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The Reason.
Monday, March 11, 2024

And the reason es tรบ

I was listening to Hoobastank on Spotify LOL and came across this Latin version of The Reason! I used to think the mark of a good zumba class was if they played Pitbull or Marc Anthony, but I would go fucking loca if they played this song ๐Ÿคช

Old School.
Saturday, March 2, 2024

Things I found in my old room at my parents’ house:

old shit

My Girl Scouts vest. I would always forget who was hosting the meeting every week, and would have my dad drive me to the wrong house ๐Ÿ˜… (Was it Amanda D., Amanda E., or Amanda W.โ€™s house?! JK, my sisterโ€™s troop was the one with all the Amandas). I don’t remember how I got any of these patches, or that chili pepper pin, and I def don’t remember being a junior aide. Is this my sister’s vest? LOL.

old shit

My P.E. shirt from high school. I think I was wearing this the last time I did the sit and reach.

old shit

Old uniforms. I had a lot of jobs before I became a graphic designer! My dad made me get a job when I was 15, and I’ve been working ever since.

old shit

My Hoobastank shirt LOL. I wish I found this before I went to their 20th anniversary show a few months ago!

old shit

A magazine from June 2000 with *NSYNC on the cover. I just posted about Justin Timberlake last month. I haven’t changed.

old shit

An old checkbook from 2005.

A bar on a weeknight and jello shot accoutrements??? I used to be fun…


Update: I posted my Hoobastank shirt to my IG stories, and Hoobastank liked and reposted it ๐Ÿคฉ

Limited Edition.
Saturday, December 16, 2023


BRB, listening to Hoobastank’s 20th Anniversary Limited Edition LP โœŒ๐Ÿผ

P.S. Hoobastank liked and reposted my instagram story ๐Ÿ’€


Friday, December 15, 2023

spotify wrapped

This tracks. Although I would’ve thought Hoobastank would’ve made the cut, but Spotify stops tracking sometime in November, and I didn’t have them on heavy rotation until after that in preparation for their 20th anniversary show in December.

Crawling in the Dark.
Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Reliving my youth (@ The Echo)

I started off my morning by doordashing a spanish latte and sunrise pizza from Urth Caffรฉ. I went to my doctor’s appointment and Dr. Joshi had nothing but good things to say about me (the first time I saw him earlier this year, he said I was “hanging on by a thread” ๐Ÿ˜…). I went through 4 months worth of mail and had over $700 in checks from overpaying for my health bennies during my medical leave. The Echo’s up the street from Guisados on Sunset, so we ate some delicious tacos before watching Hoobastank at The Echo. Not to be dramatic or anything, but yesterday was the best day of my life.

I haven’t seen Hoobastank live since they opened for Linkin Park on their Meteora tour in 2004! Fun fact: Hoobastank went to high school with Linkin Park members (Mike Shinoda, Rob Bourdon and Brad Delson). I felt like a kid again watching them. Like, is it 2003? Am I about to get a charlie horse after watching them at Canes??? ๐Ÿ˜† I was reminded that I’m not, in fact, a kid anymore when we walked back to the car and we didn’t have to pay for metered street parking because of my handicap placard, and when I was falling asleep on the drive home before midnight ๐Ÿ˜…

Shoutout to the guy standing in front of me wearing a Yellowcard hoodie ๐Ÿ˜‚

yellowcard hoodie

Only two things about LA still warm this heartโ€”the food and live music.



Update: You guys, Hoobastank liked my Instagram story ๐Ÿ’€

Loud Environment.
Sunday, December 10, 2023

noise notif

I got this noise notification (that I usually get when I’m at a concert) on the drive up to LA tonight. I guess I was rocking out to Hoobastank too loud ๐Ÿ˜† I got a text last week confirming my doctor’s appointment in LA that I forgot about tomorrow, so I bought tickets for Hoobastank’s 20th Anniversary Show at The Echo since I’ll already be up here. Who’s ready to party like it’s 2003???

