Monthly Archives: December 2013

Ska Luau IV!


Last night was the Ska Luau IV at the House of Blues! It was an awesome show, and I’ve learned about some new awesome bands.

Magnolia Polynesian Dance Troupe

The show began with Magnolia High School’s Polynesian Dance Troupe. I only took one photo, and it was pretty bad. Sorry! They had men and women, but they danced separately. They did dances from a variety of Polynesian cultures. Pretty interesting.

CodeName: Rocky

CodeName: Rocky was the first band to perform. I hadn’t heard their music previously but was very impressed. They had a great variety of instruments too. Sax? Of course. Trumpet and trombone? Yep. French horn?! Heck yeah!

Save the Swim Team

Save the Swim Team described themselves as “the most screamo ska band,” and I suppose that was true. I liked the ska, but didn’t particularly like the screamo parts. However, they did mesh it pretty well, and I could understand why they’d have a lot of fans. This was actually their last show ever.

Suburban Legends was absolutely amazing. I’ve actually been listening to their music all day today now because I’m hooked. The lead singer was a lot of fun, but their guitarist was pretty charismatic too! Their brass section consisted of two trumpet players and a trombone player. The band also danced together with great choreography. I wasn’t expecting it, but it was so amazingly good.


Starpool came on the stage wearing tiki masks before starting the set and releasing the confetti that’s in the photo at the top of this post.


Besides throwing bags with chocolate penises into the crowd (some sort of joke from previous concerts I’d assume), they also threw these glowing sticks.


They played an amazing set full of a lot of songs that I loved. I sang along, danced, jumped, and was pretty tired at the end honestly.


And what concert would be complete without a band member crowd surfing in a giant ball? That was pretty cool. Starpool ended the show with their cover of Shout that I absolutely love. This might have been my favorite concert I’ve ever attended. If not, it would be the show with the Aquabats and Starpool, so I guess that’s good for Starpool anyways!

Hopefully Friday’s Reel Big Fish show at the same venue is as awesome.

Christmas time!

Christmas Tree

Christmas time is always great! I hadn’t really talked about it yet at all, so I’ll mention everything briefly in this post! Even though I was taking my family’s presents to my aunt’s house, I kept them under my tree. I like having a lot of wrapped gifts under the tree.

Ready for the Aquabats!

I went to two Christmas shows. The first was the Aquabats holiday show, which I talked about previously. They played with Emily’s Army and Kepi Ghouli; it was a great show.


After I posted some photos of the show on Instagram, user gogo13band liked some of my photos. The user’s description says they’re the “literal brother band” of the Aquabats. I looked into them, and it turns out that the lead singer of the Aquabats’ brother is the lead singer of a ska band called GOGO13. They played with the Vandals and Knock-Out at “The Vandals 18th Annual Christmas Formal.” It was a great show too! The Vandals played music from their album Oi to the World!

The Beet Goes On

Alex and Darnell were in Brea at her parents’ house, so I came to visit too. Devin and Lorena gave me a bottle Beet that they infused themselves! It came with recipes for two mixed drinks. That photo is of a drink called The Beet Goes On, which was great!

Bread and lemon curd

Alex and Darnell gave me cranberry orange bread and homemade lemon curd. Wow, it was all so delicious! I put blueberries in the lemon curd a couple times, but it was so flavorful and tasty that I definitely ate a lot without anything extra!


gem gave me a Snuggie and The Geek’s Guide to Dating. While I haven’t read much of the book yet, it’s pretty interesting and funny too. gem knew I wanted a Snuggie and called a bunch of stores trying to find one. She could only find one store that had any in stock, and when she got there, she could only find a single Snuggie. She told me I could exchange it because of the print, but I definitely wanted to keep it. It’s very comfy 🙂


I spent Christmas Eve at my aunt’s house and Christmas day at my parents’. Here’s my cousin, Mitch, collecting all the gifts to him in one place so he could open them quickly.

I got all my cousins board games. I gave Apples to Apples, The Logo Board Game, and Munchkin Legends. On the subject of board games, I also bought Edward Arkham Horror. My brother got a video game from me instead – Super Mario 3D Land. I gave gem a Tokidoki x Sanrio clutch.

Cirque du Soleil's Totem

I also took gem to see Cirque du Soleil’s Totem. I talked about that yesterday, but it was excellent!

New jacket

Edward gave me a new leather jacket! I was very surprised, and it’s pretty great. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a leather jacket.


On the subject of unexpected gifts, my brother got me a Harman/Kardon soundbar and subwoofer. I was pretty amazed. It’s connected to my TV, and I’m listening to it right now. When it put it on top of the TV stand in front of the TV, it blocked the IR receiver on the TV. I moved it to the shelf underneath, which looks a little odd but works. It’s a great sound system! Notice the bow on the present? My mom added that.


Duncan moved the bow to Sumo. He’s quite festive with it.


We tried to turn the box into a dog house, but Angel and Sumo really didn’t want to hang out in it. We’ve put their beds in it, hoping that would entice them to enter. Well, they’re not really going for it.

Anyways, that was my Christmas time! Yay!

Drinks, Cirque du Soleil, and Zenko

The Beet Goes On

Friday and Saturday provided a great start to my weekend. I began Friday evening with a martini with the “Beet” that was infused and given as a gift to me by my friends. I did have to buy martini glasses and some other things, but it was worth it. Duncan was going to Dave & Buster’s for drinks with some friends, so I went with them. I definitely had a good time.

