Joel Alme is absolute perfection. Thank you Happy Christmas and Joe Swanberg for bringing that to my attention
Fourth of July in Bethesda, Maryland (and Washington D.C.)
There’s no better place to be for 4th of July than our Nation’s Capital. We were hit with a pretty terrifying thunder storm earlier in the week, but the storm drove out the humidity and we had some pretty spectacular weather the rest of the weekend.
Bucket List #12: Taste the new Old Bay flavored Ale (Dead Rise)
Yes, I found it. No, it didn’t really taste like Old Bay. But it was delicious, as are all of Flying Dog’s offerings - make sure to check out the Frederick, MD brewery.
Bucket List #15: Duck Tour
I’ve wanted to do a Duck Tour of DC since I was a kid, but being from Bethesda it’s kind of embarrassing to do something so touristy in your own backyard. I never quite understood why, you get to see the city from a whole new perspective! You get to watch planes take off from Reagan National Airport! You get to drive from the land into the water without even batting an eyelash! Moral of the story: locals are never too good for the touristy ish.
Bucket List #13: Eat Crabs at Jimmy Cantler’s Riverside Inn
You drive 45 minutes to Annapolis. You wait on the dock for 2 hours for a table. You sit down and immediately order a dozen crabs. You get a bucket full of Old Bay smothered crabs and it’s all finally worth it. Cracking open those suckers and working for the illusive crab meat is the epitome of a Maryland summer.
Bucket List #14: Paddle boating on the Tidal Basin
Another one of those touristy things that I never got around to doing, this was a blast (a difficult, hot, sweaty, sunburned one at that). You can paddle boat behind the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Memorial, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. The experience would have been improved only if the Cherry Blossoms had been in bloom.
Since I moved to Los Angeles, I’ve realized how incredible the DC area is. Sure, it gets humid in the summer and cold in the winter, but nothing can compare to the history the city has to offer and the greenery that’s everywhere. The city is clean, accessible by public transportation, and offers both natural and man-made beauty.
I think I’ve found my summer jam
Bucket List #67: Vans Warped Tour
And not just one date, I got to catch the tour in both Pomona and Ventura. Things I learned from my experience interviewing artists at Warped:
1. Punk/emo middle school kids dress the same as they did when I was in middle school.
2. Warped Tour (or more specifically, Kevin Lyman) is brilliant for giving parents free admission. Parents will probably: bring multiple children (therefore buying multiple tickets), pay more for meals than said children would on their own, buy merch for the multiple children, and keep the kids in check.
3. This festival is logistically NUTS. They put up the festival, take down the festival, and drive the festival to a whole new venue each day (with a couple days of break thrown here and there in the three months). Even though people behind the scenes could stand to be a little nicer, they can be forgiven because of the crazy nature of the tour.
4. I did not encounter one rude artist the entire two days. The meaner they seem on stage, the nicer they are in person.
Hard Sun - The Wild Feathers (Eddie Vedder Cover)
Into the Wild is one of my favorite books and the movie is great, but the crown jewel of that film is the soundtrack. I have a soft spot for great covers, a soft spot for good ol’ rock & roll, and a lot of love for this take on a beautiful song.
Bucket List #7: San Diego Zoo Safari Park (part 2)
We fed giraffes. We fed rhinos. We had a rare baby gorilla sighting. The best Safari Park visit we could imagine.
Jamestown Revival: “The Revival”
Absolutely in love with this song. And this group of guys. Perfection.
Bucket List #59: Mar Vista Farmer’s Market
There’s nothing better than walking to your neighborhood farmer’s market on a beautiful Sunday morning. Full disclosure: I sampled every fruit offered at least twice.
Bucket List #60: California Strawberry Festival in Oxnard, CA
Strawberry pizza. Strawberry nachos. Strawberry lemonade. Strawberry wine. Strawberry shortcake. If you ever wanted to test your strawberry limit, the Strawberry Festival in Oxnard is the place to go. Get your fill of strawberry themed treats and then leave the fest with a pallet of freshly picked berries. I would have enjoyed a few more carnival type rides, but the musical entertainment was more than enough to keep me happy. Shout out to my new favorite ’70s and ’80s funk cover band, We Funk, for bringing down the house and encouraging people to electric slide through your entire two-hour set. Will you play my next party?
Moral of the story: I have a fridge full of strawberries and a belly full of shortcake.