By Dawn's Early Light

Martina McBride Reflects On ThePoetry Of "Independence Day"

07:00 Walking back to the hotel.

17:00 Another day, another pool party. This time it's Skrillex @ Daylight Beach Club. Awesome show at sunset.

23:59 Today had the best line-up of the weekend in my opinion. We catch sets from Tiësto, Baauer, A-Trak, Dog Blood, Major Lazer, and Empire Of The Sun. I leave a bit early (4 a.m.), but Chuy stays to see Fatboy Slim, Zeds Dead, David Guetta, and a spectacular desert sunrise.

Martina McBride's "Independence Day" never cracked the top 10, but became one of her signature songs.
Martina McBride's "Independence Day" never cracked the top 10, but became one of her signature songs.
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13:00 Another day, another buffet. We also hit the liquor store for bottles of champagne and cigars. Sunday Funday in Vegas.

23:59 Today was the most chill day at the festival. We didn't even look at the schedule, just roamed freely, drinking and dancing along the way. We did see Jack Beats, Kill The Noise, Knife Party, D-Block & S-te-Fan, Steve Angello, and Calvin Harris.

The Verdict:

Easily one of the best experiences of my life. I liked EDC more than I liked Coachella, which was itself amazing. I'm thankful for the female festival attendee who showed me the kandi PLUR handshake, and everyone who hugged me after I took their photos, and for the dudes from Mexico who let me rage with them as I carried their Mexican flag over my head.

Chuy had the best 30th birthday anyone has ever had, ever. We ate, we drank, we danced, we made friends. We are already planning our trip for next year.

You should, too.

Ask Willie D

Life's Perils
I Like Him But He's Ugly

Dear Willie D:

My aunt introduced me to a younger friend of hers. He is kind, considerate and generous but he leaves something to be desired lookswise. Because of that I have been slow to warm up to him. He is the nicest guy I've ever met. We talk on the phone often and have been out twice. Each time we went out I actually had fun but I hesitate to spend too much time with him because I'm afraid that I might start liking him.

If that happens, eventually he'll have to meet my friends and I'm embarrassed as to what they will think of him. What do you think about my dilemma?

Embarrassed Niece:

What do you mean you're afraid you might start liking him? You already like him. You might even be in love and don't know it. Love is blind. It has a way of overlooking our imperfections and perceived shortcomings. I wouldn't put too much stock into what friends say. Besides, ugly dudes usually treat attractive women better than attractive men do because attractive men think they can always replace you. Conclusively, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and the more he'll be holding you, the better he'll start looking.

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