Last night, I went to The Grog Shop in Cleveland Heights, OH to see a show there. It featured noise rock band, Lightning Bolt, noise artist Aaron Dilloway and rapper Beans. When I got to the venue, I was 30 minutes early so I waited at a Chipotle indoors since it was raining out. They wouldn’t allow people into the venue until 20-25 minutes after the doors were supposed to open at 8PM. The first act, Beans who is a New York rapper was pretty good. I haven’t heard anything from him and some people seemed to enjoy him in the crowd. Aaron Dilloway, a noise artist from Michigan and now residing in Oberlin, OH uses 8-track tape loops to make his music. His performance was pretty good and I’ve heard his latest 2017 album titled The Gag File. Noise rock group, Lightning Bolt were the last act and the energy that the venue had was immense. Drummer and vocalist, Brian Chippendale’s performance was incredible and that has been the best drumming that I’ve seen live.
Overall it was a really great night and it reminded me of how great live music and concerts can be.
Love, Simon is about a normal high school guy named Simon Spier (played by Nick Robinson). The only thing is that he has a little secret…he’s gay. Simon’s parents, played by Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel don’t have any clue that Simon is gay and met each other in high school. Simon has a few supportive friends and begins emailing this guy, who’s also gay from a blog posting website and they start to develop a close relationship together. This guy, who sees Simon’s emails on the school computer threatens to black mail him by trying to get him to hook him up with one of his friends, who isn’t interested in him at all. Love, Simon displays through comedy by having people ‘come out’ as straight, to see how laughable it is and to realize that it’s hard for gay people to come out to their family members.
Love, Simon does a great job of not having the audience feel sorry for Simon just because he’s gay, but to see him as just another human being. This movie doesn’t go into gay stereotypes and it’s a great love story that’ll make you happy.
Paramore released their 7th studio album, After Laughter May 12th, 2017 through the record label Fueled By Ramen. In this album, Paramore displays an array of 80’s new wave and synth pop, which gives it a groovy feeling yet the lyrics aren’t ones to feel happy to. The chorus to the opening track, Hard Times goes as follows:
(Hard times) Gonna make you wonder why you even try
(Hard times) Gonna take you down and laugh when you cry
This shows that no matter how rough things go in Hayley’s life, she tries her best to overcome it and deal with it. In the next song, Rose-Colored Boy Hayley goes into detail about a happy, go lucky guy (the rose-colored boy in this case) and explains that it’s not always sunshine and rainbows, when you can’t force yourself to be happy.
(Rose-Colored Boy chorus)
Just let me cry a little bit longer
I ain’t gon’ smile if I don’t want to
Hey man, we all can’t be like you
I wish we were all rose-colored too
My rose-colored boy
This album helps me understand Hayley’s frustration with her mental health and that it’s not easy to just overcome like that. I highly suggest giving this a listen.
I’ve been thinking lately about how I’ve been pretty selfish towards my mom and only caring for my needs mainly. I shouldn’t keep worrying about the future and try to focus on the here and now. I’m trying to be positive but I just don’t know. I really do care for my mom and want her to be better, but it seems everyone is pitting against her (she’s disabled and is in extreme pain all the time and I feel helpless and angry that I can’t do anything for her)
I need to work on trying my best to improve my attitude and try to improve my mother’s attitude.
Today I decided to see the movie, The Shape Of Water, directed by Guillermo Del Toro. It stars Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, Michael Shannon and Octavia Spencer. It’s about a mute woman finding a confined fish man, who the higher ups at the facility she works at want to harm. Elisa (Sally Hawkins) eventually falls in love with the fish and Giles (Richard Jenkins), who’s Elisa’s care taker is reluctant at first to accept that she and the fish are close. It’s pretty interesting and I enjoyed the film.
I also got some Mexican food and two margaritas from a nearby Mexican restaurant. Knowing that I eventually ran up a $31 bill all for myself made me realize that I am not smart with money. I am currently unemployed and have looked for a job, since losing my job pushing carts at a grocery store last June. I am currently living with my disabled mother and I just hope that good things come along my way. I need to start taking more intuition and get some money coming in, I also need to find more happiness.
Thank you all for reading this and I hope you’re doing well.
Giving this sci-fi anime a try, I was quite impressed with how it went. A robot girl named Tokiko Mima, or “Key” moves to Tokyo after her grandfather dies. His dying wish for Key was that she make 30,000 friends in order for her to become human. Key becomes reacquainted with an old high school friend, Sakura and they meet other acquaintances along the way. An evil corporation called Ajo, which uses robots as pop idols plans to get Key. Key, not knowing of this evil wants to become a pop idol herself.
This anime has a lot of twists, turns and reminds us what it truly means to be human.
I had the pleasure of getting an open faced turkey sandwich from a restaurant near me called Chicago Deli. They have cakes, desserts, sandwiches, burgers, vegetarian options and Mediterranean food. I’ve tried their corned beef Reuben and enjoyed that before. Even though the presentation doesn’t look all that special, I enjoyed the mashed potatoes, turkey and bread in that Styrofoam container. From what I’ve seen on Google, there’s only that kind of Chicago Deli restaurant in northeast Ohio where I live.