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At The Cab/Hush Sound show with miss_saigon, ficbyzee and elucreh. Great show. We really liked Steel Train. Everyone stayed for the Hush Sound, and there might even be even more people here than for any of the openers, so that makes me happy. Alex Marshall was just sitting five feet away from us. This is, occasionally, a very surreal fandom!
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peace up a-town down! (brendon)

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I am so bored tonight. It's one of those nights where everything is dead. The internet is dead, text messaging is dead, I can't for the life of me concentrate enough to read fic or a book (I seriously don't know when I developed such a short attention span) so I've just been sitting here playing Mahjong and contemplating my life. I even called up most of my close-by friends to see if they wanted to grab some food around 9:00 and everyone was either sleeping, working, or not answering their phone. That worked out ok though because my mom and I ended up setting up and playing Wii Fit for the first time which is THE BEST GAME EVER OMG SO FUN AND ALSO EXERCISE! \o/ I am total crap at the ski slalom but I rock at the ski jumping and the rhythm aerobic steps and am ok at hoola hoops and various other balance activities. I did the short run but I think I was too close to the TV because Wii!me (also called a Mii) was just not cooperating. All in all it was a blast and I'm pretty thrilled to have something that actually gets me excited about physical activity. I mean, what? Physical activity is totally awesome! ;-)

My mom and I went to the American Idol concert Monday night. That was the most surreal thing, man. It was craaaazy packed, which we were expecting, given that it's Utah and David Archuleta, but not to the extent it was. Yikes. We couldn't even get a table at any of the venue's nearby restaurants well over an hour before the show was scheduled to start. And there were seriously so many elderly couples there. I'd say about a good half of the crowd was over 50 years old (and little old ladies cooing and perving over David Archuleta? WRONG AT THE AMERICAN IDOL CONCERT). And then the screaming. Oh my GOD, when David Archuleta came out I was pretty sure the universal sound barrier was going to break. I've been to my fair share of concerts and I don't think I've ever heard a crowd be so loud. I am glad that he got a lot of hometown love and support, though -- he cried he was so moved, which was admittedly pretty cute, and he sang his set very well. David Cook was awesome as usual, and so were Brooke and Carly and, to my slight surprise, Chikeze! In retrospect I definitely believe he deserved to be higher than 10 on the show. I absolutely would not kick Kristy Lee Cook out of bed (because, damn) but she sang Collapse ) Ramiele left me totally bored and unimpressed, Jason was good but didn't interact with the audience at ALL, and Syesha is just so desperate for love and approval that I'm just indifferent to her at this point. Michael Johns was good vocally but Collapse ) and b) he is SO arrogant. I just can't get behind his brand of self-importance. But overall the show was tons of fun and I'm glad I got to go with my mom.

My mom also took today off and we went to lunch at the California Pizza Kitchen, yum. Seriously, they have this banana chocolate cake thing that is SO DELICIOUS OMG. It would be difficult for me to name a better tasting dessert. After lunch we saw Wall-E which was SO SO SO SO SO ADORABLE. Oh my goodness I wanted to go see it again right after it was over. The short film before the movie was also incredibly darling. I'm amazed that after so many movies Disney and Pixar still haven't lost their magic. DISNEY + PIXAR = 4EVA ♥

So likeaspark was here the first week of July and it was really fun to have her out here! She got to meet my mom and my dogs and we did fun things like drive up to Park City and meander Temple Square and go see the U2 light show at the planetarium. We saw three different fireworks shows on the Fourth of July and I took her to lots of yummy Utah food places. She had real fry sauce for the first time and it was an A+ experience! We also watched Stardust which is one of my new favorite movies EVER. I've had the book since Christmas and seeing the movie motivated me to start reading it. So far so good!

I'm done updating but I feel like I should have included some fannish content in here, like maybe talk about how Brendon Urie's ass needs to have some naked sexy fun times with his bandmates or something.
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one nation under ryland

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At about 3:30 last night/this morning I heard the most awful yowling sounds from outside my window. It was a cat, I could tell, and I got dressed and went outside to make sure that it was ok. I really thought the poor thing was hurt or dying, like maybe it had been hit by car, or maybe was caught in a fence wire across the street. I got to the end of my sidewalk and saw two cats across the street in the gutter -- one was standing and the other was on the ground curled up in a ball. I thought to myself, oh God, the second cat is dead and the first one is upset and that's what the noises were about. I was hesitant to approach them because it was dark and I was unsure of whether or not they'd be defensive. The street lamp gave me just enough light to see the second cat move, so I knew it was ok. I watched them for few more moments and once it was obvious they were all right, I went back inside and went to bed. This morning I was telling my mom this story, all earnest about how worried I was about the yowling cats in pain, and she starts laughing and says to me, "Honey, they were mating." OH. MY. GOD. I did not know that such a sound could come out of an animal during such an act.

