13 Fest Week!! (Plus Ticket Giveaway…)

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The other day I was able to swing by the PSG the other day and chop it up with Dom P (Fest founder and great friend) to get a little more info on Fest, the line up, and the growing pains of the event…

The conversation started with Dom explaining the artists choices for 13 Fest, describing it as a “strong starting five” instead of limiting it to a one, two punch. Diplo is more of an “all about the music” artist that will keep the crowd going through the early evening; Q, while still falling under the up and coming category, is a great rapper with a strong resume; G-Eazy, an Oakland rapper (side note: he’s kinda nice, I checked him out in preparation of Fest…) has a good Fest feel; Makonnen has a massive buzz with Tuesday and just dropped the 5 mixtape, etc.

And that’s just a few artists from the main stage… there’s also the Animal House stage with a lineup that would be dope on it’s own (Denzel Curry, Curtis Williams, ChrisMarsB, Ezzy, Gio, etc.)

Next we discussed the growing pains of Fest and the work that’s going into making it sustainable for the long term. He stressed the importance of 13 Fest and how pivotal it is and how much work is going into working with the local government to make sure they’re pleased, while still maintaining the Fest vibe. The juggling act Dom described in detail is not one that I envy, but it made me gain a new respect for how much work goes into presenting the nation’s largest college music festival.

Thanks to Dom and the entire PSG family for their work and for always showing Love.

Check out the Fest site for tickets, merchandise, line up info/times, etc!

First person to comment on this post below, tweet me, text me, or comment on the Facebook post, gets a free pair of tickets!!

-G4

Whom Shall I Fear…

A lot of people always ask me why I have such a strong personality and why I’m not really shaken by a lot. Almost everyone that knows me knows I came up on the South side of Springfield (Center Blvd. whaddddup) and they know I’m the product of a single parent home.

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When I was eight we flew to LA for my birthday and I remember on the flight I asked God that I die in a plane crash. Not that I had morbid thoughts at such a young age, it was that I Love my Mom so much that I wanted to die with her. I couldn’t imagine living without her and I didn’t want her to have to live without me either.

All my Life my Mom was this invincible figure. Flawless. Beautiful. Wise. Strong. Never missed a beat. She was literally everything to me. Everything.

This is the woman that didn’t make a lot of money, but still dressed like she was straight out of a magazine, drove foreign cars, and took her children on vacations all over the country (I won’t even get started on how amazing Christmas was).

So that really sets the stage for the rest…

I was in my late teens when I found out my Mom had cancer. In the stage I call an “old boy.” Throughout her entire battle I saw the type of strength that I had learned to expect from her. She never question God.

Those years made me the person I am today. The man I am today.

I remember she was in the hospital one time (one of many), and she flat lined. She was the code blue you heard over the loud speaker. She told me a few days later she was in the elevator and looked down and saw her body being worked on, then she woke up. She was in the hospital for weeks and I was living on hospital food and snacks from a Speedway gas station. At shitty as that sounds, it was a great time in my Life. More lessons being learned. My faith being tested again. I never lost faith that God would bring her through it. She was eventually discharged and had to go to an in care Hospice facility. My extended family drove and flew in to say goodbye to my Mom, but I was always there with a smile on my face. I knew it wasn’t the end, and a about a week later I was pushing her wheelchair to the car as we left. Over the next few months we had physical therapy at the house; after weeks of laying in bed her muscles had become so weak that she had to train her body to walk again. Of course, we worked hard and built her body back up.

Again, builds the legend of Lorraine Rogers in my mind. The woman that made a dollar stretch, made meals from an empty fridge, kept three kids happy and healthy (even when it took numerous jobs to do it). She literally beat death.

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My path to manhood was carrying the person I saw as invincible. I realized that this person I had placed on the highest pedestal needed me during the hardest time in her Life. I was her pilar. I carried her when she had no strength. I drove her to appointment after appointment. I had the positive words when we heard more bad news from the doctors. The “burden” of caring for her was my honor. It was my passion.

Her battle started with me being a 17 year old junior in high school and ended with me being a man… a 22 year old technology analyst that would wake up at 7 for work, put in a 10 hour day, and drive to Springfield afterwards to bring her dinner and chop it up for a few hours, before driving back to Columbus.

I fear nothing because if the strongest person I’ve ever seen needed me to carry her, what could possibly break me?

“The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread?”

-G4

12 Fest

Fest is a holiday in my book… I’ve literally pushed back an international vacation to go to Fest, even went to weekend 2 of Coachella to make it to 12 Fest (word to Googlies lol)
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Unfortunately, tow trucks can’t make it to Fest, but where there’s a will there’s a way…
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Word to OG Dom. Dude is a straight visionary when it comes to some many things. One of the leaders of the way forward in Ohio. ImageImageImageMy muddy ass Jeep turned into an art project lol 
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ImageImageImageImage12 Fest was crazy. Stalley had my favorite set, but Wiz killed it with some classics too. Definitely looking forward to 13 Fest.

