I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me. I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.

I feel like I just sorta woke up after this weekend and realized that everything is really going to be okay and that this is the probably the most confident I’ve ever felt about myself and it’s feels pretty awesome.

Rixton

Quick recap of an incredible week

In the past 8 days, I attended 6 concerts, probably the most I’ve ever been to in a concentrated week of time. Half of these were shows I never imagined I would be attending until the last minute, which is why I wanted to write everything down to remember.

  • 8/16: I woke up that morning to a text from my boss that we had been guestlisted for the Monumentour featuring Paramore and Fall Out Boy that night in Irvine. I already expressed my thoughts on the show already, but this show definitely deserves to be at the top of this list.
  • 8/18: Didn’t take any pictures at this show, but I went to School Night again to see K. Flay, a really cool indie rapper that I first saw at Warped this year. My friend from Boston was also visiting me that night so it was nice that I got to give her a glimpse of non-touristy LA, ironically right in the middle of Hollywood.
  • 8/20: My next grainy iPhone photo is my friends in Rio Rio playing their very first LA show. I reached out to them much earlier this year, but we finally got the chance to meet in person and they snuck me into their show at the Bootleg (still bitter about how many things are 21+ in LA). They enjoyed the largest crowd of the evening and they know how to program their own light show, which is sick.
  • 8/21: On Thursday, I headed back out to Echo Park again to see my favorite indie band, The Naked and Famous play the Echoplex. This venue is tiny for a band of their scale and I had bought tickets immediately when they went on sale. They killed it once again, as expected.
  • 8/22: Probably the craziest night of the week, I managed to swoop my friend’s +1 into the Sam Smith/Iggy Azalea VMA’s pre-party about two hours before doors. I literally called a Lyft and headed to the Avalon right when she offered me the ticket, getting there 10 minutes before doors because of classic LA traffic. Tori Kelly opened, and even though her voice is amazing, the songs themselves were pretty weak, considering I don’t remember a single one of them. Sam Smith was by far the best performance of the night. Hearing his high range live is utterly surreal, and he played his Whitney Houston cover for the first time live. I pretty much had chills the entire performance. Iggy Azalea closed the show with way more production than the first two artists, including a DJ and four backup dancers. She’s such an enigma to me, so it was really cool to see her live, considering I never thought I ever would. Charli XCX and Rita Ora came out on stage as well (unfortunately not Ariana Grande), and it was a beautiful moment when Iggy fell offstage and got back up. Afterwards, we walked by Anna Kendrick and Theon Greyjoy from Game of Thrones sitting in a bar, and decided to go in there as well, summing up a pretty unbelievable night.
  • 8/23: To close out the week, I attended Perez Hilton’s (unofficial, I think) VMAs pre-party at the Troubadour. I hate his dumb website, but Bebe Rexha, Matthew Koma, Tove Lo, Echosmith, Kiesza, and Rixton were all playing, plus I got to go for free. Despite how annoying he is, Perez books a pretty great show. Every single act held their own, and the night was a pretty strong sampler of what’s up and coming in pop music. Both Bebe Rexha and Matthew Koma are incredibly underrated songwriters, considering they wrote “Monster” and “Clarity” respectively. Kiesza was the best act of the night with electrifying stage presence and a stunning voice. Closing out the show, Rixton also brought a very powerful performance to the stage, considering they had just headlined the El Rey literally less than an hour before.

Since attending the VMA’s has always been one of my goals in life, I’m hoping the fact that I got to attend 2 pre-parties this year is a sign that I’m getting one step closer.