Friday, September 30, 2011

Leather Pants At A Dance Audition

I found an audition for this play that was currently in production entitled Possible Side Effects. The one thing that caught me about this audition was that the day I read this ad, I happened to be holding a book of the same name that was written by the writer Augusten Burroughs. I have been researching Augusten Burroughs for quite some time now, and the one thing I knew was that a few of his books were getting adapted. So my first assumption was that his book Possible Side Effects was being adapted into this play.

That's all it took for me to go to this audition.

I wanted to look nice and my actual age. I wore these black leather pants along with a black shirt to go with. I was turning twenty at the time and I was starting to feel uncomfortable wearing the old clothes I had.

The road to the audition was difficult already. It took me an hour to get there on my bike and I was ten minutes late. Of course, that's the biggest mistake any actor makes. Not making to their audition on time. But to be honest, I wanted to blame the guys who were blocking traffic for a half hour. They didn't want to get out of the way. There was a moment when I wanted to punch them in the face.

Anyway, I finally made it to the audition. It was being held at a dance studio. I rang the doorbell and they buzzed me inside. Suddenly, in came this woman who turned out to be the dance teacher.

"Are you here for the dance class or the audition?" she asked me.

"I'm here for the audition," I said.

"Great. You're right on time."

In the beginning, I thought I was late. But I didn't question that. She told me I was on time. So I was one time.

"Now here's what you're gonna do," she continued. "First, take off your shoes. Then you're going to come here to the dance room. Right now, you're the only male here. You have to learn this dance move in ten minutes. After that, we're going to evaluate you. We just want to see where you are with you're dancing skills."

Once she finished talking, I wanted to faint at the point. I had to learn this full dance routine in ten minutes. Then I got to perform the whole thing in front of everyone. It originally doesn't sound like a problem. I have been in the performing arts since high school. The problem was that I was wearing leather pants. If I even tried to stretch my leg out, it will cost me twice my normal strength to flex it out. Of course, they didn't care. Ten minutes after the grueling rehearsals, the actual performance.

I can't tell you what I had to go through during those five minutes. I have never had so many body aches or large amounts of sweat dripping off my forehead in a long time. I gave my all to this performance. In the beginning, I thought they were going to laugh at me. Everyone knew I was wearing leather pants. They just wanted to see how far I was going to take it. But I was going to show them that I could nail this audition. Once the dance was over, I collapsed on the floor and started breathing real hard.

All I know now is that after all of that dancing, I hope I get the part.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Web Series- The Boys Who Brunch Epi. 6

I will be honest. I can't believe that six episodes have already aired. It still feels like the show just started. But I am still very excited the see the new episode.

On this episode, the dare is in full effect. They are each calling their ex's as part of the deal. Once they get in contact with them, they each have to deal with the aftermath. Each confession that each of these ex's give the characters might really surprise. But I'll let you figure that out yourselves.

Need I say more? Enjoy another amazing episode of The Boys Who Brunch.

Monday, September 26, 2011

I Am Officially 20-Years Old

It's been a long time coming, but I have finally entered the new decade. I am so excited.

I want thank everyone who has supported me from the very beginning. I'm sorry if this post is a little short. I got an incredibly busy schedule. I don't have time to do a full post about this. I just want to say thank you to everyone and I look forward to the next twenty years.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Horse Urinates Inches From Me

One of my favorite things to do is to walk around Royal Street every weekend in New Orleans. That's one of my techniques to staying fit. I am not someone who faces the pressures of staying fit and keeping my muscles the way it is. I believe it all starts with inner confidence. But I stay fit in many ways. Riding a bike and walking is good enough for me.

I was heading up Royal Street, trying to get the center of the city as fast as I could. The street has less traffic and more tourists wandering around. The only thing that bugs me is that people walk incredibly slow. I shouldn't blame them because I walk fast. I adapted the New York City walk.

While heading over there, I happened to cross pass a carriage that was seemingly taking a break. There were tourists ready to be sent around the city, but the driver decided to give the horse a second to rest. It was breathing real hard and was drinking water like it was the last drink it was ever going to have.

