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First Night With Lordi - All Inclusive

At last, after five years of long waiting for an event I thought would never come, it has finally happened! Last night was the most epic night of my life, the most epic of all the concerts I've been to. Lordi was amazing beyond words and that makes the entire wait worth it. At last I can check off the top item on my bucket list.

So, how was it? I went out of my way to prepare for this concert, even if it meant getting ready and eating early so that nothing would come up to distract me, and that's what I always seem to do when I attend concerts that are general admission for everyone.

We arrived at The Opera House at a reasonable time and surprisingly there was no lineup except a few people hanging outside the doors, so we stood near them chatting for hours until it was time for all VIP attendees to go inside. While most people went for the merchandise stand, I bolted straight for the stage, propped myself up in front center against the railing. I did not budge for the rest of …

MMSW #79 Far from the Distant Shores

Welcome back to Metal Monday!

While I was away at the cottage, I checked Facebook one rainy afternoon to discover Epica released a new single, but I did not listen to it until I came home last night. It grew on me so fast that I decided it is this week's song.

I've been listening to this all day, and when I first heard there was going to be a new single, I had my hopes high and I was not disappointed. There have been many Epica songs I've listened to when I first discovered the band, but those songs took time to grow on me. This one however, just hit me right in the face. I was dazzled somehow.

I seem to get this feeling whenever a band I like releases a new single, I listen to it like crazy and love it hardcore briefly.

Also, the music video is pretty cool; it's not very often we get to see them animated with things like sci-fi and superhero-themed plots. Like Britney's music video for Break the Ice. 

I personally liked the animation. It's looks hand-drawn but…

One Subject is Not Enough

"If you cling to a rigid image of yourself, you will close yourself off from many opportunities and people. Challenge yourself by actively seeking experiences in fields you have yet to explore."

That is a quote I found in a book about life lessons and quotes that my mom picked up for me while she was away in St. Maarten. Since then, I've been reading into these stories of successful people and this was the one that caught my eye recently.

I learned that German composer Johann Sebastian Bach, who like many other composers in that century wrote classical music. But, the one thing that made him stand out from those other composers, was that he wasn't afraid to try writing different kinds of music aside from his main focus. He did this mainly because he needed extra income to support his children, but I can't help but think that he also did so because he had a passion for writing music. Therefore, if someone wanted him to write a melody for a funeral, he would done i…

Paris in her Darkest Hour

Good evening, as you read this, you'll be happy to learn that I am enjoying the nice summer breeze at the cottage as it is the first day of summer. I thought it would be a good time to get away for a bit you know?

Last night, I suddenly remembered a movie anniversary that would be today. I knew I wouldn't get a chance today to do much to honor it, so I spent last night briefly dressing up for the occasion.

On this day in Disney history The Hunchback of Notre Dame was released 21 years ago. A movie I recently came to love as much as those from my childhood, that sometimes doesn't get enough love from the Disney media pages. It feels like I've been infatuated with this classic story for a long time now; it's only been a year, but still. 
Back on the 6th of January it was Topsy Turyy day, and now it's the anniversary. You have no idea how much I can't wait for my next con so I can become Frollo again. Perhaps that's why I sometimes dress up as him like for…

Caroleans are Marching On

Finally I got some decent sleep last night! I let my cat come into the room as I was getting into bed and cuddled her for a little before she decided to abandon me.

I fell asleep quickly and began to dream. It started where I was walking across the bridge that overlooked the river in the valley, and suddenly I heard voices and footsteps but they were no where to be found. That was when I realized that they were in my head.

They were marching sounds and soldiers chanting and suddenly I burst out shouting:

"The Caroleans are coming! The Caroleans are coming! I must go to them!" 

People were starting to stare and get uncomfortable with it. One woman even tried to restrain me to come to my senses, but I pushed her away and started running so fast, until I spun around and next thing I knew, I was flying over the valley and fast like a speeder.

I heard shouts from behind but I continued to fly faster. Then, it became dark and I started to sing as I flew over uneven lights, on the g…

MMSW #78 The Hell That's Coming

Greetings all, another Metal Monday arrives. God, I feel sleep deprived almost but I'm wide awake now as I write today.

Another Slipknot song. At first I thought I hadn't done anything by them yet, but then I back-tracked to see that I already had! This is from their latest album and one of the first songs that I liked.

Since I don't really listen to this band as often anymore, it's harder for me to get turned back on to them.

You either love them or hate them now, I think more people in the metal community hate them unfortunately. I'd say this is one I want to hear live if I ever see them. The riff would have to be my favorite.

Sometimes I want to go back and see what I was like back when this band was my obsession before Lordi, you know, just to see how silly I was back then! That was the time that all I wanted people to see me as was a Metalhead!

I'm not ashamed to admit I listen to a bit of more modern metal like this from time to time.


Memories Resting Calm in Me

Today felt like one of those days and we all have that at some point.

I think it all started with that nightmare I had being surrounded by caterpillars and hanging cankerworms. I was unable to go back to sleep afterwards.

My morning went fine but only halfway into my shift did I realize I had forgotten a few things before heading out the door.

When I was on my way home, I thought I'd cheer myself up by buying some lottery tickets and scratch cards, only to find that I didn't win anything..... which is mostly expected unfortunately.

After tackling the things I had forgotten to do in the morning, I thought about killing a bit of time by playing Andromeda for an hour or two. Everything was going fine, I was working my way towards getting an outpost on Kadara until the game decided to freeze while auto-saving.

Like any Skyrim fan, I would often prevent this by deleting old save points. But, as I rebooted Andromeda to try that, first the main menu did not load and was stuck with th…

Date Night on the Tower

So, to bring back the positive vibes to this place, I think it's best to start with a dream!

Nothing makes me happier than writing about a nice dream, and this one felt like a flashback at the beginning of the month.

I didn't want to write about this at first because I thought it would give away what I've been up to in Andromeda, before I write out my ramble about the game itself. But oh well, there's no point hiding it now, since it's already been given away on the fictional crushes page, and my social media accounts who I have romanced in the game that is in this dream.

This dream seemed to start when I was walking down the road of my neighborhood at night, and there was only one light coming from a house with a large window. It was like the one in my house's living room, but I knew I wasn't home yet. A large group of people were having dinner and some of them were not even human.

Someone waved at me from the window and I wanted to go, but inside my heart…