Beachfront homes in Longport, New Jersey.
Longport, New Jersey
Mackenzie caught her very first glimpse of the ocean today, when we headed down to the annual Bay Fest in Somers Point, New Jersey. She was absolutely captivated by the sea (maybe not so much by the blowing sand), which made me an incredibly happy father. Hopefully, she’ll follow my lead and make this her happy place.
Belleville, New Jersey.
Doesn’t get much better than this. A Jimmy Buff’s combo – hot dog, sausage, peppers, onions, deli mustard, and potatoes – all stuffed into a pizza roll. Straight from West Orange, New Jersey.
Them boys went and did it again, let…me…tell…you.
The Killers manhandled The Borgata’s Event Center (my favorite venue in the world) in Atlantic City last night. And although Brandon’s signature vintage Levi’s star shirt was absent, it’s officially one of my favorite shows ever. With a bullet.
If opening the set with Mr. Brightside alongside the house lights wasn’t enough, I’m pretty sure that Brandon acknowledged my request via Twitter for This River is Wild, my all-time favorite and a song that, despite seeing them a dozen times, I’ve never experienced live. Here’s my tweet from the day of the show:
And so, before he launched into the tune, Brandon explains, “This one’s for Andrew.” Well, I didn’t find any other Andrews requesting the song, and the amount of people who refer to me as “Andrew” after seeing my actual name is staggering. I assume there’s science behind it, and even rock Gods are not immune. Therefore, unless some “Andrew” comes forward with proof, I’m taking this one as a personal victory and monumental achievement. Because it’s the little things.
Mr. Brightside (house lights on)
The Way It Was
Smile Like You Mean It
This River Is Wild
Bling (Confessions of a King)
Somebody Told Me
I Think We’re Alone Now (Cover)
For Reasons Unkown
From Here on Out
A Dustland FairyTale
Read My Mind
All These Things That I’ve Done
Change Your Mind
Jenny Was a Friend of Mine
When You Were Young
photo credits go to my friend, by the way, because my phone was dead
That’s it. Our final vacation and relaxation before the baby enters the world in about a month. The hospital bag is packed, the name is chosen, and the nursery is ready. And after a week spent cruising around Absecon Island and Cape May County, I think we’re ready. It’s my favorite place in the world, and although Chrissy isn’t quite sold on moving there permanently yet, I’ll be happy when I can have our daughter chime in at some point. I know she’ll see things Daddy’s way. :)
Our little bambina is currently making her way through one of the greatest albums of all-time. We’re going to do our best to make sure that she enters this world understanding the beauty of Jersey Rock.
From New Corner in Red Bank, New Jersey.
Asbury Park, NJ. The geography of Springsteen.
The city of Red Bank, New Jersey, where I officially started my comic book collection.
I’ve never seen The Killers this damn good. Opening with When You Were Young with the house lights, throwing in a little Bruce, and the most fantastic All These Things initial closing I’ve ever experienced. This was the final stop on the Battle Born tour, and absolutely everything they had was left in Jersey. I could not be happier that this was our soon-to-be-(battle)-born baby girl’s first concert.
1. Enterlude (house lights on)
2. When You Were Young (house lights on)
4. Atlantic City (Bruce Springsteen, partial)
5. The Way It Was
6. Smile Like You Mean It
7. Bling (Confessions of a King)
9. Miss Atomic Bomb
11. Somebody Told Me
12. For Reasons Unknown
13. From Here On Out
14. A Dustland Fairytale
15. Read My Mind
17. All These Things That I’ve Done
18. This Is Your life
19. Mr. Brightside
20. Battle Born