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Merry merry and happy happy!

We always take the long way home

We always take the long way home

The jokes just write themselves!

The jokes just write themselves!

Seahawks clinch the NFC West Division and #1 seed

Seahawks clinch the NFC West Division and #1 seed

Tailgating in frigid New Jersey

Tailgating in frigid New Jersey

May all your Bitch IPAs be hoppy and crazy

May all your Bitch IPAs be hoppy and crazy

Merry Christmas! (P.S. This a bonus photo just for you!)

Merry Christmas! (P.S. This a bonus photo just for you!)

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Music. Makes the people come together.

Continue for a random round-up of a musical year.

Notables: I burned 62 new albums into my iTunes library. I attended 28 concerts (or 73 music sets). I invaded the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in California. I shot up my 90’s fix by rocking to Soundgarden twice and Pearl Jam.

Top Albums Listened to in 2013*

  1. ‘Trouble Will Find Me’ by The National
  2. ‘Heartthrob’ by Tegan and Sara
  3. ‘The Bones of What You Believe’ by CHVRCHES
  4. ‘Night Visions’ by Imagine Dragons
  5. ‘Sweet Sour’ by Band of Skulls
  6. ‘Wolf’s Law’ by The Joy Formidable
  7. ‘2nd Law’ by Muse
  8. ‘Days Are Gone’ by Haim
  9. ‘Paramore’ by Paramore
  10. ‘Bankrupt’ by Phoenix

Honorable mention: ‘Secondhand Rapture’ by MS MR

*Does not have to have been released in 2013.

Bonus #1: Top Concerts of 2013

  1. Coachella Music and Arts Festival Day 1 (Empire Polo Club) – highlights: Metric and Of Monsters and Men (both of whom I also saw later in the year)
  2. Pearl Jam (Baltimore Arena) – the second time I’ve seen them, last in 1998.
  3. Soundgarden (DAR Constitution Hall) – I saw them twice this year!
  4. Muse (Verizon Center)
  5. The National (Merriweather Post Pavilion)
  6. Metric (Ram’s Head Live)
  7. fun. with Tegan and Sara (Merriweather Post Pavilion)

Bonus #2: Most Listened to Songs in 2013 (According to iTunes)

  1. ‘Stubborn Love’ by The Lumineers (46)
  2. ‘Amsterdam’ by Imagine Dragons
  3. ‘Closer’ by Tegan and Sara
  4. ‘Underdog’ by Imagine Dragons
  5. ‘Sunset’ by The xx
  6. ‘Sweet Sour’ by Band Of Skulls
  7. ‘I Love It’ by Icona Pop
  8. ‘Sea of Love’ by The National
  9. ‘Proof’ by Paramore
  10. ‘Recover’ by CHVRCHES
  11. ‘Anything Could Happen’ by Ellie Goulding
  12. ‘I’m Not Your Hero’ by Tegan and Sara
  13. ‘Drove Me Wild’ by Tegan and Sara
  14. ‘Gun’ by CHVRCHES
  15. ‘Shock To Your System’ by Tegan and Sara
  16. ‘Now I’m All Messed Up’ by Tegan and Sara
  17. ‘Hear Me’ by Imagine Dragons
  18. ‘Heavenfaced’ by The National
  19. ‘I Was A Fool’ by Tegan and Sara
  20. ‘We Got the World’ by Icona Pop
  21. ‘Entertainment’ by Phoenix
  22. ‘Go With The Flow’ by Queens of the Stone Age
  23. ‘Oblivion’ by Grimes
  24. ‘Fixed’ by Stars
  25. ‘Panic Station’ by Muse (17)

Bonus #3: All Albums Acquired in 2013

  1. ‘Danse Macabre’ by The Faint
  2. ‘Night Visions’ by Imagine Dragons
  3. ‘Master of My Make-Believe’ by Santigold
  4. ‘Business Casual’ by Chromeo
  5. ‘Sky Blue Sky’ by Wilco
  6. ‘Away From The World’ by Dave Matthews Band
  7. ‘Shrines’ by Purity Ring
  8. ‘Songbook’ by Chris Cornell
  9. ‘Sweet Sour’ by Band of Skulls
  10. ‘Wrecking Ball’ by Bruce Springsteen
  11. ‘Pines’ by A Fine Frenzy
  12. ‘Oceania’ by The Smashing Pumpkins
  13. ‘All You Need’ by Duran Duran
  14. ‘Roses’ by The Cranberries
  15. ‘The Lumineers’ by The Lumineers
  16. ‘Iconic EP’ by Icona Pop
  17. ‘Baby Darling Doll Face Honey’ by Band of Skulls
  18. ‘2nd Law’ by Muse
  19. ‘The Temper Trap’ by The Temper Trap
  20. ‘Halcyon’ by Ellie Goulding
  21. ‘Grow Up and Blow Away’ by Metric
  22. ‘Visions’ by Grimes
  23. ‘Heartthrob’ by Tegan and Sara
  24. ‘Tré’ by Green Day
  25. ‘Lifelines’ by Andrea Corr
  26. ‘Youth Novels’ by Lykke Li
  27. ‘Comedown Machine’ by The Strokes
  28. ‘The North’ by Stars
  29. ‘Mosquito’ by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  30. ‘Bankrupt’ by Phoenix
  31. ‘Trouble Will Find Me’ by The National
  32. ‘Modern Vampires of the City’ by Vampire Weekend
  33. ‘Once Upon Another Time EP’ by Sara Bareilles
  34. ‘The Peace of Wild Things’ by Paper Route
  35. ‘Random Access Memories’ by Daft Punk
  36. ‘The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here’ by Alice In Chains
  37. ‘Give You The Ghost’  by Polica
  38. ‘The National’ by The National
  39. ‘Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers’ by The National
  40. ‘A Ghost is Born’ by Wilco
  41. ‘The Five Ghosts’ by Stars
  42. ‘Songs for the Deaf’ by Queens of the Stone Age
  43. ‘Cedar + Gold’ by Tristan Prettyman
  44. ‘Abbey Road’ by The Beatles
  45. ‘Revolver’ by The Beatles
  46. ‘Girl Who Got Away’ by Dido
  47. ‘People, Hell and Angels’ by Jimi Hendrix
  48. ‘Wolf’s Law’ by The Joy Formidable
  49. ‘Delta Machine’ by Depeche Mode
  50. ‘The Blessed Unrest’ by Sara Bareilles
  51. ‘Paramore’ by Paramore
  52. ‘Nocturnes’ by Little Boots
  53. ‘Tales of Us’ by Goldfrapp
  54. ‘Gravity the Seducer’ by Ladytron
  55. ‘The Bones of What You Believe’ by CHVRCHES
  56. ‘Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Actions’ by Franz Ferdinand
  57. ‘Reading, Writing & Arithmetic’ by The Sundays
  58. ‘Days Are Gone’ by Haim
  59. ‘Secondhand Rapture’ by MS MR
  60. ‘Bitter Rivals’ by Sleigh Bells
  61. ‘In Rolling Waves’ by The Naked and Famous
  62. ‘Let’s Be Still’ by The Head and the Heart