Sunday, November 19, 2023

hoobastank instagram like

I hardly ever post on my personal instagram account (one time, I went to do one of those “top 9 posts of the year,” but I couldn’t because I didn’t have 9 posts LOL). I post on my chenford account pretty often, though! Today, this video I edited to The Reason hit 10,000 likes, one of them being from HOOBASTANK! IDK if Iโ€™m more stoked Hoobastank liked my video or more embarrassed that they know (and now you know) Iโ€™m such a fan girl ๐Ÿ˜…

Resurrection Sunday.
Monday, November 6, 2023

Ever since I saw a Hoobastank was having a 20th anniversary show, I’ve been listening to my playlist that I made in 2017 when I was feeling nostalgic. It contains songs from bands I liked 20 years ago (Hoobastank, Incubus and Linkin Park). If you want to take it back a few more years, you can listen to my resurrection sunday playlist and pretend it’s 2001.

The Reason.
Thursday, November 2, 2023

echo hoobastank

I’ve found a reason for me
To change who I used to be
A reason to start over new
And the reason is you

So close yet so farIt’s tearing me apartWhat I would do to be back with you
So promiseNo matter how long it takes for me to get back to youYou’ll wait for me

My first blog post ever was about a Hoobastank concert 20 years ago, and I went to a countless amount of their shows in my 20s. They’re having a 20th anniversary show in LA for The Reason album. I hate watching shows at The Echo (it’s a seedy ass venue in Echo Park), but I love Hoobastank more. Plus itโ€™s a pretty intimate venue with a capacity of less than 400 people. Will this be like the first time I saw them at Canes, and Doug Robb (the lead singer) was standing right next to me watching the opening band and no one was bothering him? The Echo is even smaller than Canes was! Anyone feel like going and reliving their youth with me???

Cult of Personality.
Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Young the Giant is always a good idea (@ CalCoast Credit Union Open Air Theatre)

One of Francis’ friends was working security, and he was like, “Yooo, you like Young the Giant?!” like it was a bad thing ๐Ÿคฃ Is this like when I liked Hoobastank?! ๐Ÿ˜…

Even though my calves burn with the fury of a thousand suns (our seats were at the very bottom and itโ€™s a looong way to the top where the drinks are), YTG is always worth it.

Here’s Francis and I texting each other during the show because our seats were right in front of the speakers and we couldn’t hear each other LOL:


Morning View.
Thursday, August 3, 2023

incubus hollywood bowl

Morning View is my favorite Incubus album, and they’re re-recording it and performing it in its entirety at the Hollywood Bowl in October.

Action Bronson and Paris Jackson are opening, though. Was Hoobastank unavailable? ๐Ÿ˜‚

You only think about yourselfYou only think about yourselfYou’d better bend before I goOn the first train to Mexico

Rooney Unplugged.
Thursday, June 27, 2019

Rooney – Stay Away

Make a move on me, baby
I cant be the one who’s always taking chances

Another day, another 20th anniversary tour (@ Lodge Room)

The first time I saw Rooney was nearly two decades ago with an ex-boyfriend at a venue that doesn’t exist anymore. So much has changed since then, but I still go to shows as much as I can, and I still love the bands I loved twenty years ago (still waiting for that Hoobastank comeback tour!).

The Night We Met.
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Lord Huron (@ Del Mar Racetrack)

I had all and then most of you, some and now none of you
Take me back to the night we met

The last time I attended 4 o’clock Fridays may or may not have been 14 years ago to see Hoobastank.

Hybrid Theory.
Monday, June 20, 2016

bones - the movie in the making - linkin park papa roach hoobastank gif

I’m pretty sure the victim in this episode stole my CD binder circa 2001.

Legends of Summer.
Monday, July 29, 2013

legends of summer tour - jay-z and justin timberlake

Indie rock music is more my bag, but I like to get turnt every once in a while! Ha. Fun times with Pammie, Christine and Cat! It was only the best concert I’ve ever been to IN MY LIFE.

(Ask me again after this weekend, though… I may or may not be reliving my youth at the Hoobastank show in West Hollywood this Friday.)

Jay-Z feat. Justin Timberlake – Holy Grail

All the mocha lattes you gotta do pilates.
Thursday, September 9, 2004

I was just looking at my old posts and I realized that’s it’s been a little over a year since I first published this site! would’ve been shut down a long time ago if it weren’t for the dedicated viewers who always check for updates (coughCHARLENEcough). Just kidding. Who the hell reads this shit anyway? ๐Ÿ™‚ Right now I’m on an exercise high. I went to the gym and elliptical machine’d my ass off! I feel like I’m still on it. I’m in serious need of an iPod. I bet I could exercise longer if I was rockin out to Ashlee Simpson Hoobastank! Someone please buy me an iPod… andanAshleeSimpsonCD.

My site actually works!
Tuesday, August 3, 2004

Sorry for my lack of updates AGAIN. My pennypincher host screwed me in the buttocks and inadvertently put my site on hiatus for a couple of weeks. Anyway, I just wanted to let you all know that I’m still alive… I’m still in school (my last week!)… and to GERALD: I MISS YOU AND I’M SORRY ABOUT THE FRIDGE! Gah. Oh, and I saw HOOBASTANK again in LA last week (too tired to go into details about it right now) and hope all the July birthday-ers had the happiest birthdays ever (Jay, Zee, Arpee, Maureen, Paul, Nikko and Iris).

Common fishing blunder.
Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Sorry for my lack of updates this month. Bite me! ๐Ÿ™‚ Now here’s a list of things that I’ve done instead of blogging:

– Went house/condo-hunting in the OC
– Went (window) shopping at Southcoast Plaza
– Went fishing with Sheenie and Edgar’s relatives and didn’t catch a damn thing (perhaps we were using the wrong bait? I hear that’s a common fishing blunder)
– Went fishing with Edgar, Jay, Pammie and Meech… still didn’t catch a damn thing
– Painted many a thing in my art classes. I’m SO over painting.
– Watched “Anchorman” with Edgar, Meech and Rossanne (hilarity!)
– Worked on some illustration projects
– Went to the HOOBASTANK show in the OC

Let me talk about the latter! OMG OMG OMG. I f*cking went BACKSTAGE and TALKED to Hoobastank and TOOK PICTURES with Hoobastank and got their AUTOGRAPHS. Being in their fan club sure has its PERKS! Two years ago, I was too terrified to say anything to DOUG when he was standing right next to me at their show at Canes. I was still terrified this time, but I got through it and I have pictures to prove it! YAYE! I REALLY wish Edgar and Sheenie could’ve been there with us. DBJ. There were soooo many newbies there, but the show effin rocked! F*CK YEAH! I can’t wait to see them again in LA in a couple weeks.

Selling out and moving out.
Monday, June 21, 2004

Every once in a while, I hear a beautiful song that saturates my soul. My art teacher played one of his favorite songs, Jeff Buckley’s “Last Goodbye,” for me in his iPod the other night, and it has been stuck in my head ever since. “Last Goodbye” is one of those songs that makes you absently smile in your car like a doofus when you hear it on the radio. I googled Jeff Buckley to see if I could hear him sing this song live on tour sometime soon, and I found out that he drowned in the Mississippi River seven years ago. Mmmm… That’s really depressing. I don’t know what it is about this song, but it makes me deliriously happy.

