I headed out to check out the Shred For Your Life guitar competition last night at Santos Party House. But before, I had a bite to eat at Nha Tran One Vietnamese nearby. I remember going with my coworkers here years ago and really dug the fried frog legs.

This time, I got the Canh Chua Ca (Hot & Sour Fish soup). Pretty big for the small order $9.50. It had a lot of salmon in it. Very good tasting. Although I couldn’t finish it, because I also got an order of spring rolls. I love how they give you the lettuce and mint to wrap them up with.

05 Shred For Your Life 2014 Guitar Competition

Then over to the Shred For Your Life. It has all the majesty and showmanship of an air guitar competition, but with real guitars. There was a guy with a horse head and a guy dressed like an ancient Chinese god playing this tiny toy guitar –and he ripped it. I was rooting for him. But the winner was really really good. He plays in the band, the Giraffes.

Before the competition, I ran into an old friend so I walked over to him. Then I realized that Zooey Deschanel was standing next to us and I was like “Oh, isn’t that that actress?” And he acted like he didn’t know who she was. Acted like he never saw Elf. I couldn’t believe it. It was like he trying to play it too cool. I’m not sure he even turned to look at her when I asked. He had to know who I was talking about. Now I get what “SMH” means.

Then when I left the show and walked to the subway stop, I realized that I was on the wrong side of the street for the uptown train. So I started running across the street because the traffic light was about to turn. Then I realized Zooey Deschanel was right in front of me and it looked like I was about to chase her …and I think her friend turned around and his eyes got big when he saw me. Then I tried to play it cool, by acting like I didn’t know who she was and started walking in another direction.

Nha Trang One – 87 Baxter St (btwn Bayard & Walker St) New York 10013


Shred For Your Life photos courtesy of Mia Juhng

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