So Long, and Thanks For All The Fish.

Saturday, 28 August 2010 05:22 by gmk001

Yes, it's a quote from "Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy." Read it, you'll love it.

Anyway.

It's time for a little bit of closure and self-reflection as we come to the close of Summer 2010, and my internship at WRAT Radio. I really feel like I learned a lot this summer, like how to be self-reliant/sufficient, how to make things work with what you have and where you're at, and, on the opposite end of the first aspect listed, how to work efficiently within a group. Granted, I had a LOT of fun too, and met a lot of cool people, so it wasn't all a bunch of introspective enlightenment... and honestly, I wouldn't have it any other way.

On the topic of meeting a lot of cool people this summer, I ended up becoming really good friends with all my bosses, co-workers, and even people I met at gigs. Needless to say, I've hung out with the majority of them multiple times during my time here, and intend to do so upon my return in the winter. I even got a job offer for next summer (basically), and who can complain about that?

Overall, I'm a happy camper. Thanks to all the readers, my friends, my family, and basically just everyone... you're all awesome!

See you on the other side. Or when I get back to school. Either one, really.

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New Jersey!

Monday, 26 July 2010 20:12 by gmk001

Just sayin' I'm back, and vacation was awesome!

Consequently, I had about 10,000 spam comments on all my entries. Lovely.

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California!

Wednesday, 14 July 2010 01:39 by gmk001

It's where I'm going to be for the next 9-ish days, so no updates. Try and enjoy your time with me, I promise you'll be alright.

By the way, I'm actually getting COMMENTS on things now! That's pretty awesome to know people read this and like it. Thanks for the kind words everyone (it actually does mean a lot), and please, I encourage you to comment/email me/rate the posts. I'll respond as soon as I can!

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Driving!

Thursday, 8 July 2010 03:01 by gmk001

I feel like I could map out the entire state of New Jersey with my eyes closed at this point (see? There's a career opportunity right there. Blindfolded cartographer), THAT'S how much I've been driving lately. Not that it's a bad thing at all, I'm all for driving five to six hours in an air conditioned van and picking up entry boxes at random stores all over the state, while getting burgers and listening to our iPods. Trust me, it beats sitting around in the office sometimes. Well, except for yesterday when the side of the Garden State Parkway was on fire (yes, it was), and we had to sit in traffic for an hour with the air conditioning starting to peter out, but that'll happen. Also, from a business aspect, you get to meet a LOT of business owners in the process who ask you your name, where you work, etc., and it's a great way to really get your name out there, or at least make a few new networking opportunities!

Fun story about yesterday too-

So, we had to go and pick up probably around six boxes, all about forty five minutes from each other(well, mostly), which really isn't so bad considering we had a full tank of gas, food, music and AC. Now, some of the boxes are from a liquor store chain called Max's (can I write about liquor stores?), and the first few are picked up, no problem. The last, however, is not. We pulled into the plaza, and after driving up and down the strip for a good five minutes, Ryan decides to get out and walk down the entire strip and see if he can find it. After a little bit, he comes back, laughing hysterically. The conversation goes something like this.

Ryan- "They're closed."

Me- "Closed? Man, that's kinda weird for a liquor store to be closed at 2:30. Did you knock on the door or try and call or anything?"

Ryan- "No, dude, they're CLOSED, like, totally gone. No sign or anything. I was just here last week, and now the store is completely empty... this is amazing."

*cue hysterical laughing*

And that was pretty much the highlight of my Thursday, also known as the "Hottest day of 2010 so far."

Also, before I go, if you're going to spam my comments box with links to your website or something, either be creative/humorous about it, or don't. Please?

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T-Shirt Guns, Free Concerts and The Week Of Too Many Gigs

Tuesday, 22 June 2010 02:04 by gmk001

Longest title so far? Definitely. Let's go in the order of the title, shall we?

First up, t-shirt guns. You have no idea what kind of satisfaction you gain from blasting t-shirts from a slingshot into a giant crowd until you've done it. I had the chance at Raceway Park this Saturday. and even though it worked a lot better in the parking lot than it did while we were inside the stadium (we ended up just throwing most of them, but it still counts), it was totally awesome. There's a lot more I could say about Saturday, but let's save that for another day.

