Angels & Airwaves at House of Blues Dallas — September 7, 2019

I went to the Angles & Airwaves show in Dallas on Saturday, September 7. I’ve been dreaming about this night for years without knowing if it would ever happen (again).

I absolutely love live music and concerts, but I usually feel alone in the crowd at concerts despite knowing everyone present shares an interest with me. Social anxiety has no logic.

That was different this time. AVA fans are passionate about the music. There’s even a Facebook group for the AVA Movement with over 15,000 fans.

I followed AVA Movement when I was a teenager and it was an online forum, but it didn’t feel as personal then. The effort recently regrouped for modern social media, and the new version of AVA Movement is fantastic.

I shared plans to attend the concert in Dallas on the group a week before the show, even inviting anyone attending to meet up before the show. Within 24 hours, a dozen responses helped create a personal connection with other fans planning to attend.

A mom traveling with her son. A family bringing their 7 year old who grew up listening to AVA for bedtime music. And a couple traveling to Peru to see Tom DeLonge perform for the first time since being a fan in 1995!

Crowd-induced anxiety replaced with an urge to actually run into these people at the show! I love this feeling of connection, and it totally feels the theme of the band.

I first saw Angels & Airwaves when I was just 15 in Pompano Beach, FL, on July 12, 2006 — 50 days after We Don’t Need to Whisper was released — and Matt Rubano was still playing bass with Taking Back Sunday.

My step grandpa braved the crowd of young people and took me to the show on what for him as a summer college instructor was a school night! He raised me on 70s rock and brought me to plenty of Peter Frampton concerts, so it was only right that we attended this show together — and what a treat!

 

Then exactly two years later at Warped Tour in Miami when I was 17. This incredibly hot experience included an iPod autographed by Tom. My aunt and uncle, high school girlfriend, and younger brother endured the South Florida heat with me. I’m still grateful to this day.

 

Jump to Atlanta on May 16, 2010 and I completed my three show run of seeing the band play every two years. I was 19 years old and just finished my first year in college. My college girlfriend and I made a start-of-summer drive to Atlanta for the concert. The Tabernacle show even included attending the sound check before the show thanks to the awesome Modlife perks, and my younger sister and cousin were in town for the show too!

 

13 years since my first show and nine years since my last show. I’m so incredibly happy about this new era of the band. From 15 to 28, I’ve grown up with Angels & Airwaves and can’t wait to see them perform.

I still remember reading online articles and scans of magazine interviews with Tom DeLonge hyping the project before the first album debuted. There were short films and video teasers along the way, and I was hooked before “The Adventure” leaked as the first single.

I did miss out on VIP tickets for this show due to the geo restrictions when tickets first went on sale, but just seeing Angels play at least one more time was a dream.

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon and fundraising

I’m running in the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon at Disney World on November 3rd, 2019. This will be my fourth half marathon so far, and I’m hoping to beat my personal record of 2 hours 12 minutes 27 seconds from last winter.

This is my very first time raising money through a run (thanks Ian and Christian for the idea!). My goal is to raise $1300 (for 13.1 miles) to donate to my local animal shelter, although I’ll be thrilled with any amount I can donate through this campaign! Every dollar helps!

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First Half Marathon — December 10, 2017

From 9to5Mac:

On Sunday I ran my very first half marathon race equipped with just my Apple Watch and AirPods. Apple Watch Series 3 includes a built-in GPS and optional cellular so you can map your run and wirelessly stream music without strapping an iPhone to your arm. And AirPods, which can play music from the watch, are totally wireless so there’s no cable to manage during the race. Here’s how my experience went:

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First 10K Race — May 13, 2017

I ran my first 10K race on Saturday morning. The experience was a blast. The race was held at one of my favorite places to run — next to the beach and across a bridge and back — so it was a familiar path. Weather was cooler than usual for this time of year: 66º and overcast skies.

The race started at 8:30 am and I felt especially good about it. My goal was to finish the race in under an hour. My long runs are still 3.1 miles so 6.2 miles is new to me. I’ve ran that distance twice before the race with my best time being 1 hour 3 minutes 58 seconds, but I followed some Nike Run Club coaching recommendations for this race.

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My first organized run (and a few personal bests)

I ran in my first organized run on April 1 in Miami.

It was a fundraiser 5K run for the local school district so there were a lot of walkers participating for fun, but there were some serious runners in the race as well. We wore bibs that measured our race time, and our performance was ranked by age group then posted online after the race. I placed 6 out of 24 in my age group.

I also ran my fastest 5K after a month and a half of not beating my previous record. Then a few days later I beat it again by two seconds. Then the next day by even more.

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