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Which Fyre Festival Documentary is Better? Netflix or Hulu? | 2 Sides to every Story | Evan Reviews Everything

If somehow you missed the fiasco which was Fyre Festival when it originally happened back in 2007, I’m sure you have heard about it more in great detail this past week with the release of 2 documentaries, a Netflix Documentary called “Fyre: The Greatest Party that Never Happened” and a Hulu Documentary called “Fyre Fruad”.

We all had a laugh at rich millennial’s expense back in 2007 when they quickly realized their THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS luxurious getaway to Pablo’s Oscobar’s island for fine cuisine and top of the line musical performances with beautiful models and influencers was actually a SCAM. It was a huge cultural moment and dominated the social feeds with countless viral videos, pictures, and memes all poking fun at the “poor” rich kids.

As a festival goer I could perhaps feel bad for some of these people, but to me, these are the same kind of people(for the most part) that go to Coachella, because its fucking Coachella, they don’t go for the experience or music, they just want an instagram picture there and to be able to say they were there.

That being said, there are a lot of people to feel sorry for in this story. The locals of Exuma Point that were never paid, Fyre Fest staff never paid, Maryann Rolle who spent 50,000 of her personal savings to cater to the attendees and staff, Fyre Media Staff left with debt on personal cards, investors being lied to and losing millions and countless more.

So which one would I say is better and recommend?

Well both. For different reasons. I think you should watch both to get both perspectives.

The Netflix Documentary
  • Features alot of exclusive behind the scenes footage of the early stages of shitty planning leading up to the epic failure of Fyre.
  • Includes interviews from previous Fyre Team Members and people from Exuma Point that were directly affected.
  • The build up of hype for the influencers just to see that change so quickly is priceless
The Hulu Documentary
  • Goes more into depth about the leading up to Fyre Fest, as well as an interesting look at financial specifics in which Billy was committing criminal offenses.
  • Includes interviews from an (ex) Jerry Media Employee that is quite a revealing look into the Media Company’s role in all of this, as well an interview from previous employees of Billy Macfarland, as well as an interview from Billy Macfarland himself.
  • With the Interview from Billy, he is asked some real legitimate questions about the fraud he was committing and the look on his face/delayed response really expose this POS as a pathological liar.
  • This documentary call’s Jerry Media out for their involvement, the statements made by the ex-employee paint a different picture than that painted by Jerry Media in the Netflix Doc(I wonder why? See below)

Things I don’t like about these Documentaries

The Netflix Documentary
  • This documentary was produced by Jerry Media, and while they don’t paint themselves to be saints, they try to neglect some of the responsibility by putting it on the Fyre Team.
The Hulu Documentary
  • Hulu paid Billy Macfarland for his interview.

My final thoughts on Billy,

He is not remorseful and he doesn’t see anything wrong in the things he has done. Doods a POS. The whole thing was a scam from the get go. And he knew it.

the worst thing about these fyre fest documentaries is that the very scammers responsible for Fyre Fest are profiting from them.

#FUCKfuckjerry

Its all very interesting from a marketing stand point. The whole story is a testament to how powerful influencer marketing really is.

I wonder how many brands will want to partner with Jerry Media after this. In the netflix doc (that they produced) they laid it all on the FYRE team, which when i watched at first I believed them because i have had clients like they were describing the Fyre team to be.

Then after watching Hulu’s it became apparent that they knew much more than they led on in their doc.

If my agency was marketing something like this and we started to figure out what was going on/being asked to filter negative comments, I would have backed out and told the public exactly why.

They were posting up until the day of… trust me those fuckers knew, they should have did what was right but it seems like they thought they were going to be the exception when it came to getting paid. Which they weren’t, so now they can play victim too! oh and they can also donate to the go fund me page to try and save some face.

if they really felt that bad, why not reach out with that money to that lady sooner, why wait almost 2 years untill 2 documentaries make you look bad to give her back what is hers?

I bet if these documentaries were never made, they would have NEVER gave that woman money back.

The netflix documentary and them donating that money is PR STUNT, their way of saving face.

i would recommend watching both for different reasons though, each one features exclusive interviews, and you can better compare the conflicting talking points, and watching both gives you better insight over the whole story.

