I can't remember who but someone told me about this place in Chinatown called CBS Seafood -- kinda dirty looking but they serve legit Dim Sum so I went to try it out and I gotta say, it's legit. I took this photo cause the guy caught me off guard...you just don't see people fixate on much else besides their phone in the same way these days.
Lauren had her birthday dinner at Manuela and Anthony was in town for it.
Maddie invited me to a spa day thing and we got our hair braided -- I kept my braids in for 3 days.
This is me playing ping pong with the braids in -- day 2, I believe.
Ari was staying with me at the time and I came home late one night and she was already asleep. She woke up in the morning and saw my braids in and was excited cause she thought I braided my own hair and was disappointed when she found out that wasn't the case.
The thing I'll miss the most about living in Long Beach is that no matter where you go, you'll always run into someone you know. I guess LA is the same in a sense but not on this scale -- the community is just so much tighter for some reason. Maybe cause we've all seen one another at our worst.
I played some records at Virgil Normal and these two came -- they had such cool cameras and were so sweet.
Solid crew rolled out as well -- I'm very fortunate.
Kirill looks like a kid in this pic.
I am so grateful Joe moved to Echo Park -- I was afraid I would feel so alone again but now that I know he's only 12 minutes awa, I can hit him up as often as I please.
Man, I've known Donny since I was 18 -- that's 12 years! We've both changed so much.
Speaking of changes, I've only known Canh for a little over a year and I feel like in that year, we've both changed so much. I'm so lucky.
Aslan was rolling through and I asked him to meet me at the Prospector for a drink. We were having a very serious conversation at this dirty bar when Disturbed 'Down with the Sickness' started playing in the background and I couldn't hold my attention cause I was instantly brought back to 2nd or 3rd grade when I used to call my crush, Jacob Emminger on the land line at my house and my 3 year old brother would pick up and sing the growling intro of that song on the phone and hang up. How embarrassing that was back then but now it's funny but also sad cause I wish I had a better relationship with my brother today. It's actually gotten much better this year, we've had a rich conversation this year and text from time to time so that's a huge improvement.
Black Bar is the new Pike Bar.
I was leaving LB one morning and rolled up next to this stranger who smiled at me so I smiled back and asked if I could take a picture of him. I was feeling very vulnerable and alone that gloomy morning and he made that feeling go away.
There was a beautiful sunset and cause it was a bit cloudy, the sky lit up and looked gorgeous.
The next set of photos are from the road trip I took with Maddie to New Mexico.
Somewhere in Palm Springs -- I think this was in the back of a Del Taco.
We saw that Dashboard Confessional was playing at a venue near by so we got tickets but unfortunately, he had a family emergency so he didn't show. It's OK cause it was still such an amazing show. I've never heard of All Time Low before but they have great energy.
Oddly enough, these are photos on the Arco Santi property but I didn't take any photos of the building itself. What was I thinking?
There was a photo of Vincent Gallo that had these same colors and when we stopped in New Mexico to get gas, I asked Maddie to take a photo -- I don't think she was feeling it but I really like how it came out. Wish it was a bit more clear though.