No, I’m not friends with two snarky, booze-soaked, brittish socialites, nor an extremely chiseled Ryan Gosling…yet.
I have a very specific skill set*: dancing in my underwear, peer pressuring people, hooking up with scooby snacks, drunk dialing, judging people, helping even the biggest lame-tards have fun at a party (or in life), touristing, and brunching.
The one skill of which I am most proud is my ability to surround myself with disgustingly cool and immensely talented people. I’ve been told before that I have an eclectic group of friends, which is certainly true, but it’s by design. There is a direct correlation between an eclectic group of friends and Trabulous adventures.
Of course, it is mostly my antics and mis-behaviour that make adventures Trabulous, as the majority of people I know are able to function as, you know, adults. The one thing that all of my friends have in common (when not lead astray by yours truly) is that they are Absolutely Fabulous!
And for you skeptics who doubt my ability to run with the cool kids, I have three prime examples of friends dominating life at the moment:
My friend Kurt happens to be the son of my 55-year old best friend (because having friends your own age is so 80’s). He and his friends also happen to form the band The Puffins, who just self-released their debut album titled Shade of Blue. I’m hesitant to designate a genre, but it falls somewhere near country/folk and features some killer harmonies and tasty instrumentation. More importantly, it’s music by people who clearly love music.
Like their facebook page and listen to some sample tracks on their band page (I’m obsessed with Ave. B, Headin’ Home, and Somethin’ for Nothin’). You can buy or download the full album (do it) from cdbaby.
They were also featured on fearless radio and you can download the podcast.
If you happen to live in the Chicago area, and I know some of you do, then you can see them live for the next three Wednesdays at Uncommon Ground (Lakeview). Even if you don’t like country/folk, then show up anyway to enjoy eco-friendly cocktails, and then let The Puffins change your mind about country/folk. It’s sooooo easy.
Sidenote: Charity through cocktails is the best way to get me “involved.”
Bottom line: it’s pretty good theme music for mellowing out at home with one friend, three bottles of wine, and old stories…so I’ve heard.
The first and most important thing you need to know about my friend Gena is that her life’s theme is Accessories.
The second most important thing you need to know is that she lives the life we all wish we had the balls to live. After leaving her job and discovering that her boyfriend had been cheating on her, she did not crawl into a corner, cry, and drink massive quantities of wine. Well, maybe she did just a little, but then she brushed herself off, moved to Paris for a month, and drank massive quantities of wine…french wine, in Paris, with cute french boys. Fuck you, ex-bf!
Now back in Ohio, her fabulousness transcends the Midwest. She landed a gig blogging for Glamour Magazine…from the Midwest, that’s how chic she is. Seriously, read one of her posts and you’ll understand why she’s funnier, cooler, and better dressed than you and I…but not a bitch about it, which is both awesome and awful, as it makes it impossible to talk shit about her.
Become obsessed with her instantly via Glamour’s daily sex and relationship blog, Smitten.
Remember: Accessorize or die.
YA novels are so hot right now, and this book is on fire. My friend Lucas has just published his first book and it was featured on Amazon’s Best of the Month List. Forget hypothetical universes and battle royales, Everything You Need to Survive the Apocolypse exists in the world of the ordinary teenager, where emotions run to the extremes, parents just don’t understand, a friend’s own journey of self discovery can be the ultimate betrayal, love changes everything, and everyone has the capacity to surprise you…including yourself.
Fuck YA, this book is for everyone who has, or has been, a teenager, questions their choices on a daily basis, struggles to express themselves succinctly, or is just trying to figure it all out…aka all of us.
You can buy the book or download it for Kindle (do it) on Amazon.com.
If you want to sample more of his awesomeness, then read his blog, lucasklauss.com. It’s like Trabulous, but well written, proofread, topical, clever, and funny.
So basically I look at my friends as if I were an athlete. You always want to train with people who are better than you, right, because that will make you better. And the minute any of them feel like diving head first into a liquor filled underwear dance party at a shady gay bar that doesn’t necessarily encourage stripping down to your underwear, I’ll gladly return the favor.
*Are any of these skills marketable? Can someone find me a job based on this list that also pays me lots o’ money and requires traveling around the world?