Next up, free concerts. I've been to two free concerts this week and a baseball game (Cavo, Scorpions and LakeWood Blueclaws), and it's been totally awesome. I' hoping this trend keeps up, because I got to meet some incredibly interesting (and odd) people in my travels this week, and I'm definitely digging it. As they say at the station, "If it's free, it's for me."

Finally, the week of too many gigs. I have five this week, which isn't so bad really, because it's ending with a monster jazz fest in Red Bank, which is auto-pilot for awesome. Plus, all the work makes the week go by a LOT faster than it should.

More stories to come, and have an awesome week everyone!

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It Was A Stressful Day

Friday, 18 June 2010 22:18 by gmk001

Except it totally wasn't, and I went to a ball game with my bosses and ate free food. More to come!

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Upon My Return Back To The Blog

Tuesday, 15 June 2010 02:08 by gmk001

Because apparently I've been gone since May 26th. Way to go me.

Here's a quick update on pretty much everything that's been going on, and before you ask, yes, everything I'm about to mention has actually happened. I met a guy who died and came back to life, a historian who informed me that a park by my house was originally owned by a gangster that "The Godfather" was based off of, ate actual spice seafood that came from the Caribbean, had quite the long conversation with a car salesmen about karma and the role of zen in our lives, same conversation a few days later with a fisherman, held a sword from the civil war that had blood and dirt still on it, recorded a commercial that's on the air, drove by myself for an hour in the pouring rain in a van with almost no gas, walked around in restricted areas of Starland Ballroom to take photos for the website, got locked out of the studio for about an hour in the rain, and a bunch of other stuff I can't quite remember right now.

Overall, it's been pretty interesting so far. I really like this job, there's a lot more to it than you would think. Aside from the gigs that we have to do around the entire state, I get to do commercials, random errands that entail all types of random details, and go to plenty of free concerts and baseball games (and get free food too). It's been a lot of fun so far, and I've had more interesting experiences than I can possibly count. Here's to another interesting week or two!

Have a killer week (or few days, whenever I decide to post again) everyone!

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Some Interesting People

Wednesday, 26 May 2010 05:11 by gmk001

So I've had a gig, an office day and a meeting (in that order) since the last time I updated, and it's all been pretty interesting. Let's go from the top!

First off, the gig. Gotts, myself and Robyn (DJ at the station) went to Sansone Auto on Route 35, set up a tent and waited for people to come by play a few games for a t-shirt and maybe even try to win a car. We didn't get too many people, but according to Robyn, that's pretty standard at a car dealership gig, but we had some cool people stop by and chat for a bit. The one guy I thought was particularly interesting had a car with 600,000 miles on it. I kid you not. 1994 Toyota something-or-other with 600K, not to mention he was a really cool guy, and his son who couldn't have been more than 10 was an absolute riot. Everything went well, though setting up the giant inflatable logo was interesting with the wind and all (it's heavy!). Overall, the gig was awesome.

Office day today was pretty boring, aside from the fact that we went to go pick up Yankee tickets for the station in Atlantic Highlands, which is about 40-ish minutes away, before we got the call that the lady who had them left and we had to turn around. At least it killed an hour before the meeting.

The meeting was awesome though. We had to introduce ourselves and that whole deal to 25+ plus people, and myself being the super expert at public speaking that I am, thought of everything good to say after I sat down. Smooth. We played some games, ate some pizza, and I met some cool people that I'm really looking forward to crossing paths with during my internship. 

The past few days have been pretty sweet, and I'm hoping to top it all off with a killer beach trip tomorrow. Until next time everyone!

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Check My Brain

Friday, 21 May 2010 18:31 by gmk001

Because my ears are still ringing from last night's Alice In Chains concert (and yes, the title of this post is a play off one of their song titles, for all you non- AIC fans), and I feel like someone beat my head in with ten thousand decibels... oh, wait. That happened. I'm going to recap last night for you, and explain why it was possibly one of the greatest nights of my life.

Upon my arrival at the venue, Ryan (another intern) and I parked the van, and after further instruction via-text message from my boss, met Gotts over by the entrance to the Mac Center (that's where the concert was). For all of you not familiar with Gotts, I'll fill you in quick before we continue. I'm convinced everyone in New Jersey knows who he is, as I was asked at east twenty times where he was by just about everyone in the arena. Needless to say, he's really awesome, and even got Ryan and I really good seats mid-show because he knew the security guards. It was awesome.