Just so crazy that something like this could happen the way it did. The power of influencer marketing is astounding.

https://escapingfinlandia.com/2019/01/21/which-fyre-festival-documentary-is-better-netflix-or-hulu-2-sides-to-every-story-evan-reviews-everything/

So, Whats the take away?

The power of influencer marketing. Im a digital marketer so you know I was gonna go there! But seriously, how could they pull something like this off!? Well, all they had to do was make a bunch of influencers believe it was real and post about it. Thats about it lmao.

There is a GoFundMe for the lady who spent her life savings catering for the Staff and attendees.
https://www.gofundme.com/exuma-point-fyre-fest-debt

In the Digital Age of Influencers/Creators, FAKING CONTENT Is becoming more and more common

Click bait, fake thumbnails, fake videos, fake opinions, and trolling, all in the name of attention and likes.

I have been seeing an overwhelming trend of people faking content for views and likes. So much so I felt that I needed to write this post. I think it goes into the mental health and acceptance aspect of social media, people wanting attention and likes so bad, there willing to make a fake video.

LIKE WHY??? If you have the energy to go out and do that, you have the energy to capture/create high quality AUTHENTIC Content that will resonate with your audience so much more than all the hate and trolling you will receive on your fake content.

Lets break this down:

Click Bait

We all see this on a daily basis, Video Titles on Youtube and Facebook, Or article titles saying some OUTLANDISH or controversial shit, maybe something we know not to be true but still need to click it just in case, or maybe the old “man tries to hug a lion… you won’t believe what happens next”, you know something of that nature, now I don’t have a problem with this, but theres a difference between a factual descriptive attention grabbing title and a totally fabricated click bait title. Any way, like I said not as big of a deal as fake thumbnails, and definitely not as big of a deal as fake videos.

Fake Thumbnails

This is a huge pet peeve of mine, and when combined with a shitty click bait title I get even more pissed, like you will see a title that says “top 10 crazy animals you didn’t know existed” and the thumbnail will be some crazy ass photoshopped animal, and if your actually watch the video that picture isn’t even in the video.

Or you see the “10 things you missed” and something in the background is circled with an arrow pointing to it, I notice this on a lot of videos but I watch a lot of marvel videos so look at this one below, they straight up circle a wakandian soldier and did a zoom in crop effect and put kill monger in it with a title of “top 10 Easter eggs you missed in infinity war” like wtf LMAO, and then when you watch this clip they won’t even discuss the shit displayed in the thumbnail. To me this is a bad practice, you can have nice looking thumbnails without doing that shit. But still, all the things I’ve talked about so far have nothing compared to the next subject.

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Fake Videos

I can not believe some of the fake content I am coming across, people are faking some rediciously stupid videos. Again, there doing this for likes, for attention. Its crazy.

Example 1: In this video this kid claims to be quitting marijuana and goes to throw it away in a dumpster, the only thing is in the video you can see the box in which he’s dumping it safely into within the dumpster.

Example 2: This made me even more mad then the 1st example, just because like, at least for the 1st example its something I could believe happening, this video is so staged, this kid goes on an adventure to search a river, in that river he just so happens to find like 5 iPhones, 3 cameras, bags with money in it, and all sorts of other shit thats in 1 foot of clear water, and none of the items were buried, so like, smh. I just don’t get why people do this shit, lol.

I’m aware these videos can not be embedded, click the “Watch on Facebook” to view them.


In conclusion: Don’t Fake Content Kids! It’s not a good look.

Rick Grimes Trilogy Poster Art | Plot Intro for First Film

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I made this movie poster for the upcoming rick grimes movie. Even though I think they ruined the show by going so far off the source material, I am really interested on where there going to take rick’s story, And I think they totally have a chance at redemption if they do it right.

I’m not even going to guess because I have no idea what they’re gonna do, but I feel like Rick Grimes is going to be the savior for all of humanity, doods gonna be the king of the new world or some shit.

If where ever rick is being taken to, ends up being allies, he will probably become the leader since no one is more badass than Rick, and I’m sure some how he will reunite with his group/family by the end of these 3 movies. Who knows whats gonna happen? There’s so many possibilities at this point. I hope its something epic.