Rock on!

Music-2013

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Whenever I return to Washington state (usually during the holiday season), there are certain things I must do, drink or eat. These are not possible in Washington, D.C.

(Author’s note: To avoid lyrical confusion, henceforth: Washington = Washington state. D.C. = Washington, D.C.)

Cut out this list for future reference.

  1. Teriyaki – Dear D.C., you don’t do teriyaki. Why? No idea. So I must get my fix in Washington.
  2. Mac & Jack’s African Amber – Only available in the Pacific Northwest via draft (or kegs from their brewery). Must drink.
  3. Dick’s Drive-In burgers – One Deluxe and one Special. I crave them.
  4. Drive-up coffee stands – No such thing exists in the D.C. area (or the East Coast from what I’ve seen), yet you can’t throw a rock without hitting one of these places in Washington.
  5. Seahawks game – I need to use at least one of my season tickets and go to CenturyLink Field to cheer on the SeaGals…errrr Seahawks!
  6. Skiing – Good places to ski are few near D.C., so I always do at least one skiing trip in Washington (sometimes Whistler…). Lately I’ve gone to White Pass.
  7. Pyramid Snow Cap Ale – What, another beer? Yes!

Happy holidays

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On November 11th, something paramountly amazing gripped the hearts and minds of the entire world’s population. They marched to important meeting places and landmarks to share the moment together. Smiling. Anticipating. As the crowds grew, a collective hush pervaded. When every last man, woman and child had come together, they turned as one to face the mecca that is Washington, D.C.. What did they see?

Can it be described it words?

Will history remember?

Nah.

It was just the fifth anniversary of this A Random Journey blog. Nothing to get excited about. I tried telling all those people not to gather and mill about. Nobody listens to me.

Few things can be said to matter less.

Yet, (there’s always a ‘yet’) once again I have employed the shadowy Kuma Consulting firm to cherry pick numbers and stats that will illuminate just what I’ve been doing all these years. It won’t be pretty. It won’t be interesting. It won’t stop. Fair warning.

Random Stats (five years journeyed)

Total posts: 228

Average posts per year: 45.6

First post on WordPress on 11/11/08: Where Your Dreams Blow Bigger and Bigger (about Japan)

Posts still in ‘draft’: 38 (hmm, I write a lot and don’t post…)

Number of @ARandomJourney Twitter tweets: 543

Number of followers on WordPress: 93 (Thanks you! You rock!)

Bang for your buck: Zero (you pay zero bucks, you get zero bang)

Posts about ‘Wine/Beer’: 24 (relive some of the wine joy here and the beer joy here)

Posts while under the influence of ‘Wine/Beer’: Burp

Posts about ‘Food’: 48 (eat Thai, Colombian and Japanese food immediately. Or maybe check out some food porn?)

Posts about ‘Travel’: 70 (maybe Rio? or Kenya? or Cambodia? or Colombia?)

Random Monthly Goals: 15 (Success ratio: 10-4, with one ongoing)

New baseball stadiums I visited since November 2008: 15

Stadiums that I actually wrote about: Eight (like AT&T Park? or Tigers Stadium?)

Posts about hikes I’ve done: 10 (like in Washington State? or in California?)

Name most frequently found in my posts: Kuma (16 mentions plus some photos)

Number of life lessons I learned writing this blog: One (but I forgot it already)

Top five ‘least’ read posts on WordPress. So read them…

May the next five years be as random.

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My goal in December is to finish reading the epic tome, Les Misérables by Victor Hugo.

It’s only been 274 days since I started. I only have 820 pages left (out of 1463 total).

And to prevent myself from sitting on my ass too much and to further my misery, for every 75 pages I read, I have to run one mile in the freezing cold!

Oh joy!

December Goal: Read Les Misérables and run 11 miles.

Misery loves company!

The real page turner

The real page turner

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