There were a few moments when I wanted to touch the horse. I looked into it's eyes and saw kindness in it. The horse looked at me and wanted to lick me in the face. I backed away before I could let it happen. I was in a hurry and I didn't allow anything to lick me in the face ever since my dog's saliva made me break out.

The second I started walking away, the horse decided to urinate on the street, a few inches away from me. If I didn't move away, I'm sure I would've gotten hit. I was so shocked at what happened. I know that when you got to go, you got to go, but not when people are a few inches away from you. I walked away as fast as I could. I love that horse, but that was a close call.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Web Series- The Boys Who Brunch Epi. 5

I may have been gone for a while, waiting for my unusual life to develop new unusual stories, but I couldn't resist telling everyone that the new episode of The Boys Who Brunch has premiered. This is the fifth episode so far, which is amazing. It's running just like an ordinary sitcom. Each week, you get a new episode. To me, that's just awesome.

In this episode, the dare finally goes into effect. The dare that Elliot insisted they do is finally going to happen. They each have to call an ex and hope nothing happens in the end. The character Mason wanted to add something new to their brunch, but Elliot is the one that offered the dare. They each agree and you will see each of them going forward with the challenge.

I will say that a few of you guys will be shocked at how far they will take the dare. Instead of being casual, some of the boys will take it to the extreme. There is a tiny mystery in every episode that I hope is going to come out soon. It's freaking me out. I hope that episode comes.

Until that episode comes, enjoy the fifth episode of The Boys Who Brunch.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Addict of Fiction: Pokemon Games Are Forever

Growing up, there were three franchises that took over my life. They were Harry Potter, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Pokemon. Even though I love the other two, Pokemon took over most of my life from age four to seventeen.

I would wake up every morning and Pokemon would be the first thing on television before I went to school. Everyone I knew had the trading cards. I was not good at the trading card game whatsoever. It was the only pain in the butt in my opinion when it came to the franchise.

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Web Series- The Boys Who Brunch Epi. 4

Here I am again. I'm writing about the web series The Boys Who Brunch. Every time I look the other way, a new episode has premiered online. All I have to say to the creator. Keep doing it. I love this series.

The one thing about this show that I like is that it continues to tell the stories that friends go through. Most people don't realize this. Friends go through a lot more than what couples go through. You could write a list of things that friends go through whether it's funny or serious. Then you write down the relationship list. Once you're done, you'll see that the friendship list is much longer.

The Boys Who Brunch is telling those stories wonderfully. I hope he keeps up with it. I will be one of those fans that can't wait for the next episode.

New Book Selection- "A Place of Yes" by Bethenny Frankel

It's been a while since I've done one of these things. I have been reading so many books, I felt like it was time to share you guys what I've been reading lately.

One of my new book selections is A Place of Yes: 10 Rules For Getting Everything You Want Out of Life by Bethenny Frankel. The majority of you guys know her from the reality shows The Real Housewives of New York City, Bethenny Getting Married?, or Bethenny Ever After. She has been on other shows like Celebrity Apprentice when Martha Stewart was hosting the spinoff, but I have been watching Bethenny from the previous shows.

I know this book have been out for quite a while. I just never had a chance to read the book. One day, I was walking around in the library and there it was glowing in front of me. The sunlight was shining on the book. That's why it was glowing. I took it home and read the book in two weeks.

I love this book. It's truly an amazing story about taking control of your life, and not causing a repeat of your terrible upbringing. I was so shocked when it came to reading about what Bethenny had to go through during her childhood. Now I am extra shock that she overcame it and became a wonderful woman. I like reading those type of advice books where they give you stories instead of tips. In my opinion, if you want someone to relate to this story, you have to give them a story.

If you love Bethenny Frankel, you will love this book. Go get it. It's my new book selection.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Surprise From The Homeless

I have so many stories revolving around me and the homeless. This one happens to be one of my favorites.

One day, I was visiting this community center I used to work with during the summer. I haven't been there for quite a while. So I wanted to see how everything was going. Once I walked inside, there I saw Ms. Berry. Ms. Berry is this elder woman that works at the front desk. She is the nicest person you will ever meet in your life. It's quite amazing being around her.

Every time I see her it's like having a wonderful reunion.

"How are you?" I asked you.

"I am great," she responded. "It's so nice to see you again."

Our conversations are like the beginning of a Barbara Streisand song. It's always calm with a bunch of humor on the side. On this day, she was getting ready to leave. Ms. Serena, the janitor, was coming along with us to the exit. She was heading over to the French Quarter, so Ms. Berry decided to drive her there while heading home. On our way to the front door, we were having a couple of laughs, still talking about what we were talking about. I love catching up, especially when it leads to a four hour conversation. Don't judge me people!

We opened the door leading outside and there we saw this shirtless homeless man standing right outside the door. His white hair looked like spikes and he was incredibly skinny. The man freaked us out so much, Ms. Berry screamed out "Oh shit!"

It was the first time I have ever hear this woman cuss. The homeless man then tried explaining to us that he was trying to make a pass at us. We watched the door closed itself on him. The first few sentences were a complete blur. Our bodies felt completely frozen. It was a total shock what just happened to us.

We opened the door again and the man was still there. He stood there poised in a dirty way. He had something to say and he wasn't leaving until he said what he had to say. That was when he began explaining why he had his shirt off. It was extremely hot outside and his shirt was completely drowned in sweat. He was trying to take his shirt off, but we happened to open the door while he was in the middle of it.

"I ain't no crook," he said to us.

"Don't worry," I told him. "You explained everything. We got it all together."

Then he came out of the blue with this one question.

"Can you give me a dollar?"

I stood there with my right eyebrow raised all the way up. I was thinking "You freaked out us so much, our bodies are still frozen. Now you are asking us for money? Are you suffering from short-term memory loss?"

Ms. Serena gave the homeless man a one dollar bill and he ran towards the bus stop faster than I expected. The three of us walked away, trying to forget about what just happened. I have a whole bunch of unusual stories surrounding me and homeless people, but this one is a standout.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Hurricane Toilet

On my way to the JFK Airport, I was losing control over my bladder. That's what happens when you run in the rain for too long. It was like New York City wanted to challenge me that day. Once I was heading home, it suddenly wanted to rain, and it was pouring hard on me. While I was trying to catch a cab, the coffee I was drinking at the office was beginning to look for the exit.

I tried to remain calm in the taxi cab, but I was losing it by the minute.

Eventually, we finally made it to the airport. I paid the driver and I was out of that cab before the rain started pouring down again. I ran into the restroom and arrived right on time. The urine was coming out of me like a laser gun trying to break through a powerful shield. I breathe out and turned my head round and round as a sign of good riddance.

I'm so glad I'm not one of those men in their 50's and 60's. I read stories about men having a hard time holding it in around that age. It's completely difficult because it hurts like acid. I'm still preparing myself for that decade. Good thing I got another thirty years before that could happen.

I finally finished up and then flushed down. While I was trying to fix my belt, I happened to be paying attention to the way the toilet was flushing. It was incredibly awkward. The way the water was spinning around towards the center looked exactly like a hurricane. I'm sure I'm not the only person who looked at a toilet that way. If you have been paying attention to weather channels and CNN during hurricane season, the toilet might resemble the pictures of the hurricane a little bit.

All of a sudden, I began to hear something clicking. It was like something was getting ready to come out. Then out of nowhere, the water backed up out of the plumbing system, and the water splashed all over my clothes. It wasn't that much, but it did add to the amount of water I already got from the rain.

I walked out of there, pretending nothing happened. I have not looked at a toilet for a few days since then.

Web Series- The Boys Who Brunch Epi. 3

My friend has premiered the third episode of The Boys Who Brunch. I have to admit that this is an awesome series. Every episode is on point and leaves me wanting more.

In this episode, you get to see how the friends first met. I always wanted to know how they met. Now we get the chance. Throughout many series, you always see these group of friends who appear to be having a wonderful time. They discuss their future when it comes to careers, friendships, and relationships. But there is always one question that pops up in everyone's head.

How did the friends first meet?

Once you start thinking about that, you'll find out another story already written. It will be like looking at a movie that was waiting to be developed. In this case, it's an episode of this wonderful series. Mike has done an amazing job and I so look forward to more future episodes.

