Road trip to Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park, tucked away in Northwest Wyoming, is one of those bucket-list places that is easy to dream of seeing, but for distance, time and expense factors, never feels like it is truly on the cards. My interest in the park was heightened after reading Bill Bryson’s _A Short History of Nearly Everything _which, among other things, detailed how the park sits atop a ‘super volcano’ which has shaped the park’s unique beauty, the effects of previous devastating eruptions, and the terrifying fact that it could blow again at any time.

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DPRK Photo Essay

Instead of posting a bunch of the same old photos every tourist snaps on their highly choreographed tour of North Korea, I’ve put together a collection of some oddly interesting yet otherwise mundane moments I captured.

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Let’s not do that again – Inside Bizarro Korea.

It’s easy to dump on North Korea – officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea – what with their self-obsessed leaders and hilarious rhetoric, though these would be fairly superficial reasons to hate on the place. Much has been written about the terrible things that go on within the Hermit Kingdom, and while no tour into the country will ever show the true dark side of life there, it’s when you read between the lines and look beyond the façade that a visit there becomes truly discomforting.

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Room with a view

There I was, perched upon the delicately crafted throne, peering out the hotel room window to the sandy, sun kissed expanse beyond. I sat there for a few moments, slightly confounded, before my subconscious thoughts suddenly appeared; why on earth was there a window from the bathroom to the bedroom?

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Free trip to Kathmandu!

When I was first contacted by Travelscene to see if I could be a part of the Facebook Fan Trip to Kathmandu, I had some difficulty believing if it was all for real. Now that it has been and gone, I still can’t believe that it all actually happened.

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Kathmandu, can do!

‘DING!’
Like Pavlov’s dogs and the bell, I get a little excited when I hear the bell of my phone, but instead of a fresh meal I’m waiting for the email to finish downloading. I don’t know what exactly gives me the urge to check it right then and there when more often than not it’s some newsletter I signed up to years ago, a Nigerian prince that needs my help to recover lost money, or some generous stranger offering to “ENL@RG3 Y0UR P3N15!” but this was different.

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Wind Down

Full of ups and downs, I was back in Mexico with the trip drawing to an end. One of the most exciting things about the trip was the food. I love spicy food and especially Mexican, so this was my chance to load up on some real Mexican cuisine. Being a vegetarian down there made finding suitable food a little tricky, and aside from a couple minor translation difficulties, I ended up surviving it. Lots of tacos and burros, even legit churros, and of course hot sauce in everything. On potato crisps and even IN beer (oh michiladas!)

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Mexico part II, Don’t Stop Belizin’

It turned out five days in Mexico City really isn’t enough, it’s way too big to be done thoroughly in that time. That said, given the interesting few days of dealing with a robbery, the dodgy folk at the Hostel and chasing a police report for insurance reasons, I was pretty keen to move on.

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The real adventure

It was mid-November, I was due to head back to Australia in about a month,  and my cash reserves were running low. The answer came to me immediately: Mexico!

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Vancouver, Seattle, Vancouver

Caught back up with Mel in Vancouver and stayed with a couple friends in East Van. We really didn’t do much, and it was the best way to spend my time there. Good company is all I need when I’m in my second home.

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Post-Fest West Coast shenanigans

After the hangovers wore off and the bruises had begun to fade, we found ourselves back on the West Coast in the ever amazing San Francisco. There was little on the agenda, other than to visit Alcatraz, blow some cash in Amoeba Music (one of my favourite record stores in the world!) and check out some live music.

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Festy Goodness

If you enjoy music of the punk rock persuasion, plaid flannel, beards, dive bars and an amazing sense of community with several thousand strangers, The Fest is the place for you. It’s a three day festival spread across 11 or so venues (everything from pubs to cafes and bookstores) that takes control of the college town of Gainesville, Florida for the Halloween weekend.

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Coming To America

Three months in Sydney had passed and I was ready to get back to my Canadian life. Life in Sydney wasn’t terrible though. Getting to hang with family and fiends again was the major upside to being back. Discovering my old work were in need of some help and me being in need of money, things worked out swell there, too. In fact, I was pretty much offered a job on my own terms; full time, part time, sales or customer service, whatever I wanted. Work was simple, fun and offered on a silver platter. Life was good, but I still missed the North.

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Still rolling on.

