the early birds

How I Met Michael Jackson.

June 26th 2009. 

I remember it like yesterday. I was only 10 years old at the time and I was quite the early bird. I always liked to watch the news and be awake before everyone else. (now it’s the complete opposite) Anyway, I remember drinking my milk and turning on the news to see a bunch of people crowded on a grassy area near a hospital in LA. The headline had said that Michael Jackson had died.

At the time, I didn’t know who it was until my mother woke up and I asked her. (the only recollection I have of MJ before he passed was hearing “ABC” on a ringtone commercial back when I was way younger) I honestly can’t remember her reaction, it was blank. I’d soon find out later on that she was a fan long before I was. Sadly, my brother incorrectly informed me that Michael Jackson was a pedophile and therefore I should be happy that he’s dead.

So considering I knew so little, I happily chanted because that’d be a good thing if it were true. I still feel guilty for that. I know I was only a kid and that my family was ignorant but still. The next morning after that, “Rage” a popular Australian music video show was paying it’s tribute to Michael. That’s when I first saw him. They were playing “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough”. I was in awe, all I could think was “wow this song is funky and boy can he dance!”

I had never seen anything like it. 

This urged me to go on YouTube and search up all his music videos. My first favorite song of his that I just couldn’t stop watching was “Rock With You”. My mother soon took notice in my growing interest and began to buy me best hit CDs, concert DVDs and tons of merchandise, some the merch I own was even sold for his “This Is It” concerts in London. I can’t even begin to imagine how much that is probably worth today.

At first, I was reluctant of Michael Jackson. I was a curious and naive kid who wanted to know why he turned white, why he had surgery and why he was accused of being a child molester. So I educated myself day and night with everything I could find. From magazines to Wikipedia to websites. Unfortunately, the first interview I ever watched was “Living with Michael Jackson” definitely not the best one to watch.

It took some time for me to understand everything but I’m so glad I did. When I realised that he was a innocent child inside just like me, I was drawn to him forever. I fell in love with his humanitarian side. He inspired me to be better and he became my ultimate role model. I had photos of him stuck to my school books and was always so conscious of my peers judging me and him.

I knew nobody who liked him except my mother and to this day, it remains the same. MJ fans are so hard to find in Australia, well at least where I live. My memorabilia is quite large compared to others. I have three whole boxes full of CDs, DVDs, along with posters, books, cards, figures, and other miscellaneous things. I’m so thankful I have a mother who supports the people I love. 

So whenever I look back on all the stuff I’ve collected, it brings a warm smile to my face.

Michael Jackson was the first proper musician I ever liked. Before that, I hadn’t really listened to real music yet. He was my first everything and I’m so glad I discovered him while I still had my childhood innocence because I just would’ve judged him like everyone else I know.

Just recently, I’ve managed to watch him live again for the first time in three years. I will admit to slightly neglecting him while taking interests in other bands and artists. And it honestly hurts because I can’t watch him without being reminded, I can’t help but well up in tears because this man was everything to me. Nothing else mattered but him. He still matters to me in many ways, his undying love for me is in my heart and it will never leave my soul.

I’ve loved other people like him and I’ve grieved massively. I’d love to be the super obsessive fan I was once and watch him everyday but it hurts too much. As I’ve grown up, I’ve become a extremely sensitive person and I’m very aware of the painful life he lived and it breaks my heart whenever I hear about it because he didn’t deserve it. I just can’t dwell. There’s so many things that piss me off and I’d love to chat and talk about it all day but I don’t feel like giving any assholes recognition for trying to destroy a innocent and loving man.

But what I can say is that I’m still a big and loyal fan to Michael Jackson and I always will be. I still defend the man at every chance I get because I love him and it won’t ever change. Seriously, I don’t care if it’s my family or even a stranger. If you don’t like the man and you continue to misjudge him, you can fuck off out of my life because he will always be there unlike you.

So that’s it, I’m sorry this is so long. I could on and on about this man and what love and strength he’s brought to me. So always feel free to message me. I have endless memories and joys of him. Nothing makes me happier than gushing over someone I love.