Right now, enjoy another episode of The Boys Who Brunch.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Taxi Panic

The one thing I love about New York is the taxi services. The one thing I always wanted to do was to pull a Carrie Bradshaw. I wanted to ride a cab at least once in my life. I wanted to put my hand high in the air, let a cab stop right by me, hop in, tell them where I am going, and just go.

Eventually, I finally caught a cab that was allowing me to do it. That's when I began to regret it.

You know those stories they tell you about New York City traffic. From the way it sounds, it makes you believe that the services are always slow and jammed back. Once I got into the cab, I realized my assumption was the total opposite. The traffic in New York, especially in Times Square is faster than the speed of light. I felt like I was in one of those Fast & Furious movies. I was holding onto my seat for dear life.

We finally arrived at Madison Square Garden and I was so glad to be there. I paid the drive and got out of the car with my hand next to my heart. I had to make sure I didn't leave it behind. The whole ride was a moment I would never forget. I walked into Borders, hoping that I would never have to go in one of them again.

Sadly for me, I had to go to a few more locations. Barnes and Noble along with NBC studios were far away from each other. Because of that, I had no choice but to take a cab. I got into them two more times. As for what I did when I was in there. I think I'll let your imaginations figure that out.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Remembering 9/11: Ten Years Later

Today is officially the tenth anniversary of September 11, 2011. It explains the reason why I couldn't sleep last night. I was not only thinking about the tragic events, but I was also thinking about a few friends of mine, whose birthday is that day.

I was nine years old at the time. My birthday is always two weeks away from this day. I remember looking at the TV screen when the planes crashed into the towers. My parents were in the room with me at the time. My stepfather was cooking dinner and my mom was on the computer, getting some work done. I was the only person to notice the crash. The scenes kept replaying in my head over and over again. I don't know which network I was watching it on. It took me only fifteen minutes to realize that this was a tragedy.

I didn't know it was a terrorist attack at the time, but I did know this was a day I was going to remember forever. I saw numerous people crying on TV, and constant screams threw the audio. I was paying attention to every detail, as if I was one of those journalists already in New York. I kept a notebook with every piece of information I gathered about 9/11.

The one thing that stood out to me about the whole thing was that over 300 firefighters died that day. Now that I look back, those were true heroes right there. Courage and actions that those men did is something that I will never forget.

I will also like to take this opportunity to talk to the people who's birthday is this day. I just want you to know that I want you to enjoy this day, despite this date having a different history to it. I know 9/11 is very tragic, but I truly think it should not overshadow the celebration of the day that you were born.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Future Forward: Does The D, B, and H Word Still Exist In The Profanity Dictionary?

You know the words I'm talking about. I am talking about the words "damn", "bitch", and "hell". Even though there are plenty of words that are cousins with these words, these three words have became the most debatable.

Everywhere I go, I see these words being used surreptitiously.

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RoobiFood| Isn't That Second Pancake A Pain In The Butt?

I don’t know about you, but I find it extremely difficult when it comes to making that second pancake. No matter how many times I try to do it, it’s like I was meant to cook one pancake a day, or least for the next couple of hours.

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Friday, September 9, 2011

General Store Burger Part 2

Do you remember the previous story I wrote about buying a burger from a general store that resulted in utter chaos? The moment I thought it all ended, I was sadly mistaken.

One night, I was watching an awards show on television. I don't remember which one it was. I just remember dancing like a maniac all over the living room. Every song they were playing were my favorite songs of the year. After a few dance numbers, I realized I was hungry. My stomach was growling like a maniac. Every fast food restaurant was closed for the night. The only place opened was the general store where I bought the burger from weeks ago.

I'm sure most of the people reading this would make me reconsider going there. After all, the woman working there doesn't understand English fluently. Trying to help her understand what I am ordering would be a waste of time. Sadly for me, I believe in second chances. Even though she messed up the first time, I will give it a second chance. I put some clothes on and walked over to the general store.

I entered the store and there I saw the woman waiting for the next person to order. She looked at me and it seemed she didn't recognize me. I didn't blame her. I haven't been there in weeks.

"Can I help you?" she asked me the moment I walked towards the glass.

I began talking, and this time, I gave it to her slowly.

"Yes. I want a double cheeseburger combo. The $4.99 combo."

She looked at me and was repeatedly nodded her head.

"Gotcha," she said. I knew she was lying to me at that point.

Fifteen minutes later, she finished cooking the burger, wrapped it up, wrote $2.99 on it, and gave it to me. Before I even touched the burger, I wanted to jump to the other side of the counter and show her how to understand English. It was obvious then that not only couldn't she understand me, but she didn't even read the menu. On the menu, between double cheeseburger and $4.99, there is the word "combo". Every human being knows what a combo is. It means more than just a burger.

I grabbed the burger, bought it at the cash register, and walked out of there as fast as I could. I didn't want to create a debate. I just wanted to eat and finish watching the awards show that I still don't remember.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Airhead Scandal Failed

I have put together a list of stories that happened to me in New York. Each one is even crazier than the next. I've accepted the fact that my life is much unusual than any other person, but there are some things I've gone through that are incredibly shocking.

Here is one of them.

After finishing some work with my friend Nathan, I decided to head over to Times Square. We were working like maniacs in the apartment. It was time to take a break. I was surprised we finished so many things in only four days. Due to the hard work, I felt like we needed a break. Nathan however didn't feel like going. He said he's been used to the city so much, now it's starting to get a little boring. But he did ask me to go ahead. He wanted me to experience the city on my own and learn the traveling routes.

I will admit I was still a rookie at traveling. The subway system was a pain in the butt a little bit and I haven't seen any taxi cabs around where I was staying. I rode the subway and I finally made it to Times Square. I got so excited, I recorded a short video below about how I felt about Times Square.

One block into Times Square, I was already getting requests from the homeless. I was generous enough and gave this one homeless man a quarter. It's no problem with me to give people money. If you have change that is no problem to waste, go right ahead and give it to them.

By the end of the block, I ran into these three groups of men who stopped me from walking.

"Can I talk to you for a minute?" he asked.

"Fine," I said.

He then began talking about this organization he is a part of. They are part of this performing arts program that is doing this separate thing to not only raise money, but to also teach them about marketing and promoting. Their first promotion were these Airheads. Three of them were for five dollars. The conversation then went on to him talking about not being a crook and that he is doing good things for the program. That's the one thing I don't like. If you are not a crook, stop saying you are. Show me that you are a good person instead of coming up with an excuse like that. When you talk that, that's what people are going to assume.

To be honest, I just wanted the conversation to end, and he wasn't going to let go of me until I bought something. So I took ten dollars out of my wallet to get the three Airheads that cost five dollars.

"You know," he started. "You can get six for ten dollars."

I didn't want six. I just wanted the three. He held onto the ten dollar bill I gave him, trying to convince me to purchase the three other Airheads. At that point, my patience was leaving quickly.

"Where is my change?" I told him.

He knew at that point I was getting angry. He gave me five dollars and that's when I started walking. All of a sudden, a friend of his, then tried to buy me out of those five dollars. The conversation was never going to end. As much as I love giving to charity, when you test my patience and start provoking, that's when I stop.

I walked away with then men saying "You suck. That's corny."

I was so mad at them, I threw away the three Airheads I bought from them and put it in the trash. I knew at that moment that it was time for a mental revenge. I walked over to Walgreens, bought Vitamin Water, and a box of Airheads that had six in one pack, spend one dollar and sixty-five cents, got in a taxi cub, and chowed down on the way to Madison Square Garden. The Airhead scandal failed miserably.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

I'm Not In The Army

When you read this post, I will probably be on the plane back to New Orleans. I had an amazing time back in New York. It truly feels like the place I'm meant to be in. I just wish that the next time I come to New York, it will include me having a permanent residence in the city. I have so many stories that will keep this blog updated for a long time.

Since I am coming back home, I couldn't help but to share to you guys this story of what happened to me before I got on the plane.

While on my way to the Jetblue Terminal, which was the plane that was going to take me to New York, I tried to get there as early as possible. It wasn't my first time on a plane, but it was the first time that I have ever flown or traveled to another state on my own. Of course, all of my friends were worried. I am still a young man. However, I had to show them that I could take care of myself.

Sometimes you got to stop worrying and let people go do what they want to do.

On my way to the plane, I kept on getting a few people staring at me. I could look into their eyes and saw that they were a little worried. For some reason, one look at me was like looking at the sign of sorrow. I kept wondering why they were staring at me the whole time.

Eventually, I finally made it to the terminal where my plan was supposed to the thing. I didn't eat breakfast. I was in a rush to get out of the house and make it to the airport on time. So I walked over to a nearby pizza stand. The woman working there saluted me for some illogical reason.

"What are you doing?" I asked.

"What do you mean?" she responded.

I mimicked her salute, trying to figure out what was going on.

"Oh," she started. "I thought you were in the army."

My eyes were immediately wide open when I heard what she said. The answer was just given to me. The reason why people were worried about me or staring at me was because they thought this young man was in the army.

"You thought I was in the army?" I asked.

"Yeah. You're wearing a backpack and holding a clipboard."

My computer was in my backpack and I was holding onto my clipboard because my boarding pass was clipped to it. Apparently, you carrying those two items was the illogical symbolic sign that this individual was in the army. I didn't say a word after that. I grabbed my pizza and boarded my plane to New York. To me, that was my "Have a good time in New York City" present.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Web Series- Drama Queenz Season 3 Epi. 1

Drama Queenz has finally returned for another season. They are back and better than ever. I managed to watch it the day before while I was working in the wee hours of the morning. I was checking out to see what my friends were doing and then that's when I saw that the first episode of the third season premiered.

When I saw the beginning, I was already on the floor. There are truly some hysterical moments once you start watching it. The material is incredibly fresh. There were some things that made me blush because there are some moments that actually happen in real life, but we be too afraid to show it in front of a camera. Then the show begins to become more dramatic. Some events in this episode will make you believe that this show is going to the next level when it comes to dark themes.

All you need to know is that the cast of Drama Queenz are back and better than ever. I know you hear a lot of people say that about their favorite shows, but it's really the truth. I don't lie and I am not lying about this. Come check out the first episode of season three of the hit web series.

Nathan And Bongos

So this is my first New York City story. It's been only one day, and I have more than enough material to last a week on my site. There are so many things that happened and it keeps me laughing nonstop.

Above is a picture of my friend and mentor Nathan that I took while we were on the subway.

Once I arrived in New York, Nathan and I both agreed to meet each other at the Penn Station, which was a little farther from where I was. On my way there, I had to learn how to use the Air Train to get over to Jamaica, which turned out to be a pain in the butt. I got off two stops earlier, and had to wait another ten minutes for the next train to take me to where I was.

Later on, I learned how to use a Metro Card in order to exit the place I was at. Then I rode around with my backpack and luggage bag to find the train to take me all the way to Penn Station. The whole entire process was very funny. I didn't let it get to me. You live and you learn. To be honest with you, I was having a lot of fun with it. The whole process just made me totally feel right at home. I was falling in love with New York by the second.

Eventually, I finally made it to Penn Station and that is where I finally ran into Nathan. It was a wonderful meeting one another. We have been working together for four years now. I feel completely comfortable being around him. Even though we are slightly different from one another we always have a lot of fun together.

While on the subway, Nathan was trying to get some sleep. He admitted to not getting enough sleep, and yet, there I was wide awake and I only slept four hours at least. But I let him take his nap and didn't talk for a couple of seconds. When I said a couple of seconds, I truly meant seconds.

All of a sudden, a man arrives on the subway with a some bongos. He was singing about New York while playing it like a maniac. I couldn't help but laugh. Here I am, trying to let Nathan sleep. Then all of a sudden, a distraction comes in the craziest way.

This is my first New York City story. There will be many more to come. I have way more than enough material to last for a while.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Web Series- The Boys Who Brunch Epi. 2

The Boys Who Brunch recently premiered their second episode online. For many people that read my previous post about how I felt, then you know how I feel watching the second episode.

Previously we saw Mason wake up from a nightmare and rush to meet his friends at brunch. They are asking him if he's "called one?"

Recently, there has been an going ongoing discussion around pop culture whether "the one" really exist.That's what I believe is a wonderful thing that this episode is premiering. You can have a breakfast, lunch, or dinner discussion and still get the same mix message.

Come check out the second episode below.