The countdown was on; I had about a week left to kill, and I still wanted to visit another new country. The reasonable choice would probably have been Leichtenstein. Instead I figured why not head further from Frankfurt (where I was to fly out from) and go here:

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Flying Blind

By this point I had no idea where I was going or how I was getting there. I was running low on cash, but wanted to spend a couple more weeks in Europe. I had to fly home from Frankfurt, so I wanted to stay in that region of Europe, but I wanted to hang out in places I hadn’t yet been. And add to that the fact I have an ongoing contest with Damien (at least in my own head) to notch up the most countries visited.

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The long road

Travelling on a budget is such a vicious cycle. After the two months I spent practically living on busses in the USA and Canada I swore I’d never do it again. Then when time comes to make another travel decision I tell myself “you’ve done it all before, what’s just one more night on a bus”?

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A lot has happened since last time.

I’ve had to remind myself recently that things going wrong make for some of the best travel stories as some kind of consolation for having been robbed in Mexico a few weeks back. It’s a drama filled story and does serve as a good travel battle story, but for now as I’m without photos I think I should try and retell the final few weeks of my Europe adventure before the memories fade. Stories of Mexico (and an entire North American trip) will be told in coming posts.

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Glastonbury 2011

What a festival! I vowed to come back again some day, and two years after the original pilgrimage I was back at Worthy Farm with 100-odd thousand of my closest friends.

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Baguettes, croissants, Gerard Depardieu

Two years on I got my second chance to experience Paris properly. A little like Venice it felt a little redundant to take photos of the same things I took photos of last time but screw it, here’s the Eiffel Tower

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Slovenia

After having spent around 14 hours in Italy we started making our way towards Postojna (“Pos-toy-na”), about an hour over the Italian/Slovenian border. The idea was to try and spend a couple hours in Trieste on the way over, get one more fix of that sweet sweet Italian coffee and maybe check out the Roman ruins before moving on but a bit of misinformation from the internet (I’m shocked and appalled that the internet could be wrong, who’d have thought?!) meant we had maybe 45 mins to eat and make a connection to our next bus.

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VENICE

I’m just going to put it out there, but Venice kind of sucks. It’s interesting for an hour or two, after which point you realise it’s just annoyingly crowded with tourists and thus everything is priced to match their fat wallets. That said I was just a little more than excited to be somewhere familiar (and where I had at least some understanding of the language) for the first time in about a month and a half. Coincidentally we flew in one year to the day that I flew out of Venice last year.

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I crane, you crane, we all crane for Ukraine!

It was hard to know what to expect of Ukraine. Would they be nuts for boneless chicken wrapped around garlic butter? Would the place have a brilliant green glow to it when the sun went down? Would it be a land of friendly, fun loving people? I had no idea whatsoever so I was here on somewhat of an educational mission, to find out what really makes these people tick and to understand exactly what Ukraine was all about.

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Latvia

Riga was literally an overnight stop for us. Much bigger than Tallin although it was a lot quieter and had less things to do than the latter. So uhh, here are some pictures.

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Estonia, the home of Skype.

The more you know: Skype is an Estonian company (although the head office is situated in Luxembourg… incidentally, Luxembourg is the capital of Luxembourg. How’s that for an educational blog?!).

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St Pete

St Petersburg has so far been the major standout of the trip, It was just so unexpectedly nice and very different from Moscow. There wasn’t an overwhelming amount of things to do or handfuls of things to see, but for lack of a better word it just had such a good vibe to it.

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Siberia is cool!

Siberia has not exactly lived up to expectations so far. Considering we came from a snowy Mongolia, it seemed odd to arrive to Irkutsk and be walking around comfortably in shorts and t shirts, but now 5 days later it started snowing on us again… Still not cold enough to accumulate though, it all just melts as it hits the ground.

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Dinosaurs, snow and giant statues

From Beijing we took an early morning train up to Erenhot… or Erlian, we’re not quite sure (the town seems to have 2 names, but it’s hard to work out). We passed time by sleeping and eating food, but mostly by playing games of Big 2 or Uno (High School Musical 2 edition!). The scenery was pretty samey, after the first couple hours out of Beijing and its mountainous terrain we wound up heading through the Gobi Desert, and subsequently filled our carriage with sand and dust.

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Beijing

I miss coffee. Everything here is pretty damn cheap, but coffee – if you can find it – is not one of those things. It would make the early mornings a little easier, but not that I’m complaining about it, we’ve seen some pretty badical* things so far.

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Warrior land

It’s been pretty smoggy and dusty so far, today was no real exception. Buildings would sometimes fade beyond the smog at a distance of only 2 or 3 hundred metres, and the heat (upwards of 30 degrees) has been fun to contend with after 6 or so months not venturing above 10 degrees.

