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I love the 609.

A few months ago I wrote a rondeau about how driving to “the 609” makes me feel.

On Friday night, V drive us down to the 609 for my friend’s 30th birthday celebration.

I took this picture as we were on the Parkway, and I realized (once again) how much I love going down to the ol’ 609.

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There’s something about the air in SoJo, something about the magical feeling of seeing a WaWa every other block that makes me feel at home. The air is cleaner, the stars shine brighter, and the country music plays louder.

South Jersey is a different world, and I love it, a lot.

I also realized that the simple things in life, like going on a 2 hour drive to a different world with your gf, are sometimes the best moments in life.

What are your favorite little moments in life?

Don’t wanna be an American Idiot…

On Wednesday I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to have seen the American Idiot National Tour with my sis. We saw it at the State Theatre, which is the same theatre where I met Jack Hanna and saw Melissa Etheridge in the Fall.

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I wasn’t sure what I anticipated with the show. I expected it to be decent, but not good.

It was freaking awesome.

You know what else was awesome?

This song– “When It’s Time” written by Billie Joe Armstrong– was never a part of the original “American Idiot” cd the play is based on. He kept it private until the musical because it was very personal to him.

It freaking makes me get teary-eyed every time I hear it. (I’ve played it like 5 times while writing this post.)

The cast was incredible. The graphics and special effects were dynamic, especially the lighting. The set design was reminiscent of Rent’s set at the Nederlander.

I just really loved it all, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.


(photo courtesy of the national tour’s Facebook page)

I really enjoyed having a night out with my sis, and pretending it was 2004 again. I laughed. I cried. I sat on the edge of my seat. I re-entered my teenage years. If the American Idiot National Tour comes your way, I definitely recommend checking it out!

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this review of American Idiot, nor am I associated with the show or Green Day in any way. I just really wanted to write about how much I enjoyed the show!