"Deja Entendu" was released on June 17th, 2003. I remember everything about that day. I remember going with Emily and Becca to two CD stores - the first so emily could sell back old CD’s so she’d have enough money to buy it, and the second because there were only 2 copies left at the first store and we each needed our own. But what’s most vivid in my memory is how I felt that first time i got up to track #9 and heard "Guernica". I’ve probably listened to that one song more times than any other song I’ve heard in my 25 years of existence, and I find it just incredible that it can still give me the chills. That even reading the lyrics to the song can still make me feel the way I felt that very first time. That one song can represent such a time period in my life to the point it creates both a physical and emotional reaction is astonishing.
They say that scent is the strongest sense tied to memory, but times like this I don’t know that I completely believe it.
People constantly ask us how we came up with New Zealand… we kind of wish we had a better story, but here’s the honest truth:
We played on a summer bocce team (it is appropriate to laugh out loud here) and the games always ended with some drinks at The Front Page to soften the blow of our weekly…
My friend Kelly is moving to New Zealand in September. Though I’ve known about it for quite some time, it just sorta hit me today how soon it’s happening. I’m so unbelievably excited for her and the experience she’s going to have being there for the next two years, but it’s sure going to be weird not having her in the same time zone/country/continent/ etc.
So who wants to buy me a really awesome present in the form of a plane ticket and/or your company on a 24 hour flight to go visit her? eh? eh? any takers? ;)
Back in my blink obsessed high school days, I found this strange correlation that any time something significant happened in my life, something significant happened with the band. I’m sure it was just a lot of coincidences, but I liked to believe that they were happening for a reason. It was my favorite band being there for me. Because of this, I was so scared when they broke up my freshman year of college. But alas, the correlation continued when they announced their come back at the Grammy’s of 2009, which coincidentally occurred on my birthday.
After what has been one of the most physically and emotionally draining weeks I have had in a very long time, I got to spend my Saturday night in complete bliss enjoying blink in concert with an old friend. I got to think about how grateful I am to have this person back in my life, and watch the band that brought us together. It drizzled and rained a bit all night leading up to blink, but then it held out for their entire set, only to downpour on the drive home. How nice of the clouds to hold out for that hour and a half.
This week was a struggle on a number of accounts. In the end, I may not have won any of the battles I’ve been fighting but what’s important is that they’re over, at least for now. I think everything is working out for the best. Rather than looking at the situations imperfections, I need to focus on the positives.
I have a new job! Same company, back in the department I started in, and it’s just a lateral move - but I’m going to be doing what I want to be doing, rather than being close to it. I’m going to be learning a heck of a lot more than I was before, and working with people I adore. I’ve had a really rough year and a half, and I’m ready to see where this road leads. Let’s just hope it’s a smoother journey then the one I’ve been on.