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China still cool!

After 12 or so hours from Vancouver to Shanghai, I jumped on a domestic flight up to Xi’an to start this epic journey of mistranslations and mystery foods.

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Seattle


Got in a quick day trip down to Seattle the other day before I headed off for China. I mainly went down to see the Nirvana exhibit at the EMP.

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Laters.

Chilling around Vancouver airport waiting for my flight to leave. Had to throw out a bunch of clothes and my backpack is still super stuffed. Anyways I’m not going to have my phone active for a while so just email me if you have to. I’ll get around to it at some point.

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Outta here

I’m going to have to get around to updating this properly soon but I’ve got a few more photos anyway.

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I’m still here

Some stuff has happened in the past month or so since I last updated this thing. Not much though.  These days life is pretty much work, eat, sleep and repeat.

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February Gigs

1 – Underoath, Thursday, Animals As Leaders, A Skylit Drive @ Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR
10 – Chuck Ragan, Indian Affairs, Stu Ross @ The Media Club, Vancouver

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January gigs

29 – Take It Back, Kid Liberty, Rust Belt Lights @ Funky Winkerbeans, Vancouver

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My little buddy

During our Skype ‘conversations’ I think William enjoys looking at himself more than talking to me …

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-10, you call that cold?

It’s bizarre how slight changes in the climate can make a huge difference in perception of the temperature. If it were to reach -10 at work I’d probably be wearing 7 or 8 layers and still be shaking like a Parkinson’s sufferer. This is about -12 in SilverStar and with the dry air of the area that t-shirt under the hoodie was enough.

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This is the end

I didn’t think it was going to be possible, but 2010 slaughtered 2009. Almost everything that occurred had a pretty large degree of being unplanned or straying from how it was meant to turn out, and it still wound up being a much better year than I could have imagined. I have to say the ‘winging it’ approach to life has been working out pretty good for me.

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All the bands I’ve seen this year

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200 bands
284 sets
(+ a few I’ve forgotten to count)
102 events</p>

Bands seen the most:
A Wilhelm Scream x5
Set Your Goals x5
Lungs x5
Gyroscope x4
Living With Lions x4
Paper Arms x4
Rise Against x4
Flatliners, The x4</td> </tr>

The complete list:
50 Lions
A Death In The Family x3
A Wilhelm Scream x5
AFI
After The Fall (Aus)
After The Fall (NY)
Against Me! x2
Alexisonfire x2
Alice In Chains
Alkaline Trio x3
Anchor Nowhere x2
Anchors
Andrew WK
Animal Shapes
Anti-Flag
Arkells
Attack! Attack!
Authority Zero
Baby Monster
Backyard Surgeons
Bad Religion x2
Banner Pilot
Ben Nichols
Best Coast
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
Blackhole x2
Blkout
Bomb The Music Industry! (+ bonus Franz Nicolay on one song)
Brand New
Break Even x3
Bridezilla
Broadway Calls
Bronx, The
Burning Empires
Cap’n Jazz
Carpenter x2
Casualties, The
Chris Wollard & The Ship Thieves
Chuck Ragan x3
City & Colour
Cobra Starship
Comeback Kid x2
Conation
Copyrights, The
Crime In Stereo
Crowded House
Defeater x2
Deftones
Descendents
Dillinger Escape Plan
Dizzee Rascal
Drag The River (w/out band)
Dropkick Murphys
Easy Company
Every Time I Die
Extortion
Face To Face
Faith No More
Fake Problems x3
Far From Finished
Fireworks x2
Flatliners x2
Four Year Strong
Frank Turner x3
Frenzal Rhomb
Front End Loader
Fuel Injected .45
Gallows x3
Gamits, The
Gaslight Anthem, The
Get Up Kids, The
Gogol Bordello
Gun Runners x2
Gun Runners, The x2
GWAR
Gyroscope x4
Hand of Mercy
Heart Says Collapse
Heartsounds
Heroes For Hire
Hold Steady, The
Hopeless x2
Horsell Common
Hot Hot Heat
I Exist
Iron Chic
Jamie Hay
Jane’s Addiction
Japandroids
Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School of Medicine
Jimmy Eat World x2
Jonah Matranga
Jukebox Romantics, The
Kasabian
Kevin Devine
Klaxons, The
Kylesa
La Dispute (only heard but not saw)
Ladyhawk
Lemuria
Lights Go Out
Like… Alaska
Lily Allen x2
Live Set Disaster
Living With Lions x4
Lostprophets
Loved Ones, The x2
Lucero x2
Lungs x5
Madball x2
Make Do And Mend
Mariachi El Bronx
Mars Volta
Mastodon x2
Me First & The Gimme Gimmes
Menzingers, The
MGMT
Miles Away x2
Misery Signals
Monotonix
Mother Mother
Mumford & Sons
Municipal Waste x2
Muse
Nation Blue, The
New Found Glory x3
No Fun At All
No Heroes
Nothington
O Pioneers!
Of Mice And Men
Off With Their Heads x2
Old Music For Old People x3
Only Thunder
Optionals, The x2
Paint It Black
Paper Arms x4
Paramore x2
Parkway Drive
Passion Pit x2
Paul Kelly
Pennywise x2
Planes Mistaken For Stars
Polar Bear Club x2
Polson Twins, The ft. Aspirations
PS I Love You
RATM
Reel Big Fish
Ride The Tiger
Rise Against x4
Riverboat Gamblers x2
Rolo Tomassi x2
Roots Manuva
Ruiner
RX Bandits
Sainte Catherines
Sans Chavelle
Set Your Goals x5
Sheridan
Shinto Katana
Shook Ones
Sister Kisser
Smoke or Fire
Snapcase
Snips, The
Snowdroppers, The
Staying At Home
Strike Anywhere x3
Strung Out
Styme
Subhumans (Canada)
Such Gold x2
Suicide Machines
Suicide Silence
Sunny Day Real Estate x2
Surprise Wasp x3
Swellers, The
Teenage Bottlerocket
Tegan & Sara
Temper Trap, The x2
Terrible Things
The Amity Affliction
The Broderick x2
The Features, The
The Flatliners, The x4
Them Crooked Vultures
Tim Barry
Tokyo Police Club
Torche
Touche Amore x2
Vandals, The
Vasco Era, The
Walter Schreifels
We lost the sea
Weezer
White Night
Wintersleep
Wonder Years, The
Young Livers x3
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More snow!

