nice V-Day weekend getway would do us some good, we figured.

We were right.

We made it there Friday night after checking up on the apartment.  We checked in, and I immediately set up shop with the drinks that she bought (Bloody Mary components, Champagne (the real cheap shit...I love it), vodka, and assorted juices.  We then went out to eat at a really nice Steakhouse within the hotel.  The food was MAGNIFIQUE!  After that, we strolled through the large indoor small scale cities that the hotel had to offer and then we hit the hay.

The next day, we ate at another restaurant inside the hotel, complete with it's own large boat in water in which people could dine (the hotel's motif was areas of FL, like St. Augustine and Flagler and whatnot).  After that, we got a couple's massage and pedicure at the hotel spa.  It was my first professional massage, and it was AMAZING!!!  Hot stones and all that hot stuff.  And the pedicure was pretty kick ass.  Usually, I don't dig them (guy factor), but the girl was pretty cool.  She had a voice like Lisa Coleman (Prince and the Revolution) and a hairstyle like Bettie Page.  She gave me a compliment on my feet (something that NEVER happens), and since the whole deal was a pre-paid sort of affair, I knew it wa pretty genuine.  Ever if it wasn't, it was a massive success.  I don't think Rose's experience with the feet was as good as mine, but I dug it all!

After that, we were VERY relaxed and tired, so we retired to the room and virtually passed out for the rest of the night. 

The next day, Valentine's Day, we checked out of the hotel and then made it back into the hotel to get in line for the opening of the Valentine's Day brunch, served up at the Villa Nova restaurant in the hotel.  It was also my frist brunch, so that was pretty exciting.  I had some ham, some bacon, some waffles, breadsticks, and a doughnut for good measure.  I ate a good bit of it, but didn't pig out.  We sipped on champange and chilled for about an hour or so and then bounced out towards home, where we chilled even harder.  A good weekend for sure!

Because of my low funds, I didn't get to give Rose a proper V-Day gift.  So, for her generousity over the weekend, I took her out to dinner once or twice and also picked up dinner for us a few times.  Not the best, but not the worst.  All in all, great stuff!

Now...back to this weekend!

It all started a few weeks ago, to be honest.  I had been recently longing to play the drums.  As long standing readers know about me, I started all of this musical stuff off on the drums pretty much.  So, when I moved to FL, I strayed in order to pick up more instruments, primarily the bass (and improvements upon keyboards, which I also play).  So after years of not playing, one can become kinda sad about it. 

In my new band, Waking Dreamer, we decided to switch up some instruments for a song called "They Coming", in which I do play the drums.  While fun, it's still a work in progress, hence, not so fun to play yet.  And with this being my only outlet, I just stayed patient for my next moment. 

It came sooner than I thought.

On Thursday, my Aristocratic band member/friend Pete texted me.  He told me that the band he plays in now, called the Unit Shifters (fronted by Shwill, a guy we've known for quite some years), just recently suffered the quitting of their drummer.  They asked if I would be able to fill in for a show on Saturday (which was also serving as the Going-Away party for our good friend Jessica).  I immediately said yes and began practicing with them for the gig that same day.  Pretty much 72-hours later, I played the gig with them and it went AWESOMELY!!!  I got a lot of cheers, props, and positive feedback from my performance.  We all did great, and it was a good night had by all.

Although, there was a bit of sadness.  Jessica, my good friend, our good friend, ex girl to my drummer Chase, has left for PA.  She is going to school up there and is going on with Phase II of her life.  We were happy to see her moving up, but sad she would be gone.  When she hugged me after the show, she cried and told me she loved me over and over again.  I could have held her all night.  She was there for me at a really bad time in my life, and I will forever be grateful for that.  I love you Jessica.  We will see each other again.  THIS PARTY AIN'T OVER!

So, after a good day like Saturday, I woke up Sunday EXTREMELY tired and sore from drumming so much.  So, I backed out of the Waking Dreamer practice to recoup.  I wasn't a lazy-ass either.  I got some shit done.  I worked on some music, cleaned up the apartment and also filmed some video for a collaboration I am doing with my homie Jordan.  In all, I think that was a damn good day.

This weekend showed me that if I just do it, great things follow.  My plan is to keep the ball rolling, keep on doing awesome things, and keep on getting the accolades.  I am determined to be a superstar in anything I do, and Thank God, it seems to haven't failed me yet.


Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: Komeda - Fire

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Date:September 16th, 2010 05:11 am (UTC)
Hey buddy! Remember me? No? Not important right now! What is important is that I entered a writing/ travel contest and I need my friends to vote for me. Who cares if we haven't spoken in 4 years? That is neither here, nor there! Anywho, I know you can't wait to help me out! Here's how!

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