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May 26, 2005

who’s flirtin with the diamond donkey?

Filed under: Uncategorized — lj @ 9:42 am

I want to hear about the first live music performance you attended. This means whatever show, or concert, or whatver that you went to first. This does NOT include the school sing-alongs that you went to in second grade. Who did you see? How old were you? Did it have any sort of impact on your life?

I went to see a Polish opera when I was about 12. It was kind of crazy because I had no idea what anyone was singing, except one part was about a woman who fell in love with a goat. I only knew this because it was in the program. It was interesting, to say the least. My grandmother (or babci, rather) had a great time, while I just wondered what was going on. The singing was nice, though.

Reading through all the ljdrama and everything recently, it’s weird to see how what I thought were well-defined and infinite friend groups are falling apart. Some people that I thought were ‘best friends forever’ now are not anymore. It’s weird for me because two years ago I really didn’t have any friends. I used to look at some of you guys and think how awesome it would be to have friends like that. Now I do have friends like that, but some of you guys hate each other now. I know it’s all part of growing up. I just never really thought about it. Eh, people grow apart I suppose.



  1. 1. The first concert I went to was New Kids On The Block. I beleive I was 6 years old. My sister and I won tickets to the show because we won this contest of being the “biggest, littlest fans.” We were their youngest fans in Massachusetts and we sent in a video to some radio show explaining why etc etc. It was the most amazing experience of my little kid life. I was on my Dad’s shoulders the whole time just FREAKING out. It was the first time that I can recall that I memorized all the song lyrics and idolized another human being…It was awesome. 2. About the friends thing. I totally agree with you. I remember telling people that I had the best group of friends ever. But you also have to understand, when I was in high school, I had a completely different friend group. When I graduated, I didn’t know what I was going to do without them…then I met Kirsten…and everything changed. I met a bunch of new people, and they became my life. Everything I did revolved around my friends…but there was always a little foul play going on behind the scene in that group of friends…with everyone being at fault. Another thing is a lot of the kids I hung out with, Kirsten included, were very young when I met them…they were still kids. Now that they are growing up, their personalities are changing and evolving, and they will change and evolve into different things for a long time to come. I go back and read my journal from 2 years ago and laugh. It doesn’t even sound like me…I didn’t even realize I had changed until I went back and saw it…documented. Everyone changes for the best on their behalf. Sometimes, friendships fall apart. Its not really anyone’s fault in particular…it just means one friend decides they don’t like the other friend for whatever reason, and just moves on. And usually the friend left standing is wondering what the hell they did wrong. Its life I guess. You just need to find people that you connect with…and usually you don’t find those people until you are a little older just because you’re usually done “finding yourself” and you’re usually done growing and changing. What you become defines who you hang out with. And the people that you used to hang out with are no longer your friends because you can no longer connect with them on a friendship level because what you used to have in common, you no longer do. I’ve tried to hold friendships with people…even when I knew it was over. Most of my friends from high school don’t want to have anything to do with me…and I tried for so long to stay involved in their lives, until I realized, we all just grew up and apart. Its normal, and its ok for it to happen. Now I have my current group of friends. It consists of new friends I’ve met within the last year, friends from my other friend group that stuck with me, and I still have a connection with, and one or two friends from high school. I’m OK with that. It makes me sad that some people that were my best friends no longer wish to be a part of my life. It sucks…it hurts…but I know that its for the best. I totally just ranted and I’m sorry…I was just thinking a lot about friendships the past few days, so I had a lot to say…heh. <3 poopsmith

    Comment by tuneofyourdeath — May 26, 2005 @ 5:45 pm


    Comment by this_is_me_emo — May 26, 2005 @ 6:50 pm

  3. Even A Retard Can Make A Coaster In Two Years Time.

    Comment by zig_mover — May 27, 2005 @ 4:59 pm

  4. One time my cousin gave me NKOTB bed sheets, and I cried because they were ugly. I understand people grow up.. I’m sure I changed a lot since I met you and played with your Astrojax. I’ve met so many people since then, and done a lot of things, but I think inside I’m really the same person. But even right now I feel myself growing apart from some of my old friends, and some people that only (relatively) recently came into my life. I got a car, I can meet new people on my own, I don’t need somebody to introduce me to other people.. Like I haven’t seen Erika or any of her crew in a few weeks, and there was a point where I would see those guys every day. But people are growing apart and I know I’m rambling but it’s just weird to see that happen. I remember New Years’ Eve, two years ago when we all slept at Erika’s.. and everybody liked each other and nobody really fought and it was just a good time, and I was so happy that I finally had so many friends that got along and I could spend time with. I don’t know what happened to that, but I guess it’s just part of life. That was a long comment and probably didn’t make any sense, but I love you and I want to see you this weekend. Also, as Annie said, yesterday was the Poopsmith’s birthday.