Work’s been a little better recently, night shifts still suck but I’m getting used to the long days plus I’ve also got enough time every day to get in about 45-60 mins of snowboarding which takes the edge off a little bit. I still haven’t broken anything, or at least not any bones… Put a dirty big crack in my googles yesterday after an elegant face plant, though I only actually noticed the crack when I took the goggles off to look at them. Maybe it was just my ugly mug that cracked them?

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The Summer of Mike part… I’m losing count now

Just booked flights to China for the end of April. Planning on a pretty kick ass trip with Damien, Dave and Anna, starting in China to skate through the Great Wall like some kind of Tony Hawk / David Copperfield hybrid, take on an army of clay soldiers, and then to Mongolia, which my main knowledge of comes from South Park telling me they have warriors consistently trying to burn down city walls with sweet & sour sauce. Sounds destructalicious.

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Life as a mountain goat

Having somewhat of an annoyance and dilemma at the moment… to keep the mountain job or not. Easy job with cool people, sometimes pretty fun work and a season pass, but long, cold days with sometimes inclement weather.

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Snow days

The temp is warming up a little, but the weather still managed to dump a load of snow on Vancouver. It doesn’t snow here often, let alone this early in the winter.

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Chilling in Canada

Literally.

Headed up to SilverStar Mountain to be of entertainment to Bee and Allie, and to kill some more time before I had to start work. The cold snap just came from snow where and it bucketed down for most of the time I was there. We forked out a few dollars for some kids snow toys and had loads of fun shredding down snowy hills until we got told off by uptight security.

I forgot my rule from the other month: Don't let Bee play with your camera.

One way to stay hydrated...

Snow Angel

Also went to see the local hockey teams: Vernon Vipers V Salmon Arm somethings.

Back in Vancouver now, mostly just biding my time until I start work. Found myself a share-apartment which I’ll get to move into next week, I have training for work on Friday and Saturday, and I’ve done a little more sightseeing around the city. It’s also been unusually cold this month, snow has been falling in the city and I’ve been pretty damn cold even while wearing 4-5 layers of clothing. Maybe I picked the wrong winter to come over. The snow should be pretty sweet for boarding on though.

Cypress Mountain

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Life’s a holiday

Somehow I still find myself out on the road, and increasingly less motivated to update this thing in favour of doing stuff… or taking a break from doing stuff and trying to find some time to do nothing. So if I’m not doing stuff then I’m doing nothing. Capiche?