I actually had this post done last April, but it didn’t post for whatever reason… in any event, I’m giving away a pair of tickets to 13 Fest in a couple weeks.

-G4

Columbus Blue Jackets 2014-15 Home Opener

I was blessed enough to have a good friend that had extra tickets to the CBJ home opener and an open day with Lo, so we went ahead and grabbed the tickets (thanks again, Vic!) and headed down to Nationwide Arena.

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This was my second Jackets game (last one was like five years ago though lol) and I had a great time. It’s a good atmosphere for the family, but damn that beer is expensive :-/

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We saw Stinger on the other side of the stadium and spent the next 45 minutes walking all over the place on some Where’s Waldo mission to find him… Lo was SUPER excited when we finally caught him though lol

The wild things you do as a parent to make your kid happy >_<

-G4

Coachella 2014 (iPhone)

So last year I was blessed enough to go to Coachella (on Life, add that to the bucket list if you’re into live music and beautiful, warm places!) and it was as good as advertised. This was the best lineup in a while and it’s much better than this year’s (no shade). I have pics from my 7D for another post, but this is my Coachella weekend from my iPhone…

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So the whole trip started so woozy… so at the time (not sure if they’re finally done or not) there was construction on one of the areas and it was crazy getting through security. In all my travels I’ve literally never seen a TSA checkpoint ran so horribly. So after taking way longer than it should have taken and missing the flight to ATL they swapped the flight out to one to Las Vegas.

Word to SouthWest for the seamless transition btw

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This picture is the extent of my visit to Las Vegas lol

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It rained at Coachella for like the second time ever… which was great because week one was a dust bowl from what I heard

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Shades and something to cover your face is a must out there

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Idk what was in the amnesty box, but I know the festival had a little bit of everything in there lol

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The Cudi show was crazy stacked… the pic above is facing the stage (looks like a horrible place to be), the pic below is the crowd behind me. I can’t even imagine being on stage in front of all these people O_o

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Sleigh Bells show was killer

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Pharrell’s show was probably the best live show I’ve ever seen.

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Nas did Illmatic top to bottom. Ill as fuck.

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These nachos were kinda good doe

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Everybody wants Guwop free…

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Front row for Calvin Harris!!

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This coney dog honestly wasn’t all that good doe

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Bacon on the plane. If this ain’t the Life nothing is!

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I have more pics from my 7D, and I’ll post those later, but this was a quick post of the weekend.

-G4

Bruh…

I swear on Life I’m horrible at anything related to blogging. Life is crazy. My work hours are crazier. I had originally planned on posting stuff in some sort of chronological order, but I’m just going to throw that out the window and post as I please (who cares, it’s my blog anyway… and if you know me you know I don’t do anything that makes sense anyway).

-G4

The 2014 Columbus Marathon/Half Marathon

So three months of training led to this… race day! I remember talking to a friend of mine about the excitement of the build up and how it sincerely reminded me of my first trip (back when I spent months planning trips instead of weeks lol).

I was only able to get about four or five hours of sleep the night before and woke up early to eat breakfast, get my outfit together, and pick up a knee brace before heading downtown to line up.

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Thanks to GoodFly and Made btw! (I’m pretty sure I was the only dude wearing BBC to run 13 miles lmao)

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Of course I had that Aleve on deck

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This is just the group from my corral (D Block!). I was really surprised by the number of racers. If you can’t tell, it was super chilly that morning.

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Go time!!!

In an effort to save my battery (which failed me in the end lol) I didn’t take a lot of pictures during the race, but here’s a recap of it all:

The race started well, but it was frustrating starting with so many people because some were competitive walkers (no typo), so trying to start out and get a good pace sucked. Once we were about a quarter mile out things started to open up. I created a long playlist for the run because I like to run to certain songs at times, and other times I like to just listen to an Essential Mix and zone out for like an hour and just run. I started off with a song I really like, “Are You What You Want To Be” by Foster the People, then ran for the next 30-40 minutes to Deadmau5’s set from UMF.

I was blessed to have some people come out and show support while I was running, which really meant a lot because it took some effort to navigate downtown Columbus on race day and be patient enough to wait for my wave to come through : )

My knee was cool for the first five miles, then the pain came, then another Aleve, then some walking lol

I made it through about 10 miles and after that it was a wrap and I had to stop running or I wouldn’t have been able to finish at all. My goal for the race was 2:30, and I was well ahead of it while running, but walking the last few miles set me back and I finished about 20 minutes slower than I wanted to.

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This will forever be my favorite memory from the race. Taking the last turn of the race and seeing Lo there waiting for me at mile marker 13.

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The Promised Land!!!!!

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The post race celebration was held in a hot bath with the epson salt lol #OldManRogers

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Thanks to everyone for the prayers, well wishes, support, encouragement, etc. My medal and race bib are definitely added to the box of prized possessions now. God is great.

-G4