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A quickie for you.

It’s been over a year since my last visit to an airport and actually going somewhere that doesn’t involve work. It’s the only time I enjoy the different airport smells, minus the occasional crop dust you come across. Thanks dude. Night time always seem the busiest for the Anchorage airport so patience meter is getting a run for its money.

We are on our way to Florida to get married and in already worried about the weather in wedding day. Let the games begin. I don’t like blogging from my phone so I’ll leave you with this. See you in sunny Florida you beautiful humans!

 

P.s. follow my Twitter for even quicker rants. @ianamidon

 

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Finding Nemo!

First time using my GoPro Hero 3 while snorkeling in the Florida Keys! Be sure to watch in 1080p for best quality. Enjoy!

Symphony X (Live on 70,000 Tons of Metal – 2014)

Enjoy your morning with some Symphony X, live on 70,000 Tons of Metal, filmed by Ian Amidon. watch in 720/1080p quality!

TIHIDMB: 70,000 Tons of Metal Day 4

Finally, Day 4 of our 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise featuring performances by Nekrogoblikon and Finntroll. Be sure to watch in 720/1080p!

Warning: Material contains vomiting & explicit language.

TIHIDMB: 70k Tons of Metal Cruise Day 2

TIHIDMB: 70k Tons of Metal Cruise Day 2. Watch in 720 or 1080p!

Explicit language and alcohol.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qO-mns88Mk

70,000 Tons of Metal (vacation day 2, cruise day 1)

70k Tons of Metal vacation day 2 (cruise day 1). Not sure if youtube uploaded it at 1080p quality for some odd reason. Still not bad. Enjoy the first of 4 videos!

Getting There

First video of our travels, ‘Getting There’
Watch in 1080p and stayed tuned for more!

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Keep your eyes peeled 🙂

Small Town Famous presents: TIHIDMB – 70,000 Tons Of Metal

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As some of you know, myself and two other friends are about to embark on a journey….in 186 days ,6 hours, 21 minutes and 8…..7…..6…..5 seconds. It is a heavy metal cruise called “70,000 Tons of Metal”, which departs from Miami and into the Caribbean (where exactly hasn’t been voted on yet). We will set sail for five days and four nights. 40 bands will journey with us as we explore the wonderful world of face melting, drinking, sun roasting, cruise life.

I am proud to announce that during this journey I will be filming the entire event. Six episodes recapping our adventure filmed with a GoPro Hero 3, Sony HD camcorder, various iphone angles and a Nikon D3100. All data will be stored on a 3 terabyte hard drive where it will remain safe and sound until I return home to edit it with Sony Vegas Pro. The first episode will recap the final morning in Alaska as well as the journey to Miami. This episode I will “edit as I go” via laptop and upload hours before we board the cruise ship. I’m hoping this will act as a hook and keep you interested and waiting for the final product.

I look forward to bringing you the very first “This Is How I Drink My Bourbon” travel adventure.

Until then, good afternoon, good evening and good night!

Burger & Beer Joint

The following review was written by my girlfriend Nicole. We are both big fans of this place and I wanted to share it with you all!

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There is one thing we can’t live without, and that’s food. Food is a vital part of our life. We all have different taste when it comes to foods and we all have various favorite meals. My go to meal is always a big juicy cheeseburger with a buttered toasty bun and a side of crunchy seasoned fries. All the cheeseburgers I have tried are decent but most of the time bland. So I sent myself on a mission to find a restaurant where they served top notch burgers in Miami.  I researched online for top rated burger joints in Miami and the first one to catch my eye was Burger and Beer Joint. I arranged to make plans to try out this new restaurant in the hopes that they had my ideal cheeseburger.

The night I have been waiting for has finally come and I was on my way to Burger and Beer Joint. The restaurant is located at the popular tropical South Beach of Miami. The smooth drive was a short thirty minutes and the whole way there I can hear my growling stomach begging for that delicious food. South Beach is a really famous location, so it’s always packed with beach goings and tourist. When I arrived to my destination, to find a parking spot was like trying to look for a four leaf clover. Everywhere I looked for there was no empty spot for me in sight and whenever I see a parking space for me, someone was already taking it. It took me about ten minutes to find a parking space and I had to park a few blocks away from the restaurant. The parking situation did not upset me because I was thrilled for what was about to come.