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November Gigs

6 – Fun Fun Fun Fest Day 1 @ Waterloo Park, Austin /  Flatliners, Off With Their Heads!, The Snips, Lights Go Out @ Beer Land, Austin
7 – Fun Fun Fun Fest Day 2 @ Waterloo Park, Austin
27 – Living With Lions, Carpenter, Broadway Calls , The Polson Twins ft. Aspirations @ The Media Club, Vancouver
November Total = 4
Running Total = 100

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Here’s your update

Three weeks in Vancouver went by pretty quickly. Nice relaxing time, did a ton of sleeping to make up for the sleepless nights in the two months prior, caught up with Allie a few more times and even went curling!

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updates

I would update this thing proper if the hotel internet didn’t suck.

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No hobo.

No longer homeless, but still unemployed. Living life large, I am.

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Whistler part deux

When I was in Whistler by myself Bee mentioned she’d like to get up there sometime, and considering my trip up there was on one of the most miserable weekends ever I figured it’d be good to go again since it couldn’t be any worse, and going hiking would be more fun with a friend. So that’s what happened, we organised to head up together the very next weekend.

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October gigs

4 – The Klaxons, Baby Monster @ Venue, Vancouver
7 – Alice In Chains, Deftones, Mastodon @ Rogers Arena, Vancouver
9 – Japandroids, Ladyhawk, PS I Love You @ Rickshawk Theatre, Vancouver
16 – Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School of Medicine, Subhumans (Canada), Fuel Injected .45 @ Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver
28 – Young Livers @ 1982, Gainesville, Florida / Iron Chic @ Wayward Council, Gainesville, Florida

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…and that, my friends, was how the west was won.

I was given orders just today that I ‘need to update my blog so certain people can keep track of my shenanigans.’ So here it is, the latest instalment of Happy Seizure, an account of the hijinks and  insight into the mind of yours truly.

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Mulva?

Loads has happened in the past week since the last proper entry. I’ve been to (or through) Calgary 5 times, up to Edmonton, to Regina, to the badlands in Drumheller to see some sweet fossils, been snowed on, had consistent highs of around 7°C, had some little shit in Regina try to roll me and seen a bunch of sweet bands.

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The height of badassery in Drumheller

I’m in Regina, Saskatchewan (pretty much the centre of Canada) tonight, made the 12 hour bus journey for a gig I don’t even have a ticket for yet. Anyway, I don’t really have the time for a proper update so here are some pictures I took yesterday.

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Chilling in the Rockies

Been hanging out in Canmore with Bee for about a week now. While she slaves away at work (read: sits on Facebook all day) I’ve made off with Elaine and had stressfull days exploring the Canadian wilderness. Elaine, by the way, is the ’89 Honda Allie bought for $600.

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Banff

Went on a bit of a trek through the mountains in Banff by myself while Bee was back at work. Pretty chill day, went up to the Cave and Basin where some railroad workers discovered the hot sulphur springs back in the late 1880’s. The cave and basin were actually closed for renovations, but I still managed to snap a few pics.

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September gigs

4 – Sonic Boom Festival, Edmonton
9 – The Gaslight Anthem, Fake Problems @ MacEwan Hall, Calgary
12 – Comeback Kid, Madball, A Wilhelm Scream, Living With Lions @ Republik, Calgary
13 – Comeback Kid, Madball, A Wilhelm Scream, Living With Lions @ The Avenue Theatre, Edmonton
14 – Pennywise, Riveboat Gamblers, Bigwig @ Edmonton Event Centre
17 – Against Me!, The Flatliners, Young Livers @ Riddell Centre, Regina
23 – Hot Hot Heat @ GLC, Whistler

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I’m home

At least sort of. Made it to Calgary on Thursday night and had my working visa approved, meaning Canada is now almost the place I call home except that I still don’t actually have one.

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No Sleep Till Brooklyn

There have been a ton of times during this trip that Blister by Jimmy Eat World keeps popping into my head, the lyrics “how long would it take me to walk across the United States all alone” seeming to fit in rather perfectly with this unplanned journey I’ve been doing. Seeing places by foot is always the best way in my opinion, and with the miles I’ve clocked up lately I feel like I pretty much have walked the United States – all alone – and evidently the answer is a month. And it just hit me, I can now cross another item off that bucket list, completing a road trip from coast to coast in the USA, albeit in a much different manner and itinerary to how I originally imagined and intended.

