Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Friends Marathon

I've got a little catching up to do here on the blog, so I'll delve into the New Years' Eve stuff in a later entry.

Coming in to New York City, I had this great idea to try and get in touch with a bunch of friends, regardless of the fact that I had very little time to do this. After our first Newark show, I went out for a late night meal with Koo Chung, Jinny Kim (they're engaged now!) and John Bonaventura (who's also engaged now, but his girl wasn't able to join us).

They were part of last year's tour. You know, this one:

We talked about life after the explosion, relationships, work...everything. And had chocolate cake. John likes to drink his wine on the rocks. He says that every time he orders it, the waiter brings the ice in a separate glass, cause no one can believe he would want to ruin a perfectly good glass of wine like that.

I mentioned to Koo that I've been looking to get a BlackBerry, but it just kept not happening, and Koo said he'd just bought an iPhone and didn't need his Treo anymore. Bang! I've got a new phone. And I love it. I've finally joined the texting world of five years ago.

After going to bed much too late, I woke up much too early to have breakfast with Robin Lai and Jae Ko at Cafe Europa.

They were also in the band of said exploding tour. It was wonderful to see them again, and it really felt like reuniting with fellow trauma survivors. That giant Arkansas fireball bonded us in a strange and permanent way.

That same day we played our second Newark show, and it was attended by one of my very favorite people: Ben Pedersen.

Afterwards, we headed back into the city, had warm bubble tea and dumplings at Saint Alps Teahouse, walked the streets of the East Village, checked out the bookshops, and found numerous things to laugh at. Like this:

Apparently it was garbage night in NYC, according to this ubiquitous sight:

Once again I went to bed much too late, half expecting to feel sick in the morning, but I've switched to new vitamins, and I've been feeling good for a couple weeks now! Yay!

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  1. are you guys in cleveland yet? cause if you are isn't just beautiful with all the snow and blizzard warnings? haha. here, we're used to it!

  2. I'm listening to In Rainbows right now, as I just got my copy. It's pretty wow so far.

    It looks like you had a great birthday and your new year's gotten off to a spectacular start.

    That's great that Koo and Jinny are engaged now!
    It's awesome to see shots of you survivors together one year after, seeing yall I didn't realize how much I missed you guys. I realized that a couple months ago when I was at the Tree Farm and saw your names in the guestbook. (the Doctor who owns the Tree Farm is the doctor who operated on Koo's producer)
    It looks like you've all recovered nicely from such a traumatic event.

    Also, I don't think I've heard Starfish better than when Koo and company accompanied you.


  3. YAYYYYYY for reunions!

    Happy New Year, Mike!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. What, walking the Tower Center with me?

    Oh yeah you are...

  5. garbo you are an incredible guitarist for the jonas brothers.!
    im glad your in the band, you make a great addition :]

    i cant wait for "when you look me in the eyes" tour im going to 5 so far...literally
    im crazy over you guys.!

    stay safe during the new year.!
    hopefully i can get the chance to meet you guys =]
    thanks for being great

    that would be awesome to get a comment from them or you and the band.!!!

    email: very odd but here you go :D

  6. Aaron: Yes, I look back very fondly on that exploding tour. Those are some great people. And it was a lot of fun playing Starfish with that band!

    Esther: Happy new year to you too!!!

    Iggy: You're insane.

    Hadley: Umm. Hmm. How do I say this? Do a little research before you pour your heart out to the wrong guy in a public forum. Wrong blog, sweetie.