Imagine this:

Rick’s helicopter lands on a navy carrier thats floating off the east coast as he fades out. Jadis steps out as a figure thats not yet revealed to the audience says to her “welcome back.”

The unknown figure looks down at rick. “it cant be” he mumbles to himself.

Ricks vision is blurred, he looks up to see a figure in a lab coat, he then fades out again, this time slipping into a coma.

The unknown figure instructs some others to bring Rick to the infirmary.

(6 years pass, or a few years to make it easier to line up with the shows time skip)

Rick starts to wake up in bed, his vision unblurs to see Jadis sitting next to his bed, he then notices a man in a lab coat facing the other way, he finally manages to mumble out, “Jadis, where are we?”

Before Jadis can answer, Dr. Edwin Jenner turns around and says “France.”

BOOOOOOOOMMMMMM!!! thats the intro for the first movie
(if you remember from season 1 Jenner is the Dr in the CDC, he mentions the French were the last ones working on a cure…of course they would have to explain how he survived the blast but im sure walking dead could figure that out lol)

Where ever hes going its safe to assume it will be pretty far away, other wise I feel like the Rick Grimes we know would just go right back home, his journey his gonna have to be some odyssey type shit to keep him away for years.

What do you think is gonna happen?

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ERE: Black Mirror Bandersnatch is simply, AMAZING

So right off there back I love this idea. As a kid I always loved those choose your own adventure books, its very exciting to see this in a movie/tv format.

A few choices in and I’m like fuck, I’m gonna have to watch this a few times thru making different decisions to see how it plays out. Its just like video games that have multiple endings, I’m always indecisive on the route I want to take, I always have to have a few run thru and experience every possible outcome.

I made a choice and one of the main characters told me, “wrong path mate”, fuck, I’m fucked. I already want to restart lol. … but wait, I see… this is dope!!!! Just like those books saying flip to page 47 to reveal you fucked up so you gotta go back, the movie fast forwarded thru what I had just watched and brought me back to the decision point I messed up, BUT the character that had told me “wrong path mate” was acting different, what could that mean?

But I did just run into a decision point that had only one choice so I don’t get the point of that. But moving on… (Found out from one of the links below there is a way to unlock another choice here)

As always Black Mirror delivers a fucking killer story, I’m not even half way thru and this story is amazing, without giving spoilers thats all I can say, its incredible, I love this type of story telling, black mirror makes me want to get back into writing for sure.

I don’t want to give to much about this experience away but this was a really sick idea that was executed very well, its really cool(spoiler) how you control this characters fate and they start to become aware, you almost feel like a mad scientist running an experiment.

I highly recommend that you watch this at least once, who knows you may find yourself going thru it a few times lol.

Okay, I finished it… and as I said half thru it, it was amazing, what an awesome concept that they pulled off beautifully. That was an awesome experience, an awesome story, awesome outcomes, an awesome ending, in typical Black Mirror fashion. Now like I said before I may have to go back and watch it a few more times to see how much I can change the beginning, middle and end of this story.

IMO, this was a huge success for Netflix, Black Mirror, and the future of interactive media.

(SPOILERS BELOW)

SideNote: I loved how they included Netflix into the choices, very meta of them, lol. (That ending is being called the Meta Ending lol)

I wanted to expand on this : “how you control this characters fate and they start to become aware” I absolutely loved how instead of the story just unfolding with what decisions we made, with the character being none the wiser like in typical choose your own adventure book, they made the character become aware he was being controlled but also weaved in a mental health issue

If you want to know more about all the possible outcomes/endings fans have begun creating flowcharts, mapping all the decisions and outcomes in Bandersnatch. Vulture as also released an article explaining all the endings, The links are below:

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/netflix-movie-black-mirror-bandersnatch-wants-change-way-we-watch-ncna952951

https://www.theverge.com/2018/12/28/18159516/black-mirror-bandersnatch-interactive-choice-maps-endings-easter-eggs-netflix-charlie-brooker

https://www.polygon.com/2018/12/29/18159525/black-mirror-bandersnatch-all-endings-guide-netflix

https://www.vulture.com/2018/12/black-mirror-bandersnatch-all-endings-explained.html

Hello! Is it me your looking for!? | I stay busy, if you haven’t noticed

Hello Hello! Its been a long time since I’ve published content on my own site. I have been terribly busy with some client projects as well as some other personal projects that I can’t wait to share, very soon.