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Illinois is Illin’

Yes, I am still alive! I’ve just been chilling out in Chicago since Monday and been pretty occupied with soaking up one of my favourite cities and hanging out with some fine Chicago folk I met last here last year.

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Missouri loves company

St Louis. Gateway to the West. They even have a giant arch to prove it. The arch is awesome, such a potent symbol of just how spectacular and fun-filled this city is.

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Born On The Bayou

Creedence Clearwater Revival has been spinning round in my head whilst in New Orleans, particularly on my first day when I went on a swamp tour and went through the bayous of southern “Loeze-yanna”… Bayou, for those of you who don’t know, is the 4th word in the title of the first track of Creedence’s Bayou Country, which as you can see, also has ‘Bayou’ in it’s title. Oh yeh, it’s also a meandering river. Or at least that’s the gist I got from the tour guide, but with the sweet sounds of John Fogerty singing “doot doot doot looking out my back door” swirling around my head, I’m sure you can understand why I may have found it hard to pay attention.

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The loosest slots this side of Vegas

I’ve noticed this game is pretty popular here in the states. I win EVERY time. I put in a dollar and won 4 quarters, then the next time I thought I’d raise the stakes and slapped down a fiver… Killer payout of 20 quarters!

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I can’t think of a good title for this one

It’s been an interesting 24 hours, to say the least… Arriving in Dallas at 4am to ridiculous heat, pain and unable to hear out of one ear, spur of the moment decision to go to some regional town to see a band, getting dropped off in the middle of nowhere and discovering my phone was dead, and walking 6 kms (each way) to see a bunch of bands I’d never actually listened to before.

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Warped Tour and other such stuff

Kinda feel like I’ve been hit by a truck at the moment. Head is congested as anything and my nose won’t stop running so I’m currently dosing up on cold and flu tablets.

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August gigs

5 – Such Gold, Sheridan, Heart Says Collapse – Marquis Theatre, Denver
6 – The Gamits, Only Thunder @ Bluebird Theatre, Denver
8 – Warped Tour, Invesco Field, Denver / Chuck Ragan @ 3 Kings Tavern, Denver
13 – Off With Their Heads, White Night, Styme, No Heroes @ Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios, Denton, Texas
20 – Lucero and The Features @ Cannery Ballroom, Nashville
21 – Paramore, Tegan & Sara, New Found Glory @ Nashville Municipal Auditorium
27 – Live Set Disaster @ The Trocadero, Philadelphia

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More Denver

First Saturday of the month = free admission to Denver Art Museum. Hurrah for free stuff!

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Boulder rocks!

Colorado. Apparently it actually means something. Apparently the place was discovered, settled, or at the very least named by a bunch of Spanish dudes. A bunch of incredibly unimaginative Spanish dudes, for they decided that upon discovering the land of red rocks and red soil, that it would be an amazing idea to call the place “Color Red”. The Spanish can come up with the holiest of all foods – Churros – and the best name they can come up with for this place is ‘Colorado’?

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July gigs

2 – Frenzal Rhomb, Front End Loader & Old Music For Old People @ Annandale
3 – Hardcore 2010 @ The Factory (Extortion, I Exist, Hand of Mercy, 50 Lions, Blkout)
7 – Paul Kelly (showcase) @ Universal Head Office
9 – The Amity Affliction, Misery Signals @ Roundhouse
17 – The Snowdroppers @ Hordern Pavillion (Roller derby half-time set)
20 – Strike Anywhere, Paper Arms, Anchor Nowhere @ The Wall (The Stag)
23 – A Death In The Family, The Nation Blue @ The Sando
26 – The Temper Trap @ Sydney Town Hall

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Day 2 in Copenhagen

Went for a quick ride out to Roskilde… Didn’t know if there was much there aside from a Viking Museum (pretty badass in itself, so naturally I had to check it out), and after having been there I can confirm no, no there isn’t much there aside from a Viking Museum. As such, I have only 3 photos to show you

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Copenhagen

I’ve been here for less than an hour and already this place rules harder than Kim Jong Il.

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Getting drugged in Italy

So the point of this whole holiday was to go visit Italy with dad and meet the relatives and I have to say I’m really glad I made it over. The 3-and-a-bit days I spent there was awesome.

