The Lakers’ season opener didn’t go very well

Sports

The Lakers went through an agonizing, epic fail of a loss in their season opener vs. the Timberwolves. The worst part wasn’t that they lost — the worst part was how they lost.

Everything looked OK from the jump. HELL YEAH LAKERS ARE BACK KOBE IS BACK EVERYONE GET HYPED. Nick Young did this after the first quarter to put LA up, 31-22:

Kobe had 15 points, hitting 6 of 13 shots, at the half.

The Lakers were outscored by 2 points in the third quarter, but they still held the lead going into the fourth quarter. Then…

EVERYTHING COLLAPSED AND BURNED.

The Timberwolves chomped up a 16-point deficit to win by 1 POINT, 112-111. The Lakers’ high-scorer in the fourth quarter was Jordan Clarkson, who had five points. The entire LA roster notched either a 0 or below-0 plus/minus except for Julius Randle who tallied a 1.

Afterwards, coach Byron Scott told the media:

Oh wait, that sounds familiar…

(check the year on that Serena Winters tweet)

Sigh. Welp. All I can say is SWAGGY’S STILL SWAGGY.

Times are changing in LA

Sports

I’m not talking about the drought. Nor am I talking about that huge earthquake that’s supposedly going to drop half of the Pacific Northwest into the ocean.

I’m talking about the Nick Young — the Lakers’ Mr. Hollywood — and his right arm. Waking up to this news this morning definitely made today feel more Monday-ish than usual.

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This amazing tweet is now irrelevant.

Until the next Swaggy P Watch update, just remember to stay swaggy because, “God blesses all the swag people.”

The Great Debate: In-N-Out vs. Shake Shack

Food

I’m an Angeleno who has had In-N-Out all my life and Shake Shack only once. It’s true this review/comparison may not be 100 percent accurate and only like 99 percent biased, but here goes:

The first thing I noticed when I arrived at the Madison Square Park Shake Shack was the line — SO LONG. Why. How. In-N-Out can be packed, but the line rarely ever gets too long. The service is quick no matter what time of day it is. At 6 p.m. on a Friday I spent at least half an hour trying to pick up food from Shake Shack.

In-N-Out: 1, Shake Shack: 0

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Shake Shack’s menu is definitely more diverse than In-N-Out’s. I expected that. Their shake flavor selection is pretty bomb. I had the black and white, which I thought was a cool way to rep the East Coast. Additionally, while I was waiting in line there was this really funny staff guy passing out menus and challenging customers to rock, paper, scissors — good laughs to pass the time.
In-N-Out: 1, Shake Shack: 1
The sauce is where it gets interesting. Both have their own special blend. In-N-Out has the thousand island-type stuff, while Shake Shack has a sort of spicy mayo. Both are equally good. Truly. Try ’em before you knock ’em.
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In-N-Out: 2, Shake Shack: 2
Burgers and fries are what we’re here for. I give a one-up to In-N-Out for having onions included. Yep, it’s that simple. Plus, In-N-Out uses more of their sauce, I think. Or maybe Shake Shack skimped.
In-N-Out: 3, Shake Shack: 2
Lastly, the price. You cannot beat In-N-Out’s price. The burger, fries, shake combo is definitely cheaper than that same combo at Shake Shack.
In-N-Out: 4, Shake Shack 2
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Such a cute little burger.

I could also score the branding. While In-N-Out has a classic, unmistakable logo, the Shake Shack little icon things are super cute. It’s very 21st Century. The fact that Shake Shack isn’t afraid of evolving with chicken sandwiches and limited-time items could earn them two points to tie out this score. But I won’t do that because LA TILL I DIE.
In-N-Out wins, duh.

My hate to love relationship with EDM

Music

“It gives me a headache.”

That was my first impression of EDM. It just sounded like uncorrelated banging bass beats. I didn’t get it. But it’s so popular — all the festivals, especially. I wanted to understand.

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In LA there are tons of concerts constantly going on, so my friend — a self-professed EDM junkie — dragged me to see Carnage last September. Before this, I had never heard of Carnage and I hated EDM. But the openers started mixing in Drake and Kanye, so I bobbed to the beats. When Carnage came on, the crowd went WILD, and I was swept up in the madness — as simple as that.

The experience of having everyone around me so invested in the sound engulfing us had me sold. After that concert, I wanted more. I was down with this.

Next up, we went to see the Chainsmokers. The only thing I knew about them prior to this was that they did the “Selfie Song” (I’ve never listened to that song all the way through, even to this day). That same friend, though, sent me this song:

DONE. IT IS OVER. I LOVE THIS. The concert was dope. Now I’m addicted.

Although, I feel like it’s only acceptable to be into EDM in your 20s and maybe early 30s (correct me if I’m wrong). I’ll enjoy it while it lasts. If anyone knows any cool EDM spots in NYC, let me know.

Also, read this awesome post by Rembert Browne: “EDM is Dead. EDM Will Live Forever; One Man’s Dance Floor Confession.”