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sexy miami v. cheesey orlando – good times.

This past week I was in Miami – Miami Beach – South Beach to be most specific.  If you’ve been a reader for the past two years you would know that I have a very special place in my heart for that city.  On this particular trip I managed to get in quite a bit of the typical touristy tripe.  Eating on Lincoln Road:  Sushi Samba (although I still like Doraku better), Serendipity 3 (wondering where 2 is…but the food was unreal and the cake martini, although tasty, should have been chocolate) and Polar Burger Bar (where I ended up eating a salad).  I was poolside at the Flaming North Tower Pool and the famous Clevelander Hotel, had alcoholic slurpees at Wet Willie’s and hit Saturday night at Bamboo – it was packed which .  

I also had a spontaneous photo shoot with my friend Aris – Photographer – http://www.fashify.com/ and I attended the Samsung Galaxy S III launch party at the Ice Palace – I met some very cool people, and free booze and food was provided.

On the last day, I had an afternoon to kill on my own so I decided to go to a movie by myself.  Not something I normally do, or anything I’ve ever done now that I think of it… but I figured it was raining and it might be nice to get lost in a film.  After staring at the showtimes for a good 10 minutes I finally decided on Disney/Pixar’s BRAVE (an awesomely animated flick)  I purchased my 2:45pm matinée ticket + 3D shades and proceeded upstairs to get a $2 small popcorn and a MASSIVE ‘small’ Coke zero before grabbing a seat.  As I looked around for the theater number – I noticed a guy wandering around with a confused look on his face, I didn’t think much of it and went to theater 8, as designated on my ticket stub – but when I got to theater 8, it said “ICE AGE” was playing.  I looked at my ticket again, and realized my ticket also read “ICE AGE”  – wtf?

OKAY … I went down to customer service and as I approached I noticed the same guy getting his ticket swapped out.  I informed the Customer Service lady I wanted to see Brave, and she said, “no problem.”  I then asked her if the same thing happened to that guy.  YES.  it had.  weird.  As I walked into the correct theater the “guy”  who we can refer to as Dave caught me at the door and said,  “I’m sorry, I have to ask – did you have the wrong ticket too?”  I told him yes and the lady told me his had been incorrect.  As we entered the theater during the previews – he asked politely if I would like to join him in watching the film – since it was coincidental that our tickets were wrong etc… and because we were both alone.  I figured why not.  So I watched BRAVE, a movie about fate and destiny next to a complete stranger named Dave, who shared some laughs and some of his sour patch kids with me – who I probably would have never known existed.  Turns out Dave works at Sushi Samba – so if you’re in South Beach – go say “hi” to him for me and tell him I told you to do so.  🙂

I got back to Orlando just in time to attend the Orlando Weekly Annual “Best Of”  bash at The Beacham.  I was voted 2nd Best Pop Act in Orlando by Readers (THANK YOU ORLANDO!!!! – I am So HONORED, and surprised!) I walked up to the event and passed Tommy Mot on the way in – He informed me that is was packed inside, and that it was.  I had a great time hanging out with Kevin Collier and Brandon Zeiders of Smile For Camera.  And I ran into some familiar faces I hadn’t seen in a while including Chris Cooper and Mr. Robert Johnson.  The night was finished up at IBar for Mac & Cheese Wednesdays where I danced like an idiot to Miami Sound Machine’s Conga.  Good times.

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a new york minute = a week of catching up.

As I mentioned last weekend – I was in fact in NYC and of course it was a crazy, amazing time!  I caught Lady Ga Ga in concert at the XL Center in Hartford, CT with my friend Matt – we had front row seats courtesy of my friend Rob and his ever so gracious boss, Chin.  As if the tickets alone were not enough, Rob hooked us up with a driver so we wouldn’t have to brave the bus/train for at least half of the trip.  Rob if you’re reading, Matt and I can not thank you enough.  YOU ARE the bees knees!

The concert was fantastic!  Ga Ga was captivating, and the show was of course a giant, ridiculous, spectacle – and I loved every second of it.  No lip syncing at this concert – but ‘shock and awe’ was rampant.  I liked Lady Ga Ga before, but now I will honestly admit I am a fan – a ‘little monster’, so to speak…  I think the shining moment amongst the spectacle was when she announced that a portion of all tickets sold was going to her charity of choice – a group that provides support for gay and bi-sexual teens who have run away from home because their parents didn’t understand them.  I was really moved by that.
During the rest of my trip I met my girl Dorothy for lunch in Midtown, treated myself to a manicure, and partied with Rob and Co.  We were supposed to end up at a party in Brooklyn but I never left Manhattan… oh well, maybe next time.

On Saturday evening I returned to Orlando – and I met up with Rima to get the highly anticipated photos she took of me in August!  They turned out great and you can see the best of the best on the FB page!  After that I went downtown to hang out with JP and Wendy.  We ended up running
into another friend of mine celebrating her high school reunion and ended up at I-Bar… where I met a cutie named Brad.  And that evening spiraled into a very strange series of events, which I have decided not to describe in detail but I will say that it began to resemble a scene out of a bad movie… and ended with myself and the cutie walking over 2 miles at 4:45am.

So after a 3 day escapade with very little sleep and lot’s of running around – I officially ran myself down.  ;\  Oh go ahead and laugh now – I knew it was coming.

In other news – I met my new boss, who will be taking on the position of Director for the Orange County Arts Education Center (I think he’s a shoe in)  and I spent this past weekend out with friends, rehearsing, and working on the new branding… website updates coming soon, but most importantly I’m getting very close to releasing my first official EP/Album Woop Woop!

If you’re local or you happened to be in town this coming weekend (Oct. 1 – 3) check out the ELLA Fest taking place at Orlando Brewing Co.  It’s a celebration of  Female Musicians – kind of a local “Lilith Fair”, and it’s sure to be a good time!  My band and I will hit the stage on Sunday, OCT 3 @ 7:00pm.  Be there!  All the cool kids are going.

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