That night it was hot and humid but not a cloud in the sky. The moon was a big orange circle in the black canvas over my head, surround by stars. As I turned the corner into the street where Burger and Beer Joint was located, it was a low lit and very quiet area. I can see the restaurant was on the other end of the street on the corner so I walked my way toward it. As I walked, I noticed a group of people just having a good time talking outside what looked like a bar. The street was not busy with cars but it was busy with people having a good time. I inched closer and closer to the burger joint and I can see all the bright neon lights on the outside. There were red lights on the outside to brighten up the outdoors for those who would like to eat outside. On top of the entrance to the restaurant was a big bright yellow and white sign with the letters BB. When I entered Burger and Beer Joint, it was jam packed with hungry people and loud music was playing. The place was a bit small but they made sure to add enough tables for everyone to eat. I can see everyone was having a good time with the smiles on their faces and enjoying the food. I loved the atmosphere already. On the right side of the restaurant was a bar filled with hundreds of different kinds of drinks and it was packed as well. All along the walls of the bar were license plates one after another from different states. I put my name on the forty five minute waiting list and sat in front of dark brown brick wall which was filled with peoples name and dates written in crayon. The place encouraged you to write on that wall whenever you wanted. For forty five minutes, I people watched as I waited to be seated to eat the best cheeseburger ever.

When I heard my name to be seated, I was excited to finally see what this burger joint had to offer. I choose the option to sit outside at the wooden tables. The menu was filled with foods that sounded so good like house chili and cheese fries or beer battered onion rings. I started off my dinner with mouthwatering popcorn shrimp, served with spicy garlic mayo. The mayo added a great touch to the shrimp and it wasn’t too spicy. The crunchy golden popcorn shrimp was cooked to perfection. Up next, I had to pick my main course which was a burger. The burger menu had unique kinds of burgers. For example, the Fly like an Eagle is served with two ground turkey patties with home-made stuffing in between, brown gravy drizzled over the burger, cranberry sauce, served with sweet potato fries. This was a burger I have never heard of or seen before in my life and for it to be on the menu, it must be good. The first burger I could decide on was the Thunder Bird. The description of the burger sounded just like my kind of burger, Angus beef, smoked Duroc pork belly bacon, American cheese, sesame bun, bourbon bar-b-q sauce, served with skinny fries. I ate the delightful popcorn shrimp as I waited for my cheeseburger. Out of nowhere, the lights in the restaurant start flickering and everyone is screaming at the top of their lungs. I was confused at first be then I see employees walking around banging pots and pans to this monstrous sliver plate that they are holding. It is The Motherbuger being served to about fifteen happy customers with forks and knifes in hand. The Motherburger is made up of ten pounds of Angus beef, served with lettuce, tomato, onion, and a pickle. This is no burger to mess with. Its size is about the size of a manhole cover and buns that resembles a pillow. Now it was my turn to try my cheeseburger. The burger was bigger than my hand and I could not fit it into my mouth. After several tries, I was able to get my first bite into was about to be the best burger ever. The burger was cooked just the way I like it, cooked but not all the way, and the seasoning is so excellent that the flavor exploded in my mouth. The bacon was not your typical bacon, it was meaty and flavorful. The bun was no buttered toasty bun but it was expectable. It was still toasty yet soft. The bourbon bar-b-q sauce added a nice tangy kick to my burger which I liked. I was only able to eat half of my scrumptious burger and I left Burger and Beer Joint full and satisfied.

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            Burger and Beer Joint is definitely a restaurant I would visit more than once. With its loud and fun environment, it’s a great place for hanging out and eating. If you have the money to spend then I would recommend this place. Some of the burgers can be a bit expensive but it is well worth the money. I would also recommend that you make reservations beforehand so you do not have to wait that long list because it does get pack since it is kind of small. Overall, my experience with Burger and Beer Joint was incomparable to any other place and made my cheeseburger dream come true.