    Comment by zig_mover — May 27, 2005 @ 5:05 pm

  5. my mama took me to a dave matthews band concert for my birthday when i was 12. they were my favorite for so long. they still hold a special place in my heart, but it’s hard to declare them as my all-time favorite when there’s so much new, good music out there. anyway, we sat up high at veteran’s stadium, next to this older man & older (fat) woman. they were only there to hear one song, crash. then there were these college kids in front of us…i had no idea what anything was. they were high as a kite & my mom was embarassed about it. oh, p.s. the roots & santana opened for them. i wish i could’ve appreciated that more at 12. i couldn’t.

    Comment by soulinstilettos — May 26, 2005 @ 6:07 pm

  6. BSB!!!!! 11!!! YES!

    Comment by ilove_yourmom — May 26, 2005 @ 6:30 pm

  7. SWEET! i think someone else said that was their first too.

    Comment by zig_mover — May 27, 2005 @ 10:14 pm

  8. ALANIS MORISSETTE. when i was 7. :O] I <3ed IT AND I STILL DO OKAY.

    Comment by fuckmynalgene — May 26, 2005 @ 6:41 pm

  9. I hate her, mostly because she corrupted an entire generation’s view of the word ‘irony.’ NOTHING IN THAT SONG IS EVEN IRONIC.

    Comment by zig_mover — May 27, 2005 @ 5:06 pm

  10. WHICH IS IRONIC LOLOL 😉 maybe secretly she knew what she was doing BUT I HATE HER SO NO

    Comment by unodostracy — May 28, 2005 @ 6:23 pm

  11. the only best friend that a person has is themselves [<3] wouldn't you agree?

    Comment by littlemisskay — May 26, 2005 @ 6:53 pm

  12. When you love yourself, you start a life-long love affair. – Oscar Wilde.

    Comment by rudenreckless — May 26, 2005 @ 7:11 pm

  13. less Than Jake, smashmouth, and some band having to do with hippos. it was at the gravity games one year and i was like… 11. it was pretty cool. my “bff” from 6th grade and back when i listened to rap music asked me if i cut myslef one day when i was listening to “emo” music at school. i still cant get over that, it was hilarious.. but not.

    Comment by ylowcrd_sp — May 26, 2005 @ 7:21 pm

  14. hippos?

    Comment by zig_mover — May 27, 2005 @ 10:14 pm

  15. i have no clue, i think they were a ska band or something.

    Comment by ylowcrd_sp — May 27, 2005 @ 10:15 pm

  16. yes they are SO GOOD. i dont even understand how you could not know who the hippos are.

    Comment by _hannah_leigh — June 10, 2005 @ 5:07 pm

  17. “the hippos” as in the ska band?

    Comment by _hannah_leigh — June 10, 2005 @ 5:07 pm

  18. yes. well, that was back when i was stupid and listened to rap because everyone else did. i will go listen to them. and your picture looks so familiar…. noah’s sister??

    Comment by ylowcrd_sp — June 10, 2005 @ 6:30 pm

  19. mhmmmmm how did you know that im a little freaked out?

    Comment by _hannah_leigh — June 11, 2005 @ 2:33 am

  20. umm, because i am katie gaucher and i live at the bottom of coral street. and we used to hang out alot when i was younger.

    Comment by ylowcrd_sp — June 11, 2005 @ 12:48 pm


    Comment by _hannah_leigh — June 11, 2005 @ 2:12 pm

  22. mmhmmm. i havent seen you in… like 3 years.

    Comment by ylowcrd_sp — June 11, 2005 @ 2:34 pm

  23. because i moved…..hows lindsey?

    Comment by _hannah_leigh — June 11, 2005 @ 2:36 pm

  24. i know, thats why i havent seen you… she’s good. hmm, yea, rememer when we always tried to figure out what the words were carved into that rock?

