This past week was one for the books. I went to the best concert of my life, saw the premiere of Patagonia’s new film “Fishpeople” and had the craziest tennis match of my life.
Early on in the week I saw Patagonia’s new film “Fishpeople”. The film was about how the ocean changes peoples lives. It was really cool to see people who use my dads sunscreen starring in the film ( my dad owns a natural sunscreen company called Avasol). The film was very well done and touching. I was very fortunate to be able to meet and talk to the makers of the film who shared some knowledge with me. I appreciated the input seeing as how I am an aspiring cinematographer. I also got a signed poster from all the people starring in the film.
On Saturday our tennis team played Mira Costa. This was the most competitive and heated match I have ever played in. There was yelling back and forth, racket smashing and players threatening to fight us. The players on their team clearly had anger issues and couldn’t control what they said. They would distract us when we would serve, make remarks when we missed and their parents would get involved with the match. One of their players said he was going to fight one of our parents on the team. He also smashed his racket when he lost, yelled at one of dads calling him a fat ass and made a scene challenging him to fight at the end of the match. By the end of the match there was almost a brawl and the other team had to hold one of their kids back from fighting. I could go on all day about their poor sportsmanship and bad behavior, but I’ll end it at that.
Later in the day on Saturday I went to the Glass Animals Concert at the bowl. I took my friend Forest who had never been to a concert before. We had front row seats and Terrace passes. I have been blessed at having amazing seats and terrace passes for years thanks to my dad. I thought I would share this with my friend who has never experienced a concert before.
The concert was by far the best show I have ever been to. They put on an amazing show. The stage lights were spectacular, their lead singer was very interactive with the audience and the music was out of this world. But by far the best part of the concert was when the lead singer ( Dave Bayley ) came off stage and sang with me. He made his way through the pit and climbed up onto the wall where the front row is. He performed the whole song “Gooey” right in front of me and at times he would point at me and I would sing the song and dance with him. This was one of those experiences in life I will never forget. The whole concert was amazing and a life changing experience.
Stay posted for next weeks blog post.
This past week was the first time in a while I haven’t done anything film or car related. I took the week to recuperate. I also didn’t want to get burnt out from doing the same thing week after week. Here is a little recap of what I did in the week…
Early on in the week I went to the doctor for my hurt shoulder. A few weeks ago I had hurt it playing tennis, so I decided it was time to get it checked out. The doctor cleared me to play, which was a big relief because I had already missed four of my high school matches due to my injury. The day after I was cleared to play we had a match. I played and won all of my matches. Our team won 18-0. It felt really nice to play and win because I hadn’t been able to play in almost a month.
On Saturday I watched the NBA playoffs. This was something I had been looking forward to for a while because it is some of the best basketball you can watch. All of the games ended up coming down to the wire. It was great basketball, but I was sad that my favorite team since the age of 7, the Los Angeles Lakers, didn’t make the playoffs.
Later in the day on Saturday I went for a nice run in the mountains of Montecito. It was a great run because all of the hillsides were lush and green along with a great view.
On Easter Sunday I spent time with my family and had a nice Barbecue.
I barbecued rack of lamb and Chilean Sea bass, two of my favorite meats.
Finally on Tuesday I went to see “New Order” at the Santa Barbara Bowl.
New Order is a band I was turned onto about a year ago. They were popular in the 80’s, but I still really like them.
They have really groovy techno music. We had front row seats and they put on an absolutely amazing show. During the concert they showed really cool videos in the background and had a really cool light show.
Stay posted for next weeks blog post…
Two weeks ago I had the amazing opportunity to go to AutoCon LA. This was something I had been looking forward to for quite sometime. I didn’t think I would be able to go, because my parents didn’t want me to drive to downtown LA by myself. I had to go because this was something I had really been looking forward to, so I had to think of an alternate way of getting there. I decided that I would take the train and go with my friend Forest who is also really into cars. The train ride was very pleasant and we had a very scenic view going along the coast. Once we got to Union station we hopped in an Uber and made our way to the Los Angeles Convention Center. Once at AutoCon we got in line to get our tickets. Once we had our tickets, they sent us to the back of a line which seemed to be a mile long. We waited in line for almost two hours to get in. Their were so many people there because TJ Hunt, a famous car YouTuber, was having a meet and greet, as well as showing all of his cars in the show. I watch all of TJ Hunt’s Videos, so I was really looking forward to meeting him. Once we got inside AutoCon I felt like a kid in a candy store. There were cars of all variety including Muscle, JDM and German.
Here is one of my favorite cars at the show, a BMW e30.
At the show there was a main stage where they would interview people, do giveaways and unveil cars. Their was also a bunch of booths selling stuff, so I bought some merchandise. Along with meeting TJ Hunt, I got to meet another famous Youtuber name Mike Nyguyen. I also watch all of his videos and got to have a nice chat with him at the event. I could go on all day talking about how fun the show was , and how good of a time I had, but I’ll keep it brief. Here is an edit I made of the show.
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This past week was spring break for my school. For the fast few spring breaks I have traveled out of the country and this time I went to Mexico. In Mexico we went to a place called Las Gaviotas, which we had been to once before. We really like this place because there are great waves and it is really nice.
Before leaving on the trip we fixed up my dads truck so we could bring friends and plenty of surfboards. This was a difficult task, but my dad got it done like a beast (with a little help from me). Since we were taking the truck to Mexico we had extra room, so I brought my friend Briggs (who I brought last time) and my sister brought her friend Malia.
The fun started once we got to the border. When we pulled up to the port of entry at the border the lady working there took one look at the size of our car and the amount of people in it and told us to go to secondary. Once we were in secondary they told us to get out of our car so they could run it through some sort of x-ray scanning machine. They scanned the car multiple times and wouldn’t tell us what they were doing. After scanning the car a bunch they started taking random items out of the car like water bottles, and taking pictures of them. After inspecting the car for more than two hours they said they kept us that long because of an extra battery we had in the car. I was pissed, but I got over it quickly when I saw the big waves going into Mexico. Once we got into the gated neighborhood of Las Gaviotas, my friend Briggs and I unloaded the car and went surfing. The waves were great, so we surfed until dark.
The whole trip myself and Briggs would surf three times a day. The waves were great the whole trip.
The house we were staying was steps away from the beach, which was very nice because it was easy beach access and a great view.
Stay posted for my video recap of the trip.