All Time Low at Union Hall

All Time Low Concert

I went to see All Time Low in concert last night. They did a great job! I really didn’t like the opening act “Fireworks” though. Four out of six of the band members were out of shape and I really didn’t come out in the cold to see a bunch of overweight guys jumping around on stage. I’m sorry. And I also didn’t like the way the lead singer handled himself when one of the audience members was pulled out of the crowd. I didn’t see what happened, but to call that much attention to something and to say they were embarrassed that it would happen? I felt like it was very rude, personally. Also, I hate it when bands tell the crowd to start a circle or a mosh pit. For the majority of the audience, it is really not pleasant. The only people having fun are the people participating in the mosh, and honestly, if they are busy pushing each other around, they are no longer paying attention to the band so why would you want to encourage that? I don’t get it.

I don’t think the crowd was really feeling Fireworks for the most part. A lot of the crowd didn’t know them and not many people were jumping around, which you could tell irritated the lead singer a lot. I thought, maybe this crowd is just more laid back and you’re not going to get a whole lot out of them. But then a funny thing happened. In between bands they would play recorded music through the speakers and a “Blink 182” song came on and the whole crowd started singing along to it. They were more into the songs in between acts than they were in the first live band. I felt a little sorry for the first band, but not really since they had rubbed me the wrong way.

Fireworks All Time Low

Then came All Time Low. I only started listening to them recently but I knew all the songs that they played and even sang along to a few of them (I tend not to sing in public). Now, every now and then I will go to a concert and feel like the singer is looking at me. I felt this way with Alex tonight. I really should have worn my glasses so I could tell if he ACTUALLY was looking at me haha. It makes me wonder what the band members do really look at and how far can they actually see when they have all those lights shining in their faces. Regardless to whether he was looking at me or not, it still makes me feel special when I feel like the singer focuses their attention on me. So even if he couldn’t ACTUALLY see me I will hold on to that feeling I get thinking they can.

I really enjoy their song If These Sheets Were The States which they played tonight. That is one of my favorite songs by them and I’m glad I got to hear it live. If you don’t know the song, I posted it below for you to hear. The only thing that would have made the concert perfect for me would have been if they played my other favorite song by them called Break Your Little Heart. I liked how they decided to omit the encore non-sense. I don’t know when bands started doing that, but it’s really annoying. So good choice on just continuing to play instead of taking the unnecessary break. All in all, it was a great show. Yellowcard was supposed to be playing at this concert as well, but the singer got a sore throat and had to cancel which was unfortunate. But even without Yellowcard, All Time Low made the show completely worth going to.

On My Own

At the end of April I will be moving again. For a long time I’ve dreamed of living on my own and I think I am finally ready to make the dream come true. I spent 21 years living with my parents, 3 years living with roommates, and 3 years living with a boyfriend. Now it’s time to make my own rules.

I’m really looking forward to having a place that is clean. It will be nice to know that I’m not cleaning the place for no reason and that it’s going to look the same when I come home at the end of the day as it did when I left. I want a bath tub that I can actually have a bath in instead of being disgusted to even step into. I want a kitchen sink that is empty to make washing dishes easier. Or even better, a dish washer that will save me a lot of time and stress. I look forward to being able to decorate the place however I want and not worry about what anyone else will think. I want to listen to music whenever I feel like without worrying I will wake someone up. I want to be able to exercise without worrying that someone will see me.

Oh, and the storage! I can’t wait to have all the kitchen cupboards to myself. I am really looking forward to having a spot for everything instead of cramming them into two or three cupboards. I really like to have everything organized and for everything to have a home.

And the fridge! I’ve never had a fridge all to myself before. I am going to be so excited to see everything that I have with one glance instead of having to pull out two other items to get to the one I want. It’s going to look so empty, but I will be able to make more pre-made meals because I will actually have room for it in my freezer. I plan on buying a new slow cooker (I lost the last one in the break up) so I can make meals to last through the week. I’m really excited about that.

I know that living on my own will also have downsides. I will no longer have someone to split rent with. I will have to pay my own power and internet bills. I won’t have someone there to help me when I can’t do something (like opening tough cans!). But I am confident that I can take care of myself. I was always the handyman in the relationship with roommates anyway. I’m excited to be excited about something again. It’s hard to make me excited. I think it’s because every time I get excited I am usually let down. But I have been excited about life again over the last six months and I really hope it continues throughout 2013.

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