    Comment by ylowcrd_sp — June 11, 2005 @ 2:39 pm

  25. noooo…haha but go on!

    Comment by _hannah_leigh — June 11, 2005 @ 2:44 pm

  26. how about… sledding on the hill behind my house?

    Comment by ylowcrd_sp — June 11, 2005 @ 2:46 pm

  27. first of all.. Alan Jackson rocks.. and Sarah Evans is hot… soooo more about me… huh? I saw Huey Lewis and the News and the Neville Brothers.. I was ummmm…maybe like 12.. that would make it.. 1983.. I had an amazing time… the same year I saw the Allman brothers and my life was NEVER the same… I didnt become a Hippie however.. instead.. I held on for 3 more years and saw my first SxE punk show… and then my life changed FOREVER! what is “BFFLS” mean???? I am old!

    Comment by magritte — May 26, 2005 @ 7:28 pm

  28. You don’t know me. I live in Millbury. Your MySpace says you want to meet people that use FireFox. Well, I do. And was wondering which Internet company you worked for.

    Comment by haitekgamer — May 26, 2005 @ 7:48 pm

  29. It’s a small company in Worcester.. I don’t know if there are any NDAs about saying the company name online, or anything, but I don’t want my journal to show up on Google. Feel free to IM me on any of the major IM services and I’ll tell you all about it. Contact info is in my userinfo. Did I see you at 7-11 last weekend wearing a Firefox t-shirt? And how old are you?

    Comment by zig_mover — May 27, 2005 @ 4:58 pm

  30. tim! hello.

    Comment by ylowcrd_sp — May 27, 2005 @ 10:17 pm

  31. If that was for me Katie, Katie! Hi.

    Comment by haitekgamer — May 28, 2005 @ 2:11 pm

  32. i went to see Elton John when i was 6, because i was obbsesed with him. It was really neat. I remember alittle, kind of regret going that young. i remember he wore big red shoes. and i remember him singing ‘Rocket Man’ and asking my dad if the noises scared him while onstage. and i remember hearing ‘Honky Cat’. i also got a barbie toy in my happy meal earlier. it was a good day.

    Comment by pineapple223 — May 26, 2005 @ 8:47 pm

  33. does he still tour?

    Comment by zig_mover — May 27, 2005 @ 10:15 pm

  34. yeah, my neighbors are going to see him in september? i was going to go but i thought Paul McCartney would be worth waiting for. when i get tickets. which i will.

    Comment by pineapple223 — May 30, 2005 @ 10:45 pm

  35. James Taylor when I was about 9. I don’t count that though, because I fell asleep. So…Britney SPears when I was 11.

    Comment by ________convict — May 26, 2005 @ 8:59 pm

  36. The first show I went to was No Doubt with Garbage opening up for them with some other band who I dont know. I was in the 6th grade and I went with my friend Allie. I remember after the show I hated Allie no idea why. It was a good show all together and fulfilled my obsession with No Doubt at the time, along with introducing me to Garbage for the first time.

    Comment by p0etic_tragedy — May 26, 2005 @ 9:00 pm

  37. I kind of want to see No Doubt, I wonder if they’ll tour again?

    Comment by zig_mover — May 27, 2005 @ 10:16 pm

  38. I doubt it, now that Gwen is all popular now. I kinda dont like them anymore. They’ve completly changed their music style and they sound just like everyone else.

    Comment by p0etic_tragedy — May 28, 2005 @ 5:25 pm

  39. BSB!! mehr. i listened to alan jackson at work yesterday. it was suhWEET. ♥

    Comment by ccambria — May 26, 2005 @ 9:14 pm

  40. My God, I’m going to seem like a fogey when I tell you my first concert, but…. Liberace. Yes, that’s right. Liberace. Probably one of the last times that he came to Toronto before he died. My sister and I had to be about 8 and 10, respectively (if that). I remember him playing the William Tell Overture and my sister and I ‘riding’ the chairs in the Hummingbird Centre as if we were riding a horse, because if you know the William Tell Overture, it sounds like the Lone Ranger theme music. The next concert I saw was Harry Connick Jr when he played at the Exhibition Stadium (before they tore it down!). Our seats were crappy, but hey, the music was just awesome. Lucky you to see a Polish opera with your Babci (or as I like to phonetically say Babcha). Speak any Polish?