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June gigs

01 – Alkaline Trio, Gallows, Set Your Goals, Attack! Attack! @ Roundhouse (Camden, London)
06 – RATM, Gogol Bordello, Roots Manuva, Gallows @ Finsbury Park
10 – Jonah Matranga @ Camden Barfly, London
14 – The Loved Ones, The Optionals @ The Sando
16 – Strung Out & The Loved Ones @ The Cambridge, Newcastle
18 – Gyroscope, The Vasco Era, After The Fall @ The Metro
26 – Miles Away, Break Even, Hopeless, The Broderick @ The Wall
27 – Miles Away, Break Even, Hopeless, The Broderick @ The Wall

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Slum Doonk Leeds

Got into leeds about 1 pm yesterday and from what I could tell it was a pretty cool little city and now I’m wishing I gave myself a bit more time to check it out. Today is the Bank Holiday though, so everything’s closed anyway… maybe not so much fun on a public holiday with everything closed, but I think I might have to come back sometime.

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May gigs

20 – Suprise Wasp, Gun Runners, Anchor Nowhere @ Spectrum
22 – Surprise Wasp, Gun Runners @ The Lansdowne
29 – Slam Dunk Fest in London
30 – Salm Dunk Fest in Leeds

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Damien cracks me up

“…when I work out how to upload photos on foreign computers you will see images such as Cookie Monster riding a Korean tank, which some might say is ‘culturally insensitive’, but I say is a Kodak moment.”

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Tripping on roads to Orange

Since Bee is stealing my idea and moving to Canada next week and last weekend was a long one, Drew & I invited ourselves along to Bee’s parents’ place in Orange where she is staying until she flies out. Fun times were had.

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April gigs

02 – Lungs, Paper Arms @ The Arthouse, Melbourne
03 – Ride The Tiger, Anchors @ Public Bar, Melbourne
04 – Old Music For Old People, The Gun Runners @ Plastic Nightclub, Melbourne
09 – Lungs, Paper Arms @ Beatdisc Records
10 – ShoreFest (Break Even, Shinto Katana) @ St Leonards Park / Lungs, Paper Arms @ The Sando
20 – Fireworks @ The Wall (the Stag)
22 – Ruiner @ Spectrum
23 – The Revival Tour (only saw Chuck Ragan & Frank Turner) @ The Annandale
24 – The Revival Tour (Chuck Ragan, Frank Turner, Ben Nichols, Tim Barry) @ Hermanns

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The List

Some people have bucket lists, life achievements or activities they want to ensure are crossed off before they kick the bucket. That seemed boring to me, so I decided to narrow it down to the next year or two. Or 5. I’ll keep extending it when I realise I have no chance of accomplishing it in a particular timeframe.

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March gigs

3 – Gyroscope showcase @ Universal head office
5 – Gyroscope @ wollongong Uni Bar
16 – Cobra Starship @ Roundhouse / No Fun At All & Flatliners @ Caringbah Bizzos
18 – The Flatliners @ The Gaelic
19 – Horsell Common, Staying At Home, Sans Chavelle @ Spectrum
24 – Kevin Devine @ The Annandale
25 – Brand New @ The Enmore / The Flatliners @ Spectrum
26 – Gyroscope @ OAF (maybe)
27 – Lostprophets soundcheck @ The Roundhouse / Surprise Wasp @ Townie
30 – Crowded House (showcase set) @ The Intercontinental Hotel

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February gigs

February
3 – Mumford & Sons @ Oxford Art Factory
5 – Old Music For Old People + Lungs @ The Annandale
13 – Backyard Surgeons @ The Excelsior
21 – Soundwave @ Eastern Creek
22 – Alexisonfire @ The Forum
23 – A Wilhelm Scream @ The Gaelic / Jimmy Eat World & Sunny Day Real Estate @ The Roundhouse
26 – Conation, Lungs @ The Sando

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10 years to the day…

since I first saw him fronting Foo Fighters, I caught Dave Grohl wielding the sticks for his new supergroup Them Crooked Vultures.

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January at a glance

Already been:
7 – Burning Empires @ Spectrum
Really good show. Band made up of guys from Misery Signals + drummer from Fall Out Boy

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Not a bad little haul…

American Dad vol. 3 & 4
Gran Torino
The Hangover
Havaianas
Hoegaarden 4-pack
Muse – The Resistance
Hurley shorts x 2 pair
loads of chocolate

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The Camel Tigers

Damien’s band finally had their first gig… I missed Brother (ex Bagster/Mr Vengeance), but turned up in time for Running Bear With Eagle Eye… or something like that. Pretty funny guys, not too bad.

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How good is life?

