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Marcus Luttrell, First Friday

Marcus Luttrell, First Friday / Last week I picked up Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 in the SFO airport after learning my flight was delayed. Nothing passes the time better than a good book. The shiny gold trident on the cover was screaming “good read” and “not embarrassing” among the other self-help books in the non-fiction section. Talk about a page turner. Man, it was good. The author, Marcus Luttrell, is one of those hyper-human types who can pretty much do anything but can relay it in such an everyday tone that he makes it seem easy. As I was flipping the pages at lightning speed, reading about the harrowing and miserable training that it takes to become a Navy SEAL to the horrific firefight on a mountain in Afghanistan that wound up being the largest loss of life in Navy SEAL history, I couldn’t help but think that there is some application for my own life. As the only survivor of Operation Redwing, Luttrell made a commitment to live and relay the story of what happened up there in shocking detail. At one point he crawled for seven miles badly injured to stay alive. The best part: He made it through. Probably a combination of the “just take it one evolution at a time” advice from his training and sheer luck. Not to dumb-down a major conflict fought by some of the world’s most elite warriors, I feel like this book is what will get me through Fourth of July weekend. The moment I start thinking too far ahead, it becomes overwhelming and I want to ring out and quit. I’ve done this so many times before, usually on a Friday night when there are like seven wicked happy hour parties, a concert and four or five really good late night happenings. It starts with trying to figure out how to dress for so many different things and ends with me just going to sleep on my couch.

This weekend I’m going for it with a new determination and commitment that would make Mr. Luttrell proud. Starting with First Friday, where there is a new party starting for the summer…in Waikiki. RumFire is going for a new Friday night weekly that will feature our entire list of favorite DJs through the summer for an early set (8pm-midnight). Designed to be the pre-cursor to your night out, this is their first attempt at a club night since the Flash & Matty days. For people like me that can’t stand the nightlife witching hours between 9pm and 11pm when nobody is ready to come out, we now have a place to keep us from giving up and just staying home. They’re calling it The Boiling Point, but I’m calling it the Witching Hour. This Friday features DJ DELVE, so you can expect his usual crowd of stylish/hipster girls who epitomize the word “swag.”

Soho Mixed Media Bar is the biggest news, their staff has been working 14-16 hour days the past few weeks to re-open with major improvements. They will not only feature the Atomic Infamy CD Release from resident DJ Joel Rayne Ricker this Friday, but a special Ky-Mani Marley show Saturday night.

Then Sunday I’m up to my ears in Waikiki, as it’s the monthly First Sundays at Trump, as well as the Bacardi Pool Party. Both being my own personal contribution to an already stacked weekend, I can’t sleep. No sleep! Monday will be unforgettable as I have regained my appreciation for the United States and the people who defend its honor. Happy Birthday, America. If I had to, I would get wet and sandy for you.