I've been amusing myself this evening by watching Ghostwriter videos on YouTube. Did anyone ever watch Ghostwriter back in the day? I loved that show so much. We had our VCR set to tape it daily while I was at school and my parents were at work. He's a little glowing ball who uses words to help inner-city kids fight crime! What's not to love? And Grandma Jenkins! Come on! True story, I used to pretend Ghostwriter and I were friends, although instead of worrying about purple slime monsters and toxic waste, Ghostwriter and I would solve complex dilemmas such as "boys: cute or cooties?" and "way hard 2nd grade math". Right now, as I type this, I still have a handful of Ghostwriter novels on my bookshelf in my room. There's this one story that takes three books to tell about the Ghostwriter crew up at camp and bad stuff happens, yo! Sabotage! Cut bike breaks! Vandalism! I re-read it last year and still enjoyed it. I am being completely honest. Once upon a time I stumbled upon Hector/Alex slash and realized that it meant I probably had very little lines or morals, much like the time I mentally 'shipped Kirk Cameron's character on Growing Pains with Leonardo DiCaprio. Leo was TROUBLED and Mike Seaver SAVED HIM and then Leo LEFT and Mike was TORN UP, ok? However, I can safely say I never 'shipped Uncle Jesse with anyone other than Becky, but as I understand it, somewhere out in the interwebs Danny Tanner has been slashed and I'm just not sure how I feel about that.

LATE 80's/EARLY 90's TV ♥
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ryan ross <3

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Let me flail at you about how awesome you are!

Reply to this post, and I will write one thing I love about you. Maybe more than one. Then (if you want) repost to your own journal and spread the love.

Warped tomorrow with my fantastic Utah girls miss_saigon, ficbyzee, and C. I'm so stoked, even though we are going to melt to death. Guess who else is going to be there? callsigns!!!!! And on top of that, it's a special birthday for Zee so make sure to send her some birthday love <3

eta: p to the s: likeaspark will be here in FOUR DAYS!!!
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I have a spare ticket to the Las Vegas HCT show! Is anyone going to be in the area or know someone who might be interested in sitting with me? I have actual seats and I promise not to be creepy or annoying or anything! Since I loathe and despise Ticketmaster service fees, I'd only ask for the face value of the ticket, which is $35, but I'd also be more than willing to work something else out! So if anyone out there in LJ Land is interested, just let me know! :-D Comments are screened for your safety, seat-backs and tray tables in the upright and locked position, etc. etc.
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ryan &amp; brendon - this is canon

"Behind the sea... or the Salt Lake!"

I haven't been on LJ since Friday, so some of this may be old hat, but some (POTENTIALLY SPOILERY! WARNING NOW!) tidbits from the Salt Lake HCT show:

- Spencer said that he's from Denver, Colorado and that Brendon is from Utah. I'm assuming he meant that they were born there since obviously they grew up in Vegas, but if Brendon Urie wants to be a native of the same state as me, I'm not going to complain!

- They ended the show with a rocked out version of that "na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, good-bye" song, and they didn't do that when I saw the show in Philly, so that was fun!

- For those of you who pay attention to the girlfriend/dating side of things, Ryan didn't call Brendon out as being single in the introduction to Lying. Ryan also didn't sing/mouth along to the Keltie related lyrics of Northern Downpour. So whether Brendon's dating someone or the Ryan/Keltie break-up rumors are true and Ryan didn't want to have to single himself out as well or if it means nothing at all, for all the relationship aficionados, there you go!

- Ryan and Jon made the most hilariously awesome and awful segue into the whole "jazz hands" thing right before There's A Good Reason with a bit about the Utah Jazz. Ryan said, "Jazz fans!" and everyone screamed and Jon was like, "Jazz fans?" and Ryan said, "Oh, well I meant Jazz HANDS." And it was so stupidly funny. And then he and Jon shouted in unison, "Jazz hands!" right before the chorus started and the entire floor threw up jazz hands and it was so ridiculous! I was laughing sooooo hard.

- We got Ryan on guitar and back-up vocals during "Do The Panic" and Brendon singing during "Don't Wake Me Up", both also things that didn't happen when I saw the show in Philly, so again, cool. There were lots and lots bubbles, twice! So much fun.

- Zack is amusing. He was sitting side stage the entire show looking seriously bored eating chips and tabasco sauce. Ryan threw his tambourine at Zack and it totally flew over Zack's head and he tried but couldn't catch it. Very funny. And I know talking about Shane makes some people feel uncomfortable, but he was filming between the barrier and the stage by all the security guards and Brendon came up to him and they did this total buddy fist bump finger wiggle thing, and you guys, it was just really cute.

- Randomly, for a while miss_saigon and I were convinced we saw Eliza Cuts in VIP. "Oh my God, it's Emma!"

As always, I had a wonderful time with my Utah girls, and I can't wait for Vegas next week! Paaaaanic.

ETA: Because I got teased at dinner for thinking this was funny, I felt I should include it. Brendon dropped or tipped over his cup of beer with some impressive splash action and the second it hit the ground he LEAPT back, guitar in his arms, like a freaking cat, and immediately looked at Zack, who dutifully came running with towels to clean it up. I think Jon and Ryan were stalling a little bit because Mad As Rabbits was about to start and Zack was furiously wiping away beer from Brendon's rug. Speaking of Mad As Rabbits, I don't think Jon and Brendon switched instruments this time, perhaps because Brendon was attacked by his plastic red cup.
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ryan ross &lt;3

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I'm so sorry this is a little late, but HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY FAVORITE THEIF MENTOR/AWESOME INFLUENCE, ghettogreta! I hope you had such an awesome day. I love you so much and I'm so glad I got to see you this month! I'm really looking forward to seeing you again this summer! I always appreciate how fun and chill and cool you are, and that you so graciously allow me to be your own personal laugh track ;-) I love you! <3
murderous bffs

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I don't know why, but this made me laugh so hard. I had this long and semi-emo post written up about various long and semi-emo things, but I'd so much rather laugh about cat macros.

I spent the first ten days of May in Philadelphia with likeaspark and we had a lot of fun. I took a lot of pictures and a handful of videos, so once I finish uploading those to photobucket, I'll try and be proactive about posting some. But in an nutshell, things that are cool: Atlantic City, Paramore + Jimmy Eat World, ghettogreta and the Mountain House of Doom (tm), My Chemical Romance, the Mutter Museum, the Franklin Institute, downtown Philadelphia and fountains and old buildings and the LOVE sign, the Betsy Ross House, Elfreth's Alley, the Liberty Bell, the Christ Church burial ground, the Reading Terminal Market (pronounced redding! I don't know either), THE MELTING POT OMG, ghost tours with a cute dorktastic tour guide, my magical $1 poncho, The Hush Sound, the lead singer of Motion City Soundtrack, and Panic At The Disco. Things that are less cool include multitudes of school children in small houses without any air and torrential northern downpours. I continue to be amazed by cities with crazy convenient public transportation set-ups, because Salt Lake City is not one of them.

I picked up my glasses on Tuesday and so far so good. I think I'm still adjusting to them because I can't wear them all day without getting a headache/sore eyes yet, but I do notice that wearing them does help when I'm reading or looking at a screen, so that's good! Also, they are so dorky and I kind of love them.

So the initial tour dates for The Hush Sound + The Cab tour that were posted over at thecabofficial weren't quite correct and there is actually NOT going to be a Salt Lake City date. Woe! I was so, so stoked and then I was really bummed out to find that the day they were supposedly going to be here they're actually going to be in Colorado Springs! Boo. But as luck would have it, I was planning on heading out to Philly again in mid-August so that likeaspark and I could go up to visit with ghettogreta and wildfirelies for the weekend for a birthday party, and the Philly tour date of the Dance Across The Country tour is the following Friday! Yay! So I'm just going to stay out there for another ten day excursion.

In the meantime, I have the Honda Civic Tour, the Glow In The Dark Tour, and Warped Tour all with my Utah girls in June, which will be so fantastically awesome. I'll also be heading to Vegas for the second to last HCT show on June 13th. I cannot wait to gamble and hang out with fangirls and also gamble ;-) I'm strictly a slots girl, but maybe one day I'll be gutsy enough to try the tables! Haha. Speaking of concerts, I just bought my mom and I tickets to the American Idol tour in July, mostly so we can fangirl David Cook and scream, "It's all for you, David Archuleta!" It was slightly surreal watching his visit home because it's like, oh, hey, I recognize every single place he's visiting! It was kind of ridiculous how many people were swarming him at the Gateway Mall, clearly we Utahns are crazy! I loved his, "Where do they park?" comment because FOR REAL, DAVID, DOWNTOWN PARKING SUCKS. Also, I'm almost 100% certain that David Archuleta and I have the same laptop purchased from the same Utah-specific chain and that amuses me so much!

So, uh, in conclusion, Bob Bryar?
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Update from the My Chemical Romance show in Philadelphia: instead of Billy Talent, Taking Back Sunday is currently on stage. One of the guitarists is wearing the Mikey Way t-shirt. They came out wearing masks and people freaked the hell out. Pretty cool.