Anyway, I went to the Hoobastank show at Soma last week and they rocked as usual… The show was SOLD OUT. WTF? I’ve seen Hoobastank five times over the last three years and none of the shows ever came close to selling out… Hoobastank has officially gone mainstream. Damn “The Reason!” There were KIDS at the show. Kids who were chaparoned by their PARENTS. Parents who stood in the FRONT ROW. Edgar, Pammie, Meech, Sheenie, Adam, Stinky and Rosemary and I rocked out in the front for most of the show… Edgar and I went to the back to get some water towards the end of the show, and I stayed there for the last few songs. No one in the back knew the words to any of the songs… They sat there with blank expressions on their faces. After Hoobastank sang “The Reason,” half the people standing in the back WENT HOME! Damn all you Johnny-come-latelies… Those sold-out tickets could’ve gone to the TRUE Hooba fans that wanted to be there, but couldn’t buy tickets because they were already sold to mainstream America. I heard “The Reason” play on my MOM’S station, Star 100.7, in between Fleetwood Mac and Phil Collins. There should be some kind of law against that.

I just got home from the JASON MRAZ show at Copley Symphony Hall… It was AMAZING. His voice is so breathtaking. I feel inspired to learn how to play some of his songs on the guitar. Makana and Raul Midon opened up for him, and I highly recommend their music, also. We saw Jason Mraz last year at the Del Mar fairgrounds, but it was a completely different experience. The sound quality in Copley Symphony Hall is incredible… by far the best venue I’ve ever seen a show at.

It’s been a while since I posted, so I’ll catch you up on the rest of my life… I put in my two weeks at Red Envelope, and am officially unemployed. I worked there for two and a half years! My painting class and English class start tomorrow, so I’ll have a total of three classes during the summer… plus my sister and I are looking for a condo in the OC to move to in a few months… I think I needed to quit working in order to maintain a glimmer of sanity before the big move. There’s not much I’ll miss at Red Envelope, except a few of the people I worked with, but they’re all leaving, too. I barely saw Skokie at work anyway, so it’s okay because I know we’ll still see each other outside of work. I still owe that biatch Yokozuna’s for his birthday… I know his skokie ass isn’t gonna forget about that ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thursday, February 19, 2004

These past couple of days have been so fun, even though I was (and still am) pretty damn sick. Monday was a holiday, so my sister, Jay, Jed, Edgar, Gerald, Chris, Brad and I went snowboarding at Mountain High. Even though it was my second time going, I was fucking TERRIFIED… probably more terrified that I was when I first went snowboarding. I think I was just remembering how bad it hurt when I fell down repeatedly.. The first hour I was really frustrated because all these tiny kids were passing me up haha. Chris said the only way for me to learn was to follow the boys on the big slopes… so I took lift #2 and prepared to tackle ROADRUNNER… Gerald and Chris were with me every step of the way, and I seriously couldn’t have gone down that mountain without them. I tried going down a second time with just Edgar and my ass was so scared. I couldn’t do it without Gerald and Chris. I wasn’t ready yet… maybe next time I can do it by myself! Afterwards, I kept Jay and his twisted knee company in the cafe while the boys went down the crazy ass slopes. On our way home, we stopped at Fridays and had dinner with Carmina and Scott. I got home around 10:30 and went right to bed. That’s the earliest I’ve slept in a really long time. Being sick just sucks the life out of you…

Last night was fucking AWESOME!!! My sister, Chel, Alvin, Sheena, Michelle, Edgar, Gerald, Jay, Jed and I went to see the Meteora tour at SDSU. Linkin Park and Hoobastank are two out of my top three bands in the universe, so I knew it was going to be a dope ass show. Story of the Year opened, and they rocked even though I didn’t know the words to any of their songs. They covered Enter the Sandman which I loved. Hoobastank was next and they fucking ROCKED! It was my fourth time seeing them live, and they just keep getting better and better. They sang The Reason and I think my heart stopped beating for a second… Most of the songs they played were from their previous album, and they even covered Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. Can Doug Robb just have my children already??? P.O.D. played afterwards, and I only knew the lyrics to a few of their songs… They’re from SD though, so you gotta have love for them. Linkin Park headlined, and I went nuts! OMG OMG OMG. I have been waiting since 2000 to see Linkin Park live… They were WELL worth the wait! The played a lot of songs from their old album, too. They ended the night with One Step Closer and Doug from Hoobastank and Sonny from P.O.D. came out to finish the song. I’ve been to a shitload of rock shows these past few years, and this one was by far the BEST.

