How is everybody’s summer going? As I mentioned before, I am on vacation. Literally and figuratively… I’m on vacation. I have taken time off of everything. Everything!
Even this blog, which makes little sense since I only recently brought the blog back up. Did I bring it back up just to let it sit? No. I did not. So vacation or not I am ready to get a few posts out of my system. Maybe discus some of the reasons the blog ended in the first place, why it came back (which I kind of explained some of already), and why this vacation is much needed. Among all the reasons believe it or not there are some that are a cause for all 3.
Maybe that’s a sign that I’m really back this time.
Time will tell (as will future posts).
Whether or not things heat up here, weather is getting hot all around us. A fuckin’ heat wave hit the United States this week. Not that you need me to tell you this. It’s hot.
Beach weather for sure. I have yet to get to the beach this summer… bumming me out pretty bad. I know it would make a world of difference, I know Sassy is also in need of a beach fix… just gotta make it happen. Summer without the beach is like cereal without milk. I know cereal without milk isn’t that bad so probably not the right comparison, but you get me… summer and the beach go hand and hand.
A summer like this has me wanting to move back to California. Shit everything lately has me wanting to move back to Cali. I need a place right on Newport beach. That’s an old childhood dream… one that seems to have returned in my old age. How cool would that be though? Very cool.
At least till the big one hit.
And it will hit eventually. This more than any other reason keeps me from that dream of living on the beach. Just had a few quakes recently for that reminder.
On the 4th of July and the day after California was hit with a couple big ones. We felt them both right here in Las Vegas. I grew up on earth quakes, so they were just more nostalgia for me to keep me missing the Golden State, others here freaked out a little. That second one lasted quite a while so there was reason to be freaked out. For those close to the quake it was no joke, not only did they have the two large destructive quakes but they also had hundreds of small ones keeping everyone on edge.
So yea, I don’t think I will be moving back to California and will probably never have a house on the beach… I can dream though. And this vacation is daydream central.
Although we haven’t made it to the beach we have made a few California trips. Hit up Magic Mountain and it’s water park. It has been a while since we had been there. Last time was right before there took down the Colossus. This was the first time riding the Twisted Colossus. If you don’t know either of these are, I will explain.
The Colossus was a huge, white, wooden roller coaster that is right next to where you park and head into the park. No loops, just drops and whoopee dos… your typical big, wooden coaster. If you have seen the movie Vacation (slick connected reference with words and actions) then saw Chevy Chase make John Candy ride the coaster back in it’s heyday. I bring it up because as I mentioned, this was our first trip back to magic Mountain since they changed The Colossus… and Wow Bob Wow!
The coaster still looks close to the same, missing the second drop, but it’s still a big, white, wooden monster of a coaster, but now it has these bright green and blue tracks that do things no wooden coaster should do. First off that scary first drop got a lot scarier. It actually seems to invert in at it’s steepest moment. The metal tracks also allow for some twists, turns, and loops that were not there before. What a fuckin’ rush! Sassy and Jay Jay sat behind me and when I turned to see how they were doing on the second climb (it goes through everything twice allowing you to loop over other coasters on the track) both of them had tears flowing down their faces. They had not expected it to be so different. To be honest neither had I, but it definitely became our new favorite ride. We rode it several times looking for that perfect run… we got it. Climbing side by side with another coaster up the hill, both flying down, everyone screaming, both coasters racing through the new twisted tracks, looping each other, almost able to reach out and high five those in the coaster below or above us. It was a blast.
What else have I been up to? A few concerts, bunch of movies, and Netflix binging galore. Saw Weezer (for the 3rd time), they were awesome. The Pixies opened for them, it was my first time seeing them live… what a show! First time I saw Weezer was a free show and they opened for Red Hot Chili Peppers. It was unbelievable, we got tickets for just about everyone we knew. Took all the kids (except Jay Jay, wasn’t born yet). It was at a park celebrating Las Vegas’s 100th birthday and after both bands played full sets it ended with a huge firework show. Very hard to top.
Second time I saw Weezer they did their first 2 albums live, back to back, in their entirety. So it held up with the first show if not surpassing it. This third time was right up there with the first 2 though. My brother came out to visit and went to the show with us, and what a show it was. The Pixies rocked the stadium song after song, they have so many good songs. Then Weezer came on and I never stopped singing (screaming) along once. In the middle of the show Rivers Cuomo road this little row boat (on wheels) back towards the middle of the venue, stopped directly in front of us while crooning The World Has Turned and Left Me Here. It was beautiful. That would have been enough. But then he went into the cover of A ha’s Take On Me.
Yes this is turning out to be quite a great summer.
But I know this vacation can’t last forever. I can’t just tune everything out and pretend I am blissful in my ignorance.
The Future is coming and I need to be ready for it.