Sincerely Yours,


The gentle pull of a tide that rolls over and over again and by the sheer nature of its essence it becomes an indestructible will- ripping out sand- eroding what was before it- without a care… a transformational monster-becoming the madness and frenzy of a truly bulletproof wave. I’m not just here for your love, I’m here for all of the love. An overdose of dopamine- we are living inside of M A  N   I    A right now. the never sleeping, never blinking- caught forever in the sunshine riptide. -pw

Welcome to M A  N   I    A - a Fall Out Boy LP. Here’s act #1 “Young and Menace” - video + download/stream.

M A  N   I    A arrives in full September 15th (expect many surprises before then). The M A  N   I    A Tour begins in the U.S. on October 20th. Pre-order the album through our webstore by Sunday night to get a pre-sale code to purchase tickets/VIP packages before anyone else on Monday at 10am local time. To make things easier, and as a thank you to the early birds (helping you catch that 🐛), bundles are being discounted from now through Sunday night. Starting on Monday, bundle prices will go up.

If you can’t get your hands on a bundle this weekend, sign up to our mailing list by Monday morning. A code will get sent out on Monday in the afternoon for you to use on Tuesday. Everyone else will have to wait until Friday when general on sale starts.

Also we’re proud to announce that $1 from every ticket sold will go towards the Fall Out Boy Fund. We created the fund as a way to give back to charities in our hometown of Chicago.

October 20th - Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena
October 21st - Saint Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
October 22nd - St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
October 24th - Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
October 25th - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
October 27th - Boston, MA @ TD Garden
October 28th - Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
October 29th - Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
November 2nd - Fairfax, VA @ EagleBank Arena
November 3rd - Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center
November 4th - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
November 5th - Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
November 7th - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
November 8th - Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
November 10th - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
November 12th - Seattle, WA @ KeyArena
November 14th - Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
November 15th - San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
November 17th - Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
November 18th - Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena

p.s. Chicago, we didn’t forget about you on the tour. We’re planning something special 💜


“You do like birds, Mr. Poirot?”
“Miss Lemon, small animals have no part to play in the home life of a private detective from Belgium. Except, of course, as a source of nourishment.”

french nighttime vocab 💤

🌙 night vocab 

  • la nuit: the night
  • la lune: the moon
  • les étoiles: the stars (f)
  • nocturne: nocturnal 

🛏️ bedroom vocab

  • la chambre à coucher: bedroom
  • la chambre: bedroom
  • la grande chambre: the master bedroom
  • un lit: a bed
  • l'oreiller: a pillow
  • un animal en peluche: a stuffed animal
  • une couverture: a blanket
  • la literie: bedding
  • la table de chevet: bedside table
  • le dessus-de-lit: bedspread
  • la taie d'oreiller: pillow case
  • douillet: cozy
  • la couette: comforter
  • faire le lit: make the bed
  • le lit est défait: the bed is unmade
  • un grand lit: a king sized bed
  • un lit à deux places: a bed for two people
  • un lit à une place: a bed for one person
  • un cadre d'un lit: bed frame
  • les draps: bed sheets (m)
  • un lit superposé: bunk bed 

  😴 sleep vocab 

  • un somme: a nap
  • un petit somme: a quick nap
  • la sieste: a siesta (nap in the afternoon)
  • le sommeil: sleep
  • la somnolence: sleepiness
  • un rêve: a dream
  • un cauchemar: a nightmare
  • une rêverie: a daydream
  • l'insomnie: insomnia (f)
  • le somnambule: sleepwalker
  • un noctambule: a night owl 
  • matinal: early riser
  • un réveil: an alarm clock

🌌 verbs

  • se lever: to wake up (literally to rise)
  • se coucher: to go to bed
  • se recoucher: to go back to bed
  • s'assoupir: to doze off
  • dormir: to sleep
  • rêver: to dream
  • rêvasser: to daydream 
  • pioncer: to sleep (informal)

🌃 phrases

  • bonne nuit: good night 
  • passer une nuit blanche: to pull an all nighter
  • être un lève-tôt: to be an early bird 
  • être un lève-tard: a late riser
  • sortir du lit: get out of bed 
  • dormir à poings fermés: sleep like a log
  • rester éveillé: to stay up

The early bird catches the worm.

The are both not the early bird.

Tse Tse Jefferson don’t you know it’s immoral to look at other mobile phones? Ever heard of privacy? lol
Let’s hope Hamilton won’t find out (even if he probably wouldn’t be able to do anything)