Been enjoying an amazing weekend. Kicked it off on Friday night with the work crew at the bar across from the office, and in a moment of alcohol-aided revelation, it finally hit me what kind of project I want to start. I also apparently had some interesting thing to say to Mel on msn, I plead not guilty. Gonna miss that kid when she’s gone for 2 months.

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Excited!

I haven’t been this excited about Nirvana in about 10 years. This is going to rule:

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Travelling destinationless!

Went up to Newcastle last night for the first show of the Samiam / A Death In The Family tour. The drive up there went so quickly, had some good company in Mel and Lyndall which helped. Grabbed some pizza (I devoured a pizza to myself, then ended up eating a few slices of the pizza the girls shared, plus some garlic bread). Beer munchies most likely.

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Nobody likes you when you’re 23…

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The plan that wasn’t…

Rough outline of where I am headed (East to West)

Rough outline of where I went (East to West). The picture is slightly wrong since I created it before I left but eh, you get the idea.

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Travis solo – Blink-182 in Milwaukee, Aug ’09

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Sign language to The Gaslight Anthem

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Brand Nizzle @ Glastonbury 2009

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Bloopers pt V

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Bloopers pt IV

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Bloopers pt III

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Bloopers pt II

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Bloopers pt I

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Post tour wrap-up

I’ve been meaning to do this for a couple weeks now since I never did really get around to updating everyone on most of the Candian/American sector on the trip…

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I am a massive knob. And I hate you Skyscanner.

I’ve been using skyscanner a lot to find flights in and around Europe, and last night I used it to search a connection from Edinburgh to London. I found a flight right away, with BMI, and for a measly £40 ($80). Stoked!

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Apparently I’ll be in Venice tonight

I was planning to catch an overnight and wake up in Venice tomorrow but when I went to reserve a seat I discovered everything was booked up, even the expensive seats! Not happy about that, now I have to leave Bern at about 4pm and get into Venice around 10:30pm. Finding accommodation for there was also a hassle but I’ve got it sorted now.

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Back in Germany…

So getting from Prague to Venice proved to be either way too time consuming or expensive. Or even both. Looks like I have to change my plans and head down to Italy via Bern (Switzerland) which will be cool, jusrt completely different to how I imagined I would tackle Europe.

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Prague, Czech it out!

Headed to Prague tomorrow. It’s just a stopover for me as I make my way down to Italy. It would be great to spend more time there, everyone says it awesome, but hey there’s always next time!

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Now with added awesomeness!

I could easily write a novel on all the things I saw and did at Glastonbury festival. I’ll try keep it as entertaining as possible. Here, have a photo:

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Just a quickie

So I don’t really have time for a proper update, and definitely no time for photos, but here’s a quick wrap up; AMAZING!

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In Singapore…

_Finally got to a net cafe to upload some pics. You better enjoy them, took me forever to work it all out.
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I am trapped inside this moment…

If the post titles don’t make a lot of sense its probably because they’re song lyrics… This one is from Set Your Goals, I caught them at the Manning Bar on Tuesday night and again last night with best bud Mel! Tuesday was probably the better show, they played a couple of new tracks and were sounding pretty good. Not the tightest band going but for what they lack they completely make up for with the party attitude.

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Loads of new music

The next few months are ramping up to be huge in terms of new releases, I’m really looking forward to a few of them particularly the new Alexisonfire record and Moneen’s teaser EP…

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.moneen.

I was this close to putting some kind of lyric in the title but I didn’t. True story!

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24 days to go!

Ahhh, good old SeeTickets. They’re the people who handle Glastonbury Festival tickets. This morning I was looking at the status of my order on their tracking page:

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Look what I just found!

I was trying to look around for information on the supposed performance Spinal Tap apparently announced themselves for at Glastonbury… I still haven’t found any info but I did find this neat little flyer/poster graphic.

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Hanging with Mr Rieu (and a bunch of old photos)

Yesterday I was required down at the Channel 7 store (next to their Martin Place studios) to help setup and look over an Andre Reiu instore signing. Set my alarm for around 5:30/5:45 so that I could get myself ready and make my way through the morning traffic to be there by 7:30 in the morning.

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I couldn’t help myself

was going through my RSS feeds this afternoon and came across an interesting item about a little festival happening in Chicago around the time I was expecting to be there:

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…and so it begins

I decided I needed to jump on the bandwagon and get me one of these blogs. I tried it once before but got bored with it and never really used it, but since I have an awesome trip coming up it seems as good an excuse as any to create one.

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