I don’t care if those haters think my buffalo are wack.
Monday, December 29, 2003

How was everyone’s Christmas? I’ve done a whole lot of thinking this past week. At my family Christmas party, we came to terms with the severity of my aunt’s cancer. There was a lot of crying. I don’t know what I would do if my mother was dying of cancer. I don’t think I would be able to handle it… I *know* I wouldn’t be able to handle it. My cousin always seems to be in good spirits when I see her, but I know it’s killing her. This lady at my work survived breast cancer. Our family needs a miracle right now. If there was one thing I could wish for, it would be that my aunt survives this. I don’t want my cousin to even THINK about saying “I wish my mom was here” on her wedding day. My aunt has lost the ability to walk and the ability to move her right arm… She already gathered her husband and children to say her goodbyes before she loses her ability to speak. It’s times like these that really make you put your life in perspective. I feel really selfish complaining about trivial shit all the time… Having to go to work and school at the same time… Having stupid arguments with the boyfriend… Having no money to go snowboarding… How about having no mother? I take things for granted all the time. I’m praying for a miracle, Chel… On a lighter note, I had a pretty nice Christmas with my family and friends. I got tons of cool gifts (i.e. a Split-Enderยฎ, a HOOBASTANK hoodie, and an ALARM for my effin car keys that I misplace on a daily basis!). I had FUN TIMES at Michelle’s holiday potluck with the usual crew… even though those haters think my buffalo are wack. LOL LOL LOL.

Why are there interstate highways in Hawaii?
Saturday, November 22, 2003

Three things that scare me:
01 ghosts
02 car accidents
03 death

Three people that make me laugh:
01 Bedhead Ed
02 Jigga Jay
03 Jeddar Cheddar

Three things that I love:
01 Bedhead Ed
02 Hoobastank
03 popsicles

Three things I hate:
01 mean customers
02 strawberry ice cream
03 Dr. Pepper

Three things I don’t understand:
01 why superglue doesn’t stick to the inside of the bottle
02 why you turn down the radio when you’re driving and looking for an address
03 why there are interstate highways in Hawaii

Three things on my desk:
01 M&M candy dispenser
02 Red Envelope catalog
03 Coke can bank

Three things I’m doing right now:
01 working
02 sitting
03 eating M&Ms

Three things I can do:
01 graphic design
02 flare my nostrils
03 play “Redemption Song” on the guitar

Three ways to describe my personality:
01 nice
02 super
03 super nice

Three things I can’t do:
01 bake babinka like my mom
02 play guitar like my dad
03 not let anything get me down like Ed

Three things I think you should listen to:
01 Hoobastank
02 Incubus
03 DJ Z-Trip

Three things I say the most:
01 I hate you.
02 Where’s my keys?
03 Wait for me, I have to put my shoes on.

Three of my absolute most favorite foods:
01 Costco pizza
02 leche flan
03 potatoes in any way, shape or form

Three things I’d like to learn:
01 surfing
02 snowboarding
03 quantum physics

Three beverages I drink regularly:
01 Coke
02 Cherry Coke
03 Coke with ice

Three shows I watched when I was a kid:
01 Mickey Mouse Club
02 Pee Wee’s Playhouse
03 Pinwheel

Three things I miss:
01 old friends I’ve lost touch with
02 dance routines with the girls
03 my sister when she’s in the OC

