Wake of Bake December 2015

********December 2015********

A Month Long Bender


  1. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
  2. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
  3. Charleston, South Carolina
  4. Columbia, South Carolina

December started off with an epic trip to Dominican Republic for an annual event that I’ve gone to 4 times now called “Holidaze.” It’s not your typical kind of music festival. It’s always held at a luxurious tropical wonderland, although they move to a new location every few years. A company called Cloud 9 Adventures organizes it and they rent out an entire all inclusive resort, construct a stage on the beach, by the pool, and also in a late night disco room. For four days in a row the music starts in the afternoon, and doesn’t stop until the sun comes up.  The same three bands host it every year STS9,(my favorite,) The Disco Biscuits, and Umphrey’s Mcgee, as well as usually 3-5 supporting acts who are always awesome.

Every year the event sells out on the first day, so getting a room can be difficult unless you know someone who has gone in the past. Every year you see a lot of the same familiar faces, plus a handful of newcomers.  Unlike typical sold out festivals that are packed out and overcrowded, Holidaze is always refreshingly open and spacious.  You could walk straight to the front row at any time and have plenty of room to dance.  I could keep writing about how sick it is, but just check out the video above and you’ll see what I mean.

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This year it was held in Dominican Republic so it was called Dominican Holidaze. It has been hosted in Mexico and Jamaica in the past.  It was at a resort called Breathless Resort and Spa, which is an “adults only” resort in Punta Cana, I can only imagine what the scene is like there under “normal” circumstances. The supporting acts were Lettuce, Break Science, Papadosio, Gigamesh, Nightmares on Wax, and Lee Foss. Check out my post Dominican Holidaze 2015 Recap and Review for more details, as well as music playlists of the artists. Also check out Cloud 9 Adventure’s website. They throw events like this all year long, for all different types of musical tastes. It’s a little pricey but if you can afford it, it’s so worth it!

 

Flying out of Charleston can be a pain in the ass because you can hardly ever get a direct flight to your destination. I realized that if I took a one way flight into Ft. Lauderdale, and then flew round trip to Punta Cana from there, it would be way less travel time, as well as a little bit cheaper. Jetblue is my new favorite airline! $40 for a one way flight direct from Charleston to Ft. Lauderdale.  I’m always looking for an excuse to go to FLL so I decided to stay one night there before and after Dominican Republic.

During that time I was able to meet up with my old crew from the yacht I worked on for a year and a half. I introduced them to my friend Bratten who was looking for a job, and they hired him, so he now lives and works on the boat full time 🙂 Now that it’s getting cold I’m making preparations to head down to Ft. Lauderdale at the end of the month to freelance before my trip to Costa Rica in late February. I’ll also be working on my Ultimate Guide to Getting an Entry Level Job on a Yacht while I’m down there.

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I hardly had any time to recover from Holidaze because when I returned home, the holidays were in full swing. I think it’s fitting to say that December was basically a month long bender… lawd’ have mercy! I attended several parties, and feasts. Between Charleston and Columbia I was able to see almost all of my family.

As a Christmas present to myself, I bought a Phantom 3 Professional Drone. I’m very excited about the awesome videos I can create with this bad boy! I’m currently working on an adventure / party guide to Charleston, so stay tuned!

So after the December bender / festivities I’m doing a month long detox. I’m aiming to *officially* launch this website on February 1st of this year, so this is a great time to grind out some serious content. I’m going to be completely sober this month and follow the Bulletproof Diet very strictly.  Time to be productive and healthy so that 2016 can be epic! Happy New Year Y’all 🙂

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These are my siblings + significant others, my grandmother, mom, step dad, and niece. “All hail Baba” in the top left we are bowing down to my almighty grandmother who managed to rear us all! 🙂

 

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  1. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic @ Dominican Holidaze
  2. Charleston, South Carolina @ The Christmas Clays Holiday Party

Tips n Tricks- dont drink and drone, dont ask old people to take your family pic, bags for gifts + dollar store

  1.  If you are terrible at wrapping presents…. just use bags and tissue paper.  You can buy cheap ones at the #Famillydolla12506865_10101439457662314_2130764508_n

 

2.  Don’t drink and drone

  • My brother was so stoked about my drone when I got it that he decided he wanted one too, so the next day he went and bought one.  The drone was crashed and totaled within 12 hours.  Consuming alcohol does in fact impair your ability to fly a drone accurately, and by accurately I mean you may fly it straight into a metal pole and watch as it plummets one hundred feet to the pavement and shatters.

3.  Don’t ask old people to take important family pictures for you.

  • We had a family gathering in Charleston over the holidays and wanted to commemorate it with a group photo.   No one else was around so I asked a lady in a walker to take the picture for us in my i-phone.  She took several and said “I think I got it,” in a perplexed manner.  This was the series of photos.

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