I hope I’m not reading too much into this, but I think she likes me, and I’m feeling like a giddy schoolgirl right now.

thaiguy20fromla:

So, a while back, I made a post on Tumblr about meeting a girl at a show and talking to her and being super excited because I normally don’t talk to girls at shows, and then subsequently being disappointed because we didn’t talk or go out. Then I deleted the post.

Anyways, I just finished writing draft of a light anti-love song about that experience. Then out of nowhere, we talked briefly yesterday. Then I found this gem of a video that captures that moment when I melted her heart just that little bit at that show! (1:36-ish)

From singing along to friends’ bands in Spanish, I pulled her into the pit to the dance and skank after this song. At the end of the set, she pulled out her phone and handed it to me to put my number in, no words needed.

Isn’t it funny how a video can bring back little stupid memories like that?

Addendum: I successfully asked this girl out. And she seems happy to go out :)

Life is… far from good, but getting better. I joined my third band (Isolated Victims), and a pretty damn awesome band that’s been what I’ve been wanting to play. Plus they’ve been around for over 11 years. I’m getting applications for substitute teaching pools together, The Two Tone Boners are playing out of state in October for Phoenix Ska Punk Bowling and in Vegas, and both bands might be playing Viva Ska Vegas in September.

I’ve realized I’ve developed a certain mindset about private teaching that makes me more of an effective than when I started as a college sophomore and again a year and a half ago. I have a good mental backlog of where my students are and what their weaknesses are/what needs to be reinforced, learning quirks and styles, and a repertoire of pedagogical strategies. I’m going back to school with a refreshed mind ready to finish up my credential work and get to student teaching in the Spring!

Additionally, my attitude’s been a lot better lately. I’ve stopped sleeping in on the couch past noon, and I’ve been waking up and having breakfast. I’m going to start jogging and doing daily morning workouts. I’m now putting a game plan together to fix my car by swapping the engine. I’m learning to play bass and learning new rep on piano. I’ve overcome my songwriting block. I’m getting a tattoo. I have a roughly scheduled date coming up with an absolutely gorgeous girl who’s showing promise and interest in me, which would be my first date in a while. People recognize me and my band within the ska/punk scene now, and even though it’s a great surprise and confidence booster, it’s humbling at the same time how there’s this sense of community within the scene. Community is something we could use more of.

Growing up is hard. But it doesn’t have to come all at once… and the music’s the one thing that’ll keep me from getting old.

So, I’m playing keyboards for Isolated Victims now. They’re playing the pre-party for Viva Ska Vegas on September 19th-20th. That makes three of The Two Tone Boners playing Viva Ska Vegas (Jovan-sax playing for Matamoska and Alfredo-trumpet playing for Steady 45s). I’m hoping I leveraged the promoter into getting The Two Tone Boners on the bill for the after party, haha.

thaiguy20fromla:

I’m playing a show next month at a tattoo parlor. I’ve been thinking for a really long time now about getting inked up, and I think I’m going to make it happen. I’ve had the idea to start small, with some text, and I wanted this Big D and the Kids Table reference for a while, because “Music- a steady riot in my soul” is something I take to heart, 24/7, and music’s always over my shoulder and behind me should I need it. It’s just a mock up on a computer since I totally suck at drawing, but I’m going to trace it out and tweak it a bit and work with an artist on it.

Quick minor update to this design:

thaiguy20fromla:

I’m playing a show next month at a tattoo parlor. I’ve been thinking for a really long time now about getting inked up, and I think I’m going to make it happen. I’ve had the idea to start small, with some text, and I wanted this Big D and the Kids Table reference for a while, because “Music- a steady riot in my soul” is something I take to heart, 24/7, and music’s always over my shoulder and behind me should I need it. It’s just a mock up on a computer since I totally suck at drawing, but I’m going to trace it out and tweak it a bit and work with an artist on it.

Quick minor update to this design:

(via stresspoop25)

Awkward connection I have: this lady is a bartender who happens to also book shows. She’s booked me for a few of her shows. Her little sister just so happens to be my high school ex-girlfriend… Who still won’t talk to me.

So, a while back, I made a post on Tumblr about meeting a girl at a show and talking to her and being super excited because I normally don’t talk to girls at shows, and then subsequently being disappointed because we didn’t talk or go out. Then I deleted the post.

Anyways, I just finished writing draft of a light anti-love song about that experience. Then out of nowhere, we talked briefly yesterday. Then I found this gem of a video that captures that moment when I melted her heart just that little bit at that show! (1:36-ish)

From singing along to friends’ bands in Spanish, I pulled her into the pit to the dance and skank after this song. At the end of the set, she pulled out her phone and handed it to me to put my number in, no words needed.

Isn’t it funny how a video can bring back little stupid memories like that?

Ever lie awake at night and realize how huge the world is and wonder where all the people you once knew are now? This is one of those nights.

Backyard party with LiveSka All-Stars this past Friday, featuring Frank from Isolated Victims. Photo credit to Vicious Valley (also repping @hungry_ass_youth) #ska #reggae #punk #keytar #shows #actionshot #gigs #party

Backyard party with LiveSka All-Stars this past Friday, featuring Frank from Isolated Victims. Photo credit to Vicious Valley (also repping @hungry_ass_youth) #ska #reggae #punk #keytar #shows #actionshot #gigs #party

New Onstage Catchphrase

"On a scale of one to tits, how much fun are you having tonight?"