So many concerts and so little cash.
Friday, September 19, 2003

I just added like SEVEN shows to my calendar for the next month or so. I would love to go to each of these shows but I have no f*ckin money. Ahhh, it’s times like these that I curse THE MAN for limiting my funds. I’m transferring to SDSU next fall, so in order for me to qualify for tuition assistance (from my dad being a retired navy guy), the government says I have to make under $8,700 a year. I’ve already made $6,000 and I only have a few thousand to go. I took a summer hiatus from working so I wouldn’t go over the limit since I plan to work at Red Envelope again starting next month. I wish I could just make tons of money and not worry about tuition assistance… but the government paying my tuition in full is worth missing one or two or FIFTY shows here and there. I know I’m being a brat because there’s how many hundreds of thousands of people who are struggling to pay their way through college… but shit it’s HOOBASTANK. THE USED. TSUNAMI BOMB. ROONEY. Dammit. I feel like I’m in a Catch-22 (ERRR I *hated* that book). SDSU was never an option for me before. I wanted to go to school outside of San Diego. I wanted to experience something new. My sister is going to school in Fullerton (OK bad analogy because she *hates* the O.C. and misses San Diego haha). I wanted to go to school in L.A. or in the bay area… but I know if I went to school outside S.D. I would have to pay my own rent in my own apartment without the help of my parents… I wouldn’t be able to make enough money for rent, but I’d have free money for school. If I worked a lot, I’d have money to pay rent, but I wouldn’t get free tuition. Either way I lose. My sister got full tuition assistance, but she had to take out student loans just to pay her rent because she couldn’t make over $8,700 annually and that doesn’t even cover the rent, let alone groceries and necessities. I don’t want to be indebted to student loans for years to come as soon as I graduate from college. I already had enough credit card debt by the time I hit 19. If I go to State, I can live at home (at times unbearable, but always free). As long as I make under the limit, the government will pay for me to go to college (minus books). SDSU is the PRACTICAL choice… Not the choice I would have made if money wasn’t an issue, but unfortunately it is. I wish I won the lotto. Then I would BUY Hoobastank. The Used. Tsunami Bomb. Rooney. I would go to the college I *want* to go to instead of the one that is the most practical for me. My parents are very adamant about my sister and I realizing that life will not be handed to us on silver platters. If we want something, we have to earn it. They are not paying for us to go to college. They are not paying for us to live in our own apartments or dorms. They are not paying for us to have brand new cars. It’s not like they don’t have the money to pay for these things. We’re supposed to be old enough and responsible enough to know that they won’t always be there to pay for everything. I’m lucky I don’t have to pay for rent in my parents’ house. My sister and I both got jobs once we turned sixteen and we haven’t stopped working since. I’ve never gone more than a few months without having a job. It’s nice to be able to buy yourself things with the money that YOU earned. If you constantly spoil your kids, they’ll never be able to live on their own…

4 o’clock Fridays.
Saturday, August 9, 2003

Hoobastank just played a free 4 o’clock Fridays show at Del Mar after the horse races! I didn’t expect them to sing that many songs because this show was technically free, but damn! They sang for like an hour and a half! Edgar, Sheen, Sheryll, Joanne, Framee, Joey, Jose and I got there around 7:00 p.m. and Sheen, Frame and I stood right in front of the stage. The rest of them stayed in the back to avoid the chaos that was the mosh pit. I was a victim of crowd surfing gone bad! I was in the worst possible spot. This guy leaped from the stage and fell on Sheen and me. At one point, some girl kicked me on the side of my face. By the end of the show, I was dehydrated, sweaty, nauseous, bruised, and my hair was ten times bigger than it was when I arrived… but I would do it again in a heartbeat, because hoobastank ROCKED!!! I’ll make a mental note to wear my beat up chucks instead of flip flops the next time I see them (what was I thinking?). I’ve seen them a few times before today, and I love that they still do intimate shows. A few years back when Linkin Park was unknown to MTV and I was their biggest fan EVER, I didn’t end up going to their show at a small local venue and to this day I still regret it, because I know that they will probably never play at a small club ever again. Boo.

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