I have steadily been making some changes on the https://www.wizardmmd.com site, so go over there and check the updates out! And as always if you need some magic graphics, you know where to go! We have been landing a lot of really fun projects. Designing shirts, logos, websites…. It feels good to do what you love for a living.

I’ve been working a lot on some new pillar content that I will be rolling out within the next few months, super valuable and I hope it helps people, so we’ll see how that goes, still got a few things to nail down. Trying to get better at posting everyday on my Facebook Page, so if you could go hit that with a follow, I appreciate all the support more than anyone of you will ever know!

As you all know I am a man of many hats, and I love to personally experience a variety of different niches, activities, professions, communities, hobbies, etc.. One thing I have always loved since I was a wee lil child is video games, and I figured since I play so much of them I should stream it. So boom my Twitch Channel is now live and it is one more social channel I aim to grow, though this is more of a side project just for fun, I have already met incredible people in the gaming and streaming industry and gained valuable connections and have also acquired design business from streamers looking for graphics, its a prime example on how you can hustle through all social media channels no matter what your doing. Not only can people donate to my channel, which no one has yet, but I’m still sort of making money while playing video games. So go follow my Twitch Channel and support me there as well! The people that support me on all of the like 1000 social pages I have you guys are the real G’s!!! I will also do real life streaming from there and my youtube channel!

Speaking of which, I upgraded my equipment and setup for my streaming! Check it out! 4 screens but I need more! Lol

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Im trying to mess around more with photography and videography, Its been such shitty weather everyday though, I guess I just need to get an umbrella and shoot some rainy shots lol. I want to start to challenge myself to capture at least 1 incredible picture a day. I think that could be fun and keep me focused. Im thinking of a videography challenge, perhaps take a random clip every day and at the end of the month edit them all into a short video of some sort, hmmm. Perhaps.

And as always I am always working on adding more content to this site, my home base. Im still working out exactly how I want to structure things, but for now I think it works. Im working on updating ERE and uploading my portfolio to this site as I have got rid of embds.com. I will go more into depth on the updates of this site within the next Captains Log.

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I have been racking up quite a bit of debt on some new fancy equipment and re-investing any other money into business, so it looks like I will remain at home base for the rest of the year, other than perhaps a few quick trips to indy, Nashville, and Florida, but we’ll see what happens.

As it goes for my personal instagram account where I share my art, I was just about to upload 3 awesome pieces I was working on, but would you believe it my PS crashed and I lost them, funny thing is, is that PS recovered some of the files… just not them. 😦 So thats a bummer, but I guess its back to the drawing board, hopefully I can upload some new stuff in the next few days. Go follow me for my awesome art!

We are still working hard on Artist Connect, its a very important project, please go check it out and lend your support, and tell your artist friends about them!

Other than that, I can’t tell you anything else, I got some projects and new art that I can’t wait to share, but I can’t just yet.. but the time will come.

Thanks for reading, thanks for the support, comment your links and ill support back!

-Evan

Captain’s Log: 003 – Back In The Groove

As you may have noticed I have been hard at work, I have been in the background creating a lot of content, among many other things. But I found some time to make some additions to the site. I added the Media page, which will house my photos and videos.

You may have noticed I finally added the overdue EDC 2018 post to my lifestyle and travel blog section, its long over due so go enjoy that for me. There’s a lil video I threw together of some clips I took, that was pre canon so don’t judge me. I’m moving on to wrapping up my 400 fest video which is way way way overdue, so look out for that, I will post about it when its done I’m sure.

Im working on my setup, I just put in the order for a thunderbolt port dock so I can get dual monitors going again, man how I’ve missed my dual monitors. I’m also about to up my internet speeds so I can start streaming some content that I have planned out. Like EME: Live at Night, which will be live work flows of what I do day to day, or night to night, pretty much nonstop for me, just documenting the journey. Trying to document more and more. That will be a show (or playlist) on the Digital Clinic YouTube Channel. More on that Later though, I’m still planning and setting things up.

