My good friend Alexis gave me some great advice the other day that’s been replaying in my head all week:
So when a friend of a friend (of a friend?) invited me to join him and his group at Electric Daisy Carnival, how could I say no? Especially after finding out earlier in the month that I can’t attend this year’s Lollapalooza. Sure, I hadn’t know this guy for more than a few hours at that point, and sure I only knew his friend from one happy hour the previous week, and so what if that guy and I got introduced by someone at my office that I had just met for all of 2 minutes? When someone says they have an extra ticket to EDC NY with your name on it, you send out a thank you to the universe and graciously accept.
For all of you that don’t know, Electric Daisy Carnival is an electronic music festival that takes place in a couple different cities before having a massive blow out in Vegas. Some of the biggest dj’s perform every year, and this year they decided to add New York as one of the stops. It’s about time, EDC. The two day event quickly turned to three when they saw the demand for tickets (and more artists.) There are four different stages, so no matter whether you’re a house junkie like myself or more into trance you will have your pick of non-stop beats. So when I found out that my favs Avicii and Calvin Harris (not to mention some of the SHM crew) were playing on Saturday at the main stage, I knew I had to embrace spontaneity like Lex said and just go.
And the day turned out to be a total blast. The group I hung out with was awesome – like not just a group of reliable people that you would want to stick with if you were in a swarm of 30,000 party rockers, but fun kids that you would have a great time with anywhere. They took me in right away and broke the ice early which I was definitely grateful for. And we bypassed the nightmarish line for NJ transit at the end of the night with a car service ready to take us back. Phenom. So thanks to Goldie and the crew for letting me tag along and for making my first massive experience pretty freakin’ fun. Aside from the 1 hr bathroom line which was only slightly traumatizing.
Today is one of those perfect New York Sundays where the weather is fantastic, the friends have all rallied together for an excellent brunch, and the worries of the week ahead is still far enough out of everyone’s minds. I’m currently sitting on my roof deck with a view of sailboats moseying by and I find myself inhaling deep breaths of air to take in as much of it all as possible.
Let’s make this summer epic.