    Comment by shiara_ — May 26, 2005 @ 9:23 pm

  41. John Mayer, Row 35 Seat 17, Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario. I was 15 (I think.) and I loved it. I went by myself and sang and danced (when I could). My bff since i was 4 “broke up” with me last year over a rumour about how i was talking about her. LAME to the max.

    Comment by pluky — May 26, 2005 @ 10:07 pm

  42. Wynonna Judd with Tracey Byrd and omgsomuchlove Mark Chesnutt as openers. I think I was in grade 4. Then in grade 6 I saw, oh yes, Celine Dion. Then I started going to shows without my parents and things just improved much better. 🙂

    Comment by xcarex — May 26, 2005 @ 10:20 pm

  43. i saw STING with my parents. i don’t remember exactly how old i was, but i was still in elementary school… probably 3rd or 4th grade. we sat way the hell away, but i remember him playing “Fields of Gold” and a few other of my childhood favorites… man, i grew up on that stuff. i even wrote about it in my little diary. yeah i was rad.

    Comment by jslice — May 26, 2005 @ 11:16 pm

  44. the spice girls!!! when i was like 8 and yes it forever impacted my life.

    Comment by im_unstoppable — May 26, 2005 @ 11:49 pm


    Comment by zig_mover — June 4, 2005 @ 4:21 pm

  46. UM 311. SMOKIN’ UP FO’ 20. i was like 11. it impacted me ILOVEDRUGS. hahaahaha jk. <3<3 p.s. hangout with me you butthead. we need to listen to stan and get cheered up. or just call up birthday works and ask for mike. private preformance.

    Comment by radioxsurgery — May 26, 2005 @ 11:57 pm

  47. i want to hang out tonight 🙁 fucking work. hopefully next week if i’m not too busy with finals and shit. yay birthday works. you KNOW what is happening on your next bday.

    Comment by zig_mover — May 27, 2005 @ 10:10 pm

  48. Locobazooka 98. I left before Godsmack.

    Comment by thpamz2thexay — May 27, 2005 @ 12:36 am

  49. nine inch nails, i was 14. still the best concert i’ve ever seen but mastodon and the nin show i saw recently come close. i was burnt out on shows for a while because i was going to the wrong ones for me. of course it had an impact on my life, seeing him give himself totally to the music made me want to do something with my life i guess. im still trying to do that.

    Comment by coheed — May 27, 2005 @ 1:25 am

  50. hanson. we got to breathe the same air. it was pretty intense when i was 13.

    Comment by infinityxcubed — May 27, 2005 @ 4:06 am

  51. ohemgee! me+you+rachel need to hang out sometime eventually like BEFORE i go to college. even though we’re going to the same place. duh.

    Comment by zig_mover — May 27, 2005 @ 5:08 pm

  52. yesssssssssss!!

    Comment by infinityxcubed — May 27, 2005 @ 5:35 pm

  53. I don’t remember how old i was, probably 4th grade or so and we saw Boyz II Men haha My brother was obsessed with them and camped out to get front row tickets. It was the “big show” that year for the Allegan County Fair. I was crushed under some chairs when girls behind us tried to steal a rose from my little sister (the guys were throwing them from the stage). At one point I also saw Joan Jett open for Def Leppard at the same place haha mono-armed drummers rule. But the first concert I really wanted to go to that I saw was Spacehog playing in New York City. My parents drove me and a friend out. It was amazing. Firemen and police came and kicked everyone out because the place was in violation of the firecode (aka having about 400 people in a venue meant for 150). Ultimately I realized that small venues are better than big ones. And that the music I love is a part of my soul.

    Comment by devmo — May 27, 2005 @ 4:33 pm

  54. Yeah, that was me. I’m only 14, tho.

    Comment by haitekgamer — May 27, 2005 @ 6:23 pm

  55. Eh, whatever. I was only 15 when I started working here. Age doesn’t really matter, only expertise. And probably experience, too. Where do you go to school?

    Comment by zig_mover — May 27, 2005 @ 10:00 pm

  56. summer after 5th grade –> all that music and more festival with 98 degrees!!!!

    Comment by forluckorlack — May 27, 2005 @ 9:03 pm

  57. 8th grade, Millbury Jr/Sr High

    Comment by haitekgamer — May 28, 2005 @ 2:09 pm

  58. im asking myself why you havent added me yet.

    Comment by _hannah_leigh — June 10, 2005 @ 5:04 pm

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