Cirque du Soleil

Saturday afternoon, gem and I saw Totem, a touring, Grand Chapiteau Cirque du Soleil show. It’s about the evolution of humanity.

cirque du soleil

Totem was an amazing show. There’s not much of a reason to explicitly recommend seeing it, because I’d always recommend all Cirque du Soleil shows. I particularly enjoyed the ring and trapeze artists. Their strength (and balance and coordination) is just amazing.

Cirque du Soleil's Totem

Before the show when some of the artists were interacting with the audience, one, who I’ll call the ringmaster although I’m not sure it’s accurate, was near us. Everytime the ringmaster looked our way, gem would wave enthusiastically. When he got closer and was a few rows from us, he almost walked away, but after gem waved again, he came over to us. He got really close to her until his nose touched her nose. After a few seconds he jerked back and booped her nose, attempting to put a clown nose on her. It didn’t stay, so he tried again, slower, and then told her she a small nose. She lifted her glasses, pushed the nose on, and then lower the glasses on it. During the show, every time the ringmaster came on stage, gem would whisper, “that’s my buddy!” And that’s how gem got her clown nose!

Mayor of Zenko

We went to Zenko Sushi for dinner. I finally took back my rightful mayorship of the restaurant on Foursquare from “B.”

Deep fried green tea ice cream

The waitress missed my glass when refilling my water, getting my shirt pretty soaked as well as my pants and phone. Everything was okay; she was very apologetic, and I really didn’t mind too much. She gave me dessert for free – deep fried green tea ice cream! It was very delicious.

I somehow doubt Sunday can live up to Friday and Saturday.

The Aquabats concert!


After a week of eating the lunches from the Aquabats’ Pizza Day, I was ready for Saturday’s concert at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles! Emily’s Army and Kepi Ghoulie were the opening bands, but of course I was there for the Aquabats.



You can’t make it out in the photos, but I’m wearing a blue rashguard and gem’s wearing a purple rashguard. I opted to leave my anti-negativity helmet and power belt in the car for ease of jumping around and getting slammed by people.

Duck, Duck, Goose

There’s always a game of Duck, Duck, Goose going in the back before the bands start playing, and this show was no exception. It’s pretty cool seeing the same fans at every show. I particularly remember the guy who wears a cool Aquabats lab coat, who I believe said he goes by Skibz, as well as the young woman with kids who was then the pregnant woman in the pink rashguard and is now the woman with the young baby! Very cool.

Eagle "Bones" Falconhawk helps out Kelpi Ghoulie

Kepi Ghoulie was really good; I enjoyed them a lot. Unfortunately, their bass player couldn’t make the show. They asked if anyone could play bass, and, well, Eagle “Bones” Falconhawk can!

gem gets a toy!

The band released a bunch of balloons and streamers into the audience and even threw presents into the crowd. gem got one; it was a toy car!

Guitar pick from Kepi Ghoulie

We each also got a guitar pick from Kepi Ghoulie!

The Aquabats take the stage

Finally the Aquabats took the stage!

The Aquabats beach ball

Sorry for such a plain, boring photo, but the Aquabats threw beach balls into the crowd, and I got one. I didn’t take a picture of it until I got home. It’s probably about a foot in diameter. Pretty cool!

The Bat Commander gets a red sweater

Someone threw a red sweater onto the stage, so the Bat Commander decided to wear it before proceeding to sing Red Sweater.

After that song, the Aquabats were attacked by an evil crustacean! Don’t worry though. They managed to defeat him with the help of name-calling! Crash also recited a little poem that led into Super Rad.

The Bat Commander borrows a hat

He also borrowed this cute hat from the girl standing to the left of me. I didn’t mention it, but it’s probably worth noting that I was right at the front and in the center. It was a sweet spot. I also got to enjoy chatting with security between sets.

Later the Aquabats got into another shorter fight but then found themselves hungry. Luckily, when they asked for a snack such as a granola bar, someone in the audience actually had one. Multiple granola bars, a Clif Bar, and a bag of Pepperidge Farms Milano Cookies were all thrown onto the stage. The Aquabats took a snack break, sang Snack the Night Away, a parody of Van Halen’s Dance the Night Away, and then… all licked the Clif Bar before throwing it into the audience for some “lucky” fan to eat.

Ricky Fitness sings in a Christmas costume

Near the end of the show, the Aquabats left but came back like they usually do. When they returned, they were in Christmas costumes! Ricky Fitness and the Bat Commander traded roles, letting Ricky sing while the Commander played the drums. Funny thing – it sure looked like the Bat Commander had four arms. I was hoping to get a photo, but I couldn’t capture it. And no, there was no trick with lighting. Evan Sinclair, the Aquabats Super Show music supervisor and stage manager was crouching behind him while reaching around and playing drums. Weird but funny.

Speaking of Evan Sinclair, he came out at the end to sing a little Hanukkah song before the Aquabats sang a Christmas song.

The Aquabats concert set list

I managed to grab a set list as well! In case you can’t see the photo, they played the following:

  • Theme Song
  • Fashion Zombies
  • Martian Girl
  • Look at Me
  • Shark Fighter
  • Pizza Day
  • Cat With 2 Heads
  • Red Sweater
  • Fight/Commercial
  • Super Rad
  • Legend Is True
  • Hey Homeys
  • Demolition Rickshaw
  • Doing Science
  • Awesome Forces
  • Ricky Xmas
  • Donde Esta Santa Claus
  • Christmas Is Awesome
  • Pool Party

It was a fantastic set, and it started off so strong too! After the theme song, they went right to one of my favorite songs from Charge! and then Martian Girl (whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa).