My family reunions are a big deal. My mother has 9 siblings. And between all of her sisters and brothers, my uncles and aunts, I have a whopping 65 first cousins. Growing up on the East Coast, I never had the opportunity to meet a fraction of my huge extended family.
10 years ago, I traveled to Seattle for the first time with a group of friends, yet spent the entire weekend meeting and catching up with most of my cousins, uncles and aunts. It was a huge special occasion to all of them that one of the long, lost relatives from Florida was in town. This was the very first time that I ever met any of them, yet they lovingly welcomed me with open arms and changed their schedules around just to spend time with someone who they essentially did not know. It didn’t matter. I was a part of the family, and one always go out of their way for family whether they know the family member or not.
Last weekend, I experienced that same family-dynamic energy while visiting Jason in New York City. Jason has become one of my best friends, and he’s fortunate to be surrounded by such wonderful and valuable friends up there. Anyone who is loved by one of my best friends is automatically loved by me, and spending time with everyone up there felt like home. The NYC crew literally rolled out the red carpet to ensure that Neil, Areis and I had the time of our lives in their city, and they certainly delivered in making this trip the absolute best. Then again, I wouldn’t have expected any less from
“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” –Michael J. Fox
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I also flew up to New York City last weekend to attend The Governor’s Ball Music Festival which boasted headliners Kanye West, Kings of Leon and Guns N’ Roses. The music festival weekend obviously belonged to Yeezus (Kanye West), but Swedish-based electro-pop group Kate Boy fronted by Aussie singer Kate Akhurst nearly stole the entire weekend at a Governor’s Ball pre-party nonetheless. Check out their ultra-addictive “Northern Lights” music video below: