Friday October 26 2018


Waking up at 11:30 a.m.

Oatmeal with Cinnamon, Blueberries, Maple Syrup, and Almond Milk. Irish Breakfast Tea.

Catching up on business. Finally confirming a substitute location for the MMLIVE show. It was a daunting task – anytime you’re booking an event it is.

Running errands – printing and fixing up ID badges for our Maniac costumes tonight.

Scrambled Eggs. Sourdough Toast with Butter and Jam. Sugar Snap Peas. Coffee.

Watching Daredevil (2018).

Costume prepping continues.

Driving out to Norfolk for the Halloween LavaFest. They moved everything from Toast to a warehouse Farmer’s Market down the street. The whole house (except for Austin) is dressed up as characters from Maniac, the recent limited series on Netflix. It all just made sense for Ana and I to go as Dr. James Mantleray and Dr. Azumi Fujita. Will goes as Jonah Hill’s character and my mom as “mother”. It’s a little too soon cause I don’t think the Maniac show has been exposed to everyone yet making it a slight obscure pop culture reference. But the collection of compliments we do receive is that of sheer amazement and appreciation. And we even find another couple who dressed up as test subjects from the show!

The tribute band lineup is absolutely killer. The Doors open up the show – the Ray Manzarek impersonator is spot on with his keyboard setup and he plays just as well. Ronnie embodies Jim Morrison to a T. Next is Gin Blossoms with their 90’s radio rock hits – each band member is sporting a flannel and blue painted faces. Then, Ladada is up as The Rolling Stones – feeling so proud of all my bandmates. With all the charismatic energy of Ronnie and Josiah as Mick Jagger front men and everyone else involved from Chuck’s guiro magic and Tristyn’s vocal additions, we did the thing right! “Start me up!” After us is The Spice Girls and then a shred fest from Jimi Hendrix – we almost witness a burning guitar but it didn’t happen.

The after party is at Toast. We all enjoy bowls of Kale and Chili. Chilling with friends and mingling.

Sleep 3:30 a.m.

[i] Images by me and Joe Justice.

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