I posted some updates on the Evan Reviews Everything page, so feel free to check that out. 🙂

Ive actually been very sick lately, like for the past month, so I have not created much new content, but I’m starting to get back into my groove, cookin up something fresh on affiliate marketing, I will drop that soon! So stay tuned!

Electric Daisy Carnival 2018 | Motor Speedway | Las Vegas, NV


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You know I had to go back to Las Vegas. What better reason than Electric Daisy Carnival? None. I decided soon after I got home from Life is Beautiful that I was going back for North America’s biggest dance festival.

I have been wanting to go to EDC for a very long time but each year it just hasn’t worked out. This year with my flexible work hours it worked out quite well 🙂 ! I had to bring Lindsey along with me, so that was a good time.

We decided to stay at the Stratosphere because I saw it the first time in Vegas, and I really wanted to do the sky jump, we’ll get to that later. Anyway, the stratosphere was a super nice hotel, the casino was nice and the bars were top notch, lol. Everyone else arriving that day was for EDC, we ended waiting in line for like an hour just to check in.

Once we got to our room we unloaded all our crap and started planning out what exactly we were going to do. We got there Thursday and the festival didn’t start until the Friday so we had a night to relax and check out the sights/food Vegas had to Offer.

We walked up and down the strip, checking out some really cool shops, ended up buying fucking clothes, smh. We checked out the bars, ran into a dam robot making drinks! Lol it was crazy, and that robot made a dam good drink, I tell you what! We checked out the hotels and casinos as well but we didn’t gamble really, we didn’t want to lose all our money the first night.

We did stumble upon, Johnny Rockets, inside The Flamingo, and wholy shit am I glad we did. That place is bomb, and I’m not gonna lie, we both love In-N-Out Burger but we both think we may like Johnny Rocket’s More! If you can believe it!? It was that good, I’m not gonna try to even come up with the words again, it was hard enough the first time when I left them this Awesome Review!

We went to The Hard Rock Cafe Casino/Venue, totally saw DJ Khalid on our way in and it was super crazy, only because no one else really noticed him. I’ve seen famous artists before and its crazy but for some reason its even crazier when your the only one that notices them, he was low key af, I would have talked to him but he was on the phone, perhaps thats why no one else was bothering him lol. I bet he does that to move thru a crowd, he skirted off in a mini van with like 8 doods, weird as shit and super crazy that I had to make a video of it. Lindsey didn’t even notice him, but the funny thing is was she was trying to take a picture of the sign above the doorway and totally snapped a pic of him by accident, everything but him is blurry in the picture lmao!

Of course we had to check out the legendary fountain. I thought it was gonna be lame and overrated but dam was that a badass fountain lol. It shot like 60 feet in the air and it had crazy lights and the lights and fountain were synced with some jamming music, it was pretty tight, I wasn’t expecting all that. I just thought it was a fountain that shot up like 15 feet every so often, that shit was a show in its self lol.

After we checked out the strip and all that good stuff we headed back to our room to get a lil rest before the festival started. We woke up a lil early and moved our chill sesh up to the pool where the tunes were on point, I was pulling soundhound out for literally every song lol. The pool was on the roof and it had really cool chill spots and a pretty sick bar, and you already know the view was stellar. It was crazy how many people were in Vegas for EDC, almost everyone up chilling at the pool was going. Met a lot of cool people.

First Night of EDC

Getting to EDC was a journey all in its self, the traffic was way crazier than I had even imagined, but once we got out our uber and headed to the line, we got in fairly quickly, and the security checkpoint was a breeze, didn’t really check out bags, barely a pat down, so that was nice, made the lines move very quickly. Once we walked up the ramp and got eyesight over the hill, the electric sky was revealed to us, literally one of the craziest-cool looking things I have ever seen, it was like a living organism I cant even describe how much shit was going on.

The lineup was seriously stacked for all three days, which was awesome because I had to buy tickets for this festival before the lineup even dropped, so I was worried, but in the end I was not disappointed.

The first night the people I had to see were; Lauren Lane, JOYRYDE, Mike Will Made-it, Kaskade, Chevvy Chase, Diplo, Borgore, Excision. We saw them all and they all killed it, we saw some other people through the night but I don’t remember the names. Throughout all of this amazing music, we were constantly stumbling upon something new and crazy, it was so fascinating to see how much work they put into this festival. It was so big and awesome that the moment I walked in I got a little sad that it only lasted 3 days, lol. There was a lot of really cool and nice people, like usual, always nice leaving “real life” where you usually have to deal with asswholes, and go hand out with a bunch of awesome like minded people, always a good time!

There was a shit ton of people here, I knew it was North America’s biggest dance festival but I had no idea it was going to be as crazy as it was, and that was only Friday, the least busiest day of the festival. It was crazy, but the crowd was so awesome and their was nothing but good vibes, there was only one show that the crowd was shit, I’ll cover that when we get to the third night, but other than the 1 show, the crowd was really crazy. I’ve been to a lot of festivals, concerts, and shows, but I have never been to a festival (Biggest One in my Country) where you could get literally right up front and have 3-5ft all the way around you to dance, it was amazing, everybody was with it, usually its cramped and you never have room to really dance if you get close, you all just kinda bounce together lol.

We smashed on the food pretty quick, it was like we were trying to taste every option the first night. I will say my all time favorite food truck there was called Burgerfest, I got some BBQ Bacon burger, good this may have been the best burger I have ever eaten, I should really find them online and leave them a good review lol.

After we ate everything in the place we headed back to try and get some rest before the next onslaught of epicness.

Second Night of EDC

We walked around and tried to experience everything we missed the first night, I think you could be there a week before you saw half the shit there. There were some really cool light installations that we were chilling in and we met some cool people that we kicked it with for awhile, I believe they were from Indiana as well, small world. We saw; Moksi, Strange Club, Detlef, Space Jesus, Toneshifterz, Tiga, Kygo, Hardwell, Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Zeds Dead, NGHTMRE, Cheat Codes, and various others throughout the night. Everyone I just listed straight killed it, kygo and tiesto back to back was epic then they did a set together, shit was insane. Kygo is becoming a quick favorite of mine. It was my first time seeing toneshifterz, I thought they were pretty sick. This was my second time seeing cheat codes, there dope as hell. I don’t even remember the ride back to the hotel that night, I passed out the second we got in our uber, good thing too cuz the traffic was ridiculous!

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Third Night of EDC

The third night was, excuse my language, FUCKIN INSANE, I’ve never seen so many people in my life. I thought the first few nights there were a shit ton of people, but the last night was like double that. I wish I would have taken a video of what it was like, we were moving in huge herds, everyone just pushing forward to get to the next show, it was the craziest thing. If someone would have tripped their poor souls would have been trampled. The third night we found out post Malone was gonna be there lol so we were like shit we gotta see him. We were actually seeing Big Wild at the same stage right before hand so it worked out perfect. Big Wild was insane, I Hope I have videos of him straight killing it, he’s insane! Then post was next and the crowd started to shift, we got a good spot but not too close. But it didn’t matter he drew a huge crowd, before we knew it we were packed tight as shit could barely move. And of course you had people just showing up trying to push there way to the front, which is fine if your cool about it but these people were asswholes pushing people and shit trying to fight, not a cool vibe, but still we stayed to see post. But that post malone crowd was definitely the only negative thing about EDC. We saw Borgeous, GRAVEDGR, Big Wild, Rezz, Headhunterz, Post Malone, Zedd, Tchami, Eric Prydz, Black Tiger Sex Machine, 1080p, Martin Garrix, Zomboy, Afrojack and others that night. They all killed it, my favorites were Big Wild and Headhunterz, such insane shows.

All in all, Electric Daisy Carnival was by far the most insane festivals Ive been to, I feel like I didn’t even get to experience it all, I don’t think theres anyway you could in that short amount of time, I might just have to go back.

Plus while EDC’s going on the have something called EDC Week where all the clubs and venues got sick shows and after parties, you could easily spend thousands on tickets alone.

So much to do, for anyone thats never gone, I would highly recommend going! Totally worth the money!

The picture above is a french toast breakfast sandwich and is was dope. go get it. at roxys.