Anyway, we met Gotts, who then spoke some of the most magical words I've ever heard:

"Grab the stickers and the camera, we're going upstairs to the meet and greet."

Wait, what? REALLY? Well this is an exciting way to start off the night!

So we gathered up the Virgin Records label representative, the contest winners from the station (about fifteen people who had won tickets and the meet and greet package from the show), Gotts, Mallory (WRAT station girl), Ryan and myself, and headed upstairs. The contest winners were all really cool people as well, and yes, this is a common thread, I met a LOT of people cool people, as was the record label representative, who I ended up hanging out with for a little while. We took some pictures of the winners waiting online, with Mallory, with Gotts, and then Alice In Chains walked into the room.

When I tell you they were the most down to earth people you will ever meet, I mean it. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. They signed everyones stuff, and then Gotts gave Mallory and I posters to get signed, which as easily one of the highlights of my night. The guys signed, and we even talked about the tour and the show a little bit, which was beyond exciting. They then got up, took pictures with people and everything, and headed downstairs for an interview with Mallory and Gotts.

As exciting as that was, the next part is pretty boring, so I'm just going to give an overview (trust me, you're not missing much). The opening band played, The Parlor Mob, who would've been pretty good if every song didn't sound the same, and then Alice In Chains played. They were perfect live, and they put on a fantastic show, complete with projected images, lights, crowd interaction, the whole nine yards. Ryan and I took some pictures, sat down, ate some food, and got our heads pulverized by an hour and a half of pure metal. That's pretty much it for the concert.

Anyway, before the encore, we had to go outside to hand out stickers to everyone coming out of the show. It was fun, and we ran out of about 200-ish stickers a lot faster than one would think. This is also where I met some really interesting people, namely Chris. I can't quite do Chris justice in text, but imagine a short little chubby guy with grey dreadlocks and a bandana, in a tye-dye Led Zeppelin t-shirt, sporting baggy jeans a mustache/goatee combo. Oh, and he's out of his mind. As I'm handing stickers to everyone, Chris and I talked about everything from the concert to musicians we liked to his new motorcycle to what we were doing that summer, and we just had a good time all around. I actually met a lot of people that night, and all the conversations started off the exact same way:

"Hey, the WRAT rocks!" (or "where's Gotts?", to which the reply would be "I have no idea.")

"Thanks man! You enjoy the show?" would be the usual response, and we would go from there. It was really cool to be able to interact with so many people in one night, and they were all really friendly.

I think I'm really going to like this job.

Oh! Wait. I have to add this part in too, because it's actually pretty cool, and I forgot to tell you. So we're driving back from the gig, and some guy asks if he can follow us back to station because he's lost (we let him), and after about a twenty minute trip, we're back. The guy gets out of his car and asks us if he can write a note to Rockin' Robyn, because she had given him free tickets to the show for him to propose to his girlfriend (she denied him by the way. No, I'm kidding. She said yes), and he wanted to leave her a note to thank her. What a great way to end the night, and I really hope it works out for them.

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The First Day!

Thursday, 20 May 2010 22:57 by gmk001

Actually, it's the second day of my internship, but who's counting? I'm working at WRAT Radio, which is a hard rock/metal station out of Lake Como (or South Belmar if you're oldschool like that), as a promotions and public relations intern. It's pretty exciting, seeing as my first assignment is to go to an Alice In Chains concert tonight to promote the station, and maybe meet the band? Who knows. Anyway, this blog isn't going to be strictly about my internship, but albums I'd been listening to a lot and a bunch of other stuff I haven't really decided on yet (it'll be cool, I promise). I'll also be posting links within every post to things I'm talking about, just in case you don't know what things are or check them out, and feel free to hit the "Contact Me" button at the top of the page to email me, I'd be more than happy to answer your questions, or console your complaints, as quick as possible! I've get going for the day though, gotta be at the office by five-ish. Hopefully you'll enjoy this blog nearly as much as I am writing it, feel free